Sarah Lacina of Cedar Rapids looked skyward and mouthed “Thank you, Lord,” as she survived the Day 14 Tribal Council on Wednesday’s episode of “Survivor: Winners at War.”
She also uttered what would become the theme of Episode 5: “The buddy system on steroids.” That’s a reference to the way her tribe member, “Boston” Rob Mariano, won his previous “Survivor” outings — by employing a buddy system to build alliances and secure the votes needed to kick off the island the player of his choice.
It backfired this time. He was the one banished to the Edge of Extinction island, where he must now try to work his way back into the game on the main island in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands.
The stakes are high. A $2 million prize will go to the winner of Season 40 on the CBS reality game of strategy and strength. Every player has won the $1 million Sole Survivor prize in previous seasons.
The night’s big shake-up came with splitting the two tribes into three, adding Yara to the Dakal and Sele tribes. Players drew lots to see where they would go, having to start over in building alliances.
Lacina moved from Dakal to the new Yara tribe, while Denise Stapley of Marion moved from Sele to the Dakal tribe.
Stapley’s screen time included some fierce whacking on a coconut with a machete, while the focus moved mainly to Lacina’s tribe, to see how their strategizing would play out.
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Mariano, however, threw off the Yara game by gathering the other two men of Yara — Adam Klein and Ben Driebergen — to form a bloc and keep silence at their camp, while agreeing to vote Lacina off the island. He didn’t count on everyone else growing weary of his “take control” tactics.
The contest continues next Wednesday at 7 p.m. on CBS-TV and CBS All Access.
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