Survivor: Worlds Apart - Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
April 29, 2015
Previously on Survivor, with Joe voted out, Mike became the immediate target and his strategic response was to stuff things up and then keep digging himself deeper. Meanwhile, Jenn showed her “the hell with it” attitude by spending her Survivor auction money on the world’s largest rum punch. After Mike won immunity, Jenn was voted out and immediately listed everyone in the game that she hated. Dan, Will, Sierra, Mama C... basically everyone still left in the game. Have a great time at Ponderosa, Jenn.
The power rankings are more challenging than usual this week. First, every player believes they have a strategy to make it to the end and a great argument to win the game. Secondly, every single player is a plausible goat to be taken to the ritual slaughter of the final Tribal Council. Who people like is going to be more important that usual in determining the winner, and with this group that's pretty tough to figure out.
Rodney led the shift to vote out Mike immediately after Joe was gone, because all of a sudden Jenn and Shirin weren’t threats. While the initial response from his group was to table the Mike vote for later discussion, it was basically a done deal after Mike’s Survivor auction shenanigans, even though the alliance controlled only four out of nine votes and everyone else in the game (but Dan) seemed to realize it.
Rodney has put himself in a similar situation to pre-target Mike, in that he is in the biggest alliance, and is the first one to say who should be voted out next so is nominally in charge, but he also can’t trust half his alliance members to stick with him until the end. If Mike gets voted out, Rodney will have succeeded in becoming the guy who most urgently needs to go.
Looking further ahead, if Rodney actually makes it to the end he may actually have a good case to present at the final tribal Council. Whatever we think of Rodney’s strategy, there’s no doubting that he has played the game and made some successful moves. We’ve seen him successfully argue by ignoring points made against him and vigorously counter-attacking. And after they got to know him, players like Jenn and Hali actually seem to like him. It's actually plausible that Rodney could win, which would mean I'd have to buy a new TV because my current TV would be all smashed and broken.
Carolyn continues to play a game that’s so understated, we’re not really sure what it is. We know she is in Rodney’s alliance, we know she has an immunity idol and we know she is playing to win. She'd better do something quickly, or she's going to be stumped when the jury asks "why are you up there and I'm down here?"
Tyler is Carolyn’s strategic soul-mate. Tyler actually did something this week – he told Will that Mike, Jenn and Shirin had been discussing whether Will was holding out on food, which started the whole Will tirade. Being able to start Survivor fights like this is an art, and it creates divisions and solidifies votes against people. The downside is that you can’t really claim it as part of your strategy (“Ha ha, I treated you like a chump”), so you come off looking like you haven’t played the game at all.