‘Survivor: Winners at War’: Jeff Probst Reveals His Favorite Scene of the Entire Season

Every week host Jeff Probst recaps the latest Survivor: Winners at War episode in a brief video. This week was no different, except that he revealed his favorite scene of the whole season. It was an epic one.

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

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What happened on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ Episode 11?

On the Edge of Extinction, Natalie Anderson and Parvati Shallow found a note rolled up in a wine bottle. It was a clue to the whereabouts of an advantage. The players on the Edge often find these notes that allow them to acquire payments of fire tokens from castaways still in the game. 

“This is an extortion advantage,” Natalie read the scroll. “This gives you the power to block one player from participating in the next immunity challenge, and from voting at the next tribal council unless they meet your payment. You can attempt to extort as many fire tokens as you think they can pay.”

Natalie and Parvati decide to send the extortion to Tony Vlachos because of his “chaotic” nature. When he receives the note in his bag the next morning, he is ecstatic. The energy with which Tony reads the letter is over the top. 

What was Jeff Probst’s favorite scene of ‘Survivor: Winners at War’?

“This was one of my favorite parts of the entire season,” Probst begins. “I remember writing this note, and we laughed so hard when we realized the key to the note is the last line of the note that says, ‘By the way, you’re not the extorter. You’re the one being extorted.'”

Probst laughs as he tells the story of Tony reading the note. 

“He’s just so earnest with his energy, and then he realized he was about to be had,” Probst continues.

The host is so happy that the producers’ plan worked out as they wanted. The Edge of Extinction players chose Tony, and everything went down perfectly.

“6 tokens! This in real life — you are doing some prison time,” Tony says when he gets to the end of the note. “Extortion is illegal in the states. I don’t know why it’s not illegal here in Fiji.”

Somehow Tony coerced three players into giving him a token — Jeremy Collins, Nick Wilson, and Ben Driebergen. He ends up betraying Ben that night at tribal council, but remained loyal to the two that he received tokens from. 

The fan reactions to Tony’s extortion are epic

“Tony reading the extortion ‘advantage’ thinking it was a good thing was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on Survivor,” tweeted one fan.

Fans loved this episode of Survivor: Winners at War for the same reasons as Probst. Tony brings explosive energy to everything he does. 

“Tony pulled the damn thing off,” added another fan. “He found an idol, got other people to pay off his extortion, won immunity, AND pulled off the biggest blindside so far.” 

Not only did he overcome the extortion, but he won immunity and worked the system in the best way possible. He had the most confessionals in one episode than anyone ever. Many fans are now rooting for Tony to win 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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