Kim Spradlin: My ‘Survivor’ win wasn’t ‘particularly intentional’

Kim Spradlin


Kim Spradlin in Survivor: One World (2012).

Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, winner of Survivor season 24, One World, is often credited as such one of the show’s greatest players; She earned her 2012 victory through a masterful combination of social grace and strategic efficiency, leading her trusted and dependable female alliance to the final 7, effectively steamrolling all-male competition along the way.

To this day, Kim holds the record for most individual immunities won by a woman at 4, and finished the male-dominated jury vote with a landslide 7-2-0, beating her close allies Sabrina Thompson and Chelsea Meissner hit the end. But for all the praise Kim has received over the past decade, she insists editing the show made her look more masterful than she really was.

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Kim: The One World edit made me look “master at the craft of winning.”

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Although fans have often rated Kim’s winning One World game as one of greatest everadmitted Kim in one Interview Thursday with Rob Cesternino that the editing may have given her more credit than she deserves. In the interview, Kim said, although she never knows when, many candidates — including Chanel Howard and Tori Meihan this season — saying they want to play the game most similarly to how they do it in their CBS bios, she still finds it “flattering.”

“It’s funny to me,” she said of her prestigious status. “I think people have an idea, like mine [game] went for me which makes me look like I did and I just feel like it just happened. It was intuitive, it wasn’t super intentional.” She continued:

I just think it made me look so masterful at the craft of winning and I think it was just day by day where do we stand? What do we do now? You know, taking stock, just making decision after decision that happened to go well that version of reality.

Additionally, Kim said she doesn’t see many similarities between herself this season and Tori, who said she wants to play the game like Kim did in her bio. “Again, it’s the edit, so Tori, don’t be offended if I say that, but I get a bit of a sneaky vibe from Tori … It feels a bit like she’s bluntly saying, ‘I’ll do this ,’ and ‘I’ll do that!’ I never felt like doing that I guess. I was just trying not to get voted out.”

Kim: I never have a plan to get in the game

Later in the interview, when Cesternino popped her a fan question asking how she would play differently if her season started with three tribes, Kim replied that while she usually has a plan when she’s in the middle of a game, she does never go into a plan. “I don’t know what I would do,” she said. “I don’t have a plan, I never have a plan!” She added that at least in Winners at War, other players came into the game “100%” with bigger plans than her. “Maybe I have to work on that,” she said, “in a hypothetical world I’m going back to.”

Kim’s editing in Winners at War made it clear how much the game had changed for her; Already at the premiere, Kim felt drained and talked about how unusual and uncomfortable this was for her. “I’ve never been in this position” she said in a confessional this season. “During my season, I called every single tribal council. I don’t think I really understood until today what it feels like to be left behind.”

Kim also had a rounded end to her journey that season, saying after losing the Edge of Extinction challenge in the finals that the game she was playing at the time “was, in a lot of ways, my biggest fear. That I was going to come out and screw up everything I proved the first time around.” In the end, however, she explained, “I might feel better. It didn’t have to be perfect, I didn’t have to win. I’m still me I’m so glad I didn’t say no to that.”

“Survivor 42″ airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. Be sure to check out Kim’s new show”Why the hell did I buy this house?immediately after “Survivor” aired at 9 p.m. Eastern on HGTV. It premieres on Wednesday, March 30th. Kim Spradlin: My ‘Survivor’ win wasn’t ‘particularly intentional’

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