Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette: Cirie Fields

Time for the next edition of Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette, where the authors of this site are randomly assigned contestants from the upcoming season of Survivor: Game Changers and must give an honest assessment of what to expect from them. Next up: Cirie Fields.

The real world may not be in my favor, but the Survivor world sure is. There’s a new season of Survivor with a member of the Black Widow Brigade coming, and the fates have rewarded my loyalty to their cause.

If you don’t remember Cirie, I’m honestly surprised that you found your way to our site. She first graced our television screens with her presence in Survivor: Panama, aka Exile Island. At the ripe old age of 32, Cirie was part of the “older woman” tribe, which defied everyone’s expectations by losing the first immunity challenge. Cirie seemed to be the obvious first boot – she was scared of leaves, after all.

And there was something else that might have made it tough for her to fit in, something that has led many a castaway to being a first boot.

Can’t… quite… figure… it… out.

We often say not to play the post-merge game pre-merge, but if you’re at risk of being voted out, that’s not always an option. Seeing that she couldn’t convince the other women that someone else was weaker, she caused them to fear strength. “Timber” Tina Scheer knew her way around the woods, which should have made her a valuable asset in the early part of the game. Instead, Cirie turned her into a target.

Such ruthless strategy such as that, as well as the 3-2-1 Courtney vote farther down the line, should have made Cirie a villain in the eyes of the fans. But she is so. damn. likable. Truly, this cannot be overstated. Aras wanted to take her to the end! That would have been so stupid! But they were close and he would have been happy to see her succeed.

It was only natural that she was brought back for Fans vs. Favorites, where she started off by breaking our hearts and voted for beloved Yau-Man instead of Parvati – who had yet to become our queen. We soon forgot our heartbreak when Cirie went on to help form the greatest female alliance there ever was and will ever be.

*laughing* They made those boys look so dumb.

Unfortunately, her physical game has always kept her from final tribal council, and in Heroes vs. Villains, she was quickly voted out (despite having a solid alliance) for being the extreme threat she is. Will her Survivor hiatus since Heroes vs. Villains lower her threat level and cause people to focus on the perceived bigger fish to fry, or will they want to avoid risking Cirie getting as close to the end as she did in her first two seasons?

Best Case Scenario

An all-returnees season with more than a few players who are weak in challenges could keep her weakness from being a concern. Cirie’s likability should help her to form an alliance, and if the group is full of winners and fallen angels like herself, it could keep them from turning on each other as threats. If she’s able to get to the merge with enough strategic meat shields, it’s possible that Cirie could finagle her way to the final four. Perhaps this time, she’s able to light her fire a little bit faster, and assuming there’s a final three, she’ll have finally made it. Of course, it depends on who she’s up against at the end, but it’s hard to imagine Cirie in front of the jury and not walking away with the million. Unless she’s sitting next to Sandra.

Worst Case Scenario

Cirie has never been good in challenges, and she’s well-known to be a strategic threat. It’s not hard to imagine her being the first boot. She almost was once before.

Most Likely Scenario

She will continue her trend of slaying our faves (As much as we want them to team up, can’t you see her getting Sandra out? And you know she wants revenge on J.T.) and have a decent alliance at the merge. But things get crazy at the merge with returning players, and old friends start mixing up alliances. Cirie was not known for hanging out with past players, but she is known for combining her irresistible charm with cutthroat strategy. An ally or two decide this might be their only shot, and they turn on Oprah in a gangster suit. Cirie then becomes the greatest Queen of Ponderosa that the world has ever seen.

He’s literally eating out of the palm of her hand. Foreshadowing!
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Emma is the token chick of the Purple Rock Podcast. She has watched the show continuously since the second episode and is pretty sure she's never seen the pilot.

Favorite seasons: Heroes vs. Villains, Micronesia, Cambodia, Cook Islands, China, Philippines

Favorite players: Courtney Yates, Parvati Shallow, John Cochran, Cirie Fields, Yul Kwon, Kim Spradlin
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  • Black Dynamite

    Cirie is my all time favorite player and I will be rooting for her to win more than I’ve ever rooted for anyone to win Survivor ever and even more than the some of the sports teams I root for. I love this woman so much.

    She has wowed me multiple times with how brilliant of a strategist she is. How detailed she can build a plan and how flawlessly she can execute it is stunning. Plus the fact that she is such a likeable presence is particularly unfair. She’s too good for this game.

