It’s a familiar story, the type of thing that we’ve seen on Survivor more than a few times.
After a long and hard-fought season, it’s time for the final tribal council. The final three consist of one person who made it to the end by betraying a few of his closest allies, one person who held onto an idol for the entire season, and one person who basically managed to survive. And even though the first two people have a better claim for being awarded the title of sole survivor, the third person wins because they’re the only one who has not alienated the key members of the jury.
I think that’s the best way to explain last night’s victory for Erika.
The final three were made up of DeShawn, Erika, and Xander. The biggest threat in the game, Ricard, had been voted out during the show’s first tribal council. After that, Xander won immunity and decided to bring Erika to the finale with him, despite Heather warning him that Erika had a lot of support on the jury. In the fire-making challenge, DeShawn nearly lost to Heather but managed to pull off a close victory.
DeShawn faced a jury full of people who he betrayed or who remembered him talking about betraying other people. DeShawn spent a good deal of the game talking about the other players behind their backs and it turned out that the jury remembered that and they were kind of bitter about it. Ricard, especially, seemed angry about it. (That’s a bit hypocritical on Ricard’s part, considering some of the things he said about people over the course of the game.) Shan and Liana obviously never forgave DeShawn for betraying their alliance.
Xander could have made a good argument about why he deserved to win but it was obvious that his personality rubbed a lot of jurors the wrong way. He came across a bit too slick and I think that a lot of the jury found him to be fake. Naseer listed all of the “kind’ thing that Xander had done but Xander made the point of smiling and nodding while he did, which made it seem like Xander was admitting that he only did all of that to win jury votes. Ricard felt that Xander had betrayed him by not playing his idol for him. (Xander didn’t help matters but implying that he might right before announcing that he wouldn’t.) Heather was obviously not happy about not being selected for the final three. And I’m sure there was a feeling that Xander had basically gotten a free ride because he had an idol.
Then you had Erika, who played a much more low-key game than either Xander or DeShawn. Erika did just enough to build up a resume but she did it without personally betraying anyone or gloating. I think the jury liked her personally and they felt she ahd done enough that they could vote for her without coming across as being too bitter.
So, it was a 7-1-0 Erika victory. DeShawn got Danny’s vote. Xander got no one’s vote. I would have voted Xander but it is what it is. Erika played a good enough game. Congratulations to her!
So, that brings this uneven season to an end! I enjoyed writing about this season more than I enjoyed watching it, just because there were too many twists and I’m not a huge fan of this kinder, gentler approach that Jeff Probst seems to be going for. That said, I’ll definitely be back, writing about the next season.
As for this blog — it’ll return for The Amazing Race and Celebrity Big Brother. See you then!
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