If there's one thing that can be said of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
, it's not gone out on a quiet note. After a slow start to the season, Survivor
has kicked into a ridiculously high gear and the alliances have flipped yet again. After seeming completely in control of the game, Lauren is out, and Ben, the most powerful player, is on the outs with everyone. Pretty much anyone can go, especially now that all the Idols have seemingly been flushed, but there are still some castaways more likely to go than others.
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Who Is Safe
Devon is in a much more precarious spot now that Lauren has been sent to the jury. Still if anyone's looking good to make to Final Tribal Council, it's Devon. Devon's likable but better yet he's viewed as harmless. He's no big competition threat and he's not on anyone's radar as a strategic powerhouse. With Chrissy and Ben trading blows with one another, Devon should be safe, at least for one more Tribal Council if not the rest of the game.
The same can probably be said of Dr. Mike. Mike was on the chopping block for a long time but now he's been given new life with all these power players taking shots at one another. Dr. Mike, as lovable as he is, probably doesn't stand a chance at winning. His biggest move, so far, is throwing Lauren's idol in the fire but he shouldn't come up as anyone's target before the finale.
Who Is in Danger
Ryan would seem to be in a similar spot to Devon and Dr. Mike. He might be a target before Final Tribal Council but for now he seems fine. However, Ryan is a little bit more wily and dangerous than either Devon or Dr. Mike. Ryan's been a bit of a flop in the post-merge as Chrissy has been the (somewhat dubious) star of their partnership. Still there's enough mistrust directed towards Ryan that he could suddenly and quickly end up on the chopping block if the biggest threats of Ben and Chrissy somehow become non-options.
My predictions for last episode were completely off.
(Although who can honestly say they saw that wild Tribal Council coming?) However, the one thing that was true and remains true is that Ashley
might find herself eliminated even though that would be a grievous mistake. Ashely is the perfect person to take to the end. Ashley has done nothing but talk about big game moves, not make them. She's a perfect sacrificial goat to take to the end but that just might make her a target.
Who Is Going Home
The smart money is on it coming down to a battle between Chrissy and Ben. Basic storytelling and Survivor logic demands it. Regardless of how the audience might feel about them, and neither is particularly likable, they're the two titans in this Survivor season and universally acknowledged as the biggest threats. If there's no big twist, which is always likely, it should come down to one of them going home.
And my guess is that it will be Ben who is eliminated next from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. There's a couple ways Ben could ensure his safety -- he could win Immunity, find (yet another) Idol or even convince everyone that there's a bigger threat in town. However, there seems to be too much lining up against Ben to make it possible for him to survive. Ben seems like the de facto winner at this point in the season and if years of Survivor is anything to go on, the option that the show is trying to make the audience expect is the one that will not happen.
What are your guesses for the penultimate episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers? Do you think you have the winner picked out? Who would you like to win?
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