    As for my prediction, this may be more of wishful thinking, but I really think she’ll excel in this format and learn from her HvV missteps before sadly going out late but again leaving a mark as one of the greatest to ever play.

    My Prediction: Post Merge Boot

    Previous Predictions
    Varner: Post Merge Boot
    Andrea: Winner
    Tai: Pre Merge Boot
    Caleb: Pre Merge Boot
    Sandra: Pre Merge Boot

    • To be clear, she could be one of the first players voted out and will still be one of the best players to ever play. But she is definitely one of the ones I’ll be rooting for. As my wife and I were watching Panama, I kept yelling “Be my friend!” at post-merge Cirie. She was such a delight.

      • Black Dynamite

        Yeah, she’s already one of the best ever. A good run would just remind people of that fact in case they didn’t know. I also want Cirie to be my friend or even to just say hi to me as I become a puddle of nerves. That’s the dream.

      • gouis

        You wanted to be-friend the black woman on the season? Surprising.

        • I was as shocked as you are.

      • Kemper Boyd

        She’s got a tough road, Micronesia showed her to be so adept at the game that she is too dangerous to stay. It’s also big season in the show’s lore so everyone knows her game. That was her shot to win, it sucks she didn’t but I doubt she can do it now and if she does it will take a brilliant game from her to do it.

  • Hornacek

    The fact that she orchestrated that 3/2/1 vote is amazing – that alone would cement her reputation as one of the greats. But her strategic game, all-around likability, and co-forming the Black Widow’s alliance are just icing on the already-great cake.

    Although, let’s face it, “leaves” is (are?) a pretty stupid thing to be afraid of. This isn’t The Happening.

    • purplerockandy

      Remember when The Happening took down Caleb? It’s not joke.

    • Alycia Swift

      Where nothing happened.

      • Hornacek

        What’s the buzz
        Tell me whatsa happening

        • Alycia Swift

          Why should you want to know?
          Don’t you mind about the future.
          Where and when and who and how?

          Yes, my age is showing.

          • Hornacek

            I’ve never actually seen it. A local radio station used that clip before their morning “entertainment news” segment. It was many years before I found out that it was from an actual musical.

  • Side Character

    If they could somehow find a way to have Cirie and Sandra both win, that would be amazing (wouldn’t it be something if the first ever tie at FTC was with these two?). God, what I wouldn’t give to see my two favourite players team up and just own everybody. It sucks that only one of them can win.

  • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

    Out of everyone on Cirie’s tribe, I think Culpepper will the one who guns hardest for her. Hopefully it’ll be easy for her to turn everyone against Culpepper. Also, I’m ready for Black Widow Brigades to form on both tribes and for all ten women to make the merge. The biggest obstacle would be if FFGCSDT decides Culpepper and Ozzy will be her new Will and Dan and pulls a Lacina (or is it a McQuillen?) to knock out Cirie et al.

    Cirie is also in a Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t situation. There was a bit of distance between her and the other heroes, so when the tribe wants her out because she’s a strategic threat, she doesn’t have the connections to fall back on and whip votes. But if she turns up the charm and starts pulling in allies, people remember that that’s part of her game, and then they become reattuned to her as a threat. This would be especially true if screen time is a concern.

    • Black Dynamite

      I’m also ready for the sequel to the Black Widow Brigade (greatest alliance ever). Though if the was a situation where Cirie, Sandra, Andrea, Michaela and Aubry all got together and just slayed the competition, I may have to retire from Survivor. Nothing the show could do in the future would ever top that.

      • Alycia Swift

        Upvote except the retiring part.

    • I think a lot of these women- FFSDT, Sarah, Hali, and Debbie to name a few- will have no interest in a girl power/women’s alliance game. I’m basing this on their previous games and interviews.

      • Purple Rock Emma

        I actually could see Hali being on board, but I agree about the others.

      • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

        FFGCSDT and Sarah probably wouldn’t actively seek to form one, but I doubt any of the four would go against it if that quickly formed a majority. I actually think the biggest obstacle to any BWB is the formation of a third tribe.

      • Kemper Boyd

        You know who didn’t want to do a women’s alliance? Kim…

        • But, I think her hand was kinda forced thanks to Production. What happens if One World is mixed genders? Who does Kim pick?

          • Kemper Boyd

            Fair but I think people say “oh, I don’t want that” until it bcomes the best option.

