Two people fell victims to the axe in Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode 13 when Will played too hard while Sunday had the opposite problem, though both led to the same result.
With six people still left, we’re in for some more quick boots. Adam Klein, Bret LaBelle, David Wright, Hannah Shapiro, Justin “Jay” Starrett, and Ken McNickle remain to fight for the million dollar prize.
David has been gathering trinkets throughout the game. He assumes there aren’t really any more hidden immunity idols left, so he creates one and leaves it for some sucker to find. Cue Jay. This is different. He’s not going to try to fake anyone out with it. Rather, he’s going to make someone feel safe and possibly sink themselves.
It’s day 36, which means that Ken can open the legacy advantage that Jessica left him. He is guaranteed immunity at the next Tribal Council. With six people remaining, that’s a somewhat reasonable reward. I was worried it would be something far more powerful.
For the immunity challenge, they will climb one obstacle before solving a combination puzzle, then do another series of obstacles before moving on to another puzzle. Jay has the lead but then foolishly leaves his combination visible for everybody else to see. He’s got a good lead by the time he gets to the last puzzle, but he has allowed everybody else to catch up and have a shot. David, who needed three attempts to get the combination right even after seeing the correct answer, comes from behind everybody else to win immunity.
Along with immunity, David wins reward, a steak dinner. He can choose two people to go with him, until Jay takes over the reward with his advantage. He invites David because he beat him and Adam because he gave him the advantage. A fair decision that I don’t think can make anyone mad and another surprisingly smart use of a rather lame reward.
Jay uses this time to form an alliance of sorts with David and Adam. He says he’s a shield who will take them to the end if he keeps winning.
Jay’s the easy target since he cost himself immunity, but the counter to that is that Bret is the most likable and has a bunch of jury friends, despite never having won a challenge.
Jay plays his fake idol. Then Ken plays his advantage. He’s safe, but he was never in any danger.
Ken (does not count)
With 3 votes, Jay has been voted off the island.
David realizes that one part of what Jay said is true. Jay was his shield, so now he fears that he is the biggest target.
For the second immunity challenge, they will maneuver a buoy through a series of water obstacles then transport pieces of a word puzzle across a balance beam and other obstacles. Ken takes the lead, but David is performing surprisingly competently for a water challenge. Bret takes the lead in transporting the puzzle pieces, but everybody else is not far behind, aside from Hannah. Ken wins immunity on the puzzle.
Adam wants to get rid of David, but he’s paranoid that he found another idol. Knowing that they are in a battle with each other, David targets Adam.
I was pretty sure Adam was wasting his time, but there’s actually another hidden immunity idol in the final five. Really? For some reason he tells multiple people, and word spreads. Hannah is not so sure she wants to play along with the David vote, but David doesn’t seem to want to believe there is an idol this late in the game.
Adam plays his idol.
With 3 votes, Bret has been voted off the island. He congratulates David on winning the game.
David doesn’t understand why he’s still standing either. Ken’s loyal to a fault, and Hannah didn’t trust Bret.
The final immunity challenge requires them to maneuver a pole through a wire maze and stack bowls on top of it. I don’t think there is such a thing as a threat here. This looks like it could be anybody’s game. Adam, Ken, and Hannah are in the lead with 10 when David’s bowls fall. Ken takes the lead as Hannah loses hers. Ken reaches his 12th out of 13 while Adam stands there watching and waiting for the wind to die down. It doesn’t. They both have to start again. Hannah takes the lead. With 30 seconds left, she lets Ken catch her. The half an hour time limit expires with a tie.
In the 5 minute tie breaker, Ken continues what was a very successful more aggressive strategy that never quite got him to the 13. He doesn’t need to get there this time, though. With seconds remaining, Ken manages to win by a single bowl.
The simple solution here is for the three to stick together. Hannah makes an effort to flip Ken, but it is an uphill battle considering how clear Ken has made what he feels about loyalty.
With 3 votes, David has been voted off the island. I don’t think Ken could have beaten David, but what may have been his biggest talking point (playing the game honestly) is gone now, though he can still say he was more loyal than either of the others.
Taylor claims his vote is not set and wants to know why each of them should win. Hannah wants credit for her growth and for putting them all in the jury. Ken pitches his loyalty. Adam says he was not the target and kept people safe, aside from the times those weren’t correct.
Sunday asks whether they played more like a millennial or a gen Xer. Ken is old school and not very adaptable. Adam calls Hannah a flipper and calls himself somewhere in between the two of them.
Jessica questions Ken about getting rid of David. He responds that his top alliance is his daughter.
Will respects Ken more for turning on David than for all his talk about loyalty. Then he asks about the Bret vote in which Adam was on the wrong side once again.
Zeke doesn’t think Ken did anything to evolve the game. Adam suggests that he deliberately gave up control when needed while Hannah takes credit for making all of the moves rather than Adam.
To be fair, Adam and Hannah were on the wrong side of the same number of votes (two). The difference is that Hannah’s last mistake was on day 20, not day 37.
Bret was bitter when he left and still is.
Jay questions Adam about why he turned on him.
Chris gives Adam credit for turning Ken against David. I guess it’s fair to draw that conclusion, but unless the editing was really misleading, there is nothing to substantiate that it happened and this lawyer is just really bad at reading these people.
David asks them about what they overcame to get there. Hannah and Ken discuss their social awkwardness, while Adam gives the jury the last answer of the evening that his mom has cancer. The timing of revealing that right before the jury votes may be the smartest move he has made in the game.
Adam clearly has at least a couple of votes, but they have made it clear that Hannah played the better game, if for no other reason than the Bret vote. Ken was right there every step with the person who most people consider the best player, but he won’t be getting much credit for that.
The Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X winner is Adam Klein. I don’t think he’s a bad winner, though not deserving of a unanimous vote. The previous two unanimous winners were Cochran and Jeremy, both of whom also underwhelmed me.
Adam did get to see his mother one last time, but she died days after the show finished filming.
In shocking news, Figgy and Taylor aren’t dating.
Survivor will be returning to Fiji again next season. Survivor: Game Changers premieres in March and will feature returning players Michaela, Tony, Tai, Caleb, Ciera, Cirie, Sandra, and Ozzy. Cirie and Sandra are top tier players, and Caleb was awesome before he got evaced in the most disastrous Survivor challenge.