Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X-ers - Episode Recap

Episode 8 - I'm The Kingpin

By Jim Van Nest, Gen X-er

November 15, 2016

Millennial strategist

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Hello, good people, and welcome back to Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen Xers. We have finally made it. The Merge episode! The previews for this week have been all about the merge, so we should probably set the stage for the halfway point of the season.

At the orange Vanua tribe, Zeke has managed to work his way in with both Chris and David, leaving Michelle on the outs with her dragons. Michelle, however, is part of the Tri-Force alliance with Jay and Taylor, which gives her a potential alliance come merge time. At the purple Takali tribe, Ken and Jessica are firmly in control of the tribe with handshake deals with both Adam and Taylor. Adam has previous relationships with Zeke and Hannah. Taylor has the Triforce; meanwhile, Ken and Jessica also have David. The green Ikabula tribe shocked the Survivor world last week by #blindsiding Michaela. Jay and Will are firmly in control of the tribe and seem to have been joined by the pair of Bret and Sunday - which leaves Hannah blowing in the wind on her own. But she has past relationships with Zeke and Adam. Bret and Sunday also have a tight bond with Chris. Then you have to factor in that Taylor wants revenge on Adam for the Figgy vote. Hannah wants revenge on Jay and Will for the Michaela vote. Chris wants revenge on Jessica for the Paul vote. Michelle wants revenge on Zeke for not being her bestie. Confused? You won't be after this week's episode of Survivor. (Anyone who gets this reference is VERY Gen X.)


We begin tonight's episode at Ikabula after the stunning blindside of Michaela. Jay tells us about the blindside he pulled off and how he felt it was super important to get rid of Michaela before the merge. As Sunday and Bret thank them for staying in the game. Hannah was obviously kept in the dark and in a very subtle, very awesome move, Jay says, "We didn't tell her because we didn't want to get her dirty." Hannah says she would have voted with them, but he tells her he didn't want her to have to play that way. What an awesome way to cover for the fact that he couldn't trust Hannah not to freak out all through Tribal. Hannah tells us that she is at the bottom and she can't trust anyone. So, while Jay made a super effort, she doesn't seem to be buying it. He tells her that from now on he will always include her in their moves. But she tells us that she's now out for revenge.

As the sun rises on Day 21, we stick with the Ikabula tribe as a boat is pulling into the shore. As the boat lands, a man hands over a parchment. This paper tells them that they have five minutes to grab their personal gear and anything else they'll need to take with them to their new beach. Bret is so excited to make it to the merge. With his new alliance of Jay and Will and the old alliance of Chris, he feels pretty good about it.

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