Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Previous Season: Survivor: Kaôh Rōng
Previous Placing: 2/18
Days Lasted: 39
Correctly Voted for Boot: 8
Votes Received: 8
Individual Immunity Challenge Wins: 1
Most Memorable Moment: Crossing out Julia’s name to vote Peter instead and swaying Tai to her side to vote out Scot.
What happened in her previous season: Aubry was one of the driving forces during Kaôh Rōng, her loss bringing out a fan uproar that hadn’t been seen since Russell Hantz lost Samoa. Aubry definitely connected with the fans of the show, but didn’t connect enough with her fellow castaways, resulting in her loss to Michele Fitzgerald. She started the game on the Chan Loh (Brains) tribe, where she had a tough time adjusting to the harsh conditions of Cambodia. She eventually came out of her shell and formed close bonds with Neal Gottlieb, Debbie Wanner, and Joe Del Campo. After winning the first two immunity challenges (which Aubry performed very well in), Chan Loh saw tribal council for the first time on Day 8. This tribal council ended up with a three-way tie between Peter Baggenstos, Liz Markham, and Aubry, with the majority splitting their vote in case Peter or Liz had an idol. Liz was ousted on the re-vote, and Aubry left that tribal council with two votes under her belt and a new found confidence in herself.
On Day 12 the tribes were swapped, and Aubry ended up on the new Gondol tribe with Joe and Peter from the Brains, along with Scot Pollard, Tai Trang, and Anna Khait. They lost the next immunity challenge, and after contemplating getting rid of Peter, the tribe decided to vote Anna out due to her ally, Julia Sokolowski, being added to the tribe after being exiled. Gondol won the next reward challenge but lost the immunity challenge. One of Aubry’s most memorable moments was during this tribal council, where she initially voted for Julia, but crossed out her name and voted Peter out instead.
The tribes merged on Day 17, and after an at-camp medical checkup, Aubry lost her closest ally, Neal, to a medical evacuation. Aubry needed to reassess her position in the game, so she started to work in close collaboration with Cydney Gillon and formed the dominant alliance of the season. The remaining females (plus Joe) blindsided Nick Maiorano (and the other men), which prompted a backlash, creating an opposing alliance of Scot, Tai, and Kyle Jason. The men (plus Julia) won the next reward, which worried the girl’s alliance that the men would try and pull in Julia, thus giving Aubry’s alliance a reason to mark her as the next to go. Julia won the immunity challenge, which put a dent in their plans, and their focus shifted to getting rid of Debbie, seeing her as a liability to their alliance down the road.
Looking forward, Aubry realized that they needed to try and get Tai on their side in case Julia jumped ship to the other alliance. Through her close relationship and reasoning with him, she managed to sway him into working with her alliance, which resulted in another memorable tribal council where Tai refused to give Scot his hidden idol, resulting in Scot’s elimination. The next couple of votes saw Julia and Jason eliminated, then Aubry suffered another loss to her game when her number one ally Joe was medically evacuated at Final 5. This left Cydney, Tai, Michele and Aubry as the Final 4.
Despite working together for the entire merge, Cydney and Aubry both realized they couldn’t win if the other were at Final Tribal Council with them. This resulted in a split vote in which Cydney and Aubry faced off in a fire-making challenge, with Aubry coming out as the victor, and cementing her spot in the Final 3. Michele won the power to remove one jury member, and removed Neal, because she knew he’d be a vote for Aubry, and that he’d possibly sway jury members to vote for Aubry, who she saw as her biggest threat to win.
After a tumultuous final tribal council in which Aubry pleaded her case to the jury as finding confidence in herself and being in control of the game, she was seen as too much of a strategic player and didn’t form meaningful enough bonds with her fellow castaways like Michele did. She managed to get the votes of only Joe and Nick, resulting in Michele winning 5-2.
Biggest Strength: Aubry played a stellar strategic game, creating alliances and controlling a lot of the post-merge game. By leading almost every vote, she was the only Kaôh Rōng cast member to vote with the majority at every tribal council post-merge.
Biggest Weakness: Her social game was good, but only with certain players. She didn’t expand her relationships to other players, and when she did, it was seen as more strategic than genuine. Also, her indecisiveness about voting made it appear that she wasn’t as in control as she actually was.
Aubry is one of twenty returning castaways who will compete on Survivor: Game Changers which premieres March 8 on CBS. Stay tuned to Inside Survivor for more cast retrospectives and other pre-season content.