She was deemed the Queen of Survivor: Island of the Idols only for her loyal subjects to rise up at the first chance. Should Molly Byman return in the future?
It is never great to peak early in Survivor. Barely anybody has started out the game completely dominant in an overt way only to maintain such control until the end of the game, and you can catch some of the few that have on Winners at War next season. Molly Byman thought she, Jamal, and Jack had the whole game figured out; it took all but one vote to determine that wasn’t the case.
One of the prevailing themes of the early part of Island of the Idols (before it became truly dark) was the idea of people playing the game very hard, very early. I’d argue that the Molly vote signified this theme even more than the Ronnie vote before because not only was there an initial, alternative vote strategy, but it was an initial split vote that was countered by a blindside.
Molly was a very charismatic Survivor player, as she was able to sway most of the Vokai men early on. Whereas she was sitting pretty as the Queen sitting beside the King (Jamal) and Jack of Vokai, Jason was on the outs as somebody who was overplaying early, unsuccessfully searching for a Hidden Immunity Idol.
After Vokai lost the Day 6 Immunity Challenge, it seemed as though Jason was the target, with the increasingly manic Noura being the backup target in a split vote to work around a possible Hidden Immunity Idol. However, Noura’s suggestion that Molly had the tribe wrapped around her finger was one that didn’t go unnoticed by Lauren who, alongside Kellee and Janet, worked the vote to blindside Molly in a 7-2-1 decision.
Molly didn’t get a big introduction in Survivor: Island of the Idols, but it’s clear that she had a knack for the game’s strategy and social skills. It’s unfortunate she accurately gauged Dan didn’t understand people’s personal spaces early in the game, but she was a bright light in her brief time. Vote here to let us know if you think Molly should return in a future season.