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Sophie Clarke remarked in this week’s episode of Survivor: Winners at War that outraged many fans. She said that she was a “bottom-tier winner.” Fans believe she heard this from viewers before joining this season, and are outraged that people said that about her. 

[Spoiler alert: Survivor 40: Winners at War Episode 11 spoilers ahead.]

Sophie Clarke on 'Survivor: Winners at War'
Sophie Clarke on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ | CBS Entertainment

Who was sent to the Edge of Extinction in ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ Episode 11?

Fans thought Tony Vlachos was heading to the Edge of Extinction in episode 11 of Survivor: Winners at War. He was sent a devastating extortion disadvantage from Parvati Shallow and Natalie Anderson on the Edge of Extinction. Although he found a hidden immunity idol early on in the episode, he might not be able to compete in the challenge. 

The extortion note said that Tony must come up with six fire tokens, or he won’t be playing in the immunity challenge or voting at tribal council. Fans were outraged about the unfairness of this disadvantage; however, Tony quickly acquired three extra tokens. Then he played in the immunity challenge and won it for a second week in a row.

His alliance with Sophie, Sarah Lacina, Nick Wilson, and Ben Driebergen decided to split their votes between Michele Fitzgerald (2) and Jeremy Collins (3). However, Tony took the opportunity to change the game and blindside Sophie. He roped in Nick, Jeremy, and Michele, and his plan worked.

Sophie got four votes at Tribal Council and was sent to the Edge of Extinction with a hidden immunity idol in her pocket. She felt safe with her alliance and had no idea she was going home. 

Sophie reveals on the Edge of Extinction that she thought she was a ‘bottom-tier winner’

Before these 20 individuals went on Survivor: Winners at War, they each already won a game of Survivor. Sandra Diaz-Twine won twice. Rob Mariano won once, but his wife also won once. Fans always compile statistics and take to social media to share their predictions before the season. 

“I probably came into this game feeling like I was a bottom-tier winner,” Sophie said after she was voted out and sent to the Edge of Extinction. 

Fans think she feels this way from things people said to her or about her before she went on the show this season.

“I’m sad that ANY winner has to ever think this and live with people’s negative comments about their victory all the time,” one fan wrote on Reddit. She played an amazing game and should feel very proud of how she did.”

Fans avidly defend Sophie on social media after she calls herself a ‘bottom-tier winner’ 

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Sophie G. Clarke is anything but a bottom-tier winner,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “You don’t beat Ozzy in the final immunity challenge and Coach 3.0 at Final Tribal Council, and bring two big guys with you to the end, crushing them both, to be considered weak.”

Many fans defended Sophie’s gameplay on her original season of Survivor: South Pacific. Then they added in how great she played this season.

“Sophie Clarke came back and proved she was a rightful champion,” tweeted another fan. “Despite being out tonight, she arguably played one of the best games this season. She was in solid alliances, played vital roles in many votes and tribals, and had an all-around solid game.”

Sophie is currently on the Edge of Extinction. However, she will have another chance to get back in the game. To see how the rest of Survivor: Winners at War plays out, tune in to CBS on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST.

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