Well, we’re almost there.
There’s only one episode of Edge of Extinction left and then this season of Survivor will be in the books. I have to say that I really, really hope that the show never does anything like Edge of Extinction again. Right now, there are five players left in the game and then there’s 11 people on Edge of Extinction beach. During next week’s finale, one of those 11 will win the right to reenter the game and presumably be a part of the top 6.
Seriously, why should someone who couldn’t cut it the first time now get a chance to reenter and possibly win the game? For instance, let’s say that Reem wins the chance to reenter the game and then, because everyone on the jury has spent the last month listening to her talk about how much she wants to win and how she’s the only person who hasn’t betrayed anyone, Reem somehow wins the season? I mean, who is going to be happy with that? On the one hand, it’s true that you do have some strong and likable players at Edge of Extinction. There’s Joe and David and some people like Auby. But there’s also a lot of players — like Julia, Chris, and Reem — who never mattered and who never did anything to suggest that the game would be improved by giving them a second chance.
Admittedly, you could make the same argument about Devens, who is currently my favorite player in the game. Devens was voted out and he did reenter the game and now he’s the biggest threat to win. But I tend to think of Devens as being the exception that proves the rule. If Devens hadn’t won his chance to reenter the game and, instead, it had been someone like Wendy, Keith, Reem, or Chris who reentered the game, does anyone think they would have been able to take over the game as easily as Devens has?
Last night’s episode was pretty much dominated by Devens. It was pretty much a typical Survivor 38 episode, in that it didn’t really get interesting until tribal council. That’s when Devens — who had already won the immunity challenge — revealed that he had also found an immunity idol. He announced that he was going to play it for Julie and that, as a result, the Aurora/Lauren/Gavin/Victoria alliance would have to turn on each other. In the end, Rick didn’t play the idol but it didn’t matter because Lauren, Gavin, and Victoria had already decided that they were going to blindside Aurora. By a vote of 5 votes for Aurora and one vote for Julie, a rather angry Aurora was sent to Edge of Extinction Beach.
So, with the finale approaching, here’s your final six:
Rick Devens — Because Devens has an immunity idol, he’s guaranteed to survive, at the very least, the first tribal council on finale night. If Devens makes it to the final three, he’ll be difficult to beat. His problem is that everyone knows this so no one wants to take him to the end.
Lauren — Lauren also has an immunity idol so she will also survive the first tribal council. If she makes it to the final three, Lauren’s problem is that she’s largely been a follower during the entire season. First, she did whatever Kelley told her to do. Now, she does whatever Gavin tells her to do.
Gavin — Gavin’s been coming on strong over the past few episodes. If Devens doesn’t make it to the final three, I think Gavin would be the favorite.
Victoria — Victoria suffers from the same problem that’s going to make things difficult for Lauren. She’s largely been a follower this entire season. She’s worked with people but she’s rarely been a leader.
Julie — Julie seems to be guaranteed a spot in the final three because everyone thinks that they can beat her. They’re probably right.
The Returning Player — This is the wild card. Who knows who will return from Edge of Extinction Beach or when they’ll return. Will they return and be a part of the top six or a part of the top five? Aubry won an advantage and has been allowed to practice for the eventual comp. But the show has been focusing so much on Reem that I’m worried they’re foreshadowing her eventual return.
I guess I’m going to predict that we’re going to have a Gavin, Lauren, and Julie final three. I’m going to predict the returning player will be voted out at the first tribal council. Then Devens will be voted out as soon as he doesn’t have immunity. Gavin will win the last immunity and he’ll take Julie with him to the final three. Lauren beats Victoria in a fire-making comp and then Gavin wins the million dollars with Lauren picking up a vote from Wentworth and Julie maybe getting a vote from Ron.
We’ll find out what happens next week!