The coming attractions on last night’s Survivor: Nicaragua – Episode 4 showed a twist in the game and a possible shuffling of tribes. In the clip shown after the credits of the show, Jeff Probst was seen welcoming the tribes to their mats and saying “drop your buffs.” Both tribes looked shocked.
This twist of changing tribes around has happened in past seasons. It usually occurs when one tribe is obviously more dominant than the other. Most likely the producers of the show need to change up the tribes to make it more fair for both sides, to create more strategizing and more interesting future shows. This doesn’t however work out to the advantage of the alliances already made if some people are split up. In Survivor: Gabon, allies Ken and Crystal were luckily put in the same new tribe and managed to vote out the up-to-that-point dominant player Marcus that night. In Survivor: Fiji, once dominant player Rocky became impotent on his new tribe and was quickly voted out.
How the tribe reshuffling has worked in the past is one tribe member has to pick someone from the other tribe and so on until two new tribes are formed.
This time around certain tribe members will panic because of their alliances based on the Hidden Immunity Idol. Over at Espada, Marty is in possession of the HII. He and Jill are in an alliance for now and she probably feels safe because she knows he has the idol. But if they are split up then she is seriously screwed. Marty probably doesn’t care because he has the idol so he probably could be safe with or without Jill. Except everyone on Espada now knows that Marty has the idol so if he has some enemies on his new tribe they could work against him to flush it out. The same problem could happen with La Flor. NaOnka grabbed the HII on episode 4 and stuck it in her shoe even though Brenda was the one who figured out the clue. NaOnka also said that the idol is hers even though Brenda thought that they shared it. Chase also found out that NaOnka had the idol. So depending on how the new tribes are split up probably everyone will eventually know that NaOnka has the idol too. And she has such a big mouth she’ll probably spill the beans herself.
But how will the tribes be split?
Over at Gina Carbone’s blog she’s compiled boot lists, final three spoilers and possible new tribes list:
More Survivor: Nicaragua:
For more info on the cast click here
For a recap of Episode 4 click here
For a recap of Episode 3 click here
For a recap of Episode 2 click here
For a recap of Episode 1 click here