Ian Walker, the man who brought you the 50 Best Survivor Episodes feature, returns with a brand new countdown
Over the course of 16 years and 32 seasons, it’s been shown that winning Survivor is no easy task, with each “Sole Survivor” demonstrating some excellence in the social, strategic and/or physical parts of the game. While one player experiences the thrill of victory at the end of each season, all of the other participants feel the sting of defeat. All they have left to think about is “what ifs.” What if that one move or decision had gone differently? Then it would be them taking home the million dollar prize.
Losing Survivor sucks at any point in the game, but all of the second-guessing that comes once Jeff Probst snuffs your torch takes on a whole new meaning when your torch is the last one snuffed. The last person to leave the game, the person so close to the end they can taste the money, but has their opportunity to plead their case to the jury taken away at the very last moment. That person becomes ingrained in their respective season as the final recipient of “The Tribe Has Spoken” and earns a place in a very special group in Survivor history: The Day 38 Club.
Besides the winner, the Day 38 loser may be the most interesting position in the game. Just like with the collection of Survivor winners, some Day 38 games have been stellar and others less than stellar, but almost all of them had a shot to win the game had they gotten past one more vote. In addition to exciting games, these players provide interesting stories, many of them often serving as one of the main characters in the narrative of their respective seasons. They might not have walked away with the win, but the Day 38 players can certainly drive the action, from both a gameplay and a storytelling perspective, and so we should commemorate them.
With this list, I will rank all 32 current members of the Day 38 club. When compiling the list, I took into account both the strength of their game and the power of their story. Tomorrow, we will begin the daily countdown of the members of the Survivor Day 38 Club (and yes, I recognize two of these people didn’t get eliminated on Day 38, but “Day 37, 38 and 41 Club” doesn’t have as nice a ring to it).