What You Didn’t See is a weekly feature where we gather a selection of behind the scenes information relating to the latest episode. Most of this information comes from the exit interviews of the recently eliminated castaway. The information is linked to the original sources within the article, but the majority comes from Parade, People, Entertainment Weekly and Xfinity – with a little bit of Redmond sourced info sprinkled on top.
For a feature that was initially intended as a one-off for Episode 1, we have certainly a come a long way! I’d like to thank everyone that has read the What You Didn’t See columns and offered your feedback throughout the season. So, for one last time, let’s break down what you didn’t see in the latest episode.
In an interview with The Wrap, fourth place finisher Kelley Wentworth said that the final four got to do a practice round of the final immunity challenge. “We got to practice that final challenge once before we did it. We had one practice run, and I killed it.” When it came to the filmed round, Wentworth got in her head and messed up.
Final 6 Tribal Council
After both idols were played at the Final 6 and the vote ended up in a deadlock, it apparently took the players over 30 minutes to come to a decision on whether to eliminate Keith or Kimmi.
As far as the unprecedented move itself, Jeff Probst handled the entire situation himself and did not have to stop the proceedings and discuss what to do with fellow producers. Update: Other than a quick talk with co-producer Matt Van Wagenen while he was putting the votes in order.
Final Tribal Council
At the final tribal council, all the jury questions were directed towards either Jeremy or Spencer. Nobody had anything to say to Tasha. The jury was pressured to come up with things to ask her.
Abi-Maria referred to Spencer as a sociopath and told him that he had played the game like Chaos Kass.
Second Chance Letters
After each player was voted out this season, Jeff wanted that person to write a letter reflecting on their second chance. They were told to think about it as potentially a letter to the final five. It is believed that they were either going to be used in the game as letters for the final five or posted online as part of CBS social media.
However, despite the pre-jury members having written their letters, the jury members refused to do it. The idea was therefore abandoned.
Many people have been wondering why Vytas wasn’t present at the live reunion. He was in fact banned from attending, as can be gathered from his tweet to Jeff Probst before the finale.
@JeffProbst great season through and through. Bummed I’m not invited to participate in the finale with all my castmates!
— Vytas Baskauskas (@vytasyoga) December 15, 2015
Vytas was banned because he left Ponderosa and flew back home to the US while filming was still in progress. The pre-jury members stay at Ponderosa until the jury phase of the game begins, after which they are taken on a trip until filming wraps. Vytas refused to stay and even had social media activity during filming. For this blatant violation of the rules, production decided to ban him from the reunion.