Jeff Probst | PopWatch | EW.com
Jeff says "The final episode will have eight people still vying for a shot at winning"
As far as Phillip, I felt stealing the rice was not the answer. In fact, I think it was part of the reason that started this whole entitled attitude of sharing all the rice amongst the "one tribe" that has never been and debacle.
To me stealing it was as shameful as what "she who will not be named" from last season did with the fruit.
Someone earlier said how do we know that Rob was the one who decided to vote out Julie. I have to wonder how anyone can think he is not completely running the game. He is making every decision and he even said so last night. He decided to vote out Julie after last week's tribal where she said that Rob wasn't just their leader, but that it was the "Cult of Rob". He was angry about that truthful comment and wanted to get rid of her for it. I mean, come on, the guy is controlling whether these starving people can eat or not!! Obviously, he is telling them how to vote.
Well, the way this could backfire, is that by voting out all the Zapatera's, Redemption Island is populated by Zapateras. A 3-way duel like we saw last night, when at least two of the participants are former Zapateras, at least one of the contestants remaining on RI after the duel will be a Zapatera. It increases the odds of propelling a Pagong'ed Zapatera member into the late game, with a jury composed mostly of their former tribe members who are bitter with Ometempes
For this season, consider it like this. At the merge, we had 6 Ometempes, 5 Zapateras, and Matt.
Let's say Zapatera is Pagonged, as seems obvious. If the winner of RI is from Zapatera (let's say it's Julie, it doesn't really matter) returns to the game and makes it to the final tribal council, they would be sitting beside 2 Ometempes, with a jury consisting of 4 Ometempes, 4 Zapateras, and Matt. Do they vote along tribal lines? Which way will Matt swing?
Even more interesting is if Matt returns to the final tribal council alongside, say, Grant and Natalie (two pretty non-polarizing Ometempes)l. Jury has 4 Ometempes, and 5 Zapateras. Will they respect the Ometempes gameplay, or will they be bitter about how they were treated by the Ometempe tribe and give the $ to the nice guy who didn't have time to annoy them?
The Ometempe players have the best chance of getting TO the final tribal council, but once they are there, their allies are a voting minority. The next several episodes could be skipped, but the conclusion will probably be interesting.
I think most of the Zaps would vote for gameplay. I whole heartedly believe they would vote for Rob if he were to make it. They know he's controlling everything at this point and several of them have even stated that he's playing it great. David would absolutely vote for Rob. I believe that Steve, Mike and Julie would as well. Not sure about Matt, but honestly, when he asks Rob why he was booted and Rob tells him, he may very well vote for him, too. Now if it's someone other than Rob...then it will be a bit tougher.