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The aftermath of Rupert's exit from the game last week could make Laura B. a bit of a wild card moving forward...but she still doesn't seem to be well-liked enough to make any lasting impact. Could she float through for a while? Of course. Unfortunately for her and us, our attention this week is going to shift far away from Laura, or Rupert, or even the game. Yes, sadly - angrily - it seems we have another quitter in our midst.
As last week's "Next Time On" hinted, the villain that everyone loves to hate now has given us good reason to do so. It appears Colton does quit Survivor. Ugh.
Here is the synopsis from CBS, all but confirming that Colton will quit the game tonight:
Episode 3 – “Opening Pandora’s Box” - A FAMILY RIVALRY TAKES CENTER STAGE, LEADING TO AN EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN, ON “SURVIVOR: BLOOD VS. WATER,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2. A family rivalry takes center stage, leading to an emotional breakdown. Meanwhile, the tribes watch in disbelief as a castaway quits the game and a shocking blindside plays out at tribal council, on SURVIVOR: BLOOD VS. WATER, Wednesday, Oct. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Analysis. It doesn't get more straight-forward than that: "The tribes watch in disbelief as a castaway quits..." Seriously Colton? Does this make anyone else as pissed off as it does me? I was actually one of the (few) Colton supporters...let me rephrase that...I never supported anything that came out of his mouth during Survivor: One World, but as an entertaining TV villain, I was on board with why they brought him back for a second go-around.
Quitting and Survivor should not be two things that go together, but it seems roughly every couple seasons we are faced with another one. We will wait to see what his reasons are, but it doesn't look like any explanation will make his exit "OK" in the eyes of viewers and fans of the show. Such a disappointment.
Unlike last time Colton played though, he is not nearly in the same position of power, nor does he exit the game with an Immunity Idol around his neck. So his exit - if it is true that he exits - should not have the dire effect that it did the last time he left. That is, for everyone except his fiance, Caleb, who stands to lose his loved one in the game. That's what makes Colton's exit even more selfish than ever: He's not only pulling himself from the game, he's potentially damaging the game of his fiance.
Colton's immediate exit from the returning player tribe could put the target squarely back on Laura B., or even Laura M. or Kat, the two other returnees on the outside of the five-person alliance formed last week (consisting of Aras, Gervase, Tina, Monica and Tyson). The preview from CBS also promises a "shocking blindside," so that doesn't mean that this five-person alliance stays intact, if in fact the returnees are the ones sent to Tribal Council.
Over at the new player tribe, a "shocking blindside" could spell trouble for John, now with an Immunity Idol clue. He made the potentially poor choice not to share it with his Brigade alliance (Hayden, Vytas, Brad and Caleb) and his exit would perhaps be the most shocking.
So make sure you are ready for tonight's "Special Quitter Edition" of Survivor: Blood vs. Water, 8 pm EST only on CBS. Then be sure to check back here for the full recap later tonight!
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