‘Survivor: Winners at War’ Fans Feel This Was the Worst Twist of the Game So Far

With the conclusion of Survivor: Winners at War coming up fast, fans are criticizing everything that sent home their favorite players. The fan base feels there was one significant moment that was the worst twist of the entire season.

Jeff Probst, Denise Stapley, Ben Driebergen, Michele Fitzgerald, Parvati Shallow, Jeremy Collins, Adam Klein and Boston Rob Mariano during the tribe swap on 'Survivor: Winners at War'
Jeff Probst, Denise Stapley, Ben Driebergen, Michele Fitzgerald, Parvati Shallow, Jeremy Collins, Adam Klein and Boston Rob Mariano during the tribe swap on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ | Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment

‘Survivor: Winners at War’: The worst twist of the game

Many fans believe that Survivor: Winners at War Episode 5 was a turning point for many fan-favorite old-school players. The remaining 15 players were swapped into three tribes of five each. Denise Stapley, Jeremy Collins, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Tony Vlachos made up the new Dakal tribe. 

The new Sele Tribe consisted of Michele Fitzgerald, Nick Wilson, Parvati Shallow, Wendell Holland, and Yul Kwon. The last tribe — Yara — was left with Adam Klein, Ben Driebergen, Rob Mariano, Sarah Lacina, and Sophie Clarke. 

Alliances were broken up, and fans believe there was nowhere for players with significant targets on their back to hide. 

Why do fans feel the tribe swap was the worst twist on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’?

“We lost arguably the three most recognizable Survivor players of all time, along with Yul,” one fan wrote on Reddit regarding the swap from two tribes to three. “It’s because they had nowhere to hide — tribes of 5 made it, so they never had a chance to make it through.”

Other viewers agreed with the original poster. It switched the pace of the game and gave many of the old-school players a disadvantage. 

“I have to agree,” another Redditor added. “The Yara buff is great, but man, switching to 3 tribes kinda f*cked up the pacing and made mincemeat out of some good players because they got screwed.”

The complaint stems from the fact that large alliances are broken up when the tribes go down to such small numbers. 

“With less predictability comes more blindsides, which is clearly what production values above all else,” another fan added.

Fans feel that ‘Parvati was the definition of swap screwed’ on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’

“Totally agree,” added another viewer. “It left no room for Parv and Yul to play when there were no idols and useful advantages around.”

The other complaint about the tribe swap was that Parvati and Yul did not receive any useful advantages. Parv ended up with one of the most useless advantages at a pivotal point in the game.

“I’m still shaking at the idol nullifier,” wrote one Redditor. “She could have survived that had she gotten literally any of the previous three advantages.”

Many fans comment that Rob likely would not have lasted much longer anyway. However, they feel that Parvati was the one who was affected most negatively by the tribe swap.

Other fans added that the only good thing to come out of the reorganization of tribes into three was that Tony remained on top. Survivor: Winners at War airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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