This season of Survivor
has been interesting. And I mean really interesting. But of course--it's an all-star season! And not a lame one at that. There really has been a lot of wrangling on both sides of the island, and there was no letting up: from the struggles of the Heroes tribe, to the infighting within the Villains tribe, to the messy aftermath of the merge. From beginning to end, it's left us both amazed and confused. I know I was.
It all boils down to this. We have the final five, all of whom are people I didn't really expect to stick around.
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There's Colby and Jerri, who are the most veteran of contestants considering how long it has been since Survivor: The Australian Outback
. They haven't really sparkled this season. Jerri moseyed along, but primarily acted as a statistic for her tribe-mates. Colby tried to get a leg up through his alliance with Tom, but after that--and JT's dumb move--proved disastrous, Colby just seemed out of it.
And then there's the "alliance" between Russell and Parvati, which has stayed strong from the beginning. Russell came to the show as a complete stranger to the rest of the contestants, being fresh off the show's 19th season. Parvati came in ready to do her thing. They joined forces at the start, but it's been a struggle ever since. Russell has control in one moment, and Parvati has it back a minute later. And as the numbers went down, their struggle continued. It's amazing that they're still allied.
And then there's Sandra, who allied with Rob from the beginning and took up the cause when he was eliminated in the conclusion of one of the more intense confrontations this season. She's been flipping and then pulling back, and as things got messier, just looked out for herself. And she's still here.
One of these five will win a million dollars, but they have to survive the last three days of Survivor: Heroes vs Villains
first. I smell a bit more wrangling as the final Tribal Council approaches. They have to face the jury, which stars Coach, Courtney, JT, Amanda, Danielle, Candice, and more recently, that pissed off bearded guy, Rupert. Two from the final five will join that bunch and determine who gets to win the million dollars.
And then, when the winner is announced, all 20 castaways return again and pretend like nothing really bad happened.
So who's in it to win it? Is anyone? Will there be surprises or will we all be disappointed? The Survivor: Heroes vs Villains
finale airs tonight on CBS at 8pm, followed by the reunion show at 10pm.
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