We just saw our first player leave Survivor: Winners at War early after officially raising the mast on the Edge of Extinction.
This post will discuss events that took place early in Survivor: Winners at War episode 7, “We’re in the Majors,” as it airs live on television. We’ll update this piece as the story progresses.
Earlier in the Survivor: Winners at War preseason, we relented that if Edge of Extinction was to return, it would have to reluctantly be the best-case scenario for it to be a season filled with legendary players. Of course, that was before learning Jeff Probst wanted to make it become a permanent fixture before, after public outcry, promising that it would go away “for a while.”
This declaration came well after filming for Survivor: Winners at War had taken place, which makes the events of episode 7, “We’re in the Majors,” that much more confusing as a rationalization to keep the Edge of Extinction going. Sandra Diaz-Twine has left the game, wishing not to stay throughout the season to fight for a chance back to the game.
After arriving at the Edge of Extinction, Sandra Diaz-Twine quickly came to the realization that she is not going to win an Edge of Extinction challenge and called it quits. After hearing about the diminished supplies, she bowed out of what she expects to be the end of her Survivor career, raising the mast on Night 16 and taking a boat out into the night.
We didn’t have too much time to dwell on the fact that one of the most prolific players to ever compete in Survivor (and the only player, so far, to win twice) has quit the game due to the fact that we had another Edge of Extinction fire token task on top of both a Reward Challenge and Immunity Challenge.
However, it is noteworthy that this did mark the first time a player has raised the mast on the Edge of Extinction before participating in a return challenge. Both Wendy Diaz (no relation) and Keith Sowell left their season and forfeited their jury spots after falling to Rick Devens at the merge challenge.
As far as we know, this will not affect the placement Sandra Diaz-Twine has on the season, with her currently standing in 14th place (since Sandra was technically voted out before Parvati). To our knowledge, Daniel “Wardog” DaSilva’s insistence is that you only bump up your place or bump others down if you return from the Edge, and it reflects what we saw at the Edge of Extinction reunion seating placement.