Happy weekend everyone! How is everyone spending their free time? I’m planning on going on a nice long hike tomorrow afternoon. It’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors while simultaneously getting a good workout in! Speaking of good workouts, plan on a lot of keystrokes from me regarding the season finale of Survivor Ghost Island! As as longtime student of the game, there is so much tension in my heart about what I think should happen versus what I want to happen. Do you ever feel this way?
Getting into what today is about, this bonus post is meant to prepare everyone for a satisfying conclusion to the endgame. No matter your bias, it’s important to have an overall understanding of the game thus far and everyone’s role in it. How did each contestant get to the final 6? What advantages or obstacles did they meet along the way? What relationships did they make or break during their journey? And most importantly, have they been entertaining? Think about these questions as you read along. It was really intriguing to find readers who disagreed with my opinion last week regarding Laurel’s position in the game. That type of dialogue was really helpful to me sharpening my analytical skills and makes discussion really interesting! I welcome all opinions here, so please do comment below!
Wendell: Let’s start this post off with my favorite character of the season! Judging by how many votes he’s received post merge, you wouldn’t believe that he had quite the cushy pre-merge game! Due to sheer likability, well-rounded strength in both physical & mental challenges and usefulness around camp, Wendell was able to ingratiate himself within every tribe he was on. He went to a total of 1 tribal council where his Naviti allies turned on Angela, but in dramatic fashion, James made a power move against them and blindsided Morgan. Yes, James has been the ONLY Malolo to ever outplay a Naviti! Wendell and Domenick temporarily being on the bottom of their new tribe is what probably brought them closer together as allies. This is also when Domenick shared his advantages with Wendell.
Wendell never faced another tribal council until entering the merge with as many allies as you can imagine. His alliance with Domenick was cemented when Chris forced him to pick a side in their showdown. We saw how that ended up. Despite several attempts at Wendell’s life, he has been able to maintain key bonds with people who could have and should have turned on him like Laurel, Sebastian and Donathan. He has won challenges, found an immunity idol and made successful counter-strikes against his enemies all while maintaining their utmost respect. He’s charming, witty and an overall pleasant person. He also has a nice ass.
Wendell’s Chances: At this point, Wendell should have an easy time getting to the F4. He has Domenick as an ally out of necessity as well as Sebastian who seems to be playing for him to win. With no wiggle room in terms of voting power, Laurel will probably also keep him towards the end game. Between winning immunity and or having to use his idol, I just don’t see Wendell making an early exit.
We could potentially see him and Domenick turn on each other at the F4 right before the final vote. That’s when the million dollars becomes closer to reality, and people start thinking about their families. In that case, I see Wendell being the bigger target in the eyes of the others considering Domenick has at least rubbed some people the wrong way like Chris and Desiree. If Wendell makes it to the end, I think he wins. Domenick will give him a challenge, but I think (and hope) Wendell will pull it off!
Angela: Ok so after starting off with arguably our strongest competitor, I thought we’d fly by a competitor who hasn’t been so… competitive in terms of the game of Survivor. Angela’s journey has been lacking in lust for the most part. When you think about the idea of luck in the game of Survivor, it truly does benefit some more than others. Angela has arguably made the worst decisions out of the remaining players yet luck has helped get her this far. Luck might be too negative of a word. Privilege is better, because it applies to most of those from the original Naviti tribe with their string of lucky tribal switches and misplays from their competitors. Despite Naviti coming for her literal neck here, Naviti taking out her strongest ally here and Naviti taking out her last remaining ally here, she’s had the LUXURY of sitting back and coasting to the end anyway! Her most memorable moment this season will forever be when she swallowed a sea slug whole.
Angela’s Chances: Are simply nonexistent. We have seen many comments from her fellow contestants both during the season and post-exit interviews that she isn’t well respected. A lot of her fellow survivors have even questioned her mental state during the game. Her best shot will be going to the end with both Sebastian and Donathan, but even in that situation, I think she gets a distant 3rd place. While she has shown a few spurring moments of excitement for the game, I don’t think it has translated to a good strategic or social game.
Donathan: Donathan’s story has been one of the most intriguing to watch. He starts off portraying himself as just some dumb naive boy from Kentucky that is thrust onto the island like a fish out of water. This proves to be true as he barely escapes the first elimination and struggles in the challenges. He’s determined to try his best, and it’s endearing. He overcomes many obstacles through the support of his tribemates. His relationship with Laurel is one that has been sweet to watch really. The quintessential Donathan we grew to love was featured in the premiere of this season. We see Donathan making deep social connections with people like James, Laurel and even Chris during the premerge. However, it sort of stops there.
