Survivor Winners at War episode 8: Who voted each other out at the merge?

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With a confusing vote that blindsided viewers, the Survivor: Winners at War episode 8 merge voting results are only clear via bonus material online.

This piece will discuss the events of Survivor: Winners at War episode 8, especially concerning the voting results for the merge’s Tribal Council.

As mentioned in our episode recap, there’s so much going on at the merge that it’s difficult not to follow along with what’s going on. The Edge of Extinction only complicated things, as it proved to be more obfuscation on top of what we supposedly learned about Survivor: Winners at War at the merge. We were led to believe one thing while sniped out of nowhere at the final second.

Though Denise was floated about as a target ever since she sang her own praises in dethroning Queen Sandra, the notion of making her the merge boot quickly went away when she won individual immunity as the representative of the women. The backup targets shifted rapidly towards Nick and Wendell, with Jeremy pushing to get out Nick as a means of becoming Wendell’s second-in-command and gaining another shield.

Before Tribal Council, it seemed like the men who had big threat levels heading into the merge were willing to get out Nick since he was always sneaking up on conversations around camp. Sophie, however, saw the forest for the trees and noted Jeremy and Wendell were getting closer in a confessional, putting the focus on Wendell to weaken Jeremy.

Once the word got back to Ben (and thus, Jeremy), the floating third target of Adam Klein, an easy vote anyone could agree to, became a memetic mission for Jeremy Collins. He seemed to be glad-handing everyone on the Koru tribe, while Adam seemed to be aptly paranoid and getting the runaround from most others.

While it may have seemed in the edit that Jeremy and the likes of Tony, Ben, and Tyson got their way, without any explanation whatsoever, that didn’t seem to be the case. Sophie somehow got her and, and the Survivor: Winners at War episode 8 merge voting results reflect that with the tallies seen below.

  • Three votes for Adam Klein (Wendell, Michele, Nick)
  • Nine votes for Wendell Holland (Adam, Ben, Denise, Jeremy, Kim, Sarah, Sophie, Tony, Tyson)

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It was suspected that because of Michele’s smile as Wendell was voted out that she was lying to Nick, but it does appear as though those three were on the wrong side of the vote. It makes sense contextually, but to not see most of the players coming close to that consensus still seems weird.