With the merge comes the individual games and the erasure of tribal lines. Our Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 8 power rankings reflect the evolution.
13. Aaron Meredith
We are now officially at the merge, which is a contentious time for any Survivor player. In Island of the Idols, however, few have made themselves into quite as large a target as Aaron Meredith. Early on in Lairo, he was pushing to rally the men to thwart the women only for the men to have their numbers dwindle and lose position on the first tribe.
Then when he hit the swap, Aaron promised loyalty to the opposing sides of Vokai, establishing familial bonds and branching new possible partnerships only to betray them in exchange for somebody else’s resume. I have rarely seen people as angry on Survivor from a pre-merge move like Tommy was when Aaron sided with Elaine (somebody who betrayed him on the first vote).
Now that we’re at the merge, the likeliest targets are either big threats or people that can be conceded for a vote (even if it means weakening one original tribe’s numbers). Since multiple people were betrayed by Aaron and he is a huge challenge threat, he has enough heat on him to draw interest in voting him out. Both original Vokai and women outnumbering Lairo and men make for an even deadlier combo in that scenario.