Russell definitely has a better game plan going than Rob. Russell is building his alliance while Rob is doing nothing other than worrying about the Troll King. Russell calculated well what the others were up to and played right into it to keep his alliance strong.
The heroes at this point are trying to keep from drowning in their own sorrow. Their whipped so bad it is going to be tough to make it to the merge with more than 2 people.
The villains are definitely in control as long as they don’t self destruct while the Rob/Russel tug of war goes along!