This week on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites, Iraq War veteran Shamar Thomas left both the game and the Gota tribe after suffering an eye injury.
Although fan player Shamar had a tough time forming alliances this season on Survivor: Caramoan, the physical demands of the game eventually took a toll on the proud former Marine.
Already at odds with his Gota tribe mates, Shamar was forced out of Survivor: Caramoan when doctors determined that scratches to his left eye could potentially cause more harm if he continued in the game.
As we found out, Shamar suffered a second injury to his finger that also would have wreaked havoc on his Survivor longevity.
When The Deadbolt caught up with Shamar the day after his exit from Survivor: Caramoan, the Iraq War vet shed more light on why he had such a hard time, his clash with Reynold, and whether he was ready to leave the game when the doctors were called.
THE DEADBOLT: How’s the eye doing?
SHAMAR THOMAS: My eye is doing quite well. Thank you for asking.
THE DEADBOLT: It looked like things didn’t go well from the start. What was it that put you against the tribe?
SHAMAR: I just think that I didn’t have a lot in common with a lot of the other players. That was the determining factor. When you don’t listen to the same kind of music or have the same kind of activities at home, it seemed like the other players had a lot more in common than they had with me.
THE DEADBOLT: What was it about Reynold that really got under your skin?
SHAMAR: With Reynold, I’m not sure how much he knew about it but I tried to talk to Eddie about aligning with him. He was with Reynold, and I didn’t include Reynold in that aligning, so I don’t know if he went back and told Reynold, like, “Yeah, man, Shamar came up to me.” He wasn’t with that, so I don’t know. I’m not exactly sure. I wish things were different.
THE DEADBOLT: By the time you were pulled from the game, were you ready to leave at that point? How did you see it?
SHAMAR: Actually, I sustained an injury to my finger that was just irritating me all day. In the game of Survivor, you have nothing but time to think. So I was just thinking about the pain and thinking about what I was going through and it filled me with a lot of anger. Being dehydrated didn’t help.
I never wanted to leave the game that way. I wish I could have went out a little bit differently. I wish I could have done at least one more challenge and try my best. But with the injury being to my finger, I knew that it wouldn’t be [a good] challenge if I wasn’t good in challenges. I knew if I don’t really have a lot in common with these people, I’m not going to last too long. It was kind of demoralizing to me.
What did you think of Shamar’s game-play this season on Survivor: Caramoan?