It is the tip of the street for Shan Smith, the self-proclaimed “Mafia pastor.”
On an emotional Survivor Season 41 Episode 10, we mentioned goodbye to the season’s most divisive participant.
After Ricard turned on her, Shan was blindsided and left the sport with an idol in her pocket.
I have been unapologetically pro-Shan this complete season. Her ebullience and love of the sport shone by means of in her confessionals. She dominated a lot of the early narrative on Ua, and she or he shaped actual relationships, notably with Liana. She made strategic strikes based mostly on razor-sharp instinct.
Nevertheless, it was her loyalty that ended up being her downfall. Shan was solely keen to activate Deshawn if it meant saving Ricard — and it was her excessive regard for Ricard that misplaced her the sport.
As a result of Shan and Ricard have been thrust collectively by circumstance, there was at all times a wholesome disconnect there that meant they may very well be actually trustworthy with one another.
It was a really business-like partnership — extra about respect than love,
You are at all times one relationship away from extending your life on this recreation or getting your torch snuffed.
I’ve to confess her “winner’s” edit fooled me. Eighth place will not be how Shan ought to have gone out. It is an unsatisfying end for a participant who managed a lot of the sport. However she performed onerous, which put a goal on her again, and she or he trusted the fallacious folks.
Regardless of the disappointing ultimate vote, this was a riveting episode of actuality tv.
Reward challenges are at all times extra enjoyable when the winner has to decide on folks to go together with them. It makes successful rewards a double-edged sword.
Ricard was vocal about justifying his selections — Shan and Heather had barely eaten the whole time, and Xander had “selflessly” given up a number of alternatives for rewards.
These sorts of strikes could be tough to navigate, however Ricard dealt with all of it expertly.
It is disappointing they did not present the tip of the night time post-pizza. Would not it have been enjoyable to see the 4 of them multi function huge mattress collectively? Then once more, it is extra probably they every obtained their very own separate beds. That may be the one technique to get an excellent night time’s sleep!
One of the best factor you could be in Survivor is emotionally clever.
Shan may learn her fellow gamers, however she did not know the best way to appease all of them. You possibly can’t simply hear — folks have to really feel heard, and so they want their opinions to have worth. (For what it is price, the winner of Survivor: Philippines is one of the best instance of this attribute.)
The beautiful factor about this episode was that it proved how human these gamers are. They don’t seem to be simply strategic game-bots. They do not simply care about in the event that they win or not — they care about their path to the tip, their friendships, who sits with them, and what a win for them or their allies may imply.
Liana and Shan shaped a bond that can probably final a lifetime. Their summit assembly was an emotional spotlight of the season that got here full circle right here.
Past this recreation, I simply really feel a love in my coronary heart for you.
Liana [to Shan]
Liana’s honesty might have price her the sport — and it positively screwed Shan over due to Shan’s loyalty to Ricard — however that may typically be the worth of getting actual friendships on this recreation. Shut, one-on-one partnerships will help take you to the tip, however they are often detrimental for those who’re not cautious.
Deshawn and Danny have been collectively since Day One. That is a heck of a narrative in the event that they make it to the finals collectively. It is likely to be onerous to distinguish themselves, however Deshawn may swing issues in his favor by reminding everybody how a lot he has put himself on the market.
Danny talked an enormous recreation about loyalty, however he was fast to activate Shan and Liana when it got here all the way down to it. His intestine was to stay with Erika, however he acknowledges that Shan would have been a much bigger menace.
We’re all liars right here.
It appears hypocritical to accuse Shan of being two-faced when he and Deshawn readily stabbed Liana within the again with this vote.
If Shan had performed her idol, Liana would have gone residence! That is hardly the transfer of a loyal ally.
Erika’s strategic play is lastly turning into related. It might be too little too late, however she saved herself and her buddy, Heather (who can be an ideal particular person to take a seat subsequent to within the finals).
The Shan vote was introduced as Ricard’s transfer, although, so unlikely Erika would get credit score for it, regardless that it could not have occurred with out her enter.
Erika has concurrently been an underdog and a wild card this season — however her edit is so uneven, it is onerous to know the place her arc will land.
One factor’s for certain — she’s the queen of metaphors and similes. Erika and Xander are by far one of the best at crafting one-liners and evoking the imagery that elevates the Survivor into one thing extra than simply actuality tv — and so they’re at all times on level.
The toughest factor with Shan is she has an idol, and it is nearly like giving a child a machine gun.
There are seven gamers left within the recreation. Who amongst them is most probably to win?
Danny: May very well be a sleeper winner. Danny’s been a constant presence, however his success at all times got here from being within the dominant tribe. He is a stable strategic participant, however he might need bother separating his achievements from Deshawn.
Deshawn: If Ricard’s not within the Ultimate Three, Deshawn will probably win. He has been a likable narrator and a charismatic presence all through the whole season. He has outplayed lots of his allies. Deshawn has performed rather more aggressively than Danny, and trendy juries are likely to reward that.
Erika: Sadly, she’s an outlier for the title, however I am nonetheless rooting for the feisty little Canadian time traveler! We maintain listening to about what a sneaky participant she is with out actually attending to see a number of her strikes. She in all probability will not win, however it could be a surprising thrill if she did.
Liana: She may win in a Ultimate Three with Heather and Erika, which isn’t outdoors the realm of risk. If she goes to the tip with Danny and Deshawn, a win is unlikely until she personally achieves her purpose of ousting Xander and will get some extra notches on her resume.
Heather: There isn’t any situation by which Heather wins. However she may simply make Ultimate Three as a result of she’s such a non-threat.
Ricard: Odds-on favourite to win at this level. He used his closest ally as a defend and removed her on the excellent time. He is overtaken Xander because the problem beast, so he’ll have to maintain successful (together with the fire-making problem) to remain secure at tribal council, but when he makes it to Ultimate Three, he is taking the title.
Xander: Do not depend out Xander! He was the primary to seek out the “Beware Benefit,” and now he is the one one left. He nonetheless has his idol, and the specter of it has loomed massive since earlier than the merge. Would it not be annoying to have one other younger, straight, white male winner? Sure. However he would have earned it.
For the final couple days, I have been the lone soldier.
Regardless of the “most probably” to win the sport being ousted, this was a nearly-perfect episode. It had two challenges, numerous technique and intelligent gameplay, in addition to some genuinely emotional moments from gamers attempting to strike balances between their heads and hearts.
Love her or hate her, you must admit this season wouldn’t have been the identical with out Shan (which is greater than could be mentioned about another gamers).
What did you consider this episode? Are you cheerful to see Shan ousted or upset she did not make it to the tip?
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