Last night on Survivor, we finally reached the merge! The three tribes have now become one big tribe. (The new tribe name is LaVida.) For the most part, Survivor usually gets a lot more interesting after the merge. With everyone now playing an individual game, it becomes a lot easier to get a feel for who all of these people are. Up to this point, with the exception of Chris and Domenick, the majority of the castaways have been ciphers. Now, in theory, we’ll get to see what they’re really made of.
I can’t say that I’m particularly surprised that, post merge, Chris was the first person to be voted off the island. Chris was a strong enough physical player that no one wanted to vote him out during the early days of the game but, at the same time, he also wasn’t a particularly smart player. His social game sucked and he had a tendency to talk down to people. He was the type of player who was always giving people orders and, with a few exceptions, those are the type of players who rarely survive that long after the merge.
I also can’t say that I was surprised to see Chris go home with an immunity idol in his pocket. To be honest, as soon as Chris arrived at Ghost Island, I had a feeling that he was destined to waste whatever advantage he received. That said, I did like the way that they handled Ghost Island last night. Chris sneaking off in the dead of night was exciting and I hope this will be the way that the show will continue to handle Ghost Island for the rest of the season. I can’t wait for someone to get caught trying to sneak away.
Chris’s exit also brought his feud with Domenick and Wendell to an end. (After tonight’s episode, I’m really growing to like Wendell.) Domenick was happy to see his rival vanquished but I think it might actually backfire on him. Domenick not only wasted his legacy advantage but he also revealed that he has an idol. Judging for the previews for next week’s episode, it appears that the rest of the tribe is going to realize that Domenick has way too many advantages to be left in the game. As long as Chris was around, there was always a bigger target than Domenick in the game. Now that Chris is gone, Domenick would appear to be the most obvious target left in the game.
(For the record, Libby should also be careful. With almost everyone united in their desire to vote out out Chris, Libby still received two votes, from Angela and Desiree. Libby has a target on her back and, unlike Domenick, she doesn’t have an immunity idol or any other advantages to fall back on.)
Speaking of advantages, I have to admit that I’m having a hard time keeping track of who has what. Domenick may have played his legacy advantage but he does still have an idol (a real one, to go along with the fake one that he took out during last night’s tribal council). Wendell has an idol, too. And so does Michael. And Kellyn has an extra vote, which she can cast at a future tribal council. Is that all of them? It’s hard to remember.
Anyway, Chris is now out of the game and a member of the jury. The question for next week is how is this going to change the game and will Domenick be able to survive now that his biggest rival has been voted out of the game?
We’ll see what happens!