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Coming on the heels of last week’s tremendously awesome double-episode that ended in a emotional rock draw, it would be asking a lot of Survivor to give us an episode with the same level of intensity the very next week. Well, it sure did its damnedest. This season continues to bring the heat, as every single one of the remaining players has clearly come to play. Now, nobody said come to play “good,” as mistakes and poor strategic game-play has driven much of the drama these past few episodes. But it was once again riveting. Survivor shows no signs of stopping as it barrels its way towards the finale in a couple weeks.

Last night’s episode was the famed “loved ones” episode, which is a milestone for most contestants playing the game to make it to this point. Let’s dive in, trying not to get stuck in the sand. The recap is forthcoming, following your normal “turn back, this is your last spoiler warning” warning.

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So have you recovered fully from last week’s explosive ep? Have you had enough time to digest both your turkey dinner and the epic rock draw that capped off Survivor‘s special pre-Thanksgiving double episode? Well I hope so, because things are not slowing down at all. It’s hard to believe we’re down to just a few episodes left this season, and you always know the end is near once the famed “loved ones” episode hits the airwaves, as it will tonight.

Yes, after what was one of the best Tribal Councils ever, Jessica (and earlier, Chris) are now part of the growing jury that will reward this season’s Sole Survivor. We are down to just nine remaining players, so let’s get cued up for tonight’s big episode and see who we think might just be in the best position to win this thing.

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Let me be the first to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. To start this holiday season off right, our friends at CBS are serving up two scoops of fun with a two-hour double episode of Survivor tonight. Hey, it’s one less hour than anticipated that you have to spend with your family. And just like there are sure to be fireworks around the dining room table this week between political rivals old and young, don’t expect the eleven remaining Survivor contestants to be all cordial.

So let us set the table for tonight’s big double episode, and hope that there is some excitement on the menu.

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Now that’s how you go down swinging!  Too often, we see players leave the game with a whimper, or even taking some key information with them to their Survivor grave (Michaela was criticized for not outing Jay‘s Idol just a few weeks ago).  But not tonight.  An explosive Tribal Council culminated in a #SurvivorBomb being dropped, and when the smoke cleared, we were left with just 11 contestants left.

Let’s get through tonight’s episode, shall we?  It was another good one, and while this season can be called many things, “predictable” is not one of them.

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Well, it’s been over one week since the Election, and the world has yet to end (give it time). But tonight on Survivor, one of the remaining 12 contestants will see their torches snuffed, bringing their game and their dreams of winning one million dollars to an abrupt, shocking end.

Let’s get primed and ready for tonight’s new episode, as we continue barreling towards the end (of the season).

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Survivor recap

Tuesday was a lot to get through. I don’t care who you voted for (well, I do, but that’s for a different time), but I think everyone can at least agree that they’re glad this long, grueling, contentious, nightmarish election is finally over. Fitting then, that later on the very same day that the election ended, that the theme of the Survivor episode would be unity and trust:  Yes, it was all about merging together…learning to live as one…assimilation. Everybody needs a reason and a chance to unify right now. Can’t we all just get along?

Well, mirroring real life, there is probably a pretty slim chance of that happening. Despite the image of just being one tribe, with 13 players left in the game, as Chris said at Tribal Council, there are 13 different strategies and agendas to get to the end. To win. But even still, until they reach the end, they have to figure out how to make their little community work, despite their beliefs, their gender, their religious background, their sexual orientation, or especially on Survivor, their differences stemming from the generational gap that divides them. There will be no more filibustering here, let’s get to the recap of this all-important #merge episode.

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Say #What?  Survivor‘s post-Halloween episode tonight was fittingly part trick and part treat, ending on what may just be the most shocking and intense blindside yet this season.  Jeff Probst promised the game-play was going to ramp up as this season progressed, and he has uncharacteristically not over-hyped things thus far.

We’re going to get into everything that went down tonight, and analyze the shocking end of the episode that surely will create ripple effects through the rest of the season.  Here’s your second-to-last spoiler warning, so stop reading if you have yet to watch Episode 7 of Survivor.

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Are we seriously already to Episode 7 of this season of Survivor?  It seems like it was just yesterday when we were first introduced to the #FigTails show-mance, the same one that was finally up-ended last week when Jessica “Figgy” Figueroa was sent packing.  And we are now closer to the end of the season than we are to the beginning, with the actual merge looming probably in the next episode or two.  Jeff Probst promises that this week, the game will go “into a new gear” so let’s hope that new gear is not gridlock.

Revenge seems to be the mood of tonight’s episode, with Taylor now flying solo.  He will definitely need to figure out how to assimilate and play his own game moving forward, or he looks to be the easiest remaining target.  And remember in the era of the “voting bloc,” just because Adam went with Ken and Jessica to get Figgy out last week, doesn’t necessarily mean that will be the same alignment this week.

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