Survivor NZ the final week recap

We are in the home stretch of Survivor NZ. We’ve stuck with it this far so might as well go to the end.

Episode 17

After Shay goes Avi has a confessional talking about how he’s tried to play with integrity and honesty. I’m completely sick of this kind of integrity nonsense this deep into a game of Survivor.

The reward challenge is a weird 2v2 version of the card flippy challenge from the Philippines for the worst prize I think I’ve ever seen, a bag of dried fruit and nut pic’n’mix. Nate and Avi win.

A further disappointment of the season is that Barb is planning how Avi can win not how she can win. It’s truly hideous.

Shay loses at Redemption Island and somehow the winner hasn’t come back, they will be reentering at Final 4, which is another massive misstep for Survivor NZ.

Somehow there is an immunity challenge in this episode and there are family messages on a phone to win. It’s the Katie Collins memorial challenge as it actually killed her.  BARB SOMEHOW WINS. Hopefully Tom will go home but we’re waiting for tomorrow for the vote. This is terrible episode pacing.

Episode 18

We enter the next episode with Barb wearing the immunity necklace. The only thing that makes sense to me is for Tom to finally be voted out. If someone has won 4 immunities in a row you might want to get rid of them. Unless you are that afraid of Mike.

The main intrigue is whether Barb decides to stick with Avi and Tom or go with Nate and convince Avi to vote for Tom.  But after Tribal Council Nate is voted out. I think Barb might be up to something here. If Mike comes back and then Tom can beat him (not that he could before) then Barb is in the final 3 and maybe she can win a plurality vote. More likely is a Avi, Mike, Tom Final 3.

Oh god, even worse than someone coming back from Redemption Island for final 4 is two people coming back for Final 5. TWO PEOPLE COMING BACK. It’s hard to explain how badly the game mechanics have been ruined in this season of Survivor NZ. The battle is coins stacked on a sword handles. The two coming back are Nate and Mike.

Episode 19

We’ve gone from 3 to 5 and everyone is looking at how they can get to the end and win. It’s very important to the not final 3 of Tom, Avi and Barb to get rid of Mike but Nate and Mike are looking for the angles to get someone to swap.

The Immunity Challenge is a wibbly wobbly table challenge. Tom wins his 5th Individual Immunity.

Mike tries his best to get everyone to vote for someone else. He convinces Avi that Mike and Tom would split the jury and let him sneak down the middle. Barb seems to be on Team Avi and doesn’t seem to want to go to the end, she wants to get Tom and Mike to the end with Avi. Which makes me very very angry with this season.

At Tribal Mike lays out why Barb should go with him and Nate and it’s super insulting saying that Avi and Tom have been carrying her; her brilliant response is “for someone who’s been carried I seem to be the lynchpin a hell of a lot in this game”. The disrespect for Barb throughout this season is infuriating. Yes her decision at the end to help Avi win is annoying. But every major move she instigated, she has held alliances together with those she wanted. This is actually a Sandra-esque performance in terms of post-merge play. But without Sandra’s will to win and brutally beloved personality. Barb is easily the best strategic player left but unfortunately either a strong physical or strong social player will win because idiots like Mike can’t recognise a strong strategic player. Also Barb was not very nice to anyone so they all hate her.

Mike is voted out and we are saved from a Redemption Island victor winning the whole game and ruining the concept of Survivor  completely.

Another Immunity Challenge and it’s holding a vase on a long piece of wood with your foot.  It gets down to Avi and Tom both having to stand with their hands behind their heads. Tom faints and Avi finally wins Immunity. His thunder is stolen, which I find amusing considering his tantrum about not winning anything earlier in the season.

Barb has told Nate she decided not to try and get to the Final 3. Which is the very worst, it’s worse than NaOnka, it’s worse than Purple Kelly, it’s worse than anything we’ve seen before. But Barb is then telling Avi the best way for Avi to win is to take out Tom. He then says something even fucking worse than anything else in the season so far “I’d rather lose than do that to Tom”. Now all I want in the world is for Barb or Tom to beat him.

Nate goes home at 4 and I dread having to listen to Avi’s moralistic bullshit, Tom being Mike Holloway and god knows what from Barb.

