The sixth castaway to get their torch snuffed on Survivor: Island of the Idols explained what actually happened during the most intense Tribal Council of the season.
When there’s a Reward Challenge, an Island of the Idols visit and an Immunity challenge all in one episode, it can be tough to squeeze time in for Tribal Council. In Jason Linden’s exit interview with Rob Cesternino on RHAP, we learned that there are a ton of details the edit left out. Thankfully these exit interviews give us the opportunity to better understand the events of each Survivor episode.
Aaron was Vokai’s original target, not Elaine!
The edit portrayed Aaron as the one who had to make the final decision of either sticking with his old Lairo crew or deciding to join Vokai to vote out Elaine. In reality, the original Vokai members came into Tribal Council not planning to put their votes on Elaine. Instead, they wanted Aaron out!
The four Vokai members got a little nervous when Missy and Aaron were so quick to agree to vote out Elaine. They began to notice the dangerous strategic game those two have played and eventually decided to target Aaron. At the same time, they tried to convince Aaron and Missy to write down Elaine’s name to avoid a tie vote.
Switched their vote to Elaine after she played her advantage
Jason did mention how they planned for Elaine playing an idol, but a Block a Vote advantage never crossed their minds. They were completely shocked when she revealed her advantage and decided their best chance of staying alive was by putting their votes on Elaine. That way, if Aaron did flip and agreed to write down Elaine’s name, they would have enough numbers to still take her out. So the whispering we saw at Tribal Council actually meant something and was more than mere theatre.
Jason played a fake idol!
Not only did Noura bring back her unbelievable caller story from Island of the Idols, but she also made a fake idol! The master at bag snooping: Dan Spilo, discovered her idol and eventually Noura confessed that it was a fake. Jason got possession of it and actually played it during this Tribal Council even though it was clearly useless.
Stephen Fishbach is to blame for Jason’s exit
Earlier in the season, Molly Byman was viewed as a threat because other castaways compared her to Parvati. Likewise, old Lairo couldn’t remember Jason’s name, so they labeled him Fishbach because of the way he articulated himself. Jason believes that his Fisbach-like strategic mindset made him a serious threat in Lairo’s eyes, which is probably part of the reason why they voted him out.
Jason dated Noura’s cousin!
Dean and Kellee aren’t the only contestants on this season of Survivor that have mutual friends. Jason and Noura got talking, and he mentioned how he dated someone with a similar last name to Noura’s. It turned out that this ex-girlfriend is actually Noura’s cousin! That helped this pairing to bond early on, but after the Molly vote, they began to play their own games.