          • Absolutely.

  • purplerockandy

    Best Case: The internet has told me that winning on your fourth try is so automatic that we needn’t celebrate it. So obviously, Cirie will win and we will yawn.

    Worst Case: Ozzy beats her in the Finals.

    • Black Dynamite

      Almost automatic, if only she had a Phillip or Natalie.

      • purplerockandy

        You mean a Debbie and a Sierra?

        • Black Dynamite

          Shit, I would never insult Debbie like that.

          • Yeah, at least she showed some strategic acumen on her first outing.

          • Alycia Swift

            It was her inability to listen to others and think of it from other perspectives that killed her.

          • Yeap. I think her weird blindness to Julia really doomed her.

    • Diego Armando

      I was about to say that Rupert proved that false, but him stepping down in BvW throws off the math.

      • purplerockandy

        The only thing that kept him from his obvious victory was his incomparable love for his wife.

    • gouis

      I will pay you $100 if you go 6 months without referencing Boston Rob.

      • purplerockandy

        I think I’ve proven that I can talk about him without saying his name.

        • gouis

          That still counts

          • purplerockandy

            No deal. I have too much material stored up.

          • gouis

            I’ll give you $50 if you never use his name, but you can reference him obliquely.

          • Pretty tempting deal, since $50 is like $4000 Canadian at this point.

        • Alycia Swift

          Is that the new he whose name shall not be spoken?

  • Maritimer

    Can we talk about cast bios here (Redmond has them)? Particularly Troyzan’s where he claims that “This is my Island” is a Top 10 Survivor memorable moment

    • purplerockandy

      We can talk.

    • Black Dynamite

      It’s not even a top 10 Troyzan moment. All ten moments obviously being when he got voted out, Kim played him against Mike and everytime the world laughed at his awfulness.

      • TheForRealDeal

        • Oh, I remember. That challenge may come up at some point in the near future…

          • Diego Armando

            I would be stunned if they did not bring back that challenge. Prediction: the final challenge will be the last South Pacific challenge that took out Ozzy.

          • Well it did pop up in Cambodia for the F5 IC, so it is possible, especially since it was one of the FIC in Tocantins.

          • It’s less about the challenge and more about what happened. Also, I think SJDS might’ve broken that challenge.

    • I am on the CBS website and apparently it has only been 1 year since Brad has played

      • Maritimer

        I was also confused by this statement. Was it meant to be a joke?

        • I don’t know because the rest of his bio is so short that you don’t really get a sense for Brad at all. If there was a sense of humor in his bio, then I have completely missed it.

      • purplerockandy

        He has to say that for insurance purposes.

      • Kemper Boyd

        I would bet you a lot of money this is his Cambodia bio and he either didn’t send the new one or resent that one.

        • Let me check since the Cambodia bios were just their pitches to get back on.

          • Kemper Boyd

            I thought they all filled in a proper bio too for after their selection.
            Because Peih-Gee posted a photo of her handwritten one on twitter.

          • They have never been updated on Survivor Wiki.

        • I checked and although he does mention that he did what he did for Monica, it is a new bio AFAIK

          • Kemper Boyd

            I think he filled out a longer form for Cambodia and bits of that were used.

          • If only those bios can be found 🙁

          • Kemper Boyd

            Yeah, I only say that because Peih-Gee tweeted an image of hers and it was like 4 pages handwritten.

      • Alycia Swift

        Remember, he does not know math. That is why he went to law school. That is why many of us do (kidding).

        • Man, I should have thought about that before I did my grad school stint.

    • Also, Ciera says this about what she will do this season: “This time, I am taking the game more seriously and I want to be more focused, stay driven, and not become complacent.” Isn’t that what she did in Cambodia?

      • gouis

        Ciera is kind of the worst.

        • Purplerockmatt

          only kind of?

          • gouis

            I didn’t want to come at Andy too strong, I know he harbors a deep love of her game.

          • I’m also very high on Ciera 1.0, and I don’t really see how she could’ve done much better in Cambodia. Sure, there were a lot of power players on that season, but she was hyped up so much after BvW that no one was letting her get near the end. (I don’t think she played a great game in Cambodia, but she wasn’t making it deep into the merge even if she didn’t start getting irritated with everyone.)

          • Max_Jets

            She also went from being in the minority to having to be idoled out. That’s super impressive. Also, she had great eye rolls.

