This week’s episode of “Survivor: Second Chance” is titled “Bunking with the Devil,” which immediately begs the question — this is about Abi-Maria Gomes, right? Having played a vigorously emotional game so far, Abi-Maria has somehow lasted through four Tribal Councils and seems to be in a majority alliance with Tasha Fox and Andrew Savage.
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Linking up with Tasha and Andrew
After the tribe swap, Tasha and Andrew were easy targets for the original Ta Keo members to pick off, but Abi’s shrewd move to ditch the alliance and go after Peih-Gee Law may very well have saved her from being an early boot.
Letting others make the decisions
It’s often said of reality competition contestants that floaters can’t win, but in many ways, allowing others to take the power roles and make the decisions affords players like Abi to minimize their own threat level. Abi lobbies herself as a vote, which has proven a useful way to keep Tasha and Andrew on her side.
Abi’s BAD Moves
Allowing drama to take precedent
In the first few scenes of the premiere, Abi seemed keen to change her style this time around and play a less emotional game, but that was quickly uprooted during #BraceletGate and the flood of emotions hasn’t stopped since. Abi continues to irk her tribe mates with the steady stream of drama and last week Tasha confessed how draining it is to even have a conversation with her.
Disloyalty to alliance
While switching to align with Tasha and Andrew may have saved Abi in the short term, the move won’t sit well in the long term, proving to the other players that she can’t be fully trusted. At some point, certainly before the final few weeks, Abi’s votes will no longer be needed and it will better serve her alliance to get rid of her than to risk allowing her to turn on them first.
So how much longer can she last? Not much, by my assessment. Abi has played a short-sighted game, allowing herself to stay a few more weeks than she was probably going to if she stuck with the original Ta Keo alliance. But her lack of attention to the long term, building a strong alliance that she doesn’t waver from and that trusts her implicitly, will lead to her downfall. My own prediction is that she’s the next boot, but that depends on whether Angkor can come through with another immunity challenge win or not.
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