Welcome to Season 42’s Next Time On Survivor feature on Inside Survivor! This is a tiny section where I breakdown the trailers and any other previews and give my personal predictions of the week’s upcoming episode.
We’re down to eight players left in the game! After last week’s double tribal, it seems like the loose majority alliance has dissolved. Things have panned out just as Mike pointed out — that voting for Rocksroy will disrupt the comfortable majority that Mike, Hai, Jonathan, Drea, Omar, and Lindsay have.
The NTOS trailer this week begins with a confessional from Omar saying, “You have to pick the right person at the right time; otherwise, you’re gonna be the next person out.” This is layered over a scene of Jonathan walking away from a conversation and Omar breaking the fourth wall slightly with a knowing smirk. My read on this sequence is that Jonathan is going to pitch a name to Omar, but Omar disagrees with him, thinking that it’s not the correct time to vote Jonathan’s choice out.
My prediction is that the player in question is Lindsay. Last week, we saw Lindsay and Jonathan have a disagreement, and I feel Jonathan may want her gone as he thinks they don’t get along. However, I believe that Omar would like to keep Lindsay as they have had a good relationship since Taku. There’s a high chance that Omar gets his way. He’s been strategically controlling votes without other players identifying him as a leader. In this case, I’m fairly sure he will manage to oppose Jonathan and switch up the vote without Jonathan finding out. He may even start to target Jonathan as he seems to be increasingly stubborn.
Next in the trailer, we have a short conversation between Mike and Jonathan where the former states that Hai has lied to him and vents his anger. I’m wondering what incident this refers to. Could this be from the pre-merge? Or something that is going to happen at the beginning of the episode? It doesn’t seem like it’s about the previous Rocksroy vote, as Mike voted together with Hai, even though he was cautious about the choice. I’m guessing it could be something about sharing advantages or the knowledge of advantages.
Nonetheless, the addition of this scene paints Hai in a negative light. He was portrayed as smart and rational at the start, especially on Vati. However, I find that the perception of him is getting gradually more tarnished as the episodes go by. I can’t help but see some similarities between his and Ricard’s post-merge portrayal in Survivor 41, which doesn’t signal a good chance for Hai to reach the end.
The last scene of the trailer shows Drea and Lindsay discussing someone who has been playing a good game, and Drea says that “he has to go.” This pairing is interesting as it harkens back to the premiere episode where Lindsay, Drea, and Hai received the amulet advantage during the first challenge of the season. My prediction is that the pair are talking about Hai and want to get him out as these are the last few tribals they can make a move to enhance the amulet’s powers. I can see them teaming up with the likes of Romeo and Mike, who aren’t the biggest Hai fans at this point.
I think the vote will be between Jonathan and Hai, who are both beginning to get on the rest of the tribe’s nerves. I’m inclined to believe that Omar eventually controls the votes slyly again. However, since he regards Jonathan as his meat shield and has a solid alliance with him, I think Jonathan will be safe, and Hai gets voted out. There are too many people who want him gone and two players who have great incentive to get his amulet out as well.
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