Last week’s shocking tribal council on “Survivor: Game Changers” ended with Malcolm Freberg‘s elimination, unintentionally caused by a power play from one of his closest allies, J.T. Thomas. On this week’s episode, titled “Dirty Deed,” J.T. will have to explain his actions to his tribe mates, but his chances of remaining in their good graces are slim. That’s why he tops your predictions to be eliminated next with 8/11 odds. Can J.T. avoid the chopping block this week or will he pay for his dirty deed? Read my analysis of how he and the other players most predicted to be eliminated are faring and then update your “Survivor 34” predictions in our weekly event.
J.T. has been playing from the outside looking in for most of the game, even before his bone-headed move last week. As a former winner he will always be someone’s target, but instead of trying to minimize that target he has chosen to attempt big moves. J.T.’s bold style of play this time around has already put the other former champion, Sandra Diaz-Twine, on edge so he’ll be at her mercy this week.
Sandra is also under constant threat as a former winner, though this week predictors think she’s safe, giving her fourth place 14/1 odds of elimination. So far Sandra has escaped three tribal councils each with zero votes cast against her, suggesting that she’s built good will and loyalty among her tribe mates Jeff Varner, Michaela Bradshaw and Aubry Bracco, all of whom she’s likely to mobilize against J.T. this week.
J.T.’s big move last week came on the heels of loyalty to his former tribe member Brad Culpepper, who leads a Mana tribe that was outnumbered by J.T. and Sandra’s Nuku. That Mana tribe remains in the hands of Brad and his strongest allies, Sierra Thomas and Tai Trang, leaving both Debbie Wanner and Hali Ford vulnerable to their whims.
This week both Debbie and Hali are in the hot seat — Debbie has second place odds of 11/2 at going home with Hali right behind her at 12/1 odds. On paper, Debbie should be safe since she comes from the same original Nuku tribe that Brad, Sierra and Tai were on, but episode previews show her wild temper coming out to play which could provide Hali a chance to squeeze through safely once again.
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