Another double elimination in Survivor: Game Changers Episode 11 brought us down to a final 6. First Andrea was eliminated as she tried to get rid of Sarah. Then suddenly the tables turned on Michaela.
Sarah may not have turned on Cirie, but she did the next big thing. She took out her right hand man.
Tai admits saying that Sarah is a threat. By being honest, he makes himself look like a liar. At least for Cirie, she may have just been somewhat redeemed by his inability to play the game.
Since he’s dug himself in a hole, Tai next approaches Brad and tells him about his two idols. Brad doesn’t really trust him any more than anyone else does, but Brad doesn’t have a lot of options either.
For the immunity challenge, they will race through a giant maze and collect puzzle pieces so they may solve a puzzle. In addition to immunity, they are playing for food. Sarah and Brad end up in the lead as they get to the puzzle. Brad realizes he didn’t dump all the pieces out of his bag, but that does not slow him down enough. Brad wins immunity.
He chooses to let Troyzan have food with him without hesitation. The second person to join them will be Sarah. Feeling she can’t trust Tai or Cirie, Sarah considers this reward the perfect opportunity to solidify new allies.
When he gets back to the beach, Brad orders Tai to play one of his idols and to give the other one to him. Surely this hostile approach will not work. Not wanting to join forces with a bully, Tai shows Aubry his idols as well.
Not to lose track here, the following people have or have the potential to have immunity tonight: Brad (immunity challenge win), Tai (two hidden immunity idols), Troyzan (hidden immunity idol), and Sarah (legacy advantage). This is just excessive.
Tai plays one of his idols for himself. Then he plays the other one for Aubry. This is also the only night that Sarah can use her legacy advantage, which also grants her immunity. Not to be the only one left out, Troyzan also plays his idol.
So no matter what, the only person who can go home tonight is Cirie. Interesting. But silly. No need to vote. Despite not actually having received any votes, Cirie has been voted off the island.
The person who actually received the most votes was Sarah, while Troyzan and Sarah voted for Tai, and Brad cast the lone Aubry vote.
The next immunity challenge requires them to use paddles to maneuver balls through a series of obstacles. Brad is the first one to move a ball across. Sarah and Troyzan seem to be getting the hang of it, but neither are close. Brad wins immunity again.
Aubry and Tai find themselves in the minority after trying to vote out Sarah, but Aubry’s pitch to Sarah is that if Brad wins immunity again, he’s taking Troyzan with him to the end. Tai has another idea: just get rid of Aubry. Why did he waste his idol saving her then?
Then Brad bosses Tai around again, which causes him to flip again, now agreeing with the Troyzan vote. Possibly.
At Tribal Council, everybody admits that they are afraid that someone else can beat them in the final three. Except Troyzan.
With 3 votes, Aubry has been voted off the island. We hardly saw her this season.
The final immunity challenge will have them race through an obstacle course and down a giant waterslide to collect puzzle pieces to solve a puzzle at the end. It’s anybody’s game when they get to the puzzle, except perhaps Troyzan, who fell way behind after getting stuck on one of the locks forever. Sarah quickly falls behind on the puzzle. Brad took a bit of a lead on the obstacles and never looks back. For the fifth time, Brad wins immunity.
Brad isn’t considering anybody a threat. He has a personal vendetta against Tai and wants to get rid of him, even though Sarah is a dangerous player who logically should beat Brad in the end.
Tai proposes to Sarah that they force a tie because they know what Aubry told them last time is true. Troyzan is not Brad’s target.
With 3 votes, Tai has been voted off the island.
I would say that’s the game for Sarah, but that’s pretty much been the case since Cirie got voted out by all the idols. I’m not sure what Troyzan has done, and Brad’s immunity win streak can only get him so far.
Zeke comments about how Sarah made such great moves against people but people like himself and Sierra didn’t mind. He may want to be her champion tonight, but there are some very bitter jury members who literally laugh and cry at the personal relationships she built.
Ozzy says that as the person who has played for 128 days, the most of anyone ever, he knows the game. This coming from a person who has never won and usually gets voted out right after merge because he’s a competitor but kind of sucks at the game of Survivor. He obviously respects Brad’s game of winning immunity a lot because that is also the extent of Ozzy’s game.
Cirie calls Sierra the brains of Brad’s operation. There is some truth to that, but regardless, Brad has flopped about ever since she was eliminated and a bit before that.
As Tai asks a question, more cackling ensues from the others. About half the jury is acting like giant babies. I don’t think I have seen anything this bad before. Perhaps the group setting of the questioning rather than individual speeches is contributing to the mentality.
Michaela doesn’t understand all this whining about Sarah, but she doesn’t know what Troyzan did either. Most people don’t seem to get it, but Sierra defends him and says that as an alliance member, he contributed.
Tai calls out Brad for how he speaks to people, or at least specifically how he talked to him.
In his final speech, Troyzan essentially acknowledges he doesn’t have a chance.
The Survivor: Game Changers winner is Sarah Lacina. There really wasn’t any other feasible result. For a season dubbed game changers, only one game changer made it to the end, which Brad should have realized when he had the chance to get rid of her at four. For all the bitterness displayed at the final Tribal Council, none of that seemed to matter, except when it came to Debbie, who got over her breakdown about Brad and found a new target when she found out that Sarah was the one responsible for getting rid of her.