Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette: Sandra Diaz-Twine

Welcome to 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: Sandra Diaz-Twine. The queen.

Editor’s note: Since six entries didn’t feel like enough for this series, we invited some more regular contributor’s to the site and put them through the randomizer. Kemper Boyd was lucky enough to get Sandra.

I was worried when I was asked to take a shot at Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette. There were so many chances I would write a thousand words where every other word was “delusional” or “douche-chills” but then the angels sang and told me I would be writing about the greatest Survivor player of all time Sandra. Diaz. Twine. Sandra Diaz Mother F-ing Twine.

This was like picking up the gun, pointing it at your head and dry firing 5 times in a row, then calmly handing it off to the poor schmuck next to you.

So what can you say about Sandra Diaz-Twine, the only two-time winner of Survivor? I suppose you need to start with the fact she isn’t on the island for fun and games. Sandra is there to make money for her family, Sandra is there on a business trip. She will cut her best friend for that extra 3 days and she did when she voted out Courtney in Heroes vs Villains. She plays in some ways the purest form of Survivor, the “anyone but me” strategy. When it comes down to it, Sandra does what it takes to survive.

But let’s not get it twisted, some people will argue she doesn’t do anything. Those people are wrong. Sandra makes small moves that keep her out of the line of fire: she will turn on an ally in a heartbeat, she puts ideas in people’s heads and creates paranoia to make sure people aren’t looking at her, and she almost always knows where the votes are going. In 78 days of playing Survivor and going to 23 tribal councils, she has voted for the person who didn’t go home only four times (and once was the Russell/Parvati vote split). Basically, Sandra is the Queen of Survivor.

Sandra is a joy to have on your TV screen. She’s cutting, she’s blunt, and she’s funny as hell. It’s not luck that she stars in the first episode of Pearl Islands, where she barters with locals for her tribe and nearly sells Trish to an amorous shopkeep as Trish thinks the woman is just being friendly.

During both of her previous games she went toe to toe with some of the biggest, baddest villains Survivor has to offer and made them both look like fools. If there is anyone in our corner of Survivor fandom who doesn’t love every moment of Sandra vs. Russell, I’d eat his already burnt hat.

Sandra is the star of so many iconic moments- her pronouncement of “Imma burn it” (Editor’s note: “it” being Russell’s hat, in case you’ve forgotten) to Parvarti and her follow-through on that threat being just one. Russell Hantz based his game on intimidating women into coming along with him or cutting them loose, but he met his match in Sandra. Who else but this fiery woman would straight up tell him, “I’m against you Russell”? Who else would yell in Jonny Fairplay’s face?

Editor’s note: Coach is me here- which is something I never thought I’d say.

Sandra even single-handedly took down the opposing tribe’s tarp in Pearl Islands and capped it off with a cheerful “sleep tight” as she walked off to whispers of “What a bitch.” She is a bitch, and bitches get shit done.

I am so excited to have this woman back on my TV screen. I dream of her standing up to Troy and Culpepper and telling Ozzy he’s an entitled douche. I hope she and Michaela become a snarky duo cutting people down with their words. I wistfully think of all the new falling down gifs, the next hilarious challenge failure and most of all the annoyance of Jeff Probst when Sandra destroys his contention that to play Survivor well you have to make big moves.

Best-case scenario

We all know Sandra’s best case scenario. She finds the power players in her tribe on day one and becomes a loyal vote, she doesn’t argue who goes or why, there is no swap and Sandra gets herself to the merge. Then it’s anyone but me- if that means staying loyal to her original alliance like in Heroes vs Villains, fine. If it means finding the majority at each vote and being with them, then she’ll do that. Somehow on day 39 there is Sandra at final tribal council explaining why she’s a better player than Troy and Culpepper to a jury with a female majority, and boom! Sandra Diaz Twine: Three Time Survivor Winner is sitting at the reunion in a mink cape with a crown and a gold staff.

