The famous words “The Tribe Has Spoken” have been iconic since Survivor’s very first season, but rarely had a tribe spoken as much as they did tonight during Jeff Probst’s questioning on Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: Kaoh Rong!”
Don’t read this if you haven’t yet seen the most recent episode, as spoilers are to follow. Get caught up on Episode 6 here.
Yes this season continued to bring it by delivering to us another solid ep, highlighted by the very chatty Tribal Council that ultimately ended in Peter’s torch being snuffed. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen so much chatter about who to vote for, live, while the players sit at Tribal. Usually – in fact nearly always – the decision of who to vote for is predetermined back at camp. But when all was said and done, with the added drama of Aubry’s vote having Julia’s name appear on it, with a line through it, they made the right decision. Peter was never long for this game, being a bit too cocky and a bit too open with his strategy from the get-go.
With the merge coming next week, it appears that Aubry and Joe made the correct move in voting Peter out now. It’s also impressive that Tai has now reached the merge having hung on to his Idol through two Tribals despite being in the tribe minority. Tai, Neal and Jason all have Idols heading into the merge, and with Scot and Tai having become fast friends, it could be likely that a Tai, Scot, Jason, Cydney alliance could be a powerful force to reckon with. Add to that Julia, Michele and Nick, and you’ve got yourself a voting majority. The question will be if Michele is able to put up with Nick for very long, but in the short-term, her and Julia may not have anywhere else to turn but to Tai, and if Tai is in good with the former Brawns, this alliance only makes sense. But it only takes six with 11 left in the game, to swing that first vote.
If that prediction comes true, that puts the former Brains on high alert. Joe, Aubry, Deb and Neal may appear to be in the minority, but if the Deb/Michele alliance is real, that could change things drastically. Michele and Julia could find themselves in the middle as swing votes and if Michele decides to go along with Deb, then she would be able to flip the script.
All of this theory-talk is fun, but there are likely a few more medical-evacuations to come as well, so who knows how those will shape the game. We are likely down to our jury though with 11 left, but at this point, there is a lot more game to be played. It’s going to get real next week!
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