          • But here is the thing: had she and Spencer not went after Jeremy’s vote, she could have survived that council.

          • Max_Jets

            I’m not saying she didn’t make mistakes (Wentworth and the other people in that group of 7 can be blamed for this too) but she went from the minority position for multiple tribal councils to being in the majority for multiple tribal councils. That is extremely rare in a merge, and she should get just as much credit as Wentworth for working her way out of it.

          • I think the Wiglesworth vote should be given to both her and Stephen, but I think that leads herself open to getting idoled at the very next Tribal.

        • Okay, I find her scrappiness in BvW kinda endearing, but in Cambodia and especially here, she is just going to be gunning for airtime.

          • gouis

            Ciera 1.0 is fine. However she instantly became self-aware and it completely ruined her.

          • I think what ruined her was Probst at the reunion saying that the way she was playing was the right way to play.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Ciera is a player who can never get near the hype Probst puts up for her. She once voted out her mom because it was Redemption Islands and she had to. That’s it, she was a passenger and isn’t all that good at being more.

          • Black Dynamite

            Though she was always one move late in BvW, I still love the way she went to rocks and wished it was talked about more than the mom thing. “I’m number four, don’t try to bullshit me” is my favorite Ciera moment.

          • Kemper Boyd

            a good one whole tribal late. At 7 they could have taken out Tyson’s crew.

          • Alycia Swift

            That’s it.

          • Alycia Swift

            I find her annoying.

          • Why?

    • gouis

      FFSDT is GORGEOUS in her profile. I don’t know what happened but holy cow.

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        Looking at the S30 and S34 cast photos side by side, I think she eased up on the eye makeup a bit and maybe put on a bit of weight.

        • gouis

          This is the kind of analysis we need.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            After the Nicaragua rewatch, my ability to comment on a female cast member’s appearance without causing offense is either depleted or reinforced, I’m not sure which.

          • No one has ever been as objectified on this site as Ken. So I think you’re in the clear.

          • I don’t know what you are talking about, sir. We always talked about Ken in respects to his excellent abs…I mean, gampelay. Always about gameplay.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Natural eyebrows (those tatted on ones were awful).

    • Diego Armando

      The only thing from One World that could warrant a “Most Memorable Moments” spot was the men giving up immunity and that would be somewhere in the 20’s at highest.

      • You’re leaving out the time Tarzan tried to convince everyone that he didn’t shit in his underwear.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Troyzan is the human personification of the worst.

      • Don’t worry. This will be covered. In depth.

        • Kemper Boyd

          THE WORST

    • My God, I have never seen a more sadsack bio than JT’s. I understand that he is a bit embarrassed by what happened but he a) doesn’t mention that he has the first perfect game in Survivor history or b) doesn’t bring up the idol incident at all. Now, I get that in theory, the idol move could work but you would think he might bring it up.

      • Figaro

        I think he’s obliquely referring to the idol guff-up with “My ability to understand that I would have to make a big move to win the game, and my guts to act on it”… presumably meaning that if he had been right about Russel he could’ve had a much different game… maybe?
        JT’s one of the one’s I’m most interested to see how his game differs (or doesn’t) since his previous two plays were complete opposites almost.

        • That could also be referring to the Cirie boot, but who knows? The baffling one is him thinking that he doesn’t know how to pick a strong alliance, when he had Stephen in Tocantins.

        • Alycia Swift

          He did have a lot of help from Stephen the first time. People loved JT socially but Stephen did a lot of the strategy. He did not have that the second time and the level of players was higher.

      • Maritimer

        Also, JT’s picture. An early candidate for this seasons “Superman in a fat suit”

        • So, in that spirit, I looked up Colby’s bio. Colby sounds thrilled to be back, but you can tell that he won’t be happy because he is going back for the adventure. In a weird foreshadowing the Survivor he respects the most is Tom Westman.

        • Alycia Swift

          He was never thin the first time and muscled the first time (like Colby was). He was burly.

          But many put on a few pounds because they now they will lose them quick and they lose faster and more than women.

    • Figaro

      Interesting that Hali considers her previous game a complete write-off. I hope that means she comes into this season with more focus and determination to actually play.
      Reading the bios though, I feel like Michaela, Tai, Sierra, and (surprisingly!) Debbie show the most insight into their mistakes last time and how they can improve this go round.

