“Survivor: Winners at War” Episode 8 Recap – Who Will Return from the Edge of Extinction?

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Last Week: Rob’s three tokens provided Redemption, Michele’s social game could do no Rōng, and Yul’s game was Cooked.

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Alright, let’s take a look at the tribes as they currently stand.

The Dakal Tribe (wearing orange)

  • Denise, 48 – “Philippines”
  • Jeremy, 41 – “Second Chance”
  • Kim, 36 – “One World”
  • Tony, 45 – “Cagayan”

The Sele Tribe (wearing blue)

  • Michele, 29 – “Kaôh Rōng”
  • Nick, 28 – “David vs. Goliath”
  • Wendell, 35 – “Ghost Island”

The Yara Tribe (wearing green)

  • Adam, 28 – “Millennials vs. Gen-X”
  • Ben, 36 – “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers”
  • Sarah, 34 – “Game Changers”
  • Sophie, 29 – “South Pacific”

Oh man, we’re not wasting any time with silly things like, “Why did Nick pick Wendell over Yul?” It’s right off to the Edge of Extinction where the Old Schoolers (and Natalie) are greeted by their invitation back into the game. Everyone is scrambling to figure out what to do with their fire tokens. Amber gives her token to Rob so he can buy a challenge advantage and an idol. Natalie uses her tokens to do the same.

Quick Aside: This fire-tokens-on-the-Edge twist seems to punish players that lasted longer in the game. Yul had no opportunity to earn an advantage.

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Before we can get to the challenge, the three tribes are merged into one with sweet black and yellow buffs. Pittsburgh, represent.

Return from Edge of Extinction Challenge: The players will race along a rope net while retrieving bags of sticks. They’ll then dig in the sand to uncover a bag of string. They’ll tie the sticks together to retrieve a key. They’ll use the key to unlock a ball. The first person to get the ball through a snake maze will return to the game.

Fire Token Advantage: Rob, Ethan, Natalie, Tyson, and Danni will not have to do the digging portion.

Result: It was super close, but Tyson was able to defeat “Boston” Rob to win his way back into the game. Peanut butter power!

But First, We Merge Feast

When the newly united tribe gets to camp, they learn that the prices on the fire token board have gone up. Even remote Fijian beaches aren’t immune to inflation.

But, Tony points out that the merge feast is free. While they’re enjoying the meal, Denise shares the story of how she dethroned the Queen. They’re quick to dub her “The Queen Slayer.” Man, how did I miss that?!

Quick Aside: The cast wasn’t able to see the “Game of Thrones” finale before filming. Several of them were hoping a screening would be a reward. In hindsight, it probably would have been a punishment.

In other news, Tyson is a little freaked out that he’s the only pre-Heroes-vs.-Villains player left in the game. Yeah…but two of his poker pals are still hanging around.

Early politicking starts with Wendell and Jeremy discussing an alliance. However, Jeremy doesn’t like the idea that Nick is Wendell’s number one, so he plots to send Nick packing.

Also, Tyson, Ben, Jeremy, and Tony are worried that they’re the only big targets left.

There’s also some concern from Wendell that Denise is playing a very big game.

Immunity Challenge Time: It’s your classic climb a pole and be the last person hanging on deal. There will be a male and a female winner with each winner earning a fire token.

Quick Aside: It is pouring rain and poor Sophie is violently shivering.

Another Quick Aside: Does the immunity necklace remind anyone of this guy?

Result: Jeremy and Denise pull off the wins.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Things kick off with the big target alliance (Tyson, Ben, Tony, and Jeremy) planning to break up Wendell and Nick. Jeremy, obviously, thinks they should target Nick.

However, it’s clear to Sophie that Wendell and Jeremy are pals. They even show them having one of those tickle fights that Tyson alluded to before the season.

It also seems like Adam could be an easy vote. The only problem is that it might upset Denise. But, when Jeremy runs that plan by Denise, she doesn’t seem concerned at all.

Tribal Time

Quick Aside: It’s always weird to see the jurors looking all dirty and disheveled.

Tyson was (rightfully) worried that he’d be an easy first vote, but his name didn’t seem to come up.

Not much is said other than the fact that the communication is quick and confusing around camp.

Voting Time: Nick votes for Adam, Adam votes for Wendell, and the rest of the votes are secret. Oh, and Adam said, “It’s either you or me tonight. I know that. But do you?” That’s a great line.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Adam, one vote for Wendell, two votes for Adam, five votes for Wendell, and the tenth person voted out of “Survivor: Winners at War” is…Wendell.

Whoa…and Wendell looks mad.

Fire Token Bequeath’n: Wendell splits his two tokens between Nick and Michele.

Verdict: Man, they just aren’t willing to let Jeremy have any friends in this game!

Aaand…I’m not thrilled to see my winner pick head to the Edge of Extinction. Don’t make me root for an Extinctioner to win, CBS!

Aaaaaaand…as much as I hate the Edge of Extinction, I’m kind of excited to have Tyson back. I have so many conflicting feelings.

  • Tyson – To rumble back from the Edge of Extinction and not be the immediate first target? That’s an A from me.
  • Ben and Tony – You got what you wanted, but the others are on to your game.
  • Sophie and Sarah – They’re connected, calling shots, and they’re packing secret advantages.
  • Jeremy – You deserve a good grade for cutting bait on Wendell. But, you deserve a bad grade for being so obvious about your friendship. You’re in the middle.
  • Denise – You’re going to have that “Queen Slayer” tag for a while. Hanging back is probably a smart move.
  • Nick and Michele – Welp…it’s not good to be on the wrong side of the first post-merge vote.
  • Adam – I think Adam has reached the stage where nobody is going to trust him and everyone is going to want to take him to the end.
  • Kim – I can’t grade you if you don’t show your work.

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