Episode 20

I’m actually looking forward to some Snakes and Rats level jury questioning just not listening to any of the F3 talk. But also I have to watch Avi talk about integrity.

Tom, Avi and Barb are chuffed to be in Final 3. Tom and Avi both think it will be split between them, they are probably right but I just wish Barb could give a Kristie in Australian Survivor level reveal of her genius to win.

I skipped through all the pre-tribal portion of the show  so off we go: It’s opening statements and I can tell you Survivor has made a good decision removing them. Tom talks about being a role model to young people, honour and going hard. He thinks he earnt it. Avi waffles on about what he tells his kids, to write out their intentions; his intentions were to play with integrity, to be honest and to leave nothing on the field; Barb turns it on it’s head, she talks her actual fucking game. Explaining about being a lone wolf, about battling the big personalities, about starting to play at the tribe swap and the big moves she made. She talks about being a lioness waiting in the grass. She does say that the jury missed that she was a player. God damn it Barb never tell the jury you are better or smarter than them.

The jury asks questions. Jak thinks Barb was disrespectful and condescending(totally fair).  Shannon tells Barb there is nothing she could say that would make her vote for her. She then tells Avi if he thinks that being a nice person is enough of a reason to win he’s mistaken but he comes back and tells her he has played hard and played every aspect of the game. Then Shannon asks Tom if he thinks he would be sitting in F3 without Avi saving him.

Result

Avi wins and honestly it sucks so hard. I found him to be such a smug player. Integrity and honesty stuff just isn’t why I watch Survivor. So congratulations to him for managing it because no doubt it was hard. But it wasn’t fun to watch. He got all but Jak’s vote and I think that is a massive disservice to Tom.
It’s pretty obvious that had Barb just been a nicer person (which I don’t think is really her )then maybe she could have convinced people of the value of her game.

So that’s it for Survivor NZ coverage, I’m not recapping the reunion except to say damn Barb looks good.

Edgic

As you can see my flawless edgic predicted Avi as the winner from week one and I never said anything but he would win.

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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, Nat Anderson
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  • You know, I used to doubt that edgic, but your chart has shown me that its predictive value is beyond compare.

    • Kemper Boyd

      I never believed in Edgic either but thought I’d give it a go. I was shocked how clear it was from episode 1 Avi would win. It’s science.

      • Maritimer

        Funny story, I found the Sucks Edgic for this season and they had predicted Tom

  • Maritimer

    I took a vote (of myself) after suffering the first 3 episodes this week that I wasn’t going to watch the finale because it would be long and boring and I was over it. This show needs a massive overhaul, both in production and cast. The pacing of episodes was just terrible, long stretches of the same thing over and over and over. And the cast and their honour shit was terrible. Avi would not win US Survivor playing like that. What’s amazing is the whole cast kind of knew he had to go and did nothing about it. It was infuriating.

    Thanks Kemper for recapping/suffering through this whole season for us!

    • Kemper Boyd

      I literally only watched maybe 30% of the finale. Didn’t even watch all of the jury questions. This season was so awful, I found Avi intensely unlikeable through out.

      • Diego Armando

        You are a strong girl, you are a brace girl. This sounded Thailand level awful (minus sexual assault).

        • Neutral Username

          I didn’t watch the finale. At the best of times it doesn’t interest me.

          I thought most of the show wasn’t terrible. It was never “good” but the immediate post-merge was close to entertaining old school Survivor give or take a redemption island and a bloated run time. It set us up to enjoy an amazing Barb take over and then suddenly everyone decided Avi should win and stopped playing. It was infuriating. A mockery of Survivor. People actively working at getting someone else to win. And not even a cool person. If it was Sala then maybe I could understand, but not some guy whose first words to his friend who passes out were “I won immunity.”

          The game doesn’t mean anything if people aren’t playing and it has left a very bad taste in our mouths.

          • Kemper Boyd

            This shows the truth that a bad post-merge or even a bad final 5 episodes will wash away anything fun from earlier in a season. And vice versa, an exciting end game improves a bad season immensely. Everything that happened after the Sala vote was a real shame and ruined the season.

          • Neutral Username

            I did giggle at the shot of Jak being voted out. I also giggled when Mike and Jak were sent back to redemption. Basically anything where Jak was forced to suffer.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Did we really need to re-learn that lesson though. It’s only been a couple years since the SJDS-World’s Apart cycle.