      • I do not buy Sierra’s bio for a moment. It just seems so rote and not her. Hali’s bio was a fun revelation because you hear a lot of personality along with a good analysis of her gameplay. Michaela’s didn’t sound like her at all. Once you dig through Tai and Debbie’s writing mannerisms, there is great stuff there. I never thought I would hear Tai talk about jury management, so that was a definite plus.

  • I know that the world can still be good when Emma manages to draw one of her favorite players.

    • Maritimer

      When I saw it was Emma writing about Cirie, I knew it would be good. I honestly expected something as long as the Black Widow Brigade post she did

      • I was expecting a “Bow down Bitches” moment but I guess that is reserved for the entirety of the Black Widows Brigade.

    • Purplerockmatt

      i hope the anticipation is properly building for who I drew because it is going to be legen, wait for it….

      • Purplerockmatt

        -dary

        • I am hoping for either Troyzan or Sierra…partly to see how you can talk about either of them for a 1000 words.

          • purplerockandy

            Spoiler: he drew Andrew Savage.

          • Purplerockmatt

            god the write up i am giving him is glorious

          • Didn’t you already do a Savage write up?

          • Purplerockmatt

            can you ever really do a Savage write up?

          • Top 10 Savage beanies?

          • Kemper Boyd

            Top 10 Enormous Shirts

          • Top 10 Saddest Stories about Meeting One’s Super Hot Wife

          • Kemper Boyd

            Top Ten Backwards Baseball caps on men old enough to know better.

          • The Top Ten Wimpiest Non-Leaders.

          • Top 10 Social Justice Stances

          • He did a Savage *interview* once. And he geeked out.

          • I forgot about that. That must have been a magical time for him.

          • Diego Armando

            I suspect Troy would be a rant and Sierra would be an epic parody.

  • purplerockandy

    FYI, the tribe divisions were announced today. So you may speak freely about them without spoiler tags.

    • Kemper Boyd

      it was all as we expected?

      • Yeah, I think Redmond had them right.

      • purplerockandy

        idk what we expected. I never looked.

  • Diego Armando

    I think Cirie is in the same boat as Sandra. She can win, but has a large target on her. I think she will be an early casualty.

    • purplerockandy

      You’d think, but apparently playing for fourth time doesn’t put a target on you. It gives you a cloak of invincibility, you see?

      • Purplerockmatt

        I feel like you are trying to make a point about someone here, but you are just being too damn subtle for me to figure it all out

      • Kemper Boyd

        Not with returnees.

        • purplerockandy

          Can you honestly say that if Survivor were to ever deign to do a returnees with newbies season with women returnees, and Cirie was one of them, you’d consider any potential win by her easy and invalidated?

          • Kemper Boyd

            honestly, yes, if said newbies were a bunch of morons. And not invalidated, just not as impressive as people want it to be… But you are right, we are never getting a season where women returnees are leading a tribe each.

          • purplerockandy

            What level of moron would they have to be? Not play their immunity idol when it’s painfully clear they’re on the bottom-moron or hand over their immunity necklace when it’s painfully clear they’re on the bottom-moron?

          • Kemper Boyd

            As I said I don’t think Rob’s win was bad, I just think there are harder situations to be in.

          • purplerockandy

            Reasonable!

          • Alycia Swift

            The only time that happened was Stephanie.
            They brought three medically evacuated men back. Most of the medical evacuations have been men. I think there have only been two women and one sometimes is thought of as a quit (Dana) so they could not even do that.

          • Kemper Boyd

            But we are getting back into the pointlessness of this argument. I don’t think Rob’s win is as impressive as Kim’s because they both played with morons but one of them had 3 previous times worth of experience. I don’t think Rob wasn’t an impressive winner.

  • jersey_luck

    I think Circe is the person that got most lucky with the her tribe. I predict that Nuku will be beat Mana in the first two challenges and by the time swap she should have a strong group who like her. I personally think by time merge hits orginal Nuku will be up 8 members to Nuku 5 members and I can not honestly see a way that Circe is one of two Nuku who get voted out. Honestly I think Circe is going to make it deep into the merge and be there in the endgame.

    • Roswulf

      I’m less optimistic. Challenges are sufficiently random that her team could easily lose in episode one (say, a 40%) chance. And she has a tribe full of the kind of lugs who would be mortally offended by this, and target Cirie as weak- including two guys in JT and Ozzie who have unpleasant history with Cirie.

