After Episode 1 I picked Neal to win it all. Like season 25, Philippines, my episode 1 pick was medically evacuated. According to Stephen Fishback Neal has already revealed the bulge in his pocket was not actually the idol but some fabric. Note to self do not carry around anything in my pockets. Good bye Neal. You were shown to be a great provider. You did really well at the challenges. You were good at strategizing, and you found an idol. Your only problems were your attempts to not be a threat did not work.
I have been hearing a few fans call this the worst merge episode ever. I agree with them (at least since Heroes vs. Villains when I became a super fan). It was really disappointing. It had two redeeming qualities. One was the scramble for power of every merge episode ever. The other was I really enjoyed the Aubry-Neal alliance and we finally saw more of it that was not in a secret scene. Aubry was also really funny especially with the Oregon Trail reference. Last time I played the more advanced version my group mutinied and left me.
What will the balance of power be next? The title of next episode says it will be Beauty vs. Brawn and Aubry got a heavy winners edit indicating the Brain’s will get an episode to be in charge. The problem with wier’s edits it PRobst seems to hate this season. Could it then be we have no good winner?
I think going with the Brawn is a bad idea. Two seasons ago everyone wanted to go with the unlikable people and they ganged up. Only the largest immunity run in the games history stopped them.
My big winers are
Nick for winning immunity just like I predicted when I saw the press photos.
Aubry for realizing they are in trouble and really reading people well
Scot for taking charge and gathering a majorit alliance.
Most likely to go next are