A second-best case scenario can be laid out. I call this the “Purplerock commenters best case scenario”. A tribe swap happens, Sandra and Cirie meet up and proceed to run the game with Varner and Michaela. Everyone is so entertained by this magnificent lot that Jeff turns up and declares them joint winners and they get $1 million each. YAY.

Worst-case scenario

It’s no secret that Sandra is possibly the second-worst physical challenge competitor of all time (shout out to Scout- she’s still number one). Her worst case scenario is simple, her tribe loses the first immunity and they decide to get rid of the two time winner as the easy consensus pick.

It us.

Most likely scenario

I don’t see the worst case scenario happening honestly. Sandra is likable, she is a hard worker at camp and importantly I think she has good shot at bonding with her tribe with the breakdown the way it is (Editor’s note: We won’t be sharing the tribe breakdown, but you can find it at Inside Survivor). I think she will likely go pre-merge because these players should know Sandra shouldn’t be allowed to make the merge. So my best guess is my worst fears will be realised, and we will only have Sandra on our televisions for 3-4 weeks.

In summation, Sandra Diaz Twine is the best player to play Survivor. When the cast was announced, many of us were worried that Sandra would ruin her legacy by going out to the island and ending her win streak but…

“I don’t know about tha-at”.
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Kemper Boyd became a fan of Survivor after watching Cook Islands because of all the press about the theme, she managed to watch every season by the start of Fiji and has been watching and rewatching ever since. Oh and she's super British so that explains the extra U's in words.

Favourite seasons: HvV, Pearl Islands, Cook Islands, Micronesia, SJDS

Favourite players: Sandra, Kim, Courtney, Parvati, Yul
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  • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

    If Sandra is going to get to at least the jury stage, she’ll need meat shields, and lots of them. One thing that broke well for her was that she’s on a tribe with Tony, Troyzan, and Malcolm. The first two will be easy to get people to rally to vote off. Maybe the third one too.

    But imo, the only other person triggering DEFCON 1 for the other survivors is Tony (Maybe JT, but I keep forgetting he’s playing, so idk if that says something). If at any point she aligns with Tony, she’ll lose the majority. If at any point she takes on Tony, either (a) she’ll go home or (b) she’ll lose her shield. Part of what helped Sandra in HvV was that the fight between Boston Rob and Russell dragged on for as long as it did. I don’t know if there are any steel cage matches lined up among this cast that could overshadow her presence and help her slip under the radar.

    Her best shot is if she catches all the lucky breaks in the tribe swaps and makes it to the merge. I agree with Kemper that she needs to be paired with Cirie, not just because that’d be great television but because Cirie has to think that Sandra is her shield.

    • You are also forgetting that Ciera is on her tribe. Ciera pings on the early game radar louder than Sandra, especially since she is also not good at challenges.

      • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

        Out of everyone on her tribe, I feel Sandra would find the most natural allies in Ciera and Michaela. Either one could be her Courtney (but like, not like the real Courtney) but Ciera has the mom component, which I think was something that brought Kass and Ciera together in Cambodia. If Ciera wants to make Big Movez™, she’ll need votes. Sandra pitches herself as a free vote.

        You’ve made me rethink my stance. As Kemper mentions, Sandra always know where the votes are going. Add this component onto everything, and Sandra may be a dark horse, even as an “overrated player.”

        (Also, I put the quotes there for a reason I don’t think she’s overrated she’s literally the best)

        • Kemper Boyd

          I think a lot of players will believe they are the ones who can control Sandra. It’s all ego. She doesn’t make big moves and a lot of them have bought into that being what makes a threat. That’s what she has to play up to early.

          • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

            This is true. I think a lot of it will depend on who comes out swinging early. That could be any combination of Tony, Ciera, Troyzan, or maybe Varner. If it’s any one person, the tribe has an easy target for the majority to go after. If it’s two people or more, then Sandra has her BR v. Russell-like beef to use as her cover. This may actually be set up very well for her (god, I’m walking back everything in my first comment, aren’t I?)

