In our new “Survivor: Game Changers” exit interview, Sierra Thomas explains why she gave her secret legacy advantage to Sarah Lacina instead of Brad Culpepper in Wednesday’s episode, titled “It’s Not a High Without a Low.” “At that tribal when my name was read and Jeff tells me I need to go home, I looked at Brad and he gave me nothing,” Sierra recalls. “He didn’t give me shock. He didn’t give me, ‘I’m sorry.’ It was like a blank slate. And then I looked at Sarah because she’s starting to cry and is shaking her head like, ‘I can’t believe it’s you’ — where she was obviously playing me because she wanted my advantage. But at that moment it was like I forgot my whole relationship with Brad. That whole season, all that I had worked on with him, it’s like it went out the window.”
This was Sierra’s second time playing the game after finishing in fifth place in “Survivor: Worlds Apart” (Season 30). Does she ever want to play again? Listen to our full exit interview above and then make your “Survivor 34” predictions for a chance to top our famous leaderboards. It’s fun and easy, so start now by predicting who will be voted out next.
Sierra details the craziness and unexpectedness of the game, in that Tai Trang at one point used a hidden immunity idol to save her and then later turned around and voted her out. “It constantly is changing,” Sierra asserts. “You can’t get too comfortable. It can change in the blink of an eye and you constantly have to be working. I obviously did the damage by writing his name down the week before. He felt betrayed, they took him in, it makes sense. But it can happen so fast. Every single decision you make affects your end game, without a doubt.”
She agrees that Brad likely would have gone home as the target of Sierra and Andrea Boehlke‘s alliance if he hadn’t prevailed at the immunity challenge. “That’s the hardest part about those individual immunities,” Sierra notes. “At that point it didn’t matter if someone in my alliance won it — it just has to be you. It’s the only way you’re safe.”
Also in our “Survivor” podcast, Sierra chats about why she thinks Andrea is the biggest threat, what the loved ones visit does to the castaways’ morales, whether she would have stuck with her Final 3 deal with Sarah and Debbie Wanner, and why she’s more proud of her game play in “Game Changers” even though she actually lasted longer in “Worlds Apart.”
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