With two episodes of Survivor 42 remaining, fans are primed for the three-hour season finale on May 25th. Until then, however, six players remain in the game and fans are eager to give their opinion on each remaining candidate and their chances.
Here’s what you need to know as you head into the penultimate episode of the season, which airs Wednesday:
Three clear leaders are emerging
Many fans may have noticed that the Taku 4 – Omar Zaheer, Maryanne Oketch, Lindsay Dolashewich and Jonathan Young – made it to the final 6 fully intact as Ika and Vati have been decimated since the merger while almost none of the other contestants appeared to have noticed at all. This may speak to the strategic skills of the four participants, as three of them emerged as the main contenders for victory.
In a recent audience poll taken by gold derby Just before episode 11, Omar blew everyone else away, with 43% of respondents believing he has the best chance of winning, followed by Maryanne at 25%. He also won this week player of the weeka fan poll conducted by Martin Holmes Insider Survivorwith 45% of the votes.
That’s no surprise. Omar was praised by fans for a number of big strides he’s made throughout the season, not least for saving his allies Maryanne and Jonathan from safe exit from the Fusion by winning the vote against 22-year-old Lydia Meredith cast without even being able to cast a vote herself.
Some fans have even gone so far as to call him “godfather‘, a title usually bestowed only on East Coast strongmen like Rob Mariano or Domenick Abbate for his masterful control of gameplay. So far he’s been on the right side of the votes all but once, and almost every time he’s been the one leading the charge against the person who would eventually be eliminated.
Despite her very low-key editing for most of the season, Lindsay Dolashewich seems to have become something of a power player herself. Unsurprisingly, she took second place in the Player of the Week poll with 41%. That last week, in which Lindsay and Omar directed the blindside of Hai Giang, she also came second with 25% (again behind Omar). Additionally, Lindsay was named by a number of judges as her favorite to win, meaning she’s sure to grab at least a few votes if she makes it to the end.
Although editing in recent episodes seems to show that Maryanne and Romeo Escobar are falling by the wayside, this is probably just a facade given the very close bonds Maryanne has formed with her former Taku members, Omar and Lindsay in particular . Additionally, despite her bubbly personality, Maryanne has been shown to also have a more cunning, strategic side. She’s clearly hiding it well, which will no doubt benefit her.
Additionally, Maryanne and Lindsay are the only female contestants left in a season did not see a male winner in seven seasons (considering the “42” contestants are unaware of Erika Casupanan’s win), which could give them an edge at the Final Tribal Council. Furthermore, in a season where racial and cultural considerations have played a relatively large role, both Maryanne and Lindsay’s performances in their dynamic Episode 9 Tribal Council can work in their favor with a panel of judges who seem to value such factors highly.
Mike Turner got the biggest edit
Despite being outed by Drea last week as a “likely” winner if he makes it to the end, 57-year-old Mike Turner hasn’t been on the public’s radar that much. However, he gets it biggest edit so farby far – and arguably among the best – with 43 confessions compared to Omar’s 36 in second place Tony Vlachos the season before, among many others).
Jonathan, despite his skill in challenges and Popularity with the fans, seems to have fallen out of favor particularly early on and is no longer viewed as a great contender for victory by most fans or analysts. The same seems to be true of Romeo, who is seen as lazy and a bad strategist by fans and competitors alike.
Will a taku really take it home at the end? Survivor may have a reputation for undermining expectations, but for now it seems like a safe bet for Survivor 42.
“Survivor” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The three-hour season 42 finale will air Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
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