            The kiss of death would be if everyone on her tribe agrees she must go first and she then somehow finds a HII; that combination would likely guarantee that she goes no further than two tribals. But even then, she would just need to entice one person to whip some votes with the “We can vote her off later” argument. Because it’s not like she’s winning any challenges, right? Yeah, I’m ready for three-time winner and Queen of Survivor Sandra Diaz-Twine.

          • Kemper Boyd

            I really do think if anyone comes out swinging early then Sandra can find a way to stay on the right side of the vote. Her issue is if no one wants to take any control and the tribe finds it easier to just boot her instead setting out a stall and making a move.

          • Alycia Swift

            I can’t imagine some of the personalities will not try and control the tribe.

          • Kemper Boyd

            and that is where Sandra could find her spot, voting with them. It’s why I don’t think she’ll be first boot, I do however think she will be sniped pre-merge.

          • Roswulf

            Right. If you are aren’t pursuing a particular alliance based strategy, “mediocre challenge performer who does nothing but win the game” is EXACTLY the kind of person you want gone ASAP.

            Well, that and insane wildcards who can win the game.

          • Kemper Boyd

            But if there is a big guy who decides you absolutely need to get rid of another big guy Sandra is there for that. She’s magnificent at this. I hope she does it again.

          • Alkanarra

            Totally agree. I assume that fresh off her own Survivor Nicaragua rewatch, Sandra will simply adopt the patented Jimmy Johnson “everyone knows I can’t win, so just focus on someone else” strategy. And everyone will think “yeah, Sandra is a pushover; we can take her out whenever” just like Russel and Fairplay did. And then everyone will lose to her.

            Then again, I did lose your randomized team twice, so what the hell do I know?

          • Maritimer

            I think this is her winning strategy as well. She survives the first boot because someone else becomes/is a bigger target, then ends up in a good alliance, and people assume that she will be an easy boot somewhere down the line as a big threat. Eventually, they let her get too far and other fish get fried and she’s all of a sudden at FTC again.

            Basically, she needs other people’s mistakes early on to let her get in the game, then she can run the show as only the queen can.

          • Kemper Boyd

            The thing is she has played some variety of “obviously I can’t win” and then bam, she’s won twice.

  • Kemper, I hate that you drew Sandra, but I love this analysis.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Did you want her?

      • Sorta….if I was doing this assignment, she would be on my shortlist. However, I have not seen Pearl Islands, so that is an issue. But, I’m okay with you not getting Ozzy.

        • Kemper Boyd

          WATCH PEARL ISLANDS!
          Also I cod have had fun writing Ozzy. I really hate him.

        • Mike Hirsch

          Seconding Kemper. Pearl Islands is fan-damn-tastic.

          • I even had the DVD in my possession (from the library), but I just haven’t watched it.

          • Violina23

            I haven’t seen Pearl Islands either — and my local library doesn’t have it. I am too stubborn to pay CBS $5.99 for its stupid app. *angry face*

          • I got lucky because my library has interlibrary loan. The perks of working in the library now.

          • Violina23

            Mine does too, but nobody in the county has it 🙁

  • Black Dynamite

    My favorite aspect of Sandra’s game is just how quickly, smoothly and deeply she can bond with people. Even her antagonists have to love her. Just watching her on television, I feel like she is part of my extended family that I see at gatherings from time to time, telling crazy stories that demands attention. She’s a goddamn queen of Survivor from now until the end of time no matter what happens this season. This prediction pains me though. She’s too great to make it far in this season.

    My prediction: Pre Merge Boot.

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

    • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

      Keep stacking up all these pre merge boots, and you’re going to end up predicting Troyzan makes the … Final … *breaks down into a sobbing heap, realizing that the impossible is now the inevitable*

      • DrVanNostrand

        I have to admit, that would be great for my fantasy team.

    • Diego Armando

      She is in my Capable of Winning, but has a tough road ahead of her.

    • gouis

      Aren’t you worried about Andrea being a prototypical pick for winning these returning seasons?

