‘Survivor: Winners at War’: Natalie Anderson Finally Reveals Why She Gave Tyson Apostol an Immunity Idol

Natalie Anderson received endless questions after last week’s episode of Survivor: Winners at War. Why would she use her fire tokens to purchase a hidden immunity idol for Tyson Apostol? Many fans speculated it was to buy his jury vote. Natalie finally weighed in on the discussion on Twitter on May 11, 2020. 

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

Natalie Anderson and Tyson Apostol with hidden immunity idols
Natalie Anderson and Tyson Apostol with hidden immunity idols | CBS Entertainment

What did Natalie Anderson do with her 14 fire tokens on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’? 

In episode 13 of Survivor: Winners at War, fans found out that Natalie Anderson acquired 14 fire tokens since the last return competition. Technically, she had 16 but used two to purchase a jar of peanut butter. 

The 34-year-old earned six tokens by playing an extortion disadvantage on Tony Vlachos with Parvati Shallow’s help. Many fans thought she split the six tokens with Parvati, but a rewatch of the episode reveals that Natalie was the one who found the extortion, not Parv. 

Then she earned two more tokens by retrieving 20 coconuts, one-at-a-time, from the other side of the island, before anyone else. Lastly, she acquired eight more fire tokens by selling an advantage to Nick Wilson.

Natalie decided to use six of her tokens to buy three advantages for the return competition. She already has one immunity idol — the maximum amount one Survivor is allowed to take back in the game. So, she used six more tokens to buy Tyson, a hidden immunity idol.

Why did Natalie Anderson buy a hidden immunity idol for Tyson Apostol?

Fans finally found out the truth about Natalie’s purchase on Twitter on May 11, 2020. She did not give the immunity idol to Tyson to buy his jury vote.

“Idol to Tyson reasons: 1. Won battle back once/best odds of winning 2. Overall good dude 4. His daughter Bergen is one of my fav tiny humans,” Natalie tweeted.

Natalie believes that Tyson has the best chance of getting back into the game. She also feels he is a very good guy and fell in love with his daughter when she came for the family visit. 

Fans still complain that Natalie was trying to buy Tyson’s jury vote

Many viewers pointed out that Natalie skipped option number three. 

“Pretty sneaky leaving out the obvious number three: buying a jury vote,” replied another fan in the comments to Natalie’s explanation. 

Fans believe that if Natalie gets back into the game, she will make it to the final tribal council. During the finale, everyone on the Edge of Extinction will have a chance to vote for the winner of the $2 million prize. Many fans surmise that Natalie was ensuring that Tyson will vote for her if she makes it to the final. 

Fans will find out if Natalie wins the $2 million prize during the three-hour finale of Survivor: Winners at War on May 13, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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