Survivor Game Changers: In Best Season Ever, Jury Chooses Wrong Winner

The Survivor Game Changers season has come to an end, one in which the jury awarded the $1 million prize to the wrong person. It should come as no surprise. The most deserving player is not always the winner. Emotions run high. Bitterness and jealousy come in to play – much more so than it should – and players who are most worthy do not always emerge as the Sole Survivor. In its 34th – and best – season, Survivor Game Changers failed to close out the final tribal council by writing down the right name.

No offense to Sarah Lacina. I am in no way saying that she was not deserving of the $1 million prize and title of Sole Survivor. She played an amazing season. In most other seasons, I would say that she played well enough to be the unanimous winner in the end. But not this season. Not the 34th season. Not the most entertaining and competitive season in Survivor history. One person should have won it all in Survivor Game Changers. That one person was obviously Brad Culpepper.

Again, Lacina was outstanding. But she was not better than Culpepper. In a season that absolutely had it all, from controversy, to unfair outings, to a contestant having her touch extinguished without receiving one vote, to insane tribal councils with last minute scrambling and whispering and mind-changing, Culpepper remained dominant. Once his alliance turned on him and voted out Sierra – much to own fault, of course – Culpepper knew that he had to continue to win immunity challenges in order to survive. And he did. Five times, in fact, tying a record. Culpepper had to win every single challenge in order to remain in the game. Unfortunately, once again, the jury selected the wrong person to award to $1 million prize.

That is the only problem with the current Survivor format. Nearly everything else is impeccable and makes for great television. The jury often remains to bitter and takes themselves and being voted out too personal. It is a game. It is a competition. It is for $1 million. Being voted out or blindsided is simply part of the game. The job of the jury should be to award the $1 million to the player who deserved it most that season. That was Culpepper this season. Plain and simple.

Again, no disrespect to Lacina. She was great. She was smart. She was gritty. She was deceptive. She was certainly worthy. Just not as worthy as Culpepper. Not this season.

Sorry, jury. You blew it again.


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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.