      • Black Dynamite

        Not really, sometimes that pick is the right pick.

        • I mean, I think a lot of people (including myself) picked Wentworth for that reason.

  • One thing not discussed here that helps keep Sandra from being too big of a target: Sandra doesn’t steal all the screen time. She’s great TV, but she doesn’t dominate the airtime in her seasons. So people wanting to make sure they get some shine will be more concerned about people like Tony, Malcolm, or Varner.

    • Kemper Boyd

      This is true, I did not touch on “shine”. Sandra doesn’t steal shine, her star is stealthy much like her game.

    • I would add Cirie, Aubry, Tai, and Debbie to that list as well.

  • jersey_luck

    I think that this cast is probably Sandra’s best case to get by. There is another winner (Tony) who is a bigger target that can be more worrying. There are also other players who are bigger screen time hogs that people might be able to be bigger such as Malcolm, Aubry, Troyzan, Debbie, and Ozzy. There are also players that are on her physical level like Ciera, Circe, and Varner. However that being based on tribe information I believe that her tribe will be down in numbers so I am going to sadly say that Sandra will go in premerge. However, I do say that Sandra will be able to survive to the tribe swap.

    • Kemper Boyd

      I agree with you. Sandra coming back for returnee seasons is in a good spot because she gets the chance to hide amongst those who make a bigger splash.

    • Diego Armando

      Tony is likely the only player she can hide behind.

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    Sandra is easily my #1 rooting interest for this season and I can already tell that the pre-merge is going to be a never ending stress bomb of worrying about her fate at every moment. It will be a huge relief if her tribe can at least win the first immunity and give my nerves a break for the first episode.
    I just don’t see her competitors letting her make it to the finals again, but if she can at least make it to mid-merge territory I will be thrilled.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Easily my number 1 rooting interest too. I love her. She’s fun and amazing. She has never lost the first challenge so if she gets through it again we know she can get herself into a good spot in a tribe.

  • EmAndScoutInBK

    I want Sandra to win so badly. I know she won’t. I know it. But I want it.

    I don’t know the spoilers on tribe divisions. Someone like Tony needs meat shields. He’s best off aligning with Malcolm, Michaela, Culpepper, Caleb, etc… Though, frankly, they should all vote him off immediately (and keep each other around as shields). Someone like Sandra is best off aligning basically with anyone who will take the target off her – someone who’s stupid enough to think she’s a goat. Those people probably don’t include Ciera, Malcolm, Varner. Someone like Cirie might actually like her because she’s physically weaker than her. Ozzy, though probably not someone who will realize quite what a threat Sandra is, is has the opposite problem – he will think she doesn’t deserve to be there because of her challenge performances.

    I think Sandra would do will with people like Hali, Michaela, Aubry, Lacina, and Tai. She might do well with Andrea for a short time – but Andrea’s smart enough to vote her out before the end, and same for Cirie (though Cirie could stand a chance at beating her). And I hate to say it.. but we’re all thinking it… Troy could be her Russell…

    So I’ve been up late like, 6 nights in a row writing a motion. Did this make any sense?

    • We got it loud and clear, boo!

    • Alkanarra

      Sandra is tricky, because on the one hand it’s actually helpful if she doesn’t have allies at all: it will take the target off of her and make it seem like it’s not even worth voting her out, but on the other hand she’s already done that twice and won, so they should see it coming.

      But man, you’re dead right about Ozzy being arrogant enough to underestimate her but equally arrogant enough to think physicality is the only metric of worth in the game. It takes a lot to be my most despised player in a season with Troyzan and Culpepper.

      • EmAndScoutInBK

        Troyzan still wins for me. But Ozzy’s not far behind. I had a “burn the beach down” feeling when I found out he was coming back. 4 times, guys? You’re making me watch him 4 times?? We couldn’t have left it alone at Micronesia??

    • Kemper Boyd

      Everyone thinks they are smart enough to vote out Sandra before the end until they can’t because they are gone and she wins!
      But I get exactly what you mean. Frankly if Sandra isn’t voted out the first time she sits down at tribal then every single contestant is an idiot. She’s won twice for fuck sake. Get her gone.

