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Still Trying to Understand How Charlie Lost on Survivor 46

This is not a critique of Kenzie Petty, the winner of Survivor 46. Kenzie excelled in her social game and addressed specific questions effectively during the final tribal council, which resonated well with the jury.

Instead, let’s explore why Charlie Davis didn’t secure the win. From the game’s edit, Charlie and Maria controlled most post-merge votes. Yet, despite having his closest ally on the jury, Charlie didn’t emerge as the victor of Survivor 46.

Charlie’s strategy was meticulous and well-executed. He partnered with a trusted ally and made efforts to stay under the radar by deflecting credit for strategic moves. Maria occasionally benefited from this deflection, and so did others.

To clarify, both Charlie and Maria orchestrated most moves together, though Charlie was more focused on the grand strategy. Maria’s pivotal move was bringing Q into the alliance when others shunned them. At the final six vote, both Charlie and Maria aimed to eliminate each other. Charlie recognized that the key players needed to execute this plan were more interested in targeting Q, which Maria missed. This oversight ultimately cost her the game.

My Messy, Sweet Friend

Charlie performed reasonably well during the final tribal council. However, he could have better articulated his strategy of deflection and playing from the shadows. Some players were likely unaware of this strategy, which led them to believe Maria carried him, a perception she may have also shared.

One factor that might have aided Charlie was volunteering to make fire against Liz. While this seemed to matter to the jury, in reality, it shouldn’t have. It’s not necessary to put oneself at risk if it isn’t needed. Although Charlie played it safe, this shouldn’t have influenced the final decision.

Two critical votes shifted due to answers to a specific question posed by Q. Q asked what the finalists intended to do with the prize money. Such a question often results in pandering responses. According to Q, he changed his vote based on the finalists’ answers to this question alone—an absurd reason.

In today’s world, the post-tax winnings are not as substantial as they were two decades ago. How the winner spends the money shouldn’t be anyone else’s concern. Apparently, Q shifted his vote based solely on this question, which is ridiculous.

Maria expressed a connection to Kenzie from her answer, which was genuine and not pandering. While it’s fantastic Maria felt this connection, it’s surprising she discarded four weeks of gameplay alongside Charlie over the answer to an unnecessary question.

After the shock of Jeff reading the final vote, Charlie was gracious in acknowledging Kenzie’s victory, as rightly decided by the jury. Ultimately, while Kenzie won, it feels as though the season’s best player lost due to questionable reasoning by a few jurors.

Source: Survivor