2. Kim Spradlin
Having a Hidden Immunity Idol in a season that has, remarkably, seen fewer prominent plays or uses outside of one of the most iconic ones of all time, makes for an even stronger commodity. It used to be that playing an idol on yourself was a move in a losing game, especially when it means that you’re the number one target from now and will be for the rest of the game.
Many remember that Kim Spradlin did not need to play her idol in One World, taking it home as a souvenir and another trophy to go with the Sole Survivor title and the million-dollar check. She’s made moved in the final days of the pre-merge to give herself a number of options heading into the merge, and it seems as though she’s found herself between the alpha males and the bad-ass boss women who have already kept them in check.
Her winning immunity when she didn’t need to at the second individual Immunity Challenge might prove to be something that adds to her threat level, but working her way from the bottom at the beginning of the game despite being one of the most prolific winners of all-time gave her this opportunity. I look forward to seeing how she continues to grow her game in the final 40%.