      • EmAndScoutInBK

        I’m of this mindset – if you don’t vote her out first, you all deserve to lose to her. On that note, I hope they all lose to her.

        • Kemper Boyd

          Fingers Crossed. I was only half joking about a mink cape and a gold staff at the finale.

    • Alycia Swift

      I’ve been there. Slept on the boss’ couch one night (2 hours because that’s all I could sleep) to get something filed.

      • EmAndScoutInBK

        It’s filed. It’s finally filed.

        But I have to write another one yayyyyyyy

        Couch is super rough. But that’s how we roll.

        • Alycia Swift

          I filed one today too. And I have another.

    • Kingoftonga

      And Sandra doesn’t ever really articulate her strategy, which I think blinds a lot of people to how threatening she really is. A lot of Survivors (and Survivor fans) discuss strategy as a logical unfolding where A leads to B leads to C. Sandra just acts herself and keeps her options open and exercises good perception and good instincts…it’s not a “master plan” of which she can outline every step.

      So people haven’t viewed her as an immediate threat because she wasn’t pulling the strings in the traditional “running the game” sense. I’m curious if they’ll finally catch on in this season.

      • Kemper Boyd

        Absolutely. She isn’t a “if I do this, then I can do this” kind of player. She makes each move as it comes and it gives her a lot more freedom, she is also flexible if she tries something and it fails. She tried to flip on the Villains at the second post merge tribal but Candace flipped over and Sandra just shrugged, was annoyed and voted with the Villains. She would have lost HvV had she not been willing to just go with the Villains every time a Hero screwed up her spot.

    • Purplerockmatt

      what she really needs is a closely divided tribe early on, that way they don’t all rally together and vote her out. She needs to not just be a number, but a valuable number, one you are hesitant to lose lest you wind up on the wrong side of the vote yourself and are staring down the barrel of going home next

      • Kemper Boyd

        Yep, or (tribe breakdown stuff under here) she gets lucky and they see voted her mom off Ciera as more off a threat to do something crazy. Which is dumb.

        • I think Production actually has Ciera and Sandra on the same tribe so that Ciera could serve as protection for Sandra.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            I think Tony is on her tribe for the same reason (not that they’re going to ally, but because Tony is the one person they should want to get rid of more than Sandra). I also think Troyzan has to be there as bait for Sandra.

          • I can see that easily.

  • Mike Hirsch

    Goddamn, I love me some Sandra.

    That is all.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Co-signed.

      • Mike Hirsch

        I’d like to think if I ever got asked to write a similarly-themed article, that I would write that and say, “This is my first and final draft.” Then I would be summarily dismissed from the writing assignment.

        • Kemper Boyd

          I wrote 1000 words in 30 minutes and submitted it less than a hour after being assigned her because it’s so easy to write about why Sandra is great.

          • Mike Hirsch

            You did a fantastic job. I would have gotten tangled in just throwing out superlatives and then saying “shut up, that’s why!” a lot as my justification.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Because SANDRA.

          • You did. We used your work ethic to shame the other Purple Rock staff.

          • purplerockandy

            Sadly, they are incapable of shame.

          • Also, they’ve seen our work ethic.

        • purplerockandy

          Aw geez. Just when we were about to ask you to write something.

          Oh well.

          • Mike Hirsch

            D’oh!
            Alright, I’d find a way to be verbose.

  • Max_Jets

    A surprise inclusion of San Juan Del Sur on Kemper’s favorite seasons! How close did Natalie come to making the players list?

    My hope for Sandra is that she ends up in the minority but keeps scraping by, of course.

    • I was a little stunned that it was fifth for her, but I then remembered that she is the bigger SJDS fan on this site.

      • Kemper Boyd

        It’s not really my 5th top season but if I had to rank them on rewatch fun it gets up there. Come at me, SJDS is a decent season of survivor. I needed to stay on brand in the bio.

