The Brilliance of the ‘Survivor’ Greats in ‘Survivor: Winners at War’

Tomorrow night the fourth episode of Survivor: Winners at War airs and I am once again looking forward to seeing the drama unfold. The first four votes have been very telling; the first person voted out of Winners at War was a woman of color, Natalie Anderson, two other women (Amber Mariano and Danni Boatwright) followed suit as their respective tribes figured they were easily expendable, and last week’s episode delivered the season’s first male contestant to get voted out, Ethan Zohn.

And yet, why is this truly a big deal? Because two of the season’s biggest targets have been on the chopping block two weeks in a row but have, surprisingly, not met the sword yet. Of course, that pertains to Boston Rob and Parvati, two of the most cunning and brilliant individuals to ever play this game.


Ever since the first week, these two, who have clearly become a power couple, have scared the heck out of their fellow tribemates, surviving tribal council even when the bullseye was clearly on them. Last week, the “New-Schoolers” had a chance. Take out one of their own or go after the “Old-School” trio comprised of Boston Rob, Parvati, and Ethan.

Rob and Parvati don’t have any immunity idols to protect them. They are, bluntly, sitting ducks at tribal council if these New-Schoolers have the guts to take them out, but the New-Schoolers instead target and take out Ethan, an individual who hasn’t played Survivor since 2004’s Survivor: All-Stars. He isn’t nearly as good at the game as Rob and Parvati, which has become evident due to his early departure.

I was flabbergasted. I’ve seen players like Russel Hantz get run off of the island because players understood how dangerous he was and weren’t ready to have him lingering in camp. Rob and Parvati are so good at manipulation that they are still managing to hold on after three tribal councils despite the fact that they are clearly the most dangerous players in the game.


Even Sandra Diaz-Twine, the only two-time winner of Survivor: Winners at War, is managing to stay somewhat under the radar (mainly because her tribe continues to win) but with the target coming her way she’ll have to use the Immunity Idol Natalie pertained to her or be sent packing with the Idol in her bag.

All in all, tomorrow’s episode is sure to be riveting and I can’t wait to see if these New-Schoolers, if they lose again, will finally try to get Rob and Parvati out of this game…before it is too late.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

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