Survivor Winners at War episode 12 preview: Reassurances

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Any episode that cuts scenes after Tribal Council feels like it’s missing something after seeing the Survivor: Winners at War episode 12 preview.

The Survivor: Winners at War episode 12 preview for “Friendly Fire” will discuss and showcase moments from this week’s show.

Tony Vlachos has proven himself to be a king of chaos, although we haven’t seen much of that this season. It wasn’t until the Final Nine that the person who stays up all night, plotting and scheming, finally whipped out his bag of tricks. He won his original Survivor season playing up to the chaos, netting himself a million dollars.

The thing is during that season, he had a player like Trish who was willing and ready to do emotional mop-up duty after others were blindsided. When Trish was eliminated, Tony didn’t have to care as much about who, or how, he voted others out. At the Final Eight in Survivor: Winners at War, Tony still has to worry about Sarah Lacina; an ally he blindsided while still trying to work with as an ally.

That rough situation is the focus of the Survivor: Winners at War episode 12 preview video, as Sarah tries to hold back on showing her anger before absolutely laying into Tony for his betrayal. In her eyes, her game is absolutely screwed over by her ally, as she worries that her vote for Michele and general lack of relationship with Jeremy is what’s going to sink her chances of winning.

They’re legitimate concerns, and Tony does his best job to assuage Sarah’s concerns by reiterating focus on them as a team. It’s a hard sell, but giving up information about holding onto a Hidden Immunity Idol that he could even play on her at the Final Five might either be his saving grace or potentially sink his game.

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It seems as if we got a classic Survivor misdirect with this week’s preview, as the out-of-context quote of “do not talk to me ever again” seen in the commercial promo turned out to be an idea from Sarah if she is voted out. It looks like we have two seasoned players who know how to backstab each other, agreeing to work together despite ongoing tension.