Michelle Schubert thought she had a winning strategy that would hopefully take her to the end of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X”, but it was not to be. In fact, worried that her game play was too intense, she pulled it back just a bit and left the strategizing to the others in her alliance.
Big mistake: taking her eye off the prize even for that short time was a costly tactical error that led to Tribal Council disaster when a coalition of Millennials and Gen Xers joined forces to snuff her torch in yet another “Survivor” blindside that she didn’t see coming.
Which brings us to a new edition of our Post Tribal podcast, which this week partners Parvati Shallow with Benjamin “Coach” Wade (filling in for Erin Cebula, who’s away this week), a “Survivor” vet whose experience includes “Survivor: Tocantins”, “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” and “Survivor: South Pacific”.
They’re joined by Michelle, who reflects on her costly mistake in this week’s podcast, and Parvati wants to know if she knew she had a target on her back when she went to Tribal Council.
“This was the one and only vote that I was not the one controlling the strategy,” Michelle admits, “that I was not the one looking people in the eye during strategy talks. The one and only vote that I left the relational aspect to my alliance, and said, ‘You know what? I’m sitting back for this vote.’ I had heard whispers that people thought I was maybe strategizing too hard… so I thought, I need to sit back for the first vote and not look like I’m running things.”
She adds: “Certain people in my alliance had told me to do this, and I thought, ‘Yeah, that sounds like a good plan. I’ll sit back, you guys do the strategizing, tell me who to vote for.’ And I felt terrible about it.”
“Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X” airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.