Survivor 44

Next Time On Survivor – Episode 2

Steph Lauw makes her predictions for the next episode!

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Welcome to Season 44’s Next Time On Survivor weekly feature on the Inside Survivor site! If you’re new around here, this is a tiny space where I give my best attempts at understanding preview trailers and make my predictions for the next episodes of the show. Let’s jump right in!

One of the first things that stands out in the NTOS preview is Lauren saying, “I’m the powerful one now.” Most likely, this refers to her Bank Your Vote advantage, which she received earlier in the premiere episode. During Ratu’s tribal council, she had secretly not cast her vote and kept the parchment to be used as an extra vote at a future tribal council. As the only active and playable advantage in the game at the moment, it certainly is a powerful tool for Lauren!

However, I’m afraid the excitement is going to be short-lived. Matthew was already skeptical of Lauren before tribal council upon receiving information about the circumstances surrounding the advantage from Claire on Soka. As the votes were read and Jeff announced that Maddy was voted out with only one vote, Matthew gave a quizzical look as the numbers did not add up. I feel this would cement his suspicions, and Lauren will be his next target.

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What’s going to happen on Ratu? Especially after the shared labour in the sweat challenge, I can see Brandon and Matthew working together to get Lauren out. On the other hand, Lauren’s going to try to pull Kane and Jaime to her side. My prediction is that although it seems like Lauren has some damage control to do, she’ll be able to turn it around for herself as it’s still early on in the game.

The next portion of NTOS highlights the potential showmance between Matt and Frannie on Soka. In a voice-over, Matt reveals, “I found an incredible connection, and I think she likes me too.” We’ve seen how showmances play out on Survivor — the couple will be seen as a threat as they are two votes working together. At this very early stage and with the quickened pace of a 26-day season, though, I feel that other players may still wish to work with the couple as it secures them quick numbers amidst other uncertainties. We haven’t seen much of Soka yet, but for now, my guess is that Matt and Frannie will be able to navigate the tribe without being targeted if they do actually couple up.

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For Tika, most of the tribe’s NTOS scenes feature Carolyn’s eccentricities. She’s definitely a fun character that’s going to bring much comic relief to the season. And despite her thinking she may be left out and alone in the game, we see that she’s formed a promising connection with Yam Yam. Among the Carolyn vocalisations, there’s a scene of most of the tribe walking through camp. I’m wondering if they’re searching for the key to unlock the cage holding the hidden immunity idol. I wouldn’t be surprised if Carolyn finds it, thus stirring up her exclamations.

Since it’s only the premiere episode, I’m going to pick one person from each tribe as my predictions for the boot. For Ratu, I think it’s going to be Jaime because of her paranoia. For Soka, I think that Heidi’s going to play too hard and be an unwarranted but easy vote. And lastly, for Tika, my wild speculation is that Sarah will be the first to go as collateral damage of something Carson does.

What do you think is going to happen in the next episode? Leave your predictions in the comments below!

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Stephanie Lauw

Stephanie is an English literature and film graduate from Singapore who spends too much time analyzing her favorite TV shows. Besides patiently waiting for an Asian version of Survivor she can take part in, Stephanie enjoys dabbling with music, sound production, and writing, and would travel across the country for good Ayam Buah Keluak. Steph writes Inside Survivor’s weekly Next Time On Survivor feature.

3 responses to “Next Time On Survivor – Episode 2”

  1. Isn’t Frannie Gay so I think the couple thing is just a Red hearing.

    I agree that if green goes that it will be Heidi that gets the boot.

    But I think it will be orange heading back to tribal. Unlike you I don’t think Lauren will be able to turn it around. I think Kane wants to work with the boys. But I can see your point about Jamie. I could also see Brandon being suspicious that Matt knew he was the target and didn’t warn him and opted out of voting dispite being safe.

    In the unlikely chance that purple goes to tribal. I think Yam yam goes or Helen if an idol is played

  2. Danny has made himself a huge liability for soka. Agree that Jaime’s crazy early paranoia could be reason enough to get the boot but Carolyn is just frenetic enough to rub the tribe the wrong way… Tho Sarah not out of the woods .
    Frannie gay? Didn’t get that vibe.

  3. How is Danny a liability? As for Frannie. In Rob’s stats for the premier he wrote and I quote:
    This season holds the record for most LGBTQ+ players on the cast with six: Carolyn, Claire, Frannie, Josh, Matthew, and Yam-Yam.
    The previous record was held by Survivor 42 with five.
    This season also holds the record for most LGBTQ+ women with three.

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