      • Maritimer

        I’m impressed you did that. I could not stand Avi. He was so moralistic. I just can’t get over everyone wanting him to win. He was like an unlikable JT

      • Figaro

        The one thing I did like about the reunion (not sure if you watched or not) was that Matt was actually willing to grill the contestants a little bit on their gameplay. He questioned Tom about not articulating his gameplay well enough at final tribal council, and then called out Sala and Shannon for not respecting Barb’s gameplay.
        Dee was notably absent from the reunion though!

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    Only through ep 18 at the moment. I’m finally past shock, anger, bargaining, etc. and am firmly in the acceptance stage. Trail mix for reward? Fine. Vote out Nate and not Tom? Whatevs. Two come back from Redemption Island? Cool.

    Mike and Jak’s Four Horsemen-like reaction when they got sent back to RI made the whole season worth it (no, not really, but it was very amusing).

    Matt after the Nate vote: “Interesting strategy….” I can’t recall Probst ever saying in effect “WTF guys?” after a vote.

    Why is the challenge Barbs won (which was genuinely exciting) the Katie Collins memorial challenge? I don’t remember. Didn’t she keep dropping the ball on her head?

    • Kemper Boyd

      Yes. Katie Collins the best Survivor of all time just got demolished by the ball in this challenge.

      • Diego Armando

        Wasn’t she the most fascinating person on the gamebotty season? Who could forget all her memorable moments, like being bonked on the head, drawing a rock, and (footage not found)?

        • Kemper Boyd

          As much as Mario Lanza is annoying he hits the nail on the head in the Funny 115 when he says Katie might be the most normal person to ever play Survivor. She would never have been cast without her mother yet she was adorable. This website knows well my love for Katie Collins. Mainly because I think she got really island hot (minus the falling off toenails).

          • Diego Armando

            I like Katie a lot. I just couldn’t pass up the Mario bashing.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Fair, his belief she was the best player on the season is madness. And that everything to do with the immunity clue burning was rejecting the game. but Katie getting hit on the head with the ball is a classic.

          • Super duper fan

            How dare you! Remember when she skillfully avoided any suspicion from Ciera that she didn’t have the idol? You’re saying this as if she quickly was tricked by her into saying she didn’t have one, WHICH DEFINTELY WASN’T THE CASE!

            (but seriously, I think she could’ve win some combinations, even Ciera, even though I wouldn’t be really happy about that, even though I like Katie).

          • Diego Armando

            I said my piece about that 2 weeks ago. My biggest takeaway is that I can make a tl;dr wordy.

        • Super duper fan
        • Blurry Denzel

          Don’t forget “It’s a game, bitch.”

    • Maritimer

      Where does “quitting” fall in the seven stages, because that’s where I ended up

  • Super duper fan

    Hi, I FINALLY decided to come out of the shadows here. I’m REALLY sorry that I didn’t comment here basically during the entire season. I wanted to finish this….who am I kidding I didn’t want to finish this at all. I basically watch the first 5-6 episoded, I don’t even remember, and I just said to myself “Why punish myself going through this?” and I stopped and just read your recaps. I’m sorry I didn’t said this before, but even thinking about Survivor NZ Survivor for too long just gave me headaches.

    But your recaps have been fantastic, and you’re such a trooper for suffering through this, and have much better will of mind than U will ever have. But if you’ll not like the next season (if you’re planning to recap this next season of course), you can stop, there will be for sure other places (while not as great) to have a coverage for that season, and your state of mind is much more important than some silly show.

    Once again great recaps, and I’m sorry I didn’t comment basically at all.

    • Kemper Boyd

      You made a great decision. You are smart. You are fantastic.

  • Diego Armando

    This seasons sounds like Africa if Ethan were insufferable instead of existent. Did this make Game Changers any better?

    • Kemper Boyd

      Yes. It reminded me that stuff happened. The winner played hard and well and that in the end someone who maneuvered through ever vote won. Someone who put integrity aside. This honestly makes every season of US Survivor seem that little bit better.

  • Neutral Username

    Trail Mix the worst reward ever? Have we forgotten about the plastic bag of melted chocolate so soon?

