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Survivor‘s chaotic merge delivers dramatic elimination

With 13 castaways, it was the largest group ever for a merge. It also marked the earliest start for the jury. So how did it all play out?

“Dangerous.” That’s how Joe describes the merge on Survivor: Second Chance. Dangerous was a great word to describe it, because it didn’t take long for the claws to come out.

It started with Tasha fibbing to Kass that the original Bayon tribemates were no longer tightly connected. Kass smelled the lies and called Tasha out on it, which sparked a furious fight with angry words flying around camp. The next day, Tasha basically admitted to lying to Kass because she doesn’t trust her. “Don’t mess with my second chance!” Kass said. “You’ve just unleashed the beast.” When their battle boiled over in front of the entire tribe, Ciera strangely got fired up and suddenly torched Andrew. As you might imagine, that didn’t go over so smoothly.

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When the line was literally drawn in the sand, the newly formed Orkun (how did they even come up with this name?) tribe was clearly split by two powerful alliances, with everybody campaigning for Joe and Spencer to join their side.

Joe won the first individual immunity challenge, which really didn’t matter much because he was never a target this time around. As the majority alliance began rallying against Kass, she smartly realized the dominant core would split the votes out of fear there would be a hidden Idol coming into play.

Joe Anglim at merge tribe camp Survivor: Second Chance
Image: CBS

In a last-ditch effort, the self-described “Chaos Kass” asked for help from Spencer. She was hoping he would return the favor to keep her safe, just as she had done at the previous elimination.

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The dramatic Tribal Council involved a crazy cacophony of regurgitated verbal spats with a Ciera spiel about motivating others to play the game for first place, not 13th.

When the votes were tallied, it was a mish-mash of ballots against four different players, including Tasha, Kass, Ciera and Andrew. In the end, Kass was the person who was snuffed out of the competition. She is now the first member of the jury.

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Are you surprised Kass was eliminated this early in the game? Who do you think is most likely to win it all? Who do you hope is voted off next? And what are your thoughts on the new tribe name? Join the conversation by leaving a comment now.

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