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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Power Couple Witch Hunt and the Ascent of a Swinger Alliance?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Power Couple Witch Hunt and the Ascent of a Swinger Alliance?

Originally posted 04/02/2015 12:20AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"There's no point in going into a merge if you have somebody who can't be trusted." –Bill Posley, Survivor: One World

What an episode, what a merge and what a season!

Wednesday on Survivor, the season's merge left all 12 players scrambling. Alliances shifted and reformed as each of the variously collared contestants worked to solidify old agreements and form new bonds.

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Survivor's Joaquin Souberbielle: I Lost the Game – But Gained a Bromance!

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Survivor's Joaquin Souberbielle: I Lost the Game – But Gained a Bromance!

Originally posted 03/31/2015 06:50PM

You can always tell when the Survivor editors think something is funny. They play corny music in the background and slap a hashtag on the screen.

Last week was no different. During the sixth episode of Survivor: Worlds Apart, a bromance bloomed between contestants Joaquin Souberbielle and Rodney Lavoie. ("Bromance" isn't our word; CBS helpfully hashtagged it several times throughout the show.)

The other tribe members, sensing the close bond between Souberbielle and Lavoie, did what any intelligent tribe would do: they got together to vote out Souberbielle, a 27-year-old marketing director from Valley Stream, New York.

Speaking with PEOPLE, Souberbielle talks about what he did wrong – and dishes on that infamous bromance.

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FROM EW: Survivor Sneak Peek – Watch the Worlds Apart Merge

FROM EW: Survivor Sneak Peek – Watch the Worlds Apart Merge

Originally posted 03/31/2015 11:30AM

That moment will take place on this Wednesday's episode

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Bromance Is Prematurely Snuffed Out

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Bromance Is Prematurely Snuffed Out

Originally posted 03/26/2015 10:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"In Survivor, a pair is extremely important, and if you have someone, just one person that you know you can trust 100 percent, that you can go really far in the game." – Chelsea Meisner, Survivor: One World

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Survivor's J'Tia Taylor Is Married – See Her Wedding Photos

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Survivor's J'Tia Taylor Is Married – See Her Wedding Photos

Originally posted 03/24/2015 12:30PM

It was an animal-themed wedding for former Survivor contestant J'Tia Taylor.

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Survivor's Max Dawson: I Was Playing to Win

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Survivor's Max Dawson: I Was Playing to Win

Originally posted 03/21/2015 06:15PM

Some people know a lot about Survivor. They can spout off statistics and strategy, and they remember even the most obscure contestants from previous seasons.

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Survivor's Lindsey Cascaddan: I Spoke My Mind – and It Cost Me!

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Survivor's Lindsey Cascaddan: I Spoke My Mind – and It Cost Me!

Originally posted 03/21/2015 12:05PM

Generally speaking, it's a good idea to hold your tongue while playing Survivor. There will always be outspoken people who will get on your nerves; the CBS casting department sees to that. It doesn't pay to be lippy and confrontational. (That is, unless you're two-time winner Sandra Diaz Twine, who can somehow get away with it.)

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blindsides and Double-Crosses

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blindsides and Double-Crosses

Originally posted 03/19/2015 08:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"Most of the time you kinda need that social component. So when you don't win, someone's got your back – and they can take you to the end." –Brett Clouser, Survivor: Samoa

Survivor is truly a social game.

You can have all the great strategic ideas in the world. But none of it matters if you whistle out of tune or don't know how to apologize.

Wednesday night's Survivor was a testament to the importance of self-awareness and self-control. It turns out you can't curse, insult people's religion or walk around with your junk out and still win a game of influence and social politics.

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Nina Poersch: It's Hard to Be Deaf on Survivor

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Nina Poersch: It's Hard to Be Deaf on Survivor

Originally posted 03/13/2015 08:40AM

Survivor is a challenging game. Everybody says so, even the strapping young contestants who go deep into the game.

So when Nina Poersch joined the cast, she knew she had a few obstacles to overcome. At 51, she was a decade older than the next oldest person on her tribe.

And then there was the biggest obstacle: Poersch had lost her hearing seven years ago. (She is Survivor's second deaf contestant, after Christy Smith placed sixth on Survivor: Amazon in 2003.) Like Smith, Poersch found herself on the outside, unable to hear a lot of the conversations going on around her.

Poersch talked with PEOPLE about her game – and how deaf contestants face a disadvantage.

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Watch Survivor Winner Tyson Apostol Finally Propose to Rachel Foulger

Originally posted 03/12/2015 05:55PM

Nothing screams "marry me" more than a pair of green pants and a declaration of selfishness!

On Friday's season 2 finale of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars on WE tv, Tyson Apostol from Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains finally pops the question to his longtime gal pal Rachel Foulger, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

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