    • Kemper Boyd

      At 4 though, bag of nuts and berries!

      • Neutral Username

        Nuts are yummy. People enjoy nuts. People do not enjoy chocolates which look like they’ve been sat on in a movie theatre and then rediscovered when the house lights come back on.

  • Diego Armando

    It sounds like Oceana took two different approaches to Survivor. Austrailia seemed to have a larger budget and threw every idea for a twist they could think of at the wall, but would up accidentally culling off their most interesting players (ala Game Changers).

    New Zealand sounded like the creators watched Africa and South Pacific on fast forward, said “Okay got it” and gave I a $400 budget.

    • Neutral Username

      You’ve touched on my conspiracy theory: New Zealand was created to be the anti-Australian Survivor. The complete lack of twists and absence of idols meant there was less room for maneuvering. I also posit that the presence of redemption island was to preserve the Strong Alpha males and ensure that someone good and noble won the game. The fact that two (2!) castaways came back to make a final five says to me that they were hoping that at least one strong good guy would make it to the final so that they could be crowned the winner.

      Maybe we shouldn’t blame Barbs for bowing out. Maybe she read the room and realised that there was no way she would win and decided to play kingmaker. Even If she had managed to vote out Tom and Avi, together with Mike, 2 of them would returned at final five, which is near enough to guarantee that one of them would have made it to Final Three and won the game.

      I think Survivor New Zealand got what it wanted. I’m still not sure why it wanted this.

      • Kemper Boyd

        You seem 100% right. The way Barbs and Shannon and Shay got treated for trying to play by players and the public seems to support the fact they wanted a physical male win.
        The only way to have gotten rid two of Tom, Avi and Mike would have been to vote Lee, Mike, Tom and Avi out before it became a 3 person redemption. That just sucks.

        • Assistant Dragon Slayer

          That’s a very convincing theory. I though they merely wanted as old school a season as possible, and threw in RI to justify airing two episodes a week. But if you were conspiring to have an upstanding male and not a sneaky snake win Survivor this is how you would do it.

        • Figaro

          Speaking of the “public”, seems like casuals are the same everywhere cos even NZ casual viewers are clamouring for more Rippert! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f73a8d92b11d978245d198fa5d3bb439942ff29157ac21cbc941d2474a20961.jpg

          • Figaro

            Even though this is just a throwaway comment, it also shows a lot how concepts of ‘deserving’ and ‘kindness’ are really seen as more important for NZ Survivor than the US one. I don’t think the majority of kiwis are cutthroat enough to play a backstabby game.

    • Super duper fan

      The Australian Survivor at the very least showed a lot of promise, and place for improvement. Its pre-merge was really good, and it had an interesting end-game (especially last episode which was great). If they improved their casting (which I don’t know if they did, I didn’t check the cast yet), it could be legimately as good as american Survivor. While in NZ Survivor (which I admit is unfair for me to say, cause I didn’t waych the whole season), I don’t even think that they wanted something else, so they would just want other versions of this. I would really like to be proven wrong, but I’m just really sceptical.

      • Maritimer

        I’m actually excited to see how this season of AUS Survivor goes. Last season went fairly well for it to take the strategy bent, so I’m hopeful. I just wish it wasn’t such a massive commitment every week

        • Bundi

          I started watching AUS Survivor and was pleasantly amused . . . but it was so difficult finding episodes to watch! Any suggestions for this upcoming season? Definitely interested…

          • Maritimer

            I used watch series last season. Sometimes the episodes would be a bit delayed getting up, but it was fine (Note: not a legit source, I would only use it if you have an adblocker and some kind of virus protection)

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        The season 2 cast is definitely an improvement in terms of diversity, but my first impression is that a Big Brother cast got sent to Survivor by mistake (but my first impressions–notably of the MvGX cast–often prove wrong).

    • Maritimer

      I would say it was more like SJDS in that they culled and villains Ed everyone who knew things about Survivor – Dee, Shannon, Mike, Georgia, etc until Barb realized what was happening and basically gave up, instead of following the Nat A model like she should have

      • Dutch

        Yes – Dee! I would’ve loved to see her actually play the game!

