After what went down during what was arguably the most confusing hour in “Survivor” history, fans were left shaking their heads and wondering what just happened.
There were two eliminations in the season’s penultimate episode. In the first, viewers watched as Andrea Boehlke lost the immunity challenge, which immediately placed her in jeopardy. Some 11th-hour finagling with Aubry and Cirie wound up placing Andrea on the chopping block, and when the votes were tallied it was her torch that was extinguished.
But that wasn’t the weird part. That came in the episode’s second Tribal Council after Tai told Aubry that he should make a big move to earn respect from the jury, and he mentioned Sarah — which led Aubry to run to Sarah and tell her that Tai is targeting her.
But then Cirie warned Sarah about Tai; to build trust, Sarah revealed her vote-steal advantage. But Cirie fretted that Sarah could be blindsided, and hatched a plan to play Sarah’s advantage against her and steal her vote to put two votes on Tai… because Sarah seemed to trust Tai despite Cirie’s warnings.
In Tribal Council, Cirie revealed her plan, announcing her intent to steal Sarah’s vote — until Sarah pointed out that the vote is non-transferable and can’t be stolen. Sure enough, Cirie read the fine print and Jeff confirmed that Cirie wouldn’t be able to use Sarah’s vote.
What happened next was… well, chaos. Sarah tried to patch things up with Tai; then Cirie attempted to convice Sarah that she was only stealing her vote to keep her safe. Then Michaela piped in, with Troyzan also trying to make a play.
When the dust settled, the castaway whose torch was snuffed was… Michaela? Wait, how did that happen?
In week’s edition of ET Canada’s Post Tribal podcast — the final podcast of the season! – Erin Cebula and Parvati Shallow attempt to make sense of what took place, and have heart-to-heart chats with both Andrea and Michaela about their unexpected exits.
You can hear what Andrea and Michaela have to say about what took place right here:
The two-hour finale of “Survivor: Game Changers” (followed by the one-hour reunion special) airs Wednesday, May 24 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.