After six weeks in the “Big Brother” house, the targets of the vast majority of the houseguests, Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson, were finally split apart on Thursday night when Jessica was evicted in a 7-1 vote. Their antagonist, Josh Martinez, gets credit for that move as Head of Household though the truth is that his ally Paul Abrahamian was the wizard behind the curtains making the decisions. This week their close ally Alex Ow is the new HOH, so are we in for more of the same with Paul controlling the direction the house takes for another eviction?
With the power in the house passing hands from one ally to another, our power rankings have little movement again this week. Below is our fifth power ranking of the season including the 11 players still in the game. Read my thoughts on each of the players, listed from the most powerful to the least, and then update your predictions for Thursday’s live episode.
1. Paul Abrahamian (even)
2. Alex Ow (even)
3. Jason Dent (even)
Though he’s still not personally the HOH, Paul once again holds all the cards this week because his confidant Alex is. Paul and Alex have been working together for a few weeks now and have successfully manipulated the house to fall in line with their plans each time. Prior to her eviction Jessica warned the house of Paul’s power and urged them to play for themselves rather than propping him up, but that advice will not have gotten through to Alex or Jason because they are the biggest beneficiaries of Paul’s ability to influence everyone else.
4. Josh Martinez (even)
5. Christmas Abbott (even)
Josh and Christmas have a close relationship with one another as well as with Paul, Alex and Jason. Last week Christmas was worried that Josh was conceding too much of his decision making to Paul, but at the end of the week they still lined up behind his plans to evict Jessica rather than Elena. Eventually I think this pair will wise up and go against the top 3, but for now they’re okay with following along in order to get a little bit further in the game.
6. Matthew Clines (+1 spot)
7. Raven Walton (+1 spot)
8. Kevin Schlehuber (-2 spots)
Kevin takes the biggest hit to power this week after he took matters into his own hands to pull in pariah Cody for a new working relationship with Kevin, Paul, Alex and Jason. Despite the other three asking him not to make the deal, Kevin still pushed forward with Cody, exposing the group as an actual alliance putting all of their plans at risk. Kevin’s move was interpreted as an overreach by Paul so the likelihood of him being in on the major decisions of that alliance from here on out is slim. Matt and Raven benefit from Kevin’s slip, but only slightly because they still have yet to make any moves of their own in the house. They are the most disposable people within the large majority alliance.
9. Elena Davies (even)
10. Cody Nickson (even)
11. Mark Jansen (even)
With Jessica out the pressure is now on Cody, Mark and Elena to defend themselves from the rest of the house that has been united against them for weeks. Cody may now have less of a target on his back since his closest ally is gone, which puts Elena and Mark at more risk than they were before. That being said, Paul may still have an interest in working with Elena in secret which should keep her safe from the vote this Thursday even if she’s nominated.
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