Survivor Edge of Extinction: Ron Clark is episode 4’s MVP

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In this week’s episode of Survivor: Edge of Extinction, Ron emerged as a serious strategic threat proving that he can do more than dance.

Survivor: Edge of Extinction has been a difficult season to get familiar with each castaway. Thanks to the exact same people going to Tribal Council so far, we haven’t seen any of the nine Kama members face the anxiety of a vote. Only the select few with more dynamic personalities have stood out, and Ron is definitely one of them.

This episode showed us a whole new side of Mr. Clark. We know about his team spirit and his tribal dances, but we finally saw his playing style pop out. Ron’s perfectly executed idol search is the best strategic move of the season so far.

You can tell that Ron came into this situation with a gameplan. Knowing that everyone brought their belongings to the swap, he reasoned that if someone had an idol, there’s an awfully good chance that it’s in their bag. As soon as Joe dropped his belongings, Ron put his plan into action.

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First, he asked Joey Amazing if he could talk with him at the well. While Joe went off, Ron sneakily informed Julia to inspect his bag for an idol. Ron’s tweet below confirms how the timing was perfect to pull this investigation off.

On the surface, this scheme may feel a little pointless, but there’s much more to it when you dig deeper. This new knowledge gives Ron additional options. If the Kama tribe happens to go to a Tribal Council (which probably won’t happen) he can now feel confident in making a move to blindside Joe without the complications of an idol. Taking him out before the merge would be huge!

Even if Kama doesn’t lose another challenge, at least Ron will know that Joe doesn’t have protection coming into the merge. Ron also used that conversation to convince Joe that he is on his side, and it looked like it worked. His social game is kicking it into gear, and he has the strategic mind to take advantage of those relationships when necessary. Plus, Ron proved once again that he can get it done with puzzles.

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It’s true that Wardog controlled the vote, and Wentworth’s social game continues to hold up, but it was Ron’s brilliant mind that stole the show. He outsmarted a returning player and has the power to vote him out.