‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’: Fans Are Begging Jeff Probst to Shut Down the Whispering at Tribal Council

Episode 10 of Survivor: Winners at War was full of tearful family moments. However, lines were also clearly drawn at Tribal Council. Fans want to know why the castaways are continually whispering to each other before the vote. It kept fans on the edge of their seat when it happened the first time, but now fans are begging for host Jeff Probst to put an end to the whispering.

[Spoiler alert: Survivor 40: Winners at War Episode 10 spoilers ahead.]

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Sophie Georgina Clarke, Tyson Apostol, Sarah Lacina, Ben Driebergen, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, Michele Fitzgerald, Jeremy Collins, Nick Wilson, Anthony (Tony) Vlachos, Denise Stapley and Adam Klein | Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment

‘Survivor 40: Winners at War Episode 10’: What happened at Tribal Council?

After half the episode was spent on family visits, there was not an abundance of time left for viewers to see the strategy play at camp. When the castaways arrive at tribal council, Jeff asked Nick Wilson one question. Then, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe immediately begins whispering to Michele Fitzgerald. Nearly everyone is talking to someone quietly about the vote.

Jeremy Collins then used his “safety without power” advantage. He gets to leave tribal council — cannot be voted out — but cannot cast a vote. Sophie Clarke then directs her group to make a decision secretly. Jeremy’s alliance begins scrambling since they are now down a player with him gone. Next, Sarah Lacina played her “steal a vote” advantage to take Denise Stapley‘s vote for her own.

After the whispering finally dies down, the castaways vote. Before Probst can read the vote, Kim uses her hidden immunity idol to protect Denise. Any votes cast for Denise do not count. However, Kim did not anticipate the other alliance voting for Tyson Apostol. The former Poker Player Alliance is officially broken up when Tyson is sent to the Edge of Extinction. 

‘Survivor’ fans believe Jeff Probst should ban the whispering at Tribal Council

“The whispering needs just to be permabanned from all future tribals,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “It’s had its moment in the sun, made for a few interesting tribals, but now it’s time for the producers to shut it down forever.”

Many fans are upset that they cannot hear the strategy and deliberation when the castaways begin whispering.

“Yep, the whispering every episode at tribal council is ruining the show,” added another fan. “It adds nothing to the narrative of the vote off, and is downright boring to watch now.”

Other fans add that it looks like “school children gossiping.” Since the players have time to strategize at camp all day, many feel that they should know who they are voting going into tribal council that night.

Other ‘Survivor’ fans defend the whispering as necessary with so many advantages in play

“People are focusing on the wrong thing here,” disagreed another fan. “When Jeremy bailed, it reset a lot of strategy. It would have been hard for them to show why everyone got votes since it seems possible that this time votes actually did change at tribal, which is rarely the case.”

Since two advantages were played before the vote, many fans felt it was important for the castaways to react to the changes. Losing Jeremy’s vote was a massive blow to his alliance, and they needed a moment to strategize.

“I think the major point of the season and why some of the edits seem rushed or wild you could say, speaks to the hectic nature of how an all winners season looks like,” added another fan. 

Since the season is full of twenty players who won $1 million, fans also believe there is more strategizing than ever before. 

It looks like the whispering might be here to stay even if some fans believe Probst should ban it. Survivor: Winners at War airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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