No goat killers on my island.
Sandra is also the only one I know of who played the social game and won with it twice. The only challenge I think she came close to winning was that stacking challenge - well until that stack fell then it was more half-hearted.
An interview with Sophie:
Winning Survivor: South Pacific with Sophie Clarke
I do like what she said about Brandon and she has an interesting take on Coach. Just from how she says it, I guess she didn't like what she saw on TV as the episodes do imply Coach was the mastermind, the cult leader. You can hear the resentment in her voice and in how she replies. This does not take away anything from her as the winner it just shows that there is a lot more that goes on that we viewers never see.Winning Survivor: South Pacific with Sophie Clarke
Posted 20 hours ago by Reg Seeton
Medical student Sophie Clarke was voted the winner of Survivor: South Pacific on Sunday night after a surprising live finale in which Clarke beat Survivor finalists Coach Ben wade and fellow tribe mate Albert Destrade.
Although it appeared that Sophie would likely lose out to Survivor all-stars Ozzy Lusth and Coach, Clarke turned the tables on Ozzy at the right moment by winning the final challenge of Survivor: South Pacific. With Ozzy out of the game, Sophie went to the Survivor: South Pacific finale with Coach and Albert, who both came out on the wrong side of the votes when Sophie was awarded the $1 million prize and title of sole Survivor.
The day after winning Survivor: South Pacific, The Deadbolt spent a few exit minutes with Sophie Clarke to learn more about her time on Survivor, how she feels about Brandon Hantz, and her thoughts on Coach and his Survivor gameplay.
THE DEADBOLT: Since your social game was brought up a lot in the finale, how do you look at yourself now that you’ve won and it’s all over?
SOPHIE CLARKE: [laughs] I’m looking at my check right now and I feel pretty good. I think I learned a lot about myself out there and I don’t think it’s all bad. I just think that in the context of Survivor my bluntness and my not so warm and fuzzy personality, didn’t help me.
But I know that I’m not a mean person or a bad person. We’re all friends now. But yeah, I definitely learned a lot about how I make first impressions.
THE DEADBOLT: After you saw the interaction between Brandon and Russell, how has your view of Brandon changed?
SOPHIE: I think that Brandon got a bad rap. If Brandon had made the final three, I think I would’ve voted for him. I think Coach said it best, that Brandon has a lot of inner demons. You know, he’s a young kid. He’s 19-years old and he has a wife and two kids. I think that Brandon is always really well meaning and Brandon has had a tough life. Most of the time he is a true gentleman and I formed a very unlikely friendship with Brandon.
THE DEADBOLT: Coach’s style of play has never led to the million dollars. What do you see as the major problem with his strategy?
SOPHIE: I mean, what Survivor has never ever not broken a promise and really played a loyal game? That also applies to life. Coach wants to just go out there and have a blast and live for 39 days and be handed a million bucks. The whole point of Survivor is that you have to back-stab people. You have to vote people out and then convince them to give you the money.
Coach, although he’s changed since his first season, he finally managed to do that. He finally did mange to, with the help of other people, play a semi-strategic game. His downfall is that he doesn’t want to admit that he was disloyal or that he did not keep his integrity intact. If he had said, “Yeah, I manipulated you. I used religion. I used [more],” he would be a million dollars richer right now. Not that I think he would’ve deserved it.
THE DEADBOLT: Do you think he makes promises when he doesn’t really have to at the time?
SOPHIE: Yeah, I think that Coach is really well meaning. But it’s hard to believe a lot of what Coach says. I still don’t understand Coach. I mean, a physiatrist explained it to me, but I think he likes to be a grandiose guy. He likes to make huge promises and he likes to make big statements and I think he’s not always thinking of the repercussions. He thinks very short term.
Last edited by Bearcata; 12-20-2011 at 11:57 AM.
No goat killers on my island.
I do think that Ozzy said one of the smartest things about religion in his commentary about Brandon after Brandon got voted off and came to Redemption Island. I am paraphrasing Ozzy who said that Brandon was playing the belief strategy and the while it is OK to trust in God you cannot use that same belief system when dealing with your fellow man. That your fellow man will lie, cheat and backstab you for the million dollars. Wow, how insightful.
No goat killers on my island.
When Jeff went out to talk to Russell he said I am Uncle Russell first and it is up to Brandon. Brandon never said no and then Jeff went on to talk to Russell. I truly believe Brandon is not telling the entire truth about why his family was not there.
There's no place like home!
"Everything you do matters. Every moment, every decision you make – it affects the people around you – it changes the world in a million imperceptible ways. No matter what your reality, you can make it better." -- Richard Castle
And yes, Russell's first tribal was by far the most bitter jury every. I DO feel that he should've won that season - his other two? - no, even with Sandra winning for a second time. That one, he should've taken in some knowledge if he felt he hadn't won the previous season that he needed to up the social game at least a little bit. He didn't and he lost, and he will CONTINUE to lose if he keeps playing because he doesn't even have a smidge of a social game. Even with Sophie here we saw a glint of one. I don't think his brother could win either because you can tell it's a brother thing.
My final jury question would be a bit odd but a logical one - I'm honored to at least be in the jury and get to vote for the winner. You have played the best you can to make it this far. That said, here's my question - If the roles were reversed - if I was in your spot and you were in the jury - what would you be saying or asking me to see if I'm worthy of your vote? I'd reward the person who gave me the most honest answer, even if it were a bitter betty response (well OK I'll admit there it'd be if the other two were fake or insincere answers).
I like what Sophie said in her interview. You cannot be loyal or avoid manipulation in this game.
Integrity can be defined in many ways depending on the situation. I think she is correct that Coach may have won had he admitted that his behavior was all about stratedgy. "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it".....Joeseph Goebbels. Admitting this would have made him go down in castaway history.
Did anyone say why Brandon's wife was not there?
So sorry to see Ozzy defeated for a third time. Great player! Happy for Sophie, though.