As Jeff Probst always says, “in this game, fire is life.” It was his ability to make a fire that ensured that Ben Driebergen scored a second chance at life on Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers. With a massive target on his back throughout the season, Ben resorted to hunting for Hidden Immunity Idols to keep him in the game.
At the final Tribal Council on the island, however, the army veteran was idol-less. It was almost certain that Ben would be the one voted out that night, but producers switched up the voting process to a fire-making challenge in which Ben sparked a flame. He ultimately claimed Sole Survivor.
Only as Strong as Your Word
Does anyone actually keep their promises on Survivor? While there may be a handful of contestants who have played with integrity and stuck to their word, Survivor is generally a pretty dirty game. Andria “Dreamz” Herd won himself no favors on Survivor: Fiji thanks to his reneging on the deal he had made with Yau-Man Chan.
With the end of the game approaching, Yau-Man offered Dreamz the brand-new truck which he had won in the Final Six reward challenge in exchange for Dreamz giving him immunity if he had it when it came to the Final Four. Dreamz went back on his word, which arguably cost him the million.
Always Stick to the Plan
A lot of thought and planning typically goes into deciding who to vote for during Tribal Council. In the hours leading up to the voting ceremony, it is normal to see players have whispered conversations with one another, away from fellow tribemates, as names are thrown about and alliances are double-crossed.
“Boston” Rob Mariano came up with a clever scheme on Survivor: Heroes vs Villains — force a voting tie between Russell Hantz and Parvati Shallow, where one would need to play an Immunity Idol to save themselves. Instead, Tyson Apostol went rogue, switching his vote at the last minute, and creating a scenario where he got himself voted out.
Bros Before Idols
Malcolm Freberg had a knack for finding Hidden Immunity Idols throughout the game, but it was, perhaps, the way he scored an idol during Tribal Council on Survivor: Caramoan that was the most memorable. Malcolm’s ally, Reynold Toepfer, was convinced that his head was on the chopping block and planned to use his Hidden Immunity Idol to save himself. That is, until Malcolm uttered the since-immortalized words, “Hold up, bro.”
The wavy-haired contestant then convinced Reynold to give him the idol as it was likely his night to go. This is despite Malcolm already having two Hidden Immunity Idols of his own!
The Most Important Vote of the Season
While alliances are usually based on strategy, friendship does come into it, as well. After all, contestants are spending 24 hours in each other’s space — bonds are likely to form. Yet, we’re fairly certain that when Wendell Holland formed a friendship with Laurel Johnson, it would end up being one of the most important relationships of his life.
Wendell, Laurel, and Domenick Abbate had all made it to the Final Three of Survivor: Ghost Island, where the final vote was tied between Domenick and Wendell. Laurel was tasked with deciding who would win the $1 million and based her decision on her friendship with Wendell.