        • If the pre-merge was a tinge better, it would be higher than Cambodia for me because it currently just below Cambodia.

        • Mike Hirsch

          It’s definitely an enjoyable season when you don’t have to wait between episodes. It’s ridiculous but in a much more endearing way than some other ridiculous seasons.

          • Kemper Boyd

            the end game is also spectacular which really helps.

          • Mike Hirsch

            Yes, that too. It was also my first season back after missing a lot of seasons due to my Wednesday night pub trivia team, and I originally missed the pre-merge entirely, so it was a good time when I started watching again.

        • Diego Armando

          I would put it right near Panama (which I consider Survivor at its most generic). For me Panama is a consistent 7/10 while SJDS has much higher highs and much lower lows.

    • Kemper Boyd

      The copy I sent actually said SJDS (come at me it’s great on rewatch). I should clarify it’s not actually in my top 5 seasons when I rank them.

      • Max_Jets

        Yeah, I figured it was there more to show your specific taste better than including something like Cagayan.

        • Kemper Boyd

          Yeah, we could all put a top 5 which is like 5 out of 8 of the same seasons.
          Also SJDS is the season when I really got into commenting on Survivor seriously.

  • sharculese

    Okay, so if/when we do Australian Survivor 4 coverage together, I wanted a Face/Off style image that was half me and half Kemper, and now I double want it.

    O/T, but also, I didn’t know about the whole Woo doing commercials for Mastercard thing, so I just saw a commercial and went, “the fuck? Is that Woo?”

  • PurpleTally

    I want her to at least make the jury (which I know is a long shot, but I’m optimistic), so we can at least continue to enjoy her on Ponderosa. Any Sandra Diaz-Twine is better than no Sandra Diaz-Twine.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Also we deserve to know what kind of juror Sandra will be.
      Also welcome, we’ve heard so much about you for so long from BJ!

      • PurpleTally

        Thanks. Finally finished everything (apart from Thailand), so I’m now free to participate in Survivor discussions.

        • Kemper Boyd

          So you are beating @disqus_GpYJ355BVM:disqus who hasn’t even watched Pearl Islands which is a disgrace.

          • PurpleTally

            Yes, she gave me Survivor homework and now she has to do homework from me. Amazon, Pearl Islands, Panama, Cook Islands, Micronesia, and Tocantins. We may also attempt Thailand together, but I make no promises.

          • Kemper Boyd

            She hasn’t seen Cook Islands or Micronesia? what kind of fan is she?

          • To be fair to myself, I have seen the Cook Islands finale.

          • PurpleTally

            That’s true. And soon you will have seen the whole glorious thing.

          • Maybe…We shall see.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Nope. Dude, you gotta watch Micronesia or Cook Islands or both. They are top season.

          • PurpleTally

            Don’t worry–I’m on it.

          • Watching Thailand together seems like the type of thing that will only ruin memories of your time spent together.

          • PurpleTally

            We made it through Nicaragua. I believe in us.

          • Diego Armando

            Honestly Panama is the only dud in that stretch (by dud I mean extremely average). That will be a fun time.

          • PurpleTally

            I actually have Panama ranked #7 overall. It was the third season I watched, due to Amazon Prime, and it was the season that really got me hooked on Survivor, so it gets props. Also, Shane Powers.

          • Diego Armando

            That’s fine.

  • Diego Armando

    I love Sandra. I am arguably the biggest Sandra fan on this site. I would love nothing more than to see her win. I think her best case scenario is Cambodia Kass. She is on the tribe that wins a bunch of Immunities, she gets lucky tribe swaps, but is unable to shake the target off her and is targeted as soon as conveniently possible.

    • Kemper Boyd

      This is probably how she makes the merge, but we all know Sandra is dangerous if she gets there in a way I don’t think Kass can be.

