“Survivor: Winners at War” Power Rankings Round 12 – Double (Episode) Trouble Edition

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The Rules: Each week Malcolm Freberg and Gordon Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the players will earn.  For example, if Denise is voted out, Malcolm will receive six points and Gordon will receive seven. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the “Survivor: Winners at War” champion.

Last Week: Malcolm and Gordon both had Kim in spot eight. So, the current score is Team Freberg 88, Team Holmes 89.

Quick Note: The Power Rankings place the players in order of how safe they are heading into the next episode, not how likely they are to win the entire game.

Team Freberg: 88 Team Holmes: 89

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1. Ben: Ben isn’t winning $2 million dollars. Has anyone else squabbled so constantly with so many other players? But that also means, this late in the game, a lot of people are planning to sit next to the cowboy at final Tribal. An idol reinforces his safety. 1. Tony: Oof…this doesn’t get easier, does it? Are we getting two eliminations this week? Probably. So, idol holders are only safe for one vote. But, Sarah is locked in with Tony. She would’ve played his idol otherwise. And I think Nick is still in his pocket. So, give ’em hell, Tony. (And Freberg, don’t forget you owe us a Tony story next week.)
2. Tony: You cannot convince me that everyone else on the beach — including his allies — doesn’t recognize Tony as the front runner. If he makes it to the end, regardless of what happens the next two weeks, he wins. The only move that would launch a player ahead of Tony is eliminating Tony. 2. Ben: He’s got an idol and he’s going to potentially have some enemies on the jury (Adam, Jeremy possibly). Ben isn’t going anywhere.
3. Nick: I’m putting Nick in the same boat as Ben: The other players plotting their endgames want him around. He doesn’t have an idol and could get targeted for being Tony’s lackey, but if that’s the game plan of the minority, Sarah will land in the crosshairs first. 3. Michele: We’re so close to the endgame, that if there’s a move to split up her and Jeremy, I’ve got to think Jeremy goes because he’s the person people don’t want to sit with at the end. That, and she’s capable of going on an immunity run.
4. Sarah: The most telling moment of last week’s episode was Sarah’s refusal to take Tony’s idol. She could have accepted the advantage, claimed ignorance when the play failed, and weakened Tony in the process. The fact that she didn’t do so means she’s planning on sticking by his side for at least another vote or two. 4. Nick: I’m not quite sure what your game is at this point. You gave immunity to Tony in exchange for a single fire token? You wanted him around. But why? Is Tony playing a worse social game than last time? What version of the final three nets you a win? You’re not lower because I don’t think people are afraid of facing off against you.
5. Michele: Aside from constantly being on the wrong side of the numbers, I think she’s played pretty well. This week, Michele should be able to squeak by, unless her public lack of advantages makes her a safe target for the majority. 5. Sarah: You and Tony must be locked in. I can’t think of another reason why you wouldn’t have just burned his idol last week. But, that little conversation shows everyone just how tight you two are. If they can’t get him, they’re going to come for you.
6. Denise: No, Jeremy will not hold a grudge over Denise’s scolding at Tribal. Yes, my girl is in serious trouble this week, especially because she must make proactive moves immediately to have a shot at winning. The relative safety of under-the-radar play has to end now. No risk, no reward. 6. Jeremy: Even though Jeremy hasn’t dominated this season, I still wouldn’t want to take him to the end. He’s just too likable and there’s always the selling point that he’s had a target on his back from day one.
7. Jeremy: Is it just me, or has he bickered with an uncharacteristically high number of castaways this season? Usually that’d bump him up the endgame ratings, but Jeremy has too many friends on the jury, and is too big of a threat to Tony’s immunity chances. He won’t be around much longer. 7. Denise: She lost her closest ally last week and she probably isn’t in any of Tony’s plans. Plus, she has that “Queen Slayer” label that probably has people afraid to take her to the end.

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