‘Survivor: Winners at War’: Natalie Anderson Deserves to Win for Enduring the ‘Most Brutal Experience’

Fans cannot stop talking about the various final tribal council scenarios, with the season finale of Survivor: Winners at War quickly approaching. Many viewers can see how Natalie Anderson wins the $2 million prize, although she was voted out on day 2 of the game. Some fans are outraged that an Edge of Extinction returnee might win; however, others feel that Natalie deserves the prize because of her ‘brutal experience.’ 

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

Natalie Anderson on 'Survivor: Winners at War'
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Why do fans believe Natalie Anderson might win the $2 million prize on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’?

Although Natalie was the very first castaway voted out of the game, she consistently earns fire tokens and finds advantages to sell to the players still in the game. The 34-year-old is determined to get back in the game and win the title of Sole Survivor.

In episode 13 of Survivor: Winners at War, Natalie revealed that she had 14 fire tokens. She already bought a hidden immunity idol at the last Edge of Extinction competition to get back in the game. So, she’s taking her idol with her, and bought one for Tyson Apostol in case he gets back in the game instead. 

Natalie plans to use six tokens to purchase three advantages in the competition. Throughout her time on the Edge, she has proved her strength and endurance, completing every challenge before the other players. If she does return to the game, Natalie has an idol to get her to through at least one tribal council. She also is likely to win individual immunity challenges. 

‘Survivor’ fans feel Natalie Anderson deserves to win the $2 million

Although she was voted out on Day 2 of Survivor: Winners at War, Natalie was able to influence some of the gameplay in the main game. She strategically sent advantages and disadvantages to players to alter the game.

“Jeremy most certainly was the target the night Tyson left,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “If Jeremy hadn’t walked out of tribal, he gets the boot. I am kind of glad in a way Natalie saved Michele’s butt. Without Natalie sending Nick the disadvantage, Ben could have easily won that challenge and his first-ever immunity. If Natalie had sent the disadvantage to Denise instead, it likely gets put on Michele when she asks Sarah for some tokens.”

Some fans feel that although she wasn’t in the game officially, Natalie played a massive part in the twists and turns.  

“She worked for it on Extinction,” another viewer added. “She killed it by collecting fire tokens.”

Fans feel the Edge of Extinction was a brutal experience that Natalie overcame

“For me, I would be really content with Natalie winning — especially as the game has evolved into a state where there is no one defining best player,” another fan wrote. “I think for a season of all winners having someone come back would justify and represent what a Survivor is. There is no one best player, there are lots, and after lots of scenarios, anyone and everyone can win.”

Although Natalie was not in the main game, the Edge of Extinction twist adds another level to the game of Survivor. Fans feel it would be a valid way to win. She had less to eat on a more barren island and still came out on top.

“Her journey through this is the essence of being an outcast Survivor on a deserted island,” one Redditor wrote.

Many fans feel that since Natalie spent the most time on the Edge of Extinction that she endured the most hardship.

“She endured the most brutal experience in the entire season,” another fan wrote.

The three-hour finale of Survivor: Winners at War will air May 13, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

Read more: ‘Survivor: Winners at War’: How Did Natalie Anderson Acquire 14 Fire Tokens?