Only eight contestants remain in the game, all vying for the one million dollar prize and title of Sole Survivor of “Survivor: Worlds Apart.” But that doesn’t mean we won’t see a total of nine votes at the upcoming Tribal Council, following the tremendous game-advantage Dan bought for himself at last week’s Survivor Auction. Yep that’s right, for the first time in history, a player (Dan) has the power to cast not one, but two votes at a Tribal Council vote of his choosing. That’s a powerful trick to have up your sleeve…but Dan isn’t the only one who knows about it.
Here is the official episode synopsis of tonight’s episode from CBS:
Episode 11 – “Survivor Russian Roulette” – A twist at the immunity challenge creates a two-way race for security in the game, and one castaway uses his entire body as a bridge during a reward challenge. Also, a crazy tribal council becomes confrontational, on SURVIVOR, Wednesday, April 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. It’s flat out amazing what people will do to win a million bucks. Dan’s “two-vote” power would have made for an epic, first-of-its-kind blindside at Tribal Council, but it appears that the cat has been let out of the bag…or more appropriately, has been lifted out from the bag. Yes in a pretty amazing twist, Tyler is so paranoid of Dan’s secret “advantage” that he bought himself at the Auction, that it leads Tyler to go into Dan’s personal bag to discover what this hidden advantage is all about. Going through a person’s personal belongings isn’t unheard of on Survivor, but I would qualify it as rare…it is rare in that it doesn’t happen as often as you would think, and it is rare in that it is viewed – within this game where lying, manipulation and countless mind-games are quite commonplace – as a pretty “below the belt” practice…not “cheating” per se, but maybe something that is seen as breaking an unwritten rule of Survivor decency.
And although the “double-vote” shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone once word gets out, it does create new levels of strategy and counter-strategy as the players try to wrap their heads around this new in-game device. With eight players left, let’s remember that both Mike and Carolyn still clutch hidden Immunity Idols. Mike is the clear target, but will be safe for at least one Tribal if he chooses to use his. That exposes Shirin, but the deeper Shirin gets in the game, the more likely others will want to keep her around for the Final Three. The real question is not what Dan does with his votes, but what Tyler does with the information that he now has about Dan’s votes. It’s definitely interesting how the power is shifting around, and how these idols and Dan’s two votes all seem to be equally distributed amongst the remaining factions still in the game.
The synopsis promises a “confrontational” Tribal Council, and I would have it no other way. Let’s hope for a great finish as we inch closer to the May 20th Finale!!!
Make sure to check out the episode tonight on CBS and come back here later for my full recap, analysis and of course, my exclusive interview with the voted-out castaway tomorrow!
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