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Survivor David v Goliath – One and Done or More to Come?

Survivor David v Goliath wrapped up and it is time to consider who we may and may not see again. Whether there is more to come from each contestant, or they were one and done. IN this day and age of Survivor it is not a case of IF someone returns, but WHEN someone returns from a season. So who has the best shot at playing the game again?

Pat Cusack

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

First boot? Returning? That’s rare. Then again, he wasn’t exactly voted out and Jeff loved him and based the season around him. Being taken out the way he was would have been heartbreaking and probably crushed the hearts of the producers. Jeff will want him back. Pat will want to come back. I get Caleb Reynolds returnee vibes from him.

Analysis: More to Come

Jessica Peet

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

This 19-year-old didn’t leave anywhere near big enough a mark on the game to be considered a serious chance of returning. Probably played too early and was a little out of her depth.

Analysis: One and Done

Jeremy Crawford

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Jeremy was great while he lasted. His dynamics with Natalie early on were priceless which helped contribute to such a great season. The big problem is that it WAS such a great season. He is low on the call back list from a stellar cast.

Analysis: One and Done

Bi Nguyen

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Was it a quit or a med-evac? It was a quit. Jeff Probst has openly said that quitters will not return. It is understandable as to WHY she did it, but then again that would always be in the back of her mind. Unless you are a fan of her sport, you’ve seen the last of Bi.

Analysis: One and Done

Natalia Azoqa

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Her archetype is one that quite often comes up as an early boot. She lasted longer than some may have expected. In her favour is that she is someone who is really prepared to play the game hard and force a play or make a move. Given that her archetype is one that does often go out early, perhaps in a returnee season she has a chance of being asked back afterall.

Analysis: One and Done

Natalie Cole

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Pure TV Gold. Sometimes Survivor has difficulty bringing back a strong cast of women for returnee seasons, but Natalie has to have put herself at the top of the list. TV Gold is the only way one could possibly describe her. Those on the island with her may describe in other ways, but that just adds to the TV product. If she wants to return, she will return. If season 40 turns out to be an All-Star cast like season 20 did, she will back out there within the next 12 months filming another season for our entertainment. If she wants to, that is.

Analysis: In Limbo

Lyrsa Torres

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Lyrsa was definitely a unique and interesting one. When she was there. Front and centre one episode, disappeared for the next two, and soon disappeared for the game. Even with the iconic “Jacketgate” tribal council it was all about Natalie and Angelina. Too much has happened throughout the season that Lyrsa may shockingly disappear into the background.

Analysis: One and Done

Elizabeth Olson

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

At the merge, I’d have anticipated her to have a much higher shot at returning. By the end of the season and all that transpired, now a few month’s on – not so much. Working in her favour is that she is a very different character to the standard LA recruit who’s nominated as being from “x” hometown so it doesn’t look like 90% of the cast come from the one area. There really isn’t quite many Survivors that are like Elizabeth. And the ones I think of are the Steve “Chicken” Morris and Wendy Jo’s.

Analysis: In Limbo

John Hennigan

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

What a surprise he was. The Goliath of Goliaths’s, yet also showed moments of humility, gentleness, and vulnerability. He would be absolutely fantastic to have return and was a great catch for the franchise. Of course, that’s not going to happen. It was a scheduling miracle that he was able to go in the first place. For lightning to strike twice seems like a long shot.

Analysis: One and Done

Dan Rengering

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

The first player to have been nullified out of the game in a sick twist of fate. What if he didn’t play the idol the previous week for Angelina? Would that idol be safe? He could be haunted by how things went down. Dan was also shown quite prominently throughout the season. Jeff also loves the Alpha male and his quite humorous relationship with Kara and sort of naive gameplay could make him a good shot to return.

Analysis: More to Come

Alec Merlino

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

For those wondering why he wasn’t asked a question at the Survivor Reunion, it is because he wasn’t there. For those unaware and wondering why he wasn’t there, it is because he had breached contract with CBS by posting a photo pre-cast release with another contestant. He has gotten the powers that be offside and is not coming back.

Analysis: One and Done

Carl Boudreaux

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Bing! And that’s about it. In a memorable season, that is about all I can picture him doing or saying. He is too overshadowed by many other cast members and may fall victim to the plethora of wonderful characters that we were blessed with. He will, however, always be remembered for finding and successfully playing the first ever idol nullifier in Survivor US history.
Bing!

Analysis: One and Done

Christian Hubicki

Photo: Survivor CBS Robert Voets

Christian is a guarantee to come back, right? He is arguably one of the most loved contestants in such a long time. They have to have him back, don’t they? Well that depends if he wants to and is available to come back. A little history that he revealed, he had stopped applying for quite some time before realizing that he was about to commence as a University professor and that this may be his last opportunity to play Survivor. Yes, he clearly loves the game and the fans almost unanimously loved him, however career goals may interfere with the plans CBS more than likely have to bring him back.

Analysis: In Limbo

Davie Rickenbacker

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Davie was a real character. Yes, he may have been relatively quiet for the first third of the game, but come merge he came out and showed us what he has. He has charisma, he has game, and he has a very good chance of returning.

Analysis: More to Come

Alison Raybould

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

We heard all season long how Alison was such a massive threat to win the game. We just did not exactly see it. She seemed calm, rational and level headed all season long. That makes her a great player, but not necessarily at the tope of list of potential returnees. She is probably behind Angelina and Natalie for the women of this season alone to return. That makes her a longshot for a comeback.

Analysis: One and Done

Kara Kay

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

Kara appeared to have a very solid social game and game awareness of how she may be perceived. Se just happened to make no big impact in the game and did nothing to stand out much that demands a return to our screens. Let’s face it, sane, rational, social players aren’t the most entertaining. She was arguably a little too normal of a human being for Survivor.

Analysis: One and done

Angelina Keeley

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

There was hardly a more fun and entertaining female player than Angelina that went deep in such a long time. She became one of the biggest characters and was also quite polarising. She appears to be everything that you could want in a returning player. If the record of who has been brought back in the past is something to go by then surely she is a lock.

Analysis: More to Come

Mike White

Photo: CBS Survivor Robert Voets

Clearly Mike is a massive fan of the game. Clearly Mike is a great story teller. He has been in the ear of Jeff Probst for quite a while and was even the cause of a late change to the set-up of Season 29: San Jaun Del Sur. Mike may even have the luxury of taking off whatever time he desires in order to play again. Of all the celebrities that have played, none have returned for round 2. Of all of them, Mike White has to be the most likely to return. Working against him was a certain controversy surrounding him and smuggling certain items onto the island that could have seen him blacklisted.

Analysis: One and Done

Nick Wilson

Photo: Robert Voets CBS

How can he not return? Aren’t we eventually going to get an all winners season? Apparently not, if Jeff has any say in it. But if higher powers push for, then maybe we will. His story seems complete. I see no benefit in him returning. That said, if asked he is almost certain to jump at the opportunity. Nick seems like the guy who would just love to play the game again and again and again.

Analysis: In Limbo

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