Yesterday’s episode of Survivor 42 starred strategic powerhouse Omar Zaheer to get blind after his ally, 23-year-old Canadian compatriot Maryanne Oketch, after the latter realized she had to get rid of her best ally if she had any chance of winning.
However, Omar could have saved himself if he had kept his idol, but he gave it back to Mike Turner (who originally gave it to him based on Drea Wheeler’s knowledge is Force Advantage) early in the episode. This left fans wondering why he decided to give up such a powerful weapon in the game, especially when he went blind that night? Well, it turns out the answer stems from a pretty important element of the show that didn’t make it.
Here’s what you need to know:
Omar reveals that he and Jonathan found an idol nullifier in Episode 4
On Thursday, Omar sat down with Rob Cesternino to discuss his time on Survivor 42 and the circumstances behind his elimination. When asked by Cesternino why he decided to give his idol back to Mike at the beginning of the episode, Omar revealed that he did so mainly because he had a secret idol nullifier that he found at an event in episode 4 which was not broadcast.
Omar explained that after reward fish In episode 4 – which Taku won – fellow tribesmen Jonathan Young suggested he and Omar go for a walk as the former was annoyed with their female tribesmen Maryanne and Lindsay Dolashewich. “It was an advantage to be right by the fountain,” explained Omar, “and I’ve never moved faster than Jonathan in my life, except for that moment. And then it was an idol nullifier, and we decided to keep it a secret from the girls.”
However, Omar eventually told Lindsay about the benefit that set in motion the events that led to his own downfall. “[Telling Lindsay was] really the domino that set the blindside in motion, because [Jonathan] Mike said Mike turned on me and Maryanne turned on me and it was just that they had their pitchforks to go get me.
Though he didn’t say so on the podcast, he did imply it Exit interview with EW that he told Lindsay shortly after he found out about Drea’s “knowledge is power” benefit, which Nullifier told would have happened around day 21, two days before his own elimination.
Omar made a final 3 pact with Lindsay & Mike
When it came to why the Nullifier played a role in Omar’s decision to return Mike’s hidden immunity idol to him, he explained that it was setting up a “big move” aka blindside against Mike.
He revealed that he, Mike and Lindsay had a “very close Final 3 alliance” which they forged in their “Pizza Under the Stars” episode 10 reward (which allowed the castaways to watch videos of their loved ones). Omar has always been wary of trusting Mike, but when Omar suggested Jonathan voted out and Mike deviated, Omar realized he definitely couldn’t trust him. “When it came to voting Jonathan out,” Omar said, “Mr. Mike didn’t want that. So I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t believe you anymore’.”
From that point on, he planned to outsmart Mike on the last 5, which he described as the “big move” (Mike would probably have been when he was playing his idol, since the last 5 is the last time you can play the idol ). So he essentially gave Mike the idol to betray him down the line. As he explained to EW, “I was so focused on idolizing Mike at five that maybe I should have done it with hindsight [Drea] take it and obliterate them, or take it and deselect him.” Well, hindsight is 20/20, and that’s never been the case more than in Survivor.
Be sure to tune in next week for the three-hour finale, which airs Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. EST on CBS.
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