  • Neutral Username

    I’m sorry that Tom didn’t win. I said earlier in the season that he seemed like a socially anxious child in his confessionals, but I really grew to like him. He’s great at challenges and seemed to think a little bit about the game. A pity he got hypnotised by whatever magic powers Avi has shooting out of his eyes.

    Is there anyone from Survivor New Zealand you’d like to see on a fictional International All Stars Season?
    I enjoyed Sala. He was interesting to look at and a friendly presence, but he also seemed like he was talking intelligently about people’s loyalties. Not a mover and a shaker, but I think he would be add an interesting texture to any season he was on.

    • Super duper fan

      I didn’t endure till her rise (and her entirely consious fall), but Barb is at the very least an interesting character, has a bit of game, and isn’t the type of character that we see that often in american Survivor (the older woman who isn’t a traditional ‘mom’). After that maybe Shay and that’s it for me.

      • Neutral Username

        I was all about the Barb until she decided to work as Avi’s campaign manager and gave us a sterile end game. I defended her downthread so maybe she would do better in an American style survivor.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Barbs. Straight up Barbs. She’s a bitch, but she’s smart as fuck. I think she’d do better if people around her were playing. She’d respect them more.

    • Maritimer

      Barb is the leading one, but Mike, Georgia and Shannon would all also be good

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      There are no obvious International All-Stars candidates in this cast, at least not on the level of Phoebe or Nick. Barb maybe, but I think what we got this season is probably as good as it gets. Same for Izzy and Georgia. I found Shay a little intriguing–ostentatious God Squadder, yet eager to be the villain of the season (until she realized that wasn’t going to work at all with this cast).

    • Dutch

      Barbs is definitely the leading contender! She played as if she was in American or Australian Survivor. Unfortunately Survivor New Zealand doesn’t reward players, but friends.

      I honestly thought Izzy could’ve been this season’s Phoebe (especially after all she stole from the other team in the initial “gather your supplies” challenge). She just totally fizzled out after the 2nd episode.

      I would like to see how Georgia, Shannon, and Shay would’ve fared with a different cast and a different mentality. Personally, I was rooting for Shay along the way.

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    Survivor Greece update:

    In a weird coincidence, Survivor Greece (25 people, 150 days, one επιζών!) aired its finale this week as well. In a real sausage-fest, water ski instructor Giorgos Angelopoulos beat scuba diving instructor Marios Ioannidis at FTC to win the €100,000, with personal trainer/body builder Konstantinos Vasalos coming in third and ex-mercenary Kostas Anagnostopoulos fourth. Konstantinos won the car challenge, thus keeping the car curse alive and well.

    It was a celebrities vs. non-celebrities season (n.b., if you’re a celebrity with 150 days free to play an 88-episode season of Survivor, fire your agent!), and the non-celebrities had a 7-6 numbers advantage at the merge. They basically Pagonged the celebrities and the female non-celebrities.

    The elimination procedure in Survivor Greece was a odd mash-up of how it’s done on The Genius, Big Brother, and American Idol. The immunity challenge winner got to nominate up to 2 players for elimination, and the rest of the group nominated up one more, then the public voted on who to boot from the 2-3 nominees. Giorgos faced elimination three times in a row before winning the final immunity challenge, so he was clearly the big threat coming down the stretch.

  • Max_Jets

    I didn’t make it very far into this season, but is Avi winning comparable to if Lee had won Australian Survivor? Because that sounds rough.

    • Kemper Boyd

      More sanctimonious than Lee. It’s hard to explain. Maybe a bit like if Kate won?

      • Maritimer

        Didn’t Kate actually want to play? She was the one in the alliance with Connor wasn’t she?

        • Super duper fan

          Yes, that’s her. While yeah, she tried very hard to stay, she was one of the main people who were complaining that Nick would get further than her, and tried to do a ‘good people alliance’, and she was playing mainly because she was the one going home, and would probably act the same way as Lee if she had the power. I would still call her more likable than him, and due to that season being quite long, I may misremember some things, but that’s how I remember her.

          • Maritimer

            Maybe I just had her in as an actual player because she was in the alliance with Connor, who did play, and I remember her scrambling and may have confused it with being a player

        • Kemper Boyd

          She wanted good people to win. No backstabbing.

