One of the most dramatic moments of last year’s Survivor: Blood vs. Water season was when Ciera Eastin voted her own mother, Laura Morett, out of the game. (Awkward Thanksgiving dinner, anyone?) Now that Survivor is bringing back the Blood vs. Water twist of loved ones competing with and against each other for Survivor: San Juan del Sur, it got me wondering: Would any of the new players vote out their special someone?
Certainly there are pros and cons. On the pro side: having no partner can make you less of a threat. Plus, if you are both on the minority side of an alliance, voting with the majority can help solidify your place in that group. On the con side: going from two people with a chance to win down to just one is not something to take lightly, so it may be better to fight to switch someone else and preserve your pair’s chance to double down for a victory. Plus, is anyone else going to really trust you after you flipped on your own loved one? There can be nobility, respect, and trust gained by showing that you will stay true to your main alliance partner, even if it is just in the form of a symbolic sympathy vote.
So, clearly, a lot to consider and every situation has to be viewed individually in the moment. But that’s just my take. What about the contestants themselves? I asked all of the San Juan del Sur contestants if they could vote out their loved one, and you can see their various responses by clicking on the video player below. Plus, for more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.