Motivated by a historic Loved Ones visit, the remaining contestants were pumped to battle for Individual Immunity in episode 10 of Survivor: Winners at War.
What seemed like an episode that was going to feature two challenges, turned into a special Survivor moment where the Loved Ones visit had nothing to do with a Reward Challenge. However, there was still a battle for Individual Immunity that played a factor in episode 10’s pivotal Tribal Council.
Immunity Challenge Overview
The Final Ten were tasked with a challenge that we’ve seen many times over the past five years. In fact, several castaways have taken part in some form of this challenge before including Michele, Sarah, Ben, Nick and Tyson who actually won it in Blood vs. Water. The castaways had to stack a set of blocks spelling “Immunity” on a wobbly table. While stacking the blocks, the participants have to also keep their tables steady by balancing it with a rope.
The first player to spell Immunity with the blocks and return to their platform without dropping anything wins the necklace plus two Fire Tokens. Tony, Kim, Tyson, Nick, and Jeremy started off really well, but when Jeremy started picking up the pace, he lost everything. On her sixth letter, Kim also dropped her blocks. That left Tyson in the lead with only two blocks away from being the first person to win this challenge twice, but he just couldn’t prevent his letters from falling. Nick dropped everything moments later.
That set up a showdown between Tony and Ben. Tony had a slight lead, which forced Ben to quicken his pace in order to catch him. When Ben was grabbing his eighth and final piece, Tony was already laying that block down on his stack. Tony’s slow and steady pace enabled Ben to gain some ground, but once Tony was getting close to his platform, Ben moved faster to try and catch Tony, dropping his stack in the process. That left Tony all alone, to patiently finish the challenge and win his first-ever Individual Immunity Necklace.
Having immunity around his neck gave Tony the opportunity to focus on maneuvering the vote and cementing his place in an alliance with Sarah, Sophie, Ben and Nick. That might be more of a temporary voting bloc as opposed to a permanent solution, but winning that necklace during that decisive Tribal Council might be enough to secure Tony’s spot in the game for the short-term.
Aside from Tony, we saw Ben step up, as well as Jeremy and Kim continue to display their ability to perform well in a variety of challenges. That said, Nick proved he is a factor to win the necklace as well. With the biggest targets taking up most of the spotlight, Nick is definitely someone who can go on an immunity run once the major challenge threats are out of the game. We’ve seen him do the same thing in David vs. Goliath and the same could happen in this season.
Immunity Challenge Rankings:
Entertainment Value: 3/5