‘Survivor 40’: Ben Driebergen Started His Immunity Idol Hunt Before Anyone Else in Bonus Scene
In Survivor 35: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Ben Driebergen had no social game and instead found idols nearly every week to get himself to the end. However, he received criticism from viewers for his type of gameplay. Therefore, Ben returned for Survivor 40: Winners at War and focused on his social play as well as helped others find idols instead of locating them himself.
In a bonus scene, the veteran awoke early the following morning after Sophie Clarke’s elimination to find the hidden immunity idol she had on her when blindsided.
Ben Driebergen on ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’
Initially placed on the Sele tribe, Ben Driebergen decided he would focus on his social game as opposed to looking for idols as he did on his first season. In the premiere episode, Boston Rob Mariano asked Ben if anyone threw his name out as a potential vote-off. Starstruck by the five-time player, the Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers winner admitted that Danni Boatwright suggested writing his name down at the upcoming Tribal Council.
After realizing the “old school” players were gaining control, he aligned with “new schoolers” Jeremy Collins, Michele Fitzgerald, and Adam Klein. Additionally, Ben helped Denise Stapley find her first hidden Immunity Idol.
He then swapped to expansion tribe Yara in the majority alongside Adam and Rob. Even though the two initially followed the Robfather’s commands not to leave camp, they still unanimously sent the Redemption Island champ to the Edge of Extinction.
Ben made it to the merge without seeing another Tribal Council and remained in the majority, much in part to his close bonds with Sarah Lacina and Sophie Clarke from the Yara tribe.
However, he and Adam butt heads, and the two went at it during a Tribal Council before the Millennials vs. Gen X elimination. After Tony Vlachos blindsided his own alliance and sent Sophie sent to the Edge, Ben understandably didn’t trust the New Jersey-based police officer.
Therefore, when he found a hidden Immunity Idol while walking with Tony, he tried to hide it at first. However, the Cagayan winner pointed it out, and eventually, Ben confessed.
Ben Driebergen started looking for the immunity idol in bonus scene
While Episode 12 shows everyone looking for a hidden immunity idol at the same time, a bonus scene depicts Ben beginning his search early that morning. In a confessional, he explained he grew “as a Survivor player and as a man” and has “learned from his experience.”
Instead of playing his usual “big, flashy, in-your-face game,” the stay-at-home dad is playing a “more personalized game by teaching people how to find idols.”
Additionally, the veteran isn’t looking for any idols as many viewers solely credit his use of advantages for his previous win. However, he believes it’s time to “protect” himself after Sophie’s blindside, so he woke up early to look for the idol she left with in her pocket.
Because he knew one idol was found on the beach, and Tony located his “on the rocks,” he predicted the next one “has to be inland somewhere.” While he knew he should have been searching for the advantages earlier in the game, the stay-at-home dad wanted to show others he could play another way.
However, Ben also knows that the “security” of the idol will help him make it further, so he wanted to find it, which he did. Survivor 40: Winners at War airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.