          • Maritimer

            Ah, okay. Hopefully there are less of those this season

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      Like if El had won, but by playing Sam’s strategic game.

    • Figaro

      In my opinion Avi’s win really demonstrates the gulf between what the players want in a winner and what the viewers (genuine fans I suppose rather than casuals) want.
      I have a friend like Avi who is super nice and friendly and would do anything for anyone, and if I had been living rough for 40 days I could maybe see myself being willing to give a person like that the money because of him being easy to get along with and knowing he’d use it for a good cause (although I’d like to think that I would give it to Barb, I probably would have been also been annoyed by her condescension no matter how well she played).
      As a viewer though, Avi’s high-horse moralism was a massive turn-off and I was rooting for him to lose, so unless the cast had a significantly higher number of ‘players’ in it who respected gameplay over niceness (and as I said upthread I don’t know if kiwis have it in them) I think sadly NZ Survivor is always going to end up with ‘nice’ winners and probably not evolve in terms of gameplay the same way US Survivor has (or at least a lot slower) which (for me anyway) will make it not worth watching.

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    OK, I just plowed through episodes 19-20 and the reunion with ample use of the skip-10-seconds button and a Costco bottle of Tanqueray. I don’t really have much to add to what’s already been said, but–ugh, it’s bad enough that RV won, but he won in part because Tom and Barb each in their own way shot themselves in the foot at FTC.

    Thanks, @disqus_R9cNRvxsfG:disqus for taking on these recaps and sticking with it to the end, even though it must have been obvious early on that it wasn’t going to be as much fun as Australian Survivor. You have my FTC vote.

  • turgid_legume

    This is a metaphor for the season — eating shit out of a bag. (For those of you that didn’t watch, this was an actual reward.)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5faa55ba80183787764406179dbca307b496300c90dc64a4fa21c9a584d2eda.jpg

  • Dutch

    Thanks, Kemper, for recapping this entire season! Barb was the best player in Survivor NZ, albeit her bad social game and wishy-washy attitude of whether or not to bow out. I found it ironic how people were preaching honor, integrity, and kindness, but were willing to throw Barb to the wolves in that FTC. I’d love to watch the full unedited version – sounds like we watched a very tame version of what went down. With the pacing of the show where it was, I would’ve loved to have a full episode devoted to FTC to watch everything go down.

    This season makes me look forward to Australian Survivor. Looks like a decent cast for this upcoming season. I agree with others that it has the makings to be as good as American Survivor.

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    This is an interesting take from a Kiwi over on Inside Survivor, confirming what a lot of us were surmising:

    “Having grown up watching New Zealand TV, I could see how the season would play out. The winners of our shows are the blandest most inoffensive people that have no real skill in the games in which they’re participating. It’s more about who they are as people and the heartwarming back stories than anything they do in the game itself. In Masterchef New Zealand they spend far more time talking about what the opportunity means to them than the food they just cooked….

    Week to week I fought the idea of Avi winning as it goes against every fibre of my being as a Survivor fan. However, I dreaded the inevitable that I felt in my soul as a New Zealander. New Zealand is the darkest timeline for reality TV, gameplay is rarely rewarded, and nice guys often come out on top.”

    • Figaro

      Co-signed! If I hadn’t had a horse in the race (so to speak) I would have given up on the season.
      While I think that wanting to reward nice people is an admirable quality for us as a country, it definitely makes for absolutely abysmal Survivor seasons.

  • Figaro

    Interestingly (maybe?) Kristie was on a chatshow-y type thing here to discuss the final, and her opinion was that it all comes down to the makeup of the jury. She reckoned that if she had been in front of the NZ jury she wouldn’t have won, and if the Avi-Tom-Barb final three had been in front of the Australian jury Barbs would have won.

    • Super duper fan

      I could get behind that. It always comes around to who is in the jury in the end, whether they are willing to reward gameplay, even though they were hurt, or not and are voting for who screwed them least. But in my opinion, people always vote for someone who they liked at least a little bit in the game, so they may still not vote for Barb cause she was rude to people ala Russell (I don’t know if it was that way, but I’m basing it on what others were saying about her). I think before the Australian it’s really likely that they reward Tom the win, cause they could reprimand Avi ala Lee for their ‘honor and integrity’, and he is more liked by them than Barbs.