  • Diego Armando

    Here is my favorite Sandra qoute. It is from the Pearl Islands bonus features on Jon’s grandmother “dying” (I am going to try my best to get the cadence right): “He went on and on about how his grandma raised him… He’s the Devil, she’s got to be the Devil… Who cares, she’s in Hell now. Good for her, good for us, good for the world. The point is none of us cared about him or his dead grandma.”

    • Kemper Boyd

      I deeply love that she gives no fucks about Fairplay’s dead grandma lie, she either thinks “that dude is a liar, this is probably a lie” or she just genuinely hates the guy enough to not give a fuck about him.

      • Diego Armando

        My favorite moment of the dead grandma scene (besides Sandra ordering Jon’s friend to take a step back) was when Jonny tried to get a group hug after the challenge. When he got near her, Sandra leaned away from his embrace.

  • gouis

    Damn girl you got your own picture and everything!

    Not that I’m jealous or anything

    *makes own avatar in the same style of PRP to pretend he is a staff member*

    • Kemper Boyd

      I was so excited when Iwas asked to make one!

      • gouis

        You deserve it!

    • Maybe if you hadn’t muted us on Twitter…

      • gouis

        I don’t mute, I unfollow

  • gouis

    Also I am excited to play fantasy survivor just to take both Tony and Sandra out of principle.

    • Kemper Boyd

      You gotta have the winner. And that’s Sandra.

  • Ethan Kyle

    I don’t buy Sandra going first in almost literally any scenario this season, and while part of that may admittedly be my blind love of her, the fact is Survivor has changed so much since the first All-stars, being a winner (even a two time winner) Shouldn’t be considered a death sentence. I mean shes on a tri be with a lot of people who could be her Courtney this season (Varner, Michaela, Hali) and plenty of people who through recency bias and having more in your face games (Aubry,Tony, Ciera) and people I really don’t give half a fuck about enough to include them here (Malcom, Troyzan, Ciera, Caleb) that its more likely than not in my opinion that she won’t be considered a threat or reasonable target come tribal,, and once she gets past the first one or two she’s golden because her lack of physical strength becomes a huge benefit

    • Kemper Boyd

      Spoilers on tribe breakdown please.

      • Ethan Kyle

        How do I spoiler tag here then?

        • (without the spaces), then

          • Ethan Kyle

            Thank you

        • Kemper Boyd

          no spaces.

  • hardcöre umlaut

    Yayyyy my gt bud KB talkin bout my all time fave, Queen of Survivor, Sandra Diaz-Twine!!! SO excited for this season. One month away!

    • Kemper Boyd

      Thanks Buddy. I love her so so much too. She is my favourite.

  • Violina23

    Great write-up…. it has to be hard separating what you WANT to happen with what probably WILL happen.

    I don’t know, it’s easy to say that Sandra is an easy pre-merge boot, but there are a LOT of strong personalities. She might be able to float under the radar a lot longer than had she been on a season with half (or less) returning players.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Thanks boo. It was fun. I obviously want Sandra to win.

  • the sky is falling

    Late to the post, but I highly recommend checking out the EW piece on Sandra today:
    http://ew.com/tv/2017/02/10/survivor-game-changers-sandra-diaz-twine/

    She basically says she will get to day 39 because no one will give her a third million dollars, making her the ideal goat. Her strategy is to align with Alpha males Ozzy, Malcom Culpepper Troyzan
    …and she throws major shade at Cirie
    ” I saw some footage of her where she said that not only did I not
    deserve to win the first time, but the second time, and my feelings are
    that I don’t understand why she’s back out here for a fourth time. They
    should have left her on her sofa back in Connecticut.”

    • Roswulf

      NOOOOOOOOOO! STOP RUINING MY SURVIVOR FANFIC SANDRA! YOU AND CIRIE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE BESTEST OF FRIENDS AND THEN JEFF PROBST DECLARES YOU JOINT WINNERS AND GIVES YOU BOTH A MILLION DOLLARS!

      Not that I would be remotely unhappy with a Season whose main arc is Sandra v. Cirie. That sounds like the greatest of all arcs

  • Sad Lil

    Hey y’all, Sandra’s not so great!