Post-merge Donathan seems to be one that stirs the pot at Tribal Council with his “truth bombs” while having an air of smugness. Despite his hesitations with following Laurel’s every single lead, he hasn’t actually made any moves for himself. After the latest episode where he threw multiple tantrums, he now sits in a position where everyone views him as unpredictable and untrustworthy. This is what happens when you let others control your fate. Now, he is frustrated with the position he’s gotten himself in.
Donathan’s Chances: Are slim. He only has a shot if he gets to the end with Sebastian and Angela. How he makes that happen seems impossible. Laurel seems to have firmly chosen to side with Domenick and Wendell at this point. If he can convince her otherwise, he could have a chance. Even if he were to convince her, they’d still need to work around immunity and immunity idols. Even still, Donathan would most likely want to take Laurel to the end where she would beat him silly in a vote.
Sebastian: Oh Sea Bass my darling Sea Bass! Many episodes ago, our resident douchebag, Bradley, claimed that Donathan was only here for a “beach vacation”. I think he was referring to Sebastian. Like most Naviti members who chose to not play aggressively, he’s had quite the easy time coasting this far. He has very similar qualities to Wendell in that he is likable, strong in challenges and useful around camp. However, he’s missing the strategic bones that Wendell has. He has been staunchly loyal to Naviti since day 1 and in particularly, the boys of Naviti. It’s a shame he hasn’t been shown more, because he has the best body in the cast sans Chris. He also has quite the goofy sense of humor. Sebastian’s game can be summed up in his own words from the latest episode where he likened himself to a “suckerfish”.
Sebastian Chances: I’ve said this before, but I think Sebastian only wins against Donathan and Angela. And even that could be a struggle if Donathan manages to pick up votes from his old Malolo gang. This Final 3 is so unrealistic though that I think Sebastian ends up either getting voted out due to idols being bounced or he’s dragged to the end as a goat. He does have an extra vote that could be used in his favor, but I don’t think he has the strategic prowess to use it effectively.
Laurel: Is it Yanny or Laurel? Obviously it’s Laurel! Her story has been really fun to watch. Right now, I’m feeling disappointed in her game, but when you look at the details throughout, you have to give her credit for being a strong analytical thinker that persevered really dire circumstances. It has always been her deep social connections that allowed her to not only survive the votes but place herself in a position MANY times to be the swing vote! That doesn’t always happen by mistake. Laurel set herself up throughout the merge where everyone depended on her. That speaks volumes about her social game.
We know how I feel about her alliance with both Wendell and Domenick. We also know how she feels. Laurel is not dumb. She knows how risky it is going to the end with Dom and Wendell. We are yet to see how it will turn out, but it has been great watching a strong female (physically, mentally and strategically by the way) actually have so much influence in the game.
Laurel’s Chances: Again, this entire game really comes down to Laurel’s decisions. Does she stick with one or both of Dom and Wendell? Does she take Donathan and another goat to the end altogether? Will idols bounce onto her? We don’t know quite yet. What I do know is that if she makes it to the end, she will have a strong case to win. I just hope that we don’t have another Woo situation taking Tony to the finals.
Domenick: Last but definitely not least, we have our 3rd strong contender for the win. If we’re speaking frankly here, this season has focused primarily on Domenick’s story. The entirety of the pre-merge was built on the running rivalry between him and Chris. It led up to one of the biggest showdowns we’ve seen in Survivor history. He started off as overplaying the game in many ways. He rubbed some people the wrong way, but he was always in a position of influence for the most part. He showed leadership qualities that just made people want to follow him. He ran Naviti like an Italian father runs his family! Remember the advice I gave to Domenick for his post-merge game? Well the knucklehead listened to me. Despite being a target countless times, his social game has kept people like Sebastian, Laurel, Kellyn and Angela on his side when they shouldn’t have. His arrogance is creeping through right now. The way he gaslit Donathan wasn’t that cute, but he’s doing what he has to do to move into the finale and conquer his enemies. While he’s not my favorite, I am very proud of the strong game Domenick has played.
Domenick’s Chances: I think he has the BEST chances to win this season of Survivor. While Wendell has the better social bonds, I think that’s a double edged sword at the end game. With the million dollars being so close you can smell it, people will throw those bonds away and use it as a weapon. Additionally, I think Domenick is more likely to turn on Wendell than the other way around. And if Domenick strikes first at the F4, it’s a done deal.
Well guys and gals, while I always love giving you my opinions on the cast, what’s important to me are YOUR thoughts! What do you think of the final 6 of Survivor Ghost Islands? Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Be sure to comment below and also follow me on twitter if you want to engage with me outside of the blog!
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