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Survivor: Caramoan’s Michael Snow on the Favorites, “I was not surprised”

5 years ago by Reg Seeton
Survivor fan Michael Snow of the original Gota tribe - Photo: (c) 2013 CBS

Survivor fan Michael Snow of the original Gota tribe – Photo: (c) 2013 CBS

This week on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites, Michael Snow of the original Gota tribe was voted out of the game in the second consecutive blindside.

In one of the most intense and dramatic Tribal Council ceremonies in the history of Survivor, Michael Snow fell victim to the strong bond of the Favorites of Survivor: Caramoan. Just when Reynold of the Fans was about to play his immunity idol at Tribal Council to remain in the game, former Survivor: Philippines cast-off, Malcolm Freberg, convinced his new ally to hand over immunity under suspicion that the Favorites were about to write his name down.

As it turned out in dramatic fashion, the Favorites decided to spare Malcolm for another week in favor of getting rid of Michael. Although Malcolm made the wrong play, which sent his ally home, he was still able to hang on to his own secret immunity idol.

The day after being voted out of Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites, The Deadbolt caught up with Michael Snow to get his post-Survivor thoughts on how things went down.

THE DEADBOLT: Prior to Tribal Council, did you know ahead of time that Malcolm was going to jump up?

MICHAEL SNOW: No, I had no idea. I still don’t know if he knew he was going to do that. Reynold, to me, seemed completely surprised as well. So, I don’t think that was something that maybe Malcolm was planning. I don’t think anyone else did. We’ll see, I guess.

Survivor fans Michael Snow and Matt Bischoff with Favorite Dawn Meehan on Survivor: Caramoan - Photo: (c) 2013 CBS

Survivor fans Michael Snow and Matt Bischoff with favorite Dawn Meehan on Survivor: Caramoan – Photo: (c) 2013 CBS

THE DEADBOLT: How did your strategy change in terms of alliances after Matt left the game?

MICHAEL: Well, actually, my strategy had to change while Matt was still in the game. Matt was still my buddy, and I wanted to work with him, but I knew we had no leverage together at that point.

So, I wasn’t going to throw him under the bus but I knew that I had to start playing those Favorites immediately. The moment I landed on the Bikal beach I started playing the Favorites, so it really started then. But my strategy switched again at the merge.

THE DEADBOLT: How surprised were you that the Favorites had such a tight alliance, especially with Andrea and Phillip who seemed weak links?

MICHAEL: Let me tell you this: I was not surprised. I knew they were playing hard and I knew they were smart. But I’ll tell you what clued me into how tight they were is when those guys – Corrine, Dawn, Cochran and Phillip – told me that Malcolm had the hot sauce. They had hot sauce and he took it to the challenge where we had the tribe swap.

They had such a plan when they set forth into that tribe swap. I knew it because of the stupid hot sauce that they all agreed he could take it. I was like, how deep has this gone that they went into that tribal swap knowing that they were going to split up and they had a serious plan? I knew we were screwed. That’s why we had to play into their hands.

As far as Andrea goes, I didn’t know where she fell into it all. I don’t know where she fell into the alliance because I didn’t hook up with her and see where she was going until the merge.

What did you make of Michael’s gameplay this season on Survivor: Caramoan?

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!