Ding dong, the witch is dead!
To be honest, that’s the same thing that I said the last time that Debbie was voted out of the game. A part of me feels that may be unfair on my part. Debbie, after all, is just trying to win a game and it’s always been totally possible that she’s either been the victim of a bad edit or that she was deliberately playing crazy just to get more screen time. She could be a perfectly normal and reasonable person outside of Survivor. I kinda doubt it but stranger things turned out to be true.
That said, though, there’s only so much Debbie that you can take in a season. Every season of Survivor needs a crazy person but, at the same time, every season of Survivor needs for that crazy person to be voted out at some point. My concern was that Debbie would get taken to the final three, just because everyone would assume that they could easily beat her.
But no, Debbie was voted out tonight. She was blindsided. Really, she should have seen it coming. First off, she put way too much faith in the idea that her six person alliance was rock solid. The closer a tribe is divided, the more likely that someone is going to flip and betray their alliance. Secondly, Debbie made the mistake of trying to talk about Sarah behind her back. When Aubry told Sarah about what Debbie had been saying, there was a little doubt that Sarah would flip on her alliance.
After spending most of this season in the background, Sarah was pretty active tonight. In fact, this episode basically was the Sarah Show. First off, at the end of the reward challenge, she was the one who not only found the extra advantage but managed to grab it without anyone noticing. This time, the advantage was the power to steal one person’s vote. That’s a good advantage, assuming that Sarah plays it correctly.
Then, back at camp, Sarah’s alliance — Brad, Sierra, Tai, Troyzan, and Debbie — made the mistake of deciding to target Andrea without even talking to Sarah about it. Cirie, meanwhile, told Sarah that she needed to make a big move if she was going to have any hope at winning the game. And so, Sarah made that move.
At Tribal, Troyzan had immunity. The Debbie/Brad alliance targeted Andrea. The Cirie/Zeke alliance targeted Debbie. Sarah was the deciding vote and, when she flipped and switched sides, the final vote was 6-5 in favor of sending Debbie to the jury.
And, just like that, the power has shifted. Brad, Troyzan, and Sierra are now at the bottom of the tribe. Tai would be in trouble, except for the fact that he has two immunity idols and, assuming he’s smart enough to 1) keep them for himself and 2) realize if he’s being targeted so that he’ll know when to play them, those idols should keep him safe long enough for him to make a new alliance. For now, Cirie is the most powerful player in the game, though you have to wonder how long it will be before she and Zeke turn on each other.
And finally, who is Sarah going to side with next week? Is she going to permanently become an ally of the Cirie/Zeke alliance? Is she going to go back to the Brad alliance? Or is she going to remain in the middle?
We’ll find out next week!