13. Parvati Shallow
Ten years have passed since Parvati’s last outing, where she played a masterful game that was ruined by Sandra… and a bitter jury. You could tell how a decade of life experiences including becoming a parent changed Parvati’s outlook. In Heroes vs. Villains, she came in with a massive target and still made the end, so the odds of repeating this feat weren’t in her favor.
It was interesting to see how Parvati was actually playing a similar game to season 20. She immediately aligned with the most controlling person on the tribe, which in this case was Boston Rob. This pair of old school legends were somehow able to stir the pot enough to survive three Tribal Councils on their original tribe.
Although she made the swap, she still wasn’t in a good position. She lost a very close ally in Ethan, and the old school players were getting taken out one after the other. The bond she built with Michele provided a little bit of leverage, but when it came down to it, Wendell, Yul and Nick weren’t going to let Parvati get any further.
At first glance, it might seem that Parvati didn’t accomplish much in her 16 days in Fiji, but you have to consider her situation. The fact that six people got voted out before she was seriously targeted is an achievement in itself. She was doing the best thing she could do in the pre-merge game: lay low and allow others to take charge. Unfortunately for Parvati, the swap put her in a spot that wasn’t going to be easy to get out of. She didn’t make any serious mistakes, it was just too hard for her to shake her target and start playing the game the way she intended to.
– Avoiding an early boot in spite of her legendary status
– Forming several strong bonds with Ethan, Rob, Michele and Denise
– Nearly getting Denise to give her half of an idol
– Buying an Idol Nullifier, although it didn’t help in her situation
– Seeing her number one ally in Ethan get blindsided early
– Getting voted out so close to the merge, and not being able to use her Fire Tokens to prevent it