Survivor season 41 finally kicked off last week with an action-packed premiere episode. We saw two players — Sara Wilson and Eric Abraham — voted out of the game, along with several shifting alliances and intriguing new twists. If the early preview is anything to go by, the second episode could feature even more wild scrambling from the players.
The preview starts off with Brad Reese sprinting through the jungle. In most cases, that signals that’s he out hunting for some type of advantage. We also see Shantel “Shan” Smith exasperatedly saying, “Oh, my God,” which further points to Brad being up to something.
However, those two voted together at their first tribal council. Now, Brad’s name did come up, but he had a strong group of three vote with him. Plus, Genie Chen’s vote for Ricard Foye could’ve just been insurance had Sara played her shot in the dark.
To us, that shows a tribe mostly on the same page. Either Brad really is the poor Survivor player the show hinted at in the premiere (remember, he told Sara and Shan he wanted to vote for them, to their faces!), or something drastic happens on that beach.
Considering what he’s shown thus far, we tend to assume Brad found a clue and then just got himself worked up into a tizzy before sprinting away with child-like glee, but we’ll see on Wednesday. Either way, we know he was trying to be sneaky, as he mentions tribemates coming up on him, but come on, Brad. You’re like eight feet tall with a giant mop of hair. He’s not sneaking past anyone.
Next, we see the Luvu tribe, which was the only tribe that didn’t go to tribal council last week. However, things aren’t looking too rosy for Naseer Muttalif. We see him working in the camp while hearing Sydney Seagal say “we’re trying to learn as much from him, so we can boot him.” That’s not a good sign.
It’s not too surprising though. Naseer tried to tattle on Danny McCray and Deshawn Radden idol hunting in the first episode, only for Sydney to immediately blow up his spot. If Luvu does go to tribal council this week, it seems like his time might nearly be up.
Finally, the preview ends with Xander Hastings telling us that we have to “throw everything we know about Survivor out the window.” Honestly, there’s pretty much nothing here in terms of what could be coming next. It’s just a few shots of the tribe, with Liana Wallace exclaiming “oh (expletive) no.” There doesn’t seem to be much to read here outside of the potential for some kind of game-changing twist.
All told, it appears that we’re in for yet another Survivor season 41 episode full of twists and intrigue. Hopefully, that means some big players emerge with gut-busting confessionals and high-level strategy.