The group entered tribal council with several different plans in the air — Shonee, John and Zach’s names had all been floated as possibilities for eviction.
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Host Jonathan LaPaglia had other plans — but he toyed with the tribe first, asking them all how they thought the vote would go and even dropping a few hints about what was to come.
“Do you think anyone in here knows exactly what’s going on tonight?” he asked Shonee — a loaded question if ever there was one.
As time came to vote, LaPaglia revealed the twist.
“You guys are still going to go up to vote — but you’re not voting to send someone home. Instead, the two people with the highest number of votes will be going to Exile Beach.”
The revelation sent the tribe scrambling: Traditionally in Survivor, players sent to Exile Beach are at some point given a chance to win their way back into the game. Whoever’s name you write down, could come back to haunt you.
“That’s an absolute spanner in the works,” said Harry. “Another twist means you’ve got to play differently — especially when there’s a chance of someone coming back.”
In the end, Shonee received five votes and Zach three, with John the only other contestant to be named, picking up a solitary vote.
That meant lovably goofy personal assistant Shonee and beefy ex-Gladiator Zach — fond of tired jokes about women belonging in the kitchen — were off to a remote beach together for the foreseeable future.
Survivor returns 7:30pm Monday with a tribe swap — and not everybody’s happy. “If you had to pick worst case scenario for tribe swap for Mat, it just happened,” said Mat Rogers in a teaser for the next episode.