Survivor Weblog: A Battle to Stability Friendship, Technique

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Likelihood. He has been running a blog about Survivor technique for PEOPLE since 2009. Comply with him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

“You’re gonna have friendships. You gotta lower off these friendships. You gotta string folks alongside and bam! Throw them a pleasant slider. Mr. Freeze is in the home. Despite the fact that it’s about 110 out right here, I’ve bought my skates on.” — Brian Heidik, winner, Survivor: Thailand

It may be tough on Survivor to know when to make your excellent transfer. However Laurel Johnson is aware of for sure the time for her to activate Domenick and Wendell is correct now.

“That is most likely the final shot of getting them out with out them taking part in their idols,” she says. “Seven is the final likelihood to get these guys … and get myself to the place I should be in the long run.”

She has a bunch of individuals round her wanting to make the transfer. And he or she’s bought an ideal scenario to do it. With Chelsea out of the sport, voting with Donathan, Kellyn, and Angela wouldn’t put her on the backside of a brand new alliance. That foursome might seize management.

However Laurel doesn’t spend this episode determining the way to make her transfer. Laurel spends it figuring how not to make her transfer.

“They’re two of my greatest associates out right here,” she tells herself.

“I’m going with the sensible transfer quite than the massive transfer,” she says later.

After the confusion round her immunity win, she argues that, “I’ve been pondering I need to get Wendell out of right here. However I need to do it the proper means.”

Laurel is providing each excuse she will be able to to justify not doing what she doesn’t need to do.

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Perhaps it’s thought of unhealthy manners to vote somebody out in an rude means. However that is Survivor, a recreation for 1,000,000 {dollars}, the place numerous impolite issues occur, and I believe Laurel is aware of that.

Survivor can shock you with the deep bonds you make. Everyone watching the present insists that they’d play a ruthlessly chilly and calculating recreation. Then if you present up on the island, all of the sudden you’re huddled collectively within the rain, counting on the physique warmth of the folks round you simply to remain heat.

And but Laurel’s case is so notably irritating, as a result of she is such a fan, and she or he does know higher. And since she has Donathan in her ear, begging her to make a transfer.

“I really feel like if we simply hold taking part in it too protected, that we’re simply going to be in a much bigger pickle on the finish,” Donathan says, for what feels just like the hundredth time, and what most likely actually was the thousandth time.

I felt for Donathan this episode, as he slowly misplaced his thoughts to paranoia. I used to be going a bit of loopy myself, watching folks journey over themselves handy both Wendell or Domenick the victory. Donathan is completely appropriate that, if Wendell and Domenick actually are in an alliance with him, they shouldn’t be passing secret notes proper in entrance of him. If my allies did that, after which tried to gaslight me into believing that I used to be the loopy one, I’d begin to query my sanity too.

Wendell and Domenick excluded him from the reward, didn’t ship him to Ghost Island, after which got here again to camp and informed him they have been nonetheless 100 % allies. Who wouldn’t begin to marvel in regards to the nature of actuality?

After all, Donathan’s paranoid imaginative and prescient that Wendell goes to play an idol to avoid wasting Kellyn and eradicate him is a bit of farfetched. However think about if, after a month of battle on Survivor, you had one final shot to take management of the sport, however no person would take it? With Laurel drawing hearts within the sand round Wendell and Domenick’s names, all Donathan can do is throw out bombs and hope one thing blows up.

After all, the Fishy this week goes to the mixed super-pair of Wendell and Domenic. As a lot as we fault the opposite gamers for his or her incapability to make a transfer, we’ve got to credit score this duo for protecting the camp beneath management.

After they win the reward, Wendell and Domenick make two nice selections. First, they properly choose Laurel to deliver with them, reinforcing the friendship that retains her loyal. “We picked Laurel to go together with us to shore up our alliance, to reward her for her loyalty to us, to indicate her how a lot we do look after her, and to present her this particular second,” Wendell says.

They usually ship Sebastian to Ghost Island. That locations belief in him, it retains him from being swayed by Kellyn, and it places any potential benefit within the arms of the individual least outfitted to wield it.

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All Wendell and Domenick want to maneuver previous this vote is 4 folks. By isolating two of their chief allies, they make it that a lot more durable for strategic Kellyn or Donathan to rally forces towards them. One of the essential legal guidelines of Survivor is that folks can’t ally towards you in the event that they by no means have time to take action.

It’s potential their little little bit of theater with Wendell’s pretend idol additionally helps. Any time the whiff of an idol enters the sport, individuals are far more cautious about the place they place their votes.

And naturally, as soon as once more they make the right determination of whom to eradicate. Kellyn was the final large strategic and problem menace left, the one individual with an opportunity of rallying Angela and Donathan. By eliminating her from the sport, the pair basically cements that one among them will win.

The cut up vote opened the door for Donathan, Angela, and Kellyn to make a transfer on Domenick – but it surely’s not clear about who knew what, when.

This actually was Laurel’s final shot, and whereas it’s nonetheless technically potential that each Domenick and Wendell might be eradicated, it’s extraordinarily unlikely. If even one among them wins one immunity, he’s assured to no less than make the fire-making problem.

As we head into the finale, the one query is: Who will take all of it? My cash’s on Wendell, simply because I pegged him because the winner within the first episode, and it appears loopy to desert that decision now. However I wouldn’t be in any respect stunned to see his wonder-twin Domenick take dwelling that examine.

Tweet me your predictions @stephenfishbach!

Survivor airs Wednesdays (eight p.m. ET) on CBS.


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