Survivor Power Rankings – Week 9
WOW, another strange week in Survivor with some even stranger choices from the contestants that remain. After yet another blindside at Tribal, which resulted in Debbie (previously ranked 5) to be sent home. Once again, it seems like the game has been flipped on his head, making it difficult for me to make sense of my Survivor power rankings.
8. Joe (up 1) – How many times have we seen Joe shake his head in confusion at Tribal Council? He’s completely resistant to going with the flow and adapt to who should go home, giving him the poorest case for the money.
7. Jason (no movement) – I thought it couldn’t get worse for Jason, but it certainly did this week. His arrogant nature has always hurt him, but now his deliberate sabotaging gives him little chance for votes. He’s a good guy to bring to the end because he’d be easy to beat.
6. Scot (down 4) – No one has fallen further than Scot in my eye this week, as he has now become public enemy number one for many people left in the game. Honestly, I don’t know what he was thinking when he put out the fire right in front of the whole tribe. That’s not strategic, it’s stupid. Sure, he’s still around and now in something of a power position, but this game is about getting votes in the end. Right now, Scot is doing a pretty bad job at doing this.
5. Aubry (up 3) – Aubry has done nothing to deserve this spot, as her indecision has been utterly baffling to this point. However, a narrative is beginning to be formed around how she can win. If she’s sitting at that final Tribal, Aubry will have a lot of friends on the jury. She won’t deserve to win, but it doesn’t mean she won’t either.
4. Cydney (down 1) – Now we are starting to get to the people who deserve to win based on how they’ve played. Cydney falls only because she is now one of the bigger targets in the game, but she still was a big part in deciding who went home this week. She’s putting herself out there and is building a very good case.
3. Michelle (up 3) – Michelle is on a place right now that really works for people who end up winning this game. She’s involved in big decisions but isn’t anyone’s target. This will allow her to stick around for a long time and make a decent case for herself in the end. It’s not exciting gameplay, but it is smart.
2. Julia (up 2) – Even as the youngest player in the game, I really like her style. Julia is clearly playing both sides, which would have proved her downfall this week. However, she won immunity and forced her kind of former alliance to think on their feet. Now, the attention will be off of her, and she will be able to make moves to progress herself further. Plus, she won’t have many people mad at her on the jury.
1. Tai (no movement) – Another strong week from Tai, who established to the group that he is in possession of an idol (now two technically). Also, Tai is now in a situation where his alliance has more power, and he’s easily the most likable of the bunch. This was shown most clearly following Tai’s nighttime sabotage of the campfire (which is the right way to sabotage by the way, when no one sees you). No one thought it was Tai who did it, putting all of the attention on Scot and Jason. Tai’s chances of reaching the end are getting better and if he’s there, I have a hard time not seeing him winning it all.
Kyle Kirby covers TV for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @couch_qb.