      • Maritimer

        I take heart in the fact she focuses in her bio on being in better shape that her challenge performance will be better enough to save her from being the “weak” target…though she could really only shift that target to Tai on her tribe I think

        • Alycia Swift

          Tai was not weak in challenges physically (puzzles – I do not recall him doing them). He beat Cydney for immunity in an endurance challenge. He was able to lift and carry part of a challenge with another player when Michelle and Cydney dropped it.

          Although this season there might be some more brute strength ones bc there are some guys that can take it (Culepepper, Malcolm to some extent, JT.)

          • Maritimer

            He was not, but I think it would be possible (and maybe necessary for Cirie) to convince others to perceive him as such, if that’s the way the tribe goes with its voting

      • jersey_luck

        It is odd that I am more hopeful about Circe. I think Circe is going to avoid going to those early tribal councils and by the time she goes I think she goes I think she will find her way into majority.

    • Violina23

      For a second I read that typo “Circe” as “Cersei” and my imagination had a LOT of fun

  • Mike Hirsch

    Cirie has a slight advantage in that there are some bigger targets in (I would presume) Sandra and Tony, but she also will need to be particularly crafty to get past the first vote if her tribe loses. Which she is perfectly capable of being. I can’t see Ozzy not gunning for her right out of the gate. Dammit, Ozzy!

    • Diego Armando

      Ozzy seems the type to hold a grudge.

      • I think he is holding a bigger grudge about SoPa than anything else at this point.

  • gouis

    bae

  • PurpleTally

    See, if I’m on Survivor with Cirie, I ally with her, because she’s great at strategy and she’ll always be a bigger strategic threat than me. Plus, she’s not necessarily an immunity threat, so I keep her until I have the numbers and then boot her. There are plenty of other people that can help you win challenges, and she’s solid with her alliances.
    But, she’ll probably be out early because the Survivor gods are cruel.

    • Kemper Boyd

      I honestly think this was Tom’s mistake. He wanted to ally with JT as they were both threats but he should have gone with Cirie, they could have made it far.

      • jersey_luck

        To be fair on Tom, Circe was targeting Tom. In the odd circle that was JT targeted Circe because she was targeted Tom for the same reasons that could applied to JT later on. They all were great players on the Heroes tribe and helped make the premerge great.

        • Roswulf

          Objection! As someone who just watched the HvV premerge, JT is in no way a great player on the Hero tribe (and I don’t just mean the letter).

          But that’s for a later post in this series.

          • jersey_luck

            And I look forward to arguing that when we get there.

          • Roswulf

            As a preview, let’s remember JT’s last words on Survivor. After he helped to blow up his entire Alliance’s game by believing Russell, while not even considering the possibility that Sandra might be telling the truth.

            “Don’t ever trust women.”

          • jersey_luck

            Let’s be quiet until JT’s name pops out of the revolver (unless his name isn’t going to pop out).

          • Oh, interesting! I look forward to this case, because I’ve been a staunch defender of JT’s letter. That quote is a tantalizing preview.

          • Kemper Boyd

            “Is there a chance Russell is lying? Not a chance in the world”.

        • Kemper Boyd

          They should have teamed up. Cirie made a mistake by going to hard too soon as I think she could have escaped a little longer if she’d played like Sandra and offered to be a loyal number.

          • jersey_luck

            She did. Remember the reason she went home was because she idoled out. In the bigger picture Cirie was in the center of majority alliance. Her only fault was not making se JT felt safe.

          • We also saw a very different Cirie in HvV. She just seemed a bit bitter over Micronesia (specifically over Parvati getting all of the credit with her win).

    • Violina23

      So instead of a meat-shield, a strategy-shield?

  • tocantins

    Call me pessimistic (and I am, especially about this season), but I have a hard time thinking about a scenario where Cirie is not voted out within the first three episodes. (Which sucks, of course, since she—and Sandra, an even more likely early boot—is one of my favorite players ever.)

    • No amount of Cirie will be enough, so I’m ready to be disappointed when she gets voted out. I don’t know if it’ll be her, but one of my favorites will definitely get booted within the first three votes- though that happened in Cambodia and I loved that season.

    • Alycia Swift

      I think because her first two games were so strong no matter how many time she is brought back, others will not let her get far – unless its a Redemption Island type setup with just two women returning as “leaders” of the tribe and a bunch of first-timers, some who might be recruits and/or Mactors.