‘Survivor Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites’ interview: Michael Snow talks exit, Phillip’s game

Michael SnowThere are sad eliminations on any “Survivor” season, but to us some of the sadder ones are of contestants who went home without really getting much of a reason to go along with it. For Michael Snow, this is in part tied to his sudden and surprising exit from the show on Wednesday night. He was really only sent home due to his connection with both Eddie and Reynold as a fan, and because he didn’t have an idol in his pocket and the rest of the tribe knew it.

What was nice about him in talking to him on Thursday, though, was realizing that he was every bit the smart player that he was on the show; unfortunately, his real undoing was only that he never really had the opportunity to play the game thanks to the numbers following the tribal swap.

Cartermatt.com – In looking back at everything that happened last night prior to you going home, is there really anything else you could have done? How to prepare for something like that?

Michael Snow – I could have, but it wouldn’t have been my game. Reynold had offered to give me the idol, but I thought they were going to vote for him. That was one thing that I could have done, but I wasn’t going to do it.

One other thing was not to trust Dawn. She had come to me and said ‘are you with the guys, now may be the time that we make a move and I’m going to talk to somebody.’ So she set me into believing that she was going to do something, but I didn’t fully trust her and I should have gone to somebody else. I should’ve gotten aggressive as opposed to letting Reynold and Eddie be the target. I should have turned up the heat.

We saw what was going on with Dawn a lot courtesy of what happened after the tribal swap. But what was going on with Brenda and Erik? We’ve only seen about ten seconds of them, but were they people you could have gone to?

I don’t think Brenda trusted me once the merge came. She knew that I was close with Corinne, and I had heard that Brenda had it out for Corinne. I told Corinne, and it got back Brenda. I don’t know if she had it out for me, but she didn’t trust me.

And Erik, I had hoped that [there would be something there]. I didn’t think he was going to [work with me] while Corinne was still around, but he had said stuff like ‘maybe in the future we’ll be working together.’ The option was there, but just not at that point.

The last thing I want to pick your brain about is something that happened last night. Do you think Phillip was trying to flush out an immunity idol at tribal council, or was he just ranting for ranting’s sake?

I think both. Phillip loves to hear the sound of his own voice. We were listening to him talk about Stealth R Us and season 22 on and on and on. Then he started talking about the idols, and alluded to Malcolm being a problem and also talked about Reynold’s idol. So I think he liked to stand there and ‘blah blah blah,’ but I think he was also trying to flush out an idol.  Phillip’s playing a good game. Does he drive you crazy? Absolutely. but I give him props for playing a really good game.

Do you think that had there been different circumstances that Michael could have gone pretty far? If you want to read our full review of Wednesday night’s “Survivor Caramoan” episode, be sure to visit the story over at the link here.

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