Entering Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers episode 7, one thing feels very clear: These are people in need of a merge. The tribes are starving, and the lack of food is starting to get to them now more so then at any other point so far. When you think about it, it does make some sense. These are very small tribes and what that means is that there are less people able to go out and collect food, fish, or do anything else that needs to be done for the sake of keeping the tribe strong and functioning.
When the merge happens on Wednesday night, everyone in the tribe will hopefully have a chance to get some nourishment. Are there some exceptions? Maybe. All you have to do for evidence of the contrary is look back at the merge this past season. Hopefully, everyone will get something – just the idea of people out there starving, (while it may be true to life on deserted islands) isn’t really why we watch the show. People watch more for the game of strategy here in 2017. As a matter of fact, the last thing that Survivor season 35 should be doing at this point is something that is going to make its players even more lethargic. If there is one consistent criticism of this season so far, it is that players are a little bit lifeless and need to bring more to the table in terms of entertainment – this is a TV show after all.
The fun thing with the merge is this: Many of these players have never been on the same tribe with each other before. They don’t know what some of these other people think! That means that there could be some opportunities for people to work together and for alliances to shift. Based on where we are right now, it appears very much that Ryan and Devon are probably the two guys running the show. Ryan is more of the strategic player, but Devon is bringing a lot to the table socially.
Otherwise, we are not writing off some other players including Chrissy, even if Ali in her exit interview suggested that she has been the beneficiary of some luck in the game. Sometimes luck is what you need in Survivor to get to point A to point B, and then you can take over.
Given that merge episodes tend to be the best for most Survivor seasons, our expectations are pretty much through the roof. This hasn’t been the greatest season of the show so far, but there’s plenty of time for things to turn around.
What do you think is going to happen at the merge? Who do you imagine will be the next boot? Let us know in the comments!
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