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!
The NTOS trailer begins with Kane running through the Fijian jungle and saying, “This is like I’m in Dungeons and Dragons; there’s magical items in play,” before creating some DIY sound effects cementing his D&D nerd status for the world. We see a key hanging in the foreground of the shot and a separate shot of Kane grabbing another item. It’s probably a new advantage since the players have reached the merge.
This idol scavenger hunt may put a target on Kane. There’s this nagging build-up about his vote for Brandon from way back in the premiere episode that may come back to bite him. Kane’s name has already been thrown out last episode, and even though it was ultimately used as a decoy and backup for the real plan, there’s a sense that he’s dispensable. His nerd alliance with Carson doesn’t seem to be that promising either. To me, Carson is portrayed as someone forming many different relationships; Kane is just one of the many. I’m not counting on this nerd alliance going far, and I think Kane may be voted out next in a revenge-like plan determined by Brandon.
Next up, we are once again fed the Matt and Frannie showmance, with Matt saying, “I can’t describe how important she is.” We’ve been seeing this relationship develop for many episodes now, and I’m inclined to think that they’re really just included as an entertaining part of reality-tv that we’ve not seen on Survivor for a long while. They seem rather equal, with both sides committed and both mindful that they shouldn’t be so open with how close they are to avoid being targeted.
Their plan doesn’t seem to be going too well, though, as other players, like Lauren and Claire from back in Episode 3, are noticing. However, and I’ve said this previously, I think Frannie and Matt will be seen as a duo that can be pulled in as numbers, rather than as a couple that needs to be taken out. When we do see players, like the upcoming scene with Lauren calling out the showmance, it’s not presented as the main conflict or voting plan of the tribe. My gut feeling is that their relationship is being played up and won’t amount to a big blindside to separate them.
Finally, the NTOS trailer shows Jeff announcing at the upcoming challenge that “There’s a twist… you’ll have no say at who goes home.” I think that players can choose to compete at the immunity challenge, and those who compete can’t vote at tribal council. This would force players to weigh the risk of them giving up their vote but potentially earn individual immunity by winning the challenge.
We see a scene of Carolyn being excited, though it may not be directly in response to the twist. I think she chooses not to compete as she doesn’t seem to be the best at challenges, and I believe a number of players will do, too, if they’re not confident of winning what I assume will be an individual endurance challenge.
To sum up, here are my predictions for Episode 7: Firstly, I think the Frannie and Matt showmance is a red herring and will not determine the vote. Next, I think idols — real or fake — will be played to cushion and protect players with this upcoming mystery twist. Carolyn and Danny both have real idols, while Jaime and Matt have fake idols though they think they are real.
I considered Lauren as the next target since she targeted the showmance and was highlighted for having the extra vote she gained from the premiere episode. I also briefly considered Jaime as the target for being a bit of a rogue player, over-confident in her standing in the game. However, I ultimately settled on Kane as his name has been brought up multiple times, and he may be targeted because of the advantage hunting that’s going to happen.
What do you think will happen? Leave your predictions in the comments below!