How do you follow up one of the most terrifying episodes of Survivor ever? By getting right back into the swing of the game, of course, and introducing a few major twists along the way.
Yes following the traumatic and shocking medical-evacuation of Caleb last week (and also the fairly obvious vote-out of Alecia), “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” must continue forward, and this week it won’t get any easier when the tribes are switched up for the first time this season. Interestingly (watch the video preview above!), the switch-up may not be the only twist the game sees tonight.
Here’s the official synopsis from CBS on tonight’s new episode:
Episode 5 – “The Devils We Know” – The castaways drop their buffs and switch things up, and one castaway feels all alone in the game following the tribe switch, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, March 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. Expect to see the tribe swap happen fairly early in the episode, as usually for swaps like this, the show likes to spend more time with the newly formed tribes. It helps us get to know the new tribe dynamics, and acts as a catalyst for new story-lines to emerge. Look for two new tribes, despite there being 13 players left in the game.
That “extra” player may be the extra twist: Will this mark the return of Exile Island, where one unfortunate player is sent off in isolation? These cold-hearted bastards wouldn’t dare send a player off on their own right after a medical-evac would they? This could explain the “one castaway feels all alone” part of the episode description.
The swap will most likely play a big part in strategy moving forward (as it always does), as we see which “power alliances” remain intact. Will the formidable girl alliance of Julia, Michele and Anna stay together? Will Jason and Scot be split up? Will this switch-up be a saving grace for Peter, who had been on the bottom of the Brains tribe?
Swaps usually benefit the “solo” players and hurt the established power players, just because it is very hard to keep your alliance together unless you have a lot of good luck on your side. In any scenario, this could be a devastating twist for the former Brawns Scot and Cydney, who will most likely find themselves in the minority with a huge target on their backs, and easy-vote-out candidates in almost every scenario. At least Jason has an Idol for now.
So who will come out on top in the aftermath of the big swap? What will the “extra twist” be? And who will be most affected by the switch?
Make sure to check out the all-new episode tonight on CBS and come back here later for my full recap, analysis and of course, my exclusive interview with the eliminated castaway(s) tomorrow!
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