Survivor: David vs. Goliath episode 12: Voting blocs time!

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A secret confessional from Davie epitomizes why Survivor: David vs. Goliath has turned to voting blocs and how that ramps up the excitement!

After yesterday’s episode of Survivor: David vs. Goliath, CBS released several confessionals that didn’t make the edit on their YouTube channel. One of the most impactful ones was Davie’s comments on the gameplay for this season. You can watch it for yourself below:

The early stages of the merge saw David going up against Goliath, but at the same time, we had players like Alec, Nick and Gabby flirting with working across tribal lines. However, we didn’t see anyone pull the trigger until the last two episodes. Christian and Gabby deciding to blindside Carl completely changed the game. It opened up the playing field and we saw the effects of that yesterday.

A voting bloc is when a group of people come together to vote out a common threat. It usually comes without the commitment of a long-term alliance and can change with each vote. A perfect example is when Gabby arranged for Alison, Kara, Davie and Nick to come together and vote out a common threat in Christian.

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What makes the gameplay in this season even more interesting is that one voting bloc isn’t enough to please these crafty players. Enter in the four-person “alliance” of Mike, Angelina, Nick and Davie. They decide to form a contingency plan to throw votes on Gabby in case of an idol.

It doesn’t stop there! Davie still wants Christian to be around as a shield, so he goes to him to make sure he plays his idol. It’s fascinating to watch each castaway develop their own plan and try to execute it.

Davie touched on another crucial point: the reason for these secret and conflicting loyalties is a result of the type of people left in the game. At this point, everyone is capable of playing a smart and strategically minded game. All seven remaining castaways have proven their ability to hear lies and plans they don’t agree with, but still show their support for it.

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These dangerous and manipulative personalities are what makes Survivor so entertaining because we never know whose plan will end up working. This type of gameplay should make for a few more thrilling Tribal Councils!