Survivor: Game Changers Recap
Vote Early, Vote Often
By David Mumpower and Kim Hollis
April 6, 2017
By this point, Ozzy wants to kill Tai, and we’re not speaking metaphorically. Zeke has the best response. He responds to Tai by asking a simple question. Who does Tai trust? Before the other man can answer, Zeke rattles off a list of names of people he’s said he doesn’t trust. It’s basically everyone who has ever played Survivor. This has the odd impact of calming down Tai. Forced to face his paranoia, he falls in line.
Even with Tai under control, the vote is a nervous one for Ozzy. He worries that Tai’s erratic behavior has blown up an easy vote. For her part, Sandra knows that it’s her. And she’s right. Varner and Sandra vote against Tai, while everyone else targets the best player in the history of the game. The strangest part is that Tai doesn’t play his idol, which he absolutely should have done given that he stated he didn’t trust any of his allies and feared for his safety. Debbie and Tai are having a crazy-off this season, and that’s going to make Nuku exciting for the next few days. That’s burying the lede, though.
With the votes revealed, her opponents vote Sandra out of Survivor for the first time ever. She went 94 days without that happening, an absolutely astounding feat that will never be matched. She’s flirty and funny with Probst at the end, ominously threatening him, “Don’t do it, Jeff. Don’t do it. Don’t do it, Jeff.” He pauses long enough that we wonder if Sandra’s powers are so great that she can stop time, but then her torch is extinguished for the first time.
Fittingly, the other Survivors clap loudly as she prepares to leave the set. Everything there now appreciates what we’ve said for many years now. Sandra’s game is eloquent in its simplicity. She gets in people’s heads, and they don’t even realize it. She tells them what they want to hear, causing them to do her bidding. She’s the best player ever, and she was also the best player this season despite everyone knowing in advance that she’s the Boogeywoman. Her final words ring true.
“There will never be another two-time winner except The Queen.”