As you can see from the image above next season of Survivor will feature Poseidon the God of the Seas, Zues the God of Thunder, and Brandon Hantz with bat wings.
I’m pretty excited for South Pacific, especially with Redemption Island coming back into play. Hopefully we won’t have one person killing everyone in Redemption matches (Matt Elrod I’m looking at you) and it might get a little interesting. There are also a lot of strong women on this season which is really great for Survivor. Too often on reality shows women are classified into three categories (bitches, nice girls, and motherly figures) while the guys’ archetypes run the whole gamut. Have we even seen a female character that comes close to the over-the-top personality of “The Dragon Slayer”?
Speaking of the DS, according to his interviews Coach is going to play a different game! Which I am excited to see because I don’t believe he can do it. In his interview at CBS.com he talks about how he’s “Coach 3.0” and that he hasn’t had any luck in the game before so he needs to fix that. In the same interview; however, he goes on about how he will continue to be the Dragon Slayer and be more aggressive which is pretty much his crazy M.O. from Tocantins. I am curious to see how he does; if he makes it to the merge I will be surprised.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Coach and he is a really interesting guy with some crazy stories and life experiences, and actually a lot of fun to be around. I hope he can keep that kind of attitude going on the island in a positive way. Crazy stories and long winded ramblings can be interesting, but can also make your entire tribe want to kill you. Don’t make them groan Coach!
Ozzy’s interview on the other hand seemed very strong and refined. He’s played an aggressive role in the game before but recognizes that he needs to keep his mouth shut more if he wants to be strategic. I remember instances while on Fans vs. Favorites where everyone knew information that should have been kept quiet (a lot of people knew who had the hidden immunity idol and how the alliances were drawn prior to his boot). You have to keep your emotions and information in check, and hopefully Oz has some control over that.
Brandon Hantz seems like the wildcard this season,.. totally out of left field. I have no idea what to expect; he may play like Russell but he clearly is not Russell. He lacks the experience of playing the game and unless he has Russell’s playbook in his back pocket he might be in over his head trying to play Survivor. If he does great I would be surprised, but you never know until the game begins. The pre-show interviews don’t ever really show what decisions a person will make later in the game.
As for everyone else, here are my first impressions after watching the Meet the Cast video once:
I guess my memory is slipping because that’s all that really stood out to me. They have a whole season to grow on me; I’m sure I’ll get to know them better and maybe meet a couple of them after its all over!
My ability to predict a winner is awful, but just for the hell of it I am picking the final four. Mikayla, Sophie, John, and Ozzy are my final 4 picks with Sophie to win the whole thing. Honestly, do not put money on this. Again, these are the worst picks possible.