Survivor season 41’s fourth episode is in the books. It was a doozy for pretty much everyone involved. Not only did we get an exceptional blindside at the end, but we finally got to see some real Luvu content. While that tribe continued to be safe from Jeff Probst’s snuffer, the editors gave us a look at the power dynamics on that beach, something we’ve been begging for these last few weeks.
These rankings are starting to solidify after four weeks. If there’s not some type of swap or merge soon, it’s hard to see much delineation from what the players have set up for us so far. That doesn’t mean things can’t change, but we’ve yet to have anyone from a dominant alliance go home. For fans of wild Survivor gameplay, that’s led to a season that sometimes feels tame in comparison to what we’ve seen before. Hopefully, that changes over the next few episodes.
Survivor season 41 power rankings: Week 4
Out) Jairus “JD” Robinson (Last: 10) – JD made a colossally bad play by giving his advantage to Shantel “Shan” Smith. That said, we only know it’s dumb because we have all the info. From his perspective, he’s already given it to her once and everything was fine. He wants to build that trust, so why not do it again? Obviously, we’ve seen why not, but we’re not sure if this is a real mistake or just his bravado catching up to him. Either way, he didn’t seem long for this game anyways.
13) Heather Aldret (Last: 14) – Heather finally got some screen time and it was not good. Not only is she shown to be below average as an athlete, but we see her weeping after the challenge. That’s a signal to other players that she could be a great goat to take to the end. We have her in last place yet again because she’s certainly an easy boot. That said, we would not be surprised to see members of Luvu try to drag her to the end with the idea that she won’t get any votes.
12) Erika Casupanan (Last: 11) – Erika had a terrible episode. She finally gets some screen time and it’s just to show that she has zero pull on her tribe. She might think she does, but she would be disastrously incorrect. Honestly, we thought this was her boot episode because she so randomly popped up into the narrative. We wouldn’t be surprised if she goes home next week.
11) Genie Chen (Last: 12) – Genie has to rank low because she’s the third wheel to a duo that’s been dominating the early game at Ua beach. If they lose again, she’s the vote. Her only chance is to roll her dice and hope for some luck. More than anyone, she needs a swap or merge to reset her chances.
10) Naseer Muttalif (Last: 9) – Naseer fluctuates between being a target and an asset almost weekly. He’s obviously a key cog in keeping Luvu away from tribal council because of how much survival expertise he brings. Plus, the dude is jacked. Sure, he’s got a bit of extra fat covering it up, but look at his arms in the middle of a challenge. He’s a powerhouse. We think Erika is probably the more likely target if Luvu does lose an immunity challenge, but it could quickly flip to Naseer.
9) Tiffany Seely (Last: 13) – We’re bumping Tiff up a few slots because her edit was super positive this week. She was shown winning the reward challenge for her tribe and didn’t seem to struggle in the immunity challenge. That’s not a winner’s edit, but it does tell us that we probably don’t have to worry about her quite as much as some of the other players. That said, we do have her as the most vulnerable Yase castaway. It’s essentially a toss-up between her and Xander Hastings for who goes home.
8) Xander Hastings (Last: 8) – Xander still doesn’t have a vote, which isn’t great. However, he’s been a force in challenges and Yase might keep him around just for that reason. If Xander gets a swap or merge, he’s in a great spot to do some real damage.
7) Danny McCray (Last: 7) – It’s usually never a good thing when production shows you trying to throw a challenge. Fortunately for Danny and Deshawn Radden, they haven’t felt any ill effects yet. That could change in the coming weeks, but that duo seems pretty well connected throughout the tribe. It’ll be very interesting to see what Danny does when his tribe stops winning everything.
6) Liana Wallace (Last: 5) – Liana had a quiet episode, which isn’t a bad thing. Yase beach settled down during the fourth episode, so there didn’t seem to be much for her to do. She’s still firmly in place as Evvie Jagoda’s second-in-command, which is a great spot at this point in the game.
5) Deshawn Radden (Last: 6) – Deshawn gets a bump over Liana because this episode put him in a power position on Luvu beach. Of course, they haven’t voted for anyone yet, so all their alliances are relatively tenuous. Plus, he’s been a bit hit-or-miss in the edit, which might mean he doesn’t have as big a part to play as we might assume.
4) Ricard Foye (Last: 4) – Ricard is in a strong duo with Shan. However, we’ve continually seen that Shan is the one leading the strategy. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Ricard, but it does mean he’ll likely need to cut her if he wants to win. With Ua hemorrhaging players faster than anyone else, having that strong duo is going to keep them safe well into the late game.
3) Sydney Segal (Last: 3) – Sydney’s placement within her tribe is incredibly solid these days. Sure, Erika wants her out, but she looks to have zero power. The preview for next week did suggest that some of the Luvu men are worried about an all-girls alliance, but that’s likely just editing trying to trick us. We’ve been high on Sydney all season because she’s always getting confessionals even when Luvu isn’t featured. That’s not stopping now.
2) Evvie Jagoda (Last: 1) – Evvie’s time at the top has finally come to an end. Of course, with how dominant their game has been this season, they could be back on top very quickly. That said, we’re only dropping them because of how well Shan has been playing the last few weeks. Evvie is still in an incredibly good place.
1) Shantel “Shan” Smith (Last: 2) – We said last week that we would’ve put Shan in the top spot if she’d voted out JD with his advantage in her pocket. Well, she turned around and did exactly that this week, so she has to go on top. We are a little worried that she might be playing too strong this early and could be seen as too big of a threat down the line. That said, she should easily make the merge, if not further.