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Survivor 42’s Swati Goel reflected on the new era’s lack of duplicity and how quickly chaos spirals

Spoilers ahead for Survivor Season 42!

the Survivor The twists that were introduced in Season 41 (and continue into the current Season 42) have breathed new life into the game, just as Jeff Probst promised. There’s the Prisoner’s Dilemma, the Shot in the Dark, the Tri-Tribe Immunity Idol, the Hourglass Twist, and the Do-or-Die Bet. But this new era of various perks has also created a lack of traditional duplicity – because it’s very difficult for candidates to keep these things a secret. Following his ousting, Survivor 42Swati Goel reflected on this emerging dynamic and “how quickly chaos spirals” out of control.

In the most recent episode, this all manifested with Drea Wheeler’s extra voting advantage she received from the Prisoner’s Dilemma. According to Zach Wurtenburger, the first player eliminated from the game, the whole tribe already knew they had Something. Wheeler confirmed it with a few, like Swati Goel, who in turn told others, until everyone found out. However, the chaos due to the lack of secrecy had the surprising effect of eliminating not one big target/advantage but everyone’s Goel. the Survivor 42 the star reacted to how things turned out Weekly entertainmentsaying,

Yeah, I didn’t expect the news to flow so fast because I know for myself that I was so tight-lipped about things. Well, not everything, but I’ve been quiet about some of the things I’ve been told. So yeah that was a really interesting change is how quickly the chaos unfolded and how quickly this chain of events happened where I said something to Tori and then Tori said something to Rocks, then Rocks said something to Drea, then Drea said something to Romeo. It was just amazing how quickly this information spread.

Some might argue that the concept we’re talking about here is just “drop the lips, sink the ships”, which indeed happens on Survivor. But really, it’s something more. The majority of benefits, in the past, were usually found, known, and revealed by a single person at their discretion. In seasons 41 and 42, however, it is multiple public benefit productions. And what that does is generate a layer of chaos, as Swati Goel describes it, that can get everyone on edge and take out someone who probably isn’t the toughest target.

It also forces some pretty wild tribal councils before the merge, especially in Survivor 42, where invisible benefits become the keystone. In last week’s episode, every known advantage allowed Hai Giang to sneakily change his vote at the last minute – prompting everyone to almost go to the rocks! Chaos! The same goes for the March 30 episode, with Swati Goel becoming the third person in recent weeks to use his Shot in the Dark. (A trend that has me and Survivor 41The winner of wonders about this particular advantage.) Nevertheless, Goel still bears some responsibility for her elimination. She says,

Maybe the circumstances you experienced weren’t really geared towards your game or helping you win, but ultimately you were in control of your decisions. In that sense, I really can’t blame anyone else. I made a series of choices and these series of choices lead to a result. [Laughs] Like, that’s good.

As difficult to understand, there is still a lot of game to play in Survivor 42. And if that’s how the pre-merger goes, then the post-merger (much like Season 41) is sure to be… chaos. Tune in to new episodes airing on CBS Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the 2022 TV schedule!