It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. While it is best to form a strong alliance that can take you to the final Tribal Council, every alliance has one member that is perhaps a tad weaker than the others.
Whilst on Survivor: Fiji, Stacy Kimball realized that Edgardo Rivera was the least threatening member of the Four Horsemen alliance, and so, although she and the members of her Syndicate expected the Horsemen to play their immunity idol, the quartet was blindsided when the majority of the votes had Edgardo’s name.
Eleventh Hour Plans
Tribemates are prohibited from speaking to one another on the way to Tribal Council, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in season 2, Survivor: The Australian Outback, Mitchell Olson was voted out with what seemed, to the audience, like no warning.
It was only when the eventual winner, Tina Wesson, cast her vote that she revealed to the camera how a discussion had taken place on the hike to Tribal Council in which she orchestrated the plan to snuff out Mitchell’s torch. Talk about leaving it till the last minute…
Whatever It Takes
There is a delicious irony about Survivor. Although it is a game where alliances are imperative, there is only one person who walks away with $1 million at the end of it all. Sandra Diaz-Twine never lost sight of that while competing on Survivor: Pearl Islands.
The US Army vet would often say “as long as it ain’t me” when her fellow tribemates and even allies were voted off. The attitude appears to have worked, however, as she became the show’s first two-time winner.
Dinner and a Show
Many enemies are made during the weeks spent on the island. With backstabbing and blindsiding being the nature of the game, it is highly likely that each contestant has upset at least one tribe mate. Should you manage to make it to the final Tribal Council, those odds increase tenfold.
The problem, however, is that those who are voted off form part of the jury, and it is their votes one is vying for in order to be named the Sole Survivor. During Survivor: Philippines, Malcolm Freberg offered the jury a show when he flashed his immunity idol and warned his tribemates against sending any votes his way.
3… 2… 1… Let’s Go!
Cirie Fields did not have an Excel spreadsheet during her time on Survivor: Panama, but we’re sure it would have come in handy based on the amount of strategizing she conducted. Cirie did not want Courtney Marit to reach the end with Shane Powers and Terry Deitz, and so she orchestrated what has come to be known as the 3-2-1 vote.
While the majority of the final six had agreed to vote off Aras Baskauskas, Cirie got Aras and Danielle DiLorenzo to put down Courtney’s name and told Shane that Danielle was the one to vote for, while Terry stuck to the original Aras plan.