GF will tell you that I totally called Chris to win it last week. I thought it would be a 4-3 vote, though.
With Chris in the Final Four, he was in pretty tight with all of the other three players. Plus the rivalry between Eliza and Twila left him off the radar screen for booting anyway. He won the immunity (not that he needed it) and Eliza got bumped. Now it’s Scout, who had a total under-the-radar strategy going on (and which so rarely works); Twila, who’s basically pissed everyone else off, especially about the whole swearing-on-her-son routine) (oh, and let’s all get over that righteous anger, shall we?); and Chris. At this point, Scout looked strongest against Chris, because she hasn’t bugged anyone and so the female alliance can remain in place at final Tribal Council. However (I figured), since the final Immunity Challenge is invariably an endurance challenge, and Scout has never performed well in physical challenges, it’s going to be either Twila or Chris who gets immunity. Chris would have to decide whether it’s him vs. the 60 year old woman or him vs. the woman who’s managed to alienate a lot of people. Sucker bet, that. If Twila gets immunity, I figured she was pretty loyal to Chris and Scout would be gone again. Twila vs. Chris seemed like the most likely Final Two for me.
So I thought that the vote would go:
- Ami: Twila because of the female alliance
- Eliza: Chris because she hates Twila
- Julie: Chris because she’s smitten
- Scout: Twila, also because of the alliance and because she would admire Twila’s honesty vs. Chris’ maneuvering
- Leann: Twila because of the alliance
- Chad: Chris largely because he didn’t really know much about Twila except what he’d gotten at the TCs
- Sarge: This, for me, was the swing vote. I knew that he was pretty tight with Chris, but I also knew that he had an alliance with Twila. Whether or not he felt betrayed when he was voted off was in question.
So my guess was ultimately Chris, 4-3. Sarge and his "Psych" bit? Whatever. Leann was the only one that specifically surprised me.
Having said that, I did enjoy this season. Burnett’s weird-ass twists, which never seem to have quite the desired effect, proved more or less ineffective yet again but that didn’t make the intrigue any less interesting.
Next season (no premiere date announced?): Palau. And with 20 contestants. And still one more "twist that will change the way the survivors view the game." Yeah, okay. Perhaps it’ll be all one big tribe to start with. That’d be something. I guess.