Hey guys, it’s time for this week’s Next Time on Survivor. Before I jump into looking at the previews for Episode 8, I wanted to check out the outcome of the predictions I made for the previous episode.
Previously on Survivor…
I think it’s pretty obvious that Cole is the biggest physical threat in this game. Last week, it was unclear whether Ben was sticking Yawa strong or going back with Chrissy and voting against the Healers. Overall I’m pretty stoked he decided to stick with Chrissy even though Jessica was a favorite. The last episode just made it even more clear that Cole is the most oblivious person to play this game when he had a clue in his hand and didn’t realize it. What could have been if only he found it before going to tribal!
Regarding my predictions, I wasn’t too far off last week:
Predicted Alliance #1: Ryan, Devon, Lauren, Chrissy, Ben, Ashley, JP
Predicted Alliance #2: Cole, Jessica, Joe, Desi,
I thought Mike was going to be in the middle to flip, which I was wrong about. I also named the “she” mentioned by Mike regarding “She is a huge threat” as being either Chrissy or Jessica, and they happened to both be the hot names going into tribal council last week. JP was irrelevant, and I should have left him that way instead of suspecting him being considered a huge threat.
Playing with the Devil
Episode 8’s title was originally ‘Knights of the Round Table’ according to the Futon Critic, but was changed to ‘Playing With the Devil’. Do you think this was just a mistake? What can you make out of ‘Knights of the Round Table’ if this was going to be the episode title permanently?
Aside from that, looking at the ‘Next Time’ preview, Chrissy manages to surpass first base with Cole. If you pause the preview at the scene where Cole is running full charge towards the tribe flag, you can see that someone (Chrissy) is already there. I think Chrissy managed to find the clue and had already begun digging for the advantage when Cole saw her and ran to get it before her. We know it’s an advantage and not an idol because of the episode description which reads…
“One player finds a secret advantage with a special twist, and concentration is key in the individual immunity challenge, on Survivor.”
The real question is… is the advantage even under the tribe flag?
In the 20-second preview, it starts out with a confessional from Ben saying: “Survivor is a game of Russian Roulette; hopefully the hammer doesn’t go down on me.” I think this refers to Ben jumping in and fighting with Cole to grab that advantage first and he got the short end of the stick. If you pause the preview at 0:13, we see three people all digging: Cole, Joe, and mystery man #3 which I suspect is Mike because you can see a yellow shirt. We don’t see Ben in the background, so he could possibly be hidden behind Mike and Cole, and we just don’t see him.
We see JP hanging in the background. I’m surprised he wasn’t trying to help Ben out and do something like pick up Mike like he did with Ryan back in that earlier reward challenge in order to get him out of the way.
After last week, the Healers are clearly on the bottom, and Joe doesn’t have an idol. Nobody else knows about Mike’s idol unless Jessica told someone and it wasn’t aired. So as far as the Hustlers and Heroes are concerned, Joe and Cole are free game for the upcoming tribal. I think after this episode, Ben will draw some fine lines after fighting for the advantage and getting heated with Joe in the preview which could possibly put him up as a target for the remaining Healers if they manage to grab that advantage.
Coming into this week, I believe a Healer will go home again unless Mike finally opens up his eyes to realize he should use his idol before the remaining Hustlers and Heroes pick them off one by one.
Who will win immunity?
There wasn’t a preview of the challenge uploaded to Youtube at the time of writing nor any press photos (that could change after this is posted) but when reading the episode description, it says that ‘concentration is key’ for this immunity challenge. That leaves the door open to players who aren’t as physical as Cole and JP are. Overall after watching last week’s immunity, I think the biggest contenders to win will be Ashley, Cole, Chrissy, Desi, and Devon.
Who’s on the chopping block?
I think Joe and Cole are definitely sitting in the hot seats again this week and will continue to be in trouble until they get the numbers. As for who the Healers may target – Ben looks to be getting into an argument with Joe in the preview. Chrissy is still a huge threat, and they could continue to go after her. So as for my predicted targets this week, I think it will still be Cole or Joe and then either Ben or Chrissy. I don’t see Chrissy being voted out and becoming the first juror. I suspect another Healer is going.
Will an advantage or idol be found?
According to the episode description, an advantage is found, but we don’t know who by. I think the clue was found by Chrissy before being caught looking for it. It will end up being found by either Cole, Joe, Ben, or Mike (if that is the third mystery man seen in the preview).
Will an idol be played?
I don’t think Mike will use his idol to save Cole or Joe if it comes down to it. Pre-merge Mike wasn’t a total fan of Joe, and he named Cole as being a huge threat. I don’t suspect an idol being played this episode.
Winner Prediction After Episode 7
When starting my winner prediction after Episode 2, I didn’t think I would actually stick with the same name each week this entire season. I figured I would jump around between Chrissy, Ryan, and Ben. Between these three, Ryan gives me Spencer vibes for some reason. He makes me believe he will get to the end but not have the votes because he was up against someone better like Chrissy or went out fourth while everyone in the jury was cheering for him. Then he will change his Twitter bio to “greatest loser in Survivor history.”
Chrissy gives me fourth place vibes based on her huge edit. She’s playing a phenomenal social game so far. Then there’s Ben, he’s had a solid edit and hasn’t stuck out too much. He has had his ups and downs throughout the season. He’s likable and has been put in potential swing vote positions. Can he beat Chrissy? I don’t think so, but depending on who else he would be up against, I think he can bring home the win.
When picking teams for the draft assessment, Austin picked Ben, and I didn’t even know there was a Ben on this cast.
Who do you think will win? Drop your winner predictions into the comments below!
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