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Survivor does double elimination duty as this season rushes towards its end

Will Wahl (Image: CBS)
Will Wahl (Image: CBS)
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  • Everyone knows Will flipped and voted out Zeke, so his “power move” is appropriately recognized. The problem is that some people think it was useless game posturing, rather than a meaningful, important move.
  • Bret and Sunday approach Adam to basically be their Zeke replacement, and help them get Will, Dave, and Jay out of the game. Adam acts like this means he, Hannah, and Ken would then be in the clear but Adam, have you met Ken? There’s no way he’s willingly splitting from David.
  • The first vote of the episode is between David and Will, and although the early consensus seems to be squarely against David, somehow Adam tips the scales to get people to vote out Will instead. If this was truly kicked off by Adam, that’s actually a more impressive move than I thought he was capable of. Well done.
  • Adam and Jay’s weird push-pull relationship (which Jay calls “yin yang,” which is… not exactly correct) takes center stage following Will’s elimination, and Adam wastes no time telling Jay who everyone wants to vote out, then turning around and telling the camera in a confessional that Jay is actually his biggest target.
  • Adam might just blow his “I’m sort of your ally” cover with Jay, however, when he openly helps Ken win the immunity challenge. No way Jay isn’t going to play is idol after that, right?
  • Adam wants Jay or David to go home, but David knows that’s certain doom for him and wants Bret, while Hannah advocates for Sunday. It’s basically a big vote jumble all the way up until Tribal.
  • Adam and Jay’s interactions are honestly entertaining and fascinating, and they even take a turn for the touching when Adam confides in Jay about his mother’s illness. Jay’s mother suffers from aneurysms so Adam’s struggles strike a chord with him and it’s honestly a bit moving.
  • Jay does in fact play his idol, but it’s Sunday who gets the most votes and goes home. Adam didn’t get exactly what he wanted, but he got one thing: Jay’s idol is burned and now he’s more vulnerable.
  • I’m most interested in Hannah in this episode, because she showed an easy ability to sway her alliance away from Bret and onto Sunday. Is Hannah quietly working her way into the final three?
  • Next week is the finale even though there are still a ton of people left in the game. It feels too fast, perhaps because this season’s gameplay didn’t totally pick up until the merge.