6. Jamal Shipman
Jamal is the other half of the supposed emotional moment going on in this week’s episode, and Jamal is the kind of guy who you can depend on for strength. He’s tried to pin targets on others unsuccessfully, and I’m sure he’ll be taken out possibly in the merge barring a complete collapse in trust over at Lairo, but I don’t see that time coming just yet with a Hidden Immunity Idol in his pocket and the numbers overwhelmingly in his favor.
5. Lauren Beck
When it comes to Lauren, I truly don’t know where to place her. I had her floating up and down these Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 6 power rankings because outside of her one strong moment in episode 2, she’s been mostly a background “anybody but me” kind of character. I feel like she has a strong social game, but we just don’t see a lot of her on our television screen.
There’s a lot of time to correct course although right now, and there is a concern she isn’t quite developed because she may draw a black rock. However, those are edge cases that I don’t believe will happen or arise this week.
4. Janet Carbin
Janet is playing well outside her expected spot, as she navigated the tribe swap with supreme skill. We didn’t quite get a complete understanding of why the tribe took out Tom, but it was Janet who was pushing for his elimination in a confessional, and she got her way. Just like with the Molly blindside, Janet is the kind of player people are coming to as she whispers names in their ears while the rest takes care of itself.
Yes, she is a Game of Thrones character, but without the villainy. She’s also the only woman of an advanced age left in the game, yet I don’t fear that will do her in. That’s a miraculous spot for today’s modern Survivor game.