Laura Alexander became the latest fan to be voted out of Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites after tribe mate Shamar Thomas left due to injury.
It was a week of losses for the Gota tribe on Survivor: Caramoan when fan Laura Alexander was voted out at Tribal Council following another immunity victory by the Survivor favorites and an eye injury that forced Shamar Thomas from the game.
Although Laura tried to make a strategic play to turn the tables on Shamar a week earlier, the 23-year old office administrator from Washington, D.C. soon became a target within her own alliance. As a result of Shamar’s departure from the game, all eyes were on Laura who fell victim to Gota tribe mate Matt and his strategy to keep the strong over the loyal.
The next day, The Deadbolt spent a few minutes with Laura to get her thoughts on the latest vote, why her tribe turned on her, and what went wrong with her alliance in Survivor: Caramoan.
THE DEADBOLT: How surprised were you that everyone in your alliance decided to vote for you and not Eddie?
LAURA ALEXANDER: I was definitely surprised. I was definitely blindsided that night. I thought that my alliance would value loyalty over physical strength at that point in the game considering how far in we were and the fact that there could potentially be a tribal swap coming up. So yeah, I was definitely surprised and definitely disappointed.
THE DEADBOLT: What do you think it really was that led to you getting the vote?
LAURA: I think it was several factors. I think that our tribe had been losing so much that physical strength became a focus at that point in the game. And Shamar for so long had been such a distraction to the rest of the tribe that it saved me in some way because I didn’t take any of that attention.
But with Shamar being medically evacuated before we left for the challenge, at that point when we came back from the challenge, all of the focus was on me more so than usual. So I think there were a few different factors going into why I left that night.
I think if Matt hadn’t brought my name up, I’m not sure my core alliance would’ve been on board with that. I mean, my whole alliance did vote unanimously but I don’t think they were all voting with the same enthusiasm.
THE DEADBOLT: A week earlier, with Hope still around, when did your strategy change to flip to shake things up?
LAURA: I never flipped on my alliance. I told my alliance to split their vote between Hope and Reynold to potentially flush the idol. I knew that a couple of those were going to come my way from Reynold, Eddie and Hope.
Then I realized that Shamar was being unstable. So that’s the point when I went over to Reynold and I said, “Hey, what do you think about voting for Shamar instead of me tonight?” It was like any party would do in my situation.
Of course Reynold was all over the plan, announcing it to his alliance, “This is my plan, a young person’s alliance.” So that move really was just to solidify exactly who I wanted to go home that night and to ensure that my name wouldn’t be on any parchment. But at no point did I actually flip on my alliance.
How do you think Laura’s exit from Survivor: Caramoan will impact the Gota tribe going forward?