Was I the only one surprised by the Survivor winner last night? When “Fabio” Jud Birza won by a vote of 5 to 4 over Chase Rice, I was left a little disappointed.
We won’t even mention Matthew “Sash” Lenahan as a possibility since he made it to the final Tribal Council and did not recieve a single vote.
Why Chase should have won:
*Fabio didn’t really play the game until the last three immunity challenges. Chase was playing hard throughout the game.
*Fabio lucked into his position while Chase was more strategic.
*Chase made decisions and tried to change the game where Fabio just fumbled along.
*”Outwit, Outlast, and Outplay” is the motto of Survivor. While Fabio managed to outlast and you can even argue outplay because of his immunity challenge wins, who wants to say that Fabio was the one to outwit them? This was Chase’s area.
But, it’s all up to the Survivor jury. They are all too close to the action to look at it objectively and often go with personal feelings over anything else. After all, if the person with the best gameplay always won Survivor, then Russell Hantz surely would have won Survivor: Heroes Versus Villians and Survivor: Samoa.
Maybe the lesson here is that you can’t be the Survivor who played the hardest if you want to win Survivor. You might become the most memorable player from your season, but you won’t leave with the million. What do you think?