In “Survivor: Cagayan — Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” (Season 28), police officer Tony Vlachos won the $1 million prize thanks in part to runner-up Woo Hwang foolishly bringing Tony to the finals instead of Kass McQuillen. That mistake cost Woo the grand prize and made Tony, who played a cutthroat game, one of the most villainous champs of all time. When “Survivor: Game Changers” premieres on Wednesday, Tony hopes to be the first man to win twice in the game’s history, and only the second person after Sandra Diaz-Twine. Read my analysis of Tony’s chances below and then make your own “Survivor” predictions ahead of the first episode.
Tony is perhaps best known for his creation of “spy shacks” that allowed him to eavesdrop on his tribe mates and gain information that would help him later in the game. He also found several hidden immunity idols including one with special powers that would allow him to use it after the votes were read. He lied to his tribe mates by saying he could use the special idol at the Final 4, when in fact it expired at the Final 5.
Throughout the game, Tony swore on his family members and on his police badge, but never had any issues with going back on his word. That’s something the jury members (including fellow “Game Changer” Sarah Lacina) took issue with, but they still ended up voting for him to win anyway with eight votes to Woo’s one vote. Will Tony continue to lie in Season 34 or has he turned over a new honest leaf?
Speaking of Sarah, who begins on the rival Nuku tribe to Tony’s Mana tribe, she realized early on in “Cagayan” that Tony was a police officer so they created a “Cops-R-Us” alliance that lasted until she was eliminated at the merge. Since Sarah voted for Tony to win Season 28, it’ll be interesting to see whether Tony has a friend in Sarah this time around or whether she’ll want to vote him out for beating her last time.
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