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Survivor: Game Changers

Episode 11: Reinventing How This Game is Played

By Jim Van Nest - BOP Game Changer

May 9, 2017

Keep smiling, Zeke.

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We see Sierra voting for Tai, saying she hopes it's him and not her tonight. We then see Zeke's vote for Sierra, saying simply, "So long, cowgirl." We see no other votes and Jeff is off to tally. Does anyone want to play an idol? Despite the fact that the four people on the bottom possess three combined idols - they all feel strong enough that they're safe that no one plays an idol. Not even Tai, who has two of them. Wait, what?? Ooooo-kay.

Let's read the votes. First vote: Tai. Sierra. Tai. Sierra. Tai. Three votes Tai, two votes Sierra. And then here they come...five votes for Zeke. The alliance turned on him. Meanwhile, the Brad/Sierra alliance turned on Tai, with all three of them casting votes for Tai. Sierra and Tai are dumbfounded by the results. Michaela shows the first real emotion she's shown in two seasons by crying huge tears as Jeff snuffs Zeke's torch. Now, she voted for him, don't mistake that. But she didn't want to. She just found herself in a position where she had no choice but to stay with the majority. Any sign of faltering makes her the next target.

I hate that Sarah and Michaela had to make this decision, but ultimately, what choice did they have? Flip sides and become the two bottom pieces in a new six-person alliance? Or stick with their people and live to fight another day? I think they did the right thing. I think Andrea did the right thing. Cirie and Aubry - I don't think so. I think they took out a major strategic player - someone who was shielding them from everyone else. And now, they could find themselves in the cross hairs.




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Next time on Survivor: it's the family visit. There will be much weeping. Oh yeah, and there's still a game afoot. Sierra tells Officer Sarah about her Legacy Advantage. Sarah seems to think Sierra might be okay to keep around. And Michaela is seen high fiving with Sierra, Tai and Troyzan. So, everything is definitely fluid and the playing is not done yet. Before I head off into the sunset, I want to set the tables for David and Kim when they come back next week.

We are down to nine players. Within these nine players are three idols (two with Tai, one with Troy), a Legacy Advantage that Sierra holds and is an immunity idol at the final six and the vote stealer in Sarah's possession. So, there are five advantages in the game right now and only nine people. There are plenty of ways this can play out, so I'd expect the last few episodes of this season to be wild and crazy. Thanks for hanging with me for the last few weeks. It's been a blast. ‘Til next time, everyone, take Care!


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