Survivor Edge of Extinction cast assessment: David Wright is going all out

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Survivor: Edge of Extinction is no joke to David Wright. He’s ready to take his game to the next level with his intense preparation and insane strategies.

Out of the four returnees in Survivor: Edge of Extinction, David Wright is probably the most underrated. He’s only been in one season, while the other returning players have taken part in two. They have experienced what it’s like to play with returning players, David has not. However, it would be foolish to overlook his ability to be a serious threat.

Back in Millennials vs. Gen X, David Wright became a textbook fish-out-of-water story. He was completely irritated by the living conditions and looked like he was on the verge of quitting. And then out of nowhere, David was finding idols, organizing blindsides and he even won an Immunity Necklace! That transition from an ill-equipped player, to a masterful strategist, was a shocking but pleasant surprise.

One of the biggest stories in Millennials vs. Gen X was the David vs. Zeke showdown. Their strong alliances clashed, leading to a tie vote that eventually hurt David, as one of his closest allies drew the odd color rock. Even though he lost that battle, he was able to overcome the numbers, blindsiding Zeke and eliminating the rest of his alliance.

David’s most memorable Survivor moment might just be his sneaky fake idol plan that deceived Jay into thinking he was completely safe! In his pre-game interview with ET Canada, David discussed his crazy idea for this season. His plan is to create a fake “Sole Vote Advantage”, with the theoretical power of canceling Tribal Council and allowing the user to decide who they want to vote out.

Besides that idea, David has made a fire every day for months, he has practiced puzzles and even has run through different strategies for every possible situation. So David is definitely mentally prepared for the game but is that enough? While the other returnees emphasized not playing too hard and wanting to work on their social game, David was quite the opposite. So I do feel like there is a potential that David comes out of the gate swinging for the fences like Tony did in Game Changers… which won’t end well!

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If he can survive the first few votes and conceal his brilliant strategic mind, he might be able to make another deep run as he did in Millennials vs. Gen X when he finished in fourth place. Wherever he ends up, David’s subtle but crazy antics will make him an entertaining player to watch in Surivovr: Edge of Extinction.