This was a terribly nerve wrecking episode(especially the first half of the show) because I was worried about Aras’s fate. Up to the immunity challenge, I really could not figure out who was going to win from the edits. I was so relieved when Tadhana won. Normally, I would root for the underdogs, which in this case was Galang, to win. However, Aras is one of my favorites and he was at risk of being blindsided so I had really hoped that his tribe would win. I thought Tyson might throw the challenge, thank god he didn’t, or I would have…threw him under a wrecking ball(he seems to have a fascination with wrecking balls, does he not?) Tyson, why do you want to get rid of Aras so quickly? At this point of the game, if you keep Aras and bring him into the merge with you, all the focus will be on him and Vytas and you’ll be off the hook! Everyone will be so focused on the brothers that they will try to get them out and you will be under the radar.
At redemption island, Kat wanted Hayden to play for her, as she knew she couldn’t win in the puzzles. Hayden manage to convince her to change her mind, and although she fought her hardest, she couldn’t keep out with challenge beasts Hayden and Laura M. A lot of people still do not like Kat, but I still think that she has some game in her, and have the potential. She probably isn’t mature enough. Maybe 10 years later she could try again?
So, Aras was safe and it was time to worry about Vytas. Not that he needs much worrying. He shrewd and is being the right amount of sneaky. Also, that was a not-so-savvy player Laura B who pretty much destroyed her own game. Why did she think that giving that speech to Vytas that he was going to go was a good idea? It was so damn awkward. She also made the tribal council awkward. She pretty much put herself out of the game. Rupert put himself out of the game and bought her 18 days, but unfortunately I think it is pretty much proven that Laura B isn’t cut out to play this game.
Next week, it is time for the merge and one of the players from redemption island will be reentering the game. I would love for John to reenter the game but looking at the preview for next week RI challenge it looks like Laura M is poised to return. Sad. Laura B has no chance at all. Should be very an extremely exciting episode next week.
*Survivor Aftershow hosted by Parvati Shallow has improved so much since the last season. Parvati has stepped up her game , her questions are great, and it is quite worth watching after each new episode. Plus, the bonus clip at the end is great.
*Liking and rooting for Tina more every week.
Power Rankings this week:
13. Laura B
12. Laura M