In “Survivor: Philippines” (Season 25), fan-favorite Malcolm Freberg finished fourth place and when he returned for “Survivor: Caramoan” (Season 26) he came in ninth. Now that he’s back for his third time in tonight’s premiere of “Survivor: Game Changers,” we only have one question: Is Malcolm simply too likeable to make it to the final tribal council? Read my analysis of Malcolm’s game play below and then make your own “Survivor 34” predictions ahead of the first episode.
Making it to the Final 4 in the Philippines was a huge accomplishment for this Hermosa Beach, CA native. However, because he was seen as too likeable by his remaining tribe mates, including eventual winner Denise Stapley, those three got together to eliminate him. They were worried that if Malcolm made it to the final tribal, the jury would reward him the $1 million prize, and they were probably right as Malcolm hadn’t made a single enemy on the jury.
When he came back the very next season for “Fans vs. Favorites,” Malcolm had the unknown factor going for him as his season hadn’t yet aired to audiences. That proved to be helpful as Malcolm was immediately pulled into a strong alliance led by Phillip Sheppard. Malcolm made it to the merge and immediately began trying to target Phillip, eventually getting his way when he played two hidden immunity idols at tribal, for himself and for Eddie Fox.
Hidden immunity idols eventually got the best of him, though, when tribe members followed him the next day to make sure he didn’t find one. Malcolm lied that he did find one, but when the votes at tribal were split 3-3-3, they realized that Malcolm didn’t have an idol and they voted him out. Will Malcolm’s likeability and penchant for finding hidden immunity idols come back to haunt him in “Survivor: Game Changers,” or will he find a strong enough alliance to help get him through to the end?
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