There were a few surprises during tonight’s season finale of Survivor #29: Blood vs. Water.
Keith won the next-to-last immunity and, just when you thought that Jaclyn was done for, Natalie decided to give Jaclyn her immunity idol. That was a smart move on Natalie’s part. First off, it got rid of Baylor. Secondly, Jaclyn now literally owed her life in the game to Natalie.
It’s funny. When this game first started, I was totally on Team Baylor. As hard as it is for me to now believe, I actually related to Baylor. Like Baylor, I was very close to my mom and my mom, much like Missy, was always very protective of me. One of the reasons that I love Survivor is that it was one of those shows that both me and my mom would watch and then spend hours talking about. So, during those first few episodes, I was totally Team Baylor.
But, as the season progressed, I came to view Baylor as being a brat and Missy as being smug and entitled. And I’ll admit right now that I was in no way disappointed to see Natalie use her immunity idol on Jaclyn.
(That said, I also lost any respect that I had for Jaclyn when she decided to spend her entire time on Exile Island crying about Jon as opposed to even checking to see if another immunity idol had been hidden out there for her to find. That was the moment that, as far as I’m concerned, Jaclyn showed why she did not deserve to win this season.)
The next immunity challenge provided another surprise when Jaclyn came out of almost nowhere to win. If Jacyln had been smart, she would have joined Keith in voting out Natalie. But, instead, Jaclyn voted out Keith.
And, despite those two surprises, this season ended pretty much the way that we all thought it would. During the final tribal council, Missy talked too much, Jaclyn did not talk enough, and Natalie wisely concentrated on talking about her gameplay. The jury was fairly dull up until the end. That’s when Reed stole the show by telling Missy exactly what he thought of her and you know what? Good for Reed!
As far as I’m concerned, Reed earned himself a spot on All-Stars with that speech alone.
As for the final vote, Jaclyn got two votes (from Jon and Reed). Missy got one vote (from Baylor). Natalie got the rest and won Season 29! And good for her because she deserved it!
Natalie played the best and the smartest game. She was almost always a force in challenges, her social game was surprisingly good, and she was one of the few players to not let her emotions control her game. I think it helped her that Nadiya was voted out early. Whereas Jaclyn could never escape Jon’s shadow and Missy devoted more time to protecting Baylor than actually playing Survivor, Natalie was free to play for herself.
Would Natalie have still won if she had been playing against stronger players? It’s actually a legitimate question. Natalie played a good game but she was definitely helped by the fact that this was a fairly weak group of players.
But, hey — whatever works!
And that’s brings this edition of the SurvivorBlog to a close! Thank you for reading and commenting! And fear not, we’ll be back next season!
In closing, what did you think of this season? Are you happy that Natalie won? Do you hope that they never do another blood vs water or are you hoping to see more relatives on the show?
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