Survivor: Cagayan - Power Rankings
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
April 7, 2014
Hello, good people, and welcome back to Week 7 of the Survivor: Cagayan Power Rankings. Last week's rankings were pretty much the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for me. The good? I did have Sarah ranked #9 out of 11, suggesting that the swing vote isn't always the best place to be. The Bad? I was under the assumption that the Aparri 6 would win the day and send a former Solana member to Ponderosa. Thanks to Kass's game-ending flip, I ended up wrong on that. The Ugly? I had Trish ranked dead last and fully expected her to be the boot last week. As it turns out, not only was she not the boot; she saved the day for Solana by making the play to get Kass to flip. She recognized that Tony lost Sarah and control, so she took it upon herself to make a move that got her the sixth vote she needed and effectively saved the game of all five Solana members. Ugh!
So, last week's episode should setup how the rest of the season will go. The Solana 5 (plus Kass) should be able to Pagong the rest of Aparri and take this to the end. Of course, this is Survivor and there's no way this group of five will be able to stick together, especially after it was revealed that two of the five had hidden idols that no one else knew about. I'm not even convinced that this new found alliance of six lasts another week. That being said, we do have a new #1 (same as an old #1) and there are some significant changes in the rankings for Week 7.
1) LJ - That's right, after a week hiatus, I'm putting LJ back at the top of the list. Why? Because who doesn't like LJ at this point? He's playing a really solid game thus far, with his only mistake being playing the idol on Tony last week. And even that wasn't horrible, as it solidified his alliance with Tony and Trish and Co. and will make him seem like the loyal soldier out there. A key for a guy like LJ is to be in charge without seeming in charge and so far, he's doing that quite well.
2) Woo - This may seem like a weird placement for Woo, but he showed last week what a challenge force he could potentially be. He's also well liked, which would make him a vote getter in a final tribal. Finally, no one has really mentioned him as a threat. As if he's not really playing the game, but hanging out. LJ, Tony, Jeremiah, Spencer, Trish and even Jefra have garnered more attention as people that need to be eliminated. If he can keep that under the radar thing going, he could get himself into a real good place in the game.
3) Jefra - Even though she was the target this week, it was her lack of a game that made her the target. With that strategy blown (thanks Kass), I can't imagine anyone will look Jefra's way for a while now. Especially with both idols flushed. I hate to see a coat tail rider in the finals, but it always seems to happen and if I'm right about LJ, I can't imagine him getting to the end without Jefra at this point.