Last night, after a heavily fragmented pre-merger tribal council, Lydia Meredith became the 6th person voted out of Survivor 42. Shortly after she left, it was announced that the eleven remaining castaways had officially completed the merger.
However, some viewers were a little confused splintered 6-2-2-1 voice, and most importantly, why Lydia’s closest allies, Hai Giang and Mike Turner, ultimately voted for her, despite Hai’s apparent best efforts to save her from Tribal. In recent Exit interviews, Lydia revealed her thoughts on last night’s episode that ultimately culminated with her messy elimination, including how her elimination helped cement a particular alliance of fours.
Here’s what you need to know:
Lydia on the Taku 4: “There was no way I could have broken that”
In her Exit interview with Rob Cesternino, Lydia, who turned 22 during her time on the show, said she felt the edit accurately represented what happened in the frantic two days leading up to the fateful tribal. “The people who were kind of out were definitely out,” Lydia said. “I was well aware of all this.”
However, things changed in the “later half of the day, just before Tribal,” when “King Omar,” as she put it, decided to turn things around to protect his alliance. “[The plan] was switched by King Omar, [he] totally flipped the script – he wouldn’t let his alliance go home. And good for him.”
Lydia confirmed in one Interview with TVLine that Taku 4 are actually quite strong and that their bond was only strengthened when she went home and not Jonathan Young or Maryanne Oketch.
“I do not think so [Taku] went everywhere,” she told the outlet. “These four were very tight and I think they tried to make it look like they weren’t. After that vote, it really cemented them as a four.”
She added her Exit interview with Parade that “obviously, looking back, Taku was very strong. There was no way I could have broken that.”
Lydia added that things were getting confusing within the “Alliance of Eight” we saw last night. In the episode, Hai, Jonathan, Omar and Drea Wheeler were shown coordinating and debating their “Alliance of Eight”; the other four were believed to be Lydia, Lindsay Dolashewich, Maryanne Oketch and Romeo Escobar, all of whom (with the exception of Lydia and Omar, who could not vote) voted together in last night’s tribal council.
However, Lydia seemed just as confused about the Eight as many of the viewers, saying in the interview that she “couldn’t tell you who the Eight was about [that] Point.”
Lydia recalls her confusion over Hai’s betrayal: ‘I could have just been a light goat’
In the episode, it seemed pretty clear that Lydia was tipped off by Hai, her No. 1 ally determined to hit the rocks for her back on Day 7, and Mike Turner, who said last night that he was “a Bullet” would be protected. for Lydia. However, both of the tribal council voted for her, in an apparently strategic decision that was not shown to the audience.
When asked in her interview with Cesternino if she felt betrayed by her daddy fellow tribesmen, Lydia responded that despite her closeness to Mike, who she said was “like my dad out there,” she didn’t feel betrayed by him feel betrayed as they “didn’t really work together strategically.”
However, when it came to Hai, Lydia said she was more confused than bitter after being voted out by him. “I just thought, ‘I really don’t get this,'” she explained. “‘I could have just been a light goat…[an] easy number… But no awkward feelings because it’s a game and he was playing his own game.”
Whether Hai’s decision to sacrifice Lydia will prove correct remains to be seen in future episodes.
“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The three-hour finale will air Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
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