'Survivor, Edge of Extinction': 3 crazy strategies contestants have planned to become Sole Survivor

All the 18 contestants – 14 new players and 4 returnees – have a strategy in place for 'Survivor: Edge of Extinction', and we have to say, some are so sneaky we are impressed


                            'Survivor, Edge of Extinction': 3 crazy strategies contestants have planned to become Sole Survivor

Most of us ‘Survivor’ fans like to fantasize about the strategies we would employ if we were on the island fighting for $1 million, but as smart as we might think our plan is, the execution is influenced by so many external factors. We have seen that over and over again in the 38 seasons of the CBS show, but that hasn’t stopped the contestants from cooking up an elaborate strategy for ‘Edge of Extinction.’

All the 18 contestants – 14 new players and 4 returnees – have a strategy in place, and we have to say, some are so sneaky, we are impressed. Here are the top three strategies we are looking forward to seeing this season.



 

Gavin Whitson - Kama tribe 

Whitson, during an interview with Arisa Cox, revealed his “Southern charm” is his survival strategy. He explains how his Southern drawl would be the first thing most people would notice about him, and how he is going to use it to trick people into thinking he has no “strategic bone” in his body.

Whitson, who was raised to be polite and kind, would present that persona for as long as he can, but he is going to flip the moment his Southern charm stops benefiting him in the game. He said: “Treating everyone with respect is going to get me far in this game, and if I see that it’s not, then I have that super fan brain to kick in and [say] do what you need to.”

Lauren O'Connell - Manu tribe

O'Connell, who calls herself "incredibly athletic" and "incredibly smart" revealed her strategy is going to be to downplay her most impressive attributes. "I think that I want them to know bits and pieces, but I’m not going to be offering up, ‘Hey, I did this and this,'" EW quoted her as saying. Revealing she was a Division 1 athlete and that she is going to Georgetown in the fall, O'Connell said she is hoping that the rest of the castaways would underestimate her.

Despite being asked by multiple people if she is too nice for this game, O'Connell is ready to prove she may be nice and warm to everyone and treat them with love, but she also realizes 'Survivor' is a game. The athlete that she is, we are sure excited to see how being sweet for the social game and focusing hard on just everything else will pan out for her. 

Lauren O'Connell is planning to hide the facts that she is a Division 1 athlete and that she is headed to Georgetown, hidden from her fellow castaways (CBS)
Lauren O'Connell is planning to hide the facts that she is a Division 1 athlete and that she is headed to Georgetown, hidden from her fellow castaways (CBS)

David Wright - Manu tribe 

The best and most convoluted strategy of the season goes to Wright, who has planned something called "Sole Vote" advantage to confuse his fellow-contestants. While many contestants have tried to create fake immunity idols this would be the first time someone plants a fake immunity, which Wright's girlfriend helped hatch.

The 'Sole Vote' would read, "Congratulations. You have found the Sole Vote Advantage. This allows you to cancel voting at Tribal Council and send home any person of your choosing. If you intend to use this advantage, you must reveal it at Tribal Council and announce who you are sending home before any votes are cast."

Wright hopes this would create a rift between two people. He explained to The Hollywood Reporter: "They can have their war, and I'll just be on the sidelines, like Littlefinger from Game of Thrones. I want to make some things happen that leave me safer than maybe I would be otherwise."

David Wright, one of the returning players, is planning a strategy that has never been tried on 'Survivor' before. Will it work? (CBS)
David Wright, one of the returning players, is planning a strategy that has never been tried on 'Survivor' before. Will it work? (CBS)