Season 45 of Survivor is making moves as one of the exciting casts of the brand new era. After three tragic Tribal Councils for the Lulu Tribe, Survivor 45 is sort of on the merge. Like any season, we have now favorite players that we’re rooting for, and there are some players we wouldn’t mind seeing go home. While the New Era is all about casting likable groups of individuals, the casting department decided to take some risks in Season 45. Some of those risks have paid off with some great television, but sadly, there are still some castaways who just weren’t meant to play the sport.
Best: Emily Flippen
In the premiere episode, viewers and players were all vehemently anti-Emily. But Emily had top-of-the-line two-episode arcs within the history of the sport. After Hannah essentially self-eliminated, Kaleb brought Emily under his wing and the 2 formed a secret alliance that might dominate the sport going forward. Emily can be a breath of fresh-air from multiple seasons of happy-go-lucky folks who are only comfortable to be there! On Day 1, Emily said that she’s only there to win. She’s straightforward and says exactly what she feels. She’s clearly cunning, and in terms of Kaleb, she’s loyal as will be.
Worst: Hannah Rose
Sorry, Hannah! We love her as a human and her willingness to take heed to what her body needs, but that doesn’t stop her from being one of the disappointing players of Season 45. In the premiere, she quits the sport, which proves how hard it’s and the way little she yearned to win. She got the experience of entering into, got to satisfy different players (and even host Jeff Probst), and quit before she could even get past the primary difficult hump. Survivor is a game of conquering adversity, and he or she didn’t show her chops to the world.
Best: Kendra McQuarrie
Kendra is sensible, likable, and a Libra! On Day 1, she forms an alliance along with her September girlies (although Katurah lied about her age). Her down-to-earth personality makes her a fun character to observe off the bat. Instead of ending college, she went on to construct Earthships in the course of the desert. She does what she wants, but not on the expense of others. As someone who flies by the seat of her pants in life, we are able to’t wait to see how her adaptability plays out in the sport. Plus, her mothering of Jake O’Kane after his fainting spell was one among the sweetest moments of the season up to now.
Worst: “Sifu” Alsup
Hopefully, Sifu’s arc gets higher because the game goes on. Right now, all he’s done is get caught sneaking up on his tribe. One of the primary rules in modern-day Survivor is to never go off alone. Not only did Sifu enterprise out on his own early on in the sport, but he was caught eavesdropping on his tribemates. He tried to drag a Tony, but as a substitute, he was only a phony. He’s still a likable guy, so we’re just crossing our fingers that he finds more connections at a tribe swap or merge.
Best: “Dee” Valladares
She could also be tiny, but she is fierce. Dee has spunk and social skills, so she’s definitely one to observe out for. When she and mama Julie caught Drew and Austin searching for an idol, Dee was unafraid to call them out. And after they lied to her, Dee could tell that they weren’t being wholly truthful. She seems to have her finger on the heart beat of the sport and her tribe, so despite Drew and Austin’s bag of tricks, Dee is our Reba winner pick.
Worst: Brandon Donlon
We really didn’t need to put Brandon on our “worst” list, but who else could we put? So far, the forged is a bunch of lovable goofs, and Brandon was probably the worst challenge performer within the history of Survivor. He’s a terrific guy, and we bet his social game could’ve been really fun to observe. However, he flailed so hard within the challenges. Watching Brandon was like driving past a traffic accident—we desired to look away but we just couldn’t. He could have been eliminated from the season, but his positive energy amidst his tragic performance won’t ever be eliminated from our hearts.