Survivor in 2018

Best Alliance

Which was the Best Alliance of Survivor in 2018?

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This week we’re going to be posting end-of-year lists to highlight the best, funniest, and most shocking moments of Survivor in 2018. The Inside Survivor team separately nominated four choices in each category (six in the Best Character categories). We then tallied those votes to determine the final four nominations for each of those categories.

To vote on the previous categories click here.

Here are our four nominations for Best Alliance of Survivor in 2018. Readers can vote below for their favorite.


Dom and Wendell (11 nominations)
Survivor: Ghost Island

Dom and Wendell were THE alliance of Ghost Island. The entire season pretty much revolved around their relationship. An early bond was formed in the premiere and forged even deeper when they found themselves as underdogs following the Morgan blindside. At the merge, Dom & Wendell took control with a mixture of aggressive play and social charm, putting a stranglehold on the game and dictating the vote at several Tribal Councils. It was only fitting that the two men ended up at the Final Tribal Council together in Survivor’s first-ever tied vote.


The David 5 [Carl, Christian, Davie, Gabby, Nick] (11 nominations)
Survivor: David vs. Goliath

There has been no feel-good story in Survivor this year as satisfying as the David 5 coming together and momentarily taking the advantage in David vs. Goliath. It might not have lasted, but for three votes, the alliance of Carl, Christian, Davie, Gabby, and Nick became incredibly rootable underdogs. The funny thing is, the David 5 weren’t aligned by choice but rather forced together due to the Goliaths stonewalling their attempts at a cross-tribal alliance. With no other options, the remaining Davids put their heads together, shared information, and mounted a game-changing sneak attack on the cocky Goliaths, taking out big-hitters John, Dan, and Alec at consecutive Tribal Councils.


The Brochachos [Christian, Dan, John] (10 nominations)
Survivor: David vs. Goliath

While not technically an alliance, the Brochachos provided some lighthearted humor in those post-swap Tiva days and helped pave the way for a beautifully ironic #BrochachoBlindside post-merge. The trio of Dan, John, and “honorary” Brochacho Christian was as goofy as they come, with their clubhouse rules and ridiculous nicknames (Dan = President, John = CEO, Christian = Head of Awesome Stuff aka The HAS). Perhaps in an alternate timeline, this group made it all the way to the Final 3; I can just picture them rocking up to Final Tribal Council in hats fashioned out of coconut shells and palm fronds.


Christian and Gabby (10 nominations)
Survivor: David vs. Goliath

The partnership between Christian and Gabby was one of the most genuine relationships we’ve seen on Survivor. It was more than just an alliance of convenience. These were two kindred spirits, bonded by a shared sense of humor and unabashed nerdiness. Christian would lend Gabby his emotional support in her moments of vulnerability. When it came to making a move, Gabby could use Christian as a strategic sounding board. Whether they were playing in the sand, discussing the logistics of Slamtown, or plotting the downfall of Carl, these two Davids were almost always in sync. Even when Gabby turned on Christian, in an intense backfired blindside, the two parted with love and respect.

Honorable Mentions: The Jabeni 3 [Angelina, Mike, Nick] (Survivor: David vs. Goliath), Elizabeth & Lyrsa (Survivor: David vs. Goliath), Dom, Donathan, Laurel & Wendell (Survivor: Ghost Island), Mason-Dixon [Christian & Nick] (Survivor: David vs. Goliath).


Thank you for voting! Check back next week when the results will be announced.

The poll closes Tuesday, January 1 2019.

Check back tomorrow when we will reveal the nominations for Best Move.

Written by

Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

4 responses to “Best Alliance”

  1. I’m not voting. Only because it feels like this “award” was created as a consolation prize for Ghost Island. Wendell and Dom’s alliance was the entire story of that sub-par season. Just being honest.

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