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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Exhaustion Leads to Wrong Moves

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Exhaustion Leads to Wrong Moves

Originally posted 11/14/2013 09:45AM

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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic-book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"I hope … you don't cast your vote based on that you got your feelings hurt. I think it's poor sportsmanship, and I don't think that it relays who the true Survivor is. It just shows that you got your feelings hurt."
– Tina Wesson, winner, Survivor: The Australian Outback

How epic is the Survivor gross-food challenge?

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How to Take Down Survivor's Baskauskas Brothers

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: How to Take Down the Baskauskas Brothers

Originally posted 10/31/2013 01:30PM

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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"The one time I thought I was safe? The day I went home."
– Rupert Boneham, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Something's rotten on Survivor.

You got a whiff of it when Aras went off by himself to meditate, leaving the rest of the tribe behind to gossip and plot. You could sniff it when Vytas smirked in self-satisfaction at Tribal Council.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: New Tribes Mean New Strategies

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: New Tribes Mean New Strategies

Originally posted 10/24/2013 12:10PM

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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"In Survivor, I kinda learned, you be who you are, and you try not to be afraid of it."
– Kat Edorsson, Survivor: One World

Ah, the dreaded swap. For torturous weeks you've been doggedly laying the groundwork for a long-term Survivor game plan. You built alliances. You won challenges. You voted out threats. You have a clear path to the endgame. Then all your plans are scuttled by the random draw of a new buff. Oh Survivor! Oh, life!

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: This Game Isn't About Trust

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: This Game Isn't About Trust

Originally posted 10/17/2013 10:00AM

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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"I'm out here playing for one million dollars. Never trust me.
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

You knew the second that Laura Morett started talking about how much she trusted Aras, she was in trouble. "Aras is someone that I completely, explicitly trust in this game," she said. I don't think I felt that way about anybody, ever, in my 39 days of Survivor – and I honestly doubted Laura M. felt so certain about Aras, either. More likely, she was trying to convince herself that everything was hunky dory. Deep down, she knew she was in danger.

The episode started at Tadhana, where Vytas was confronting trust issues of his own. Caleb shocked everyone with his vote flip: Vytas didn't trust the guy anymore, but he did need to woo him back to the dwindling 5 Guys alliance – which was down to just three guys. It was almost embarrassing, the way the once-Machiavellian Vytas extolled the virtues of Caleb's perfectly exfoliated skin. Caleb basked in the praise – but did he believe it?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Caleb Takes Down King Culpepper

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Caleb Takes Down King Culpepper

Originally posted 10/10/2013 11:15AM

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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"I played a lousy strategy game, because I didn't hide well."
– Tom Westman, Survivor: Palau

The King is dead. Last night on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Caleb Bankston unseated tribe monarch Brad Culpepper. At Tribal Council, Culpepper hinted that Caleb could be a possible target since he had no connections on the other tribe. In response, Caleb announced, "I'm gonna write Brad's name down" – and encouraged his allies to do the same.

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Survivor Contestant Quits – Again!

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UpdatePosted 10/03/2013 09:30AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Quitter Quits Again

Originally posted 10/03/2013 08:40AM

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. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"Everybody with an immunity idol is considered dangerous."
– Andria "Dreamz" Herd, Survivor: Fiji

Well, Jeff Probst – this is what happens when you cast a quitter. He quits again.

Wednesday on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Colton Cumbie decided seven days in the game was too much for his delicate constitution. Things weren't going perfectly according to plan, so he had a hissy and walked out. Na Onka and Purple Kelly in Nicaragua lasted 28 days. Osten on Pearl Islands lasted 19. Colton isn't just a quitter – he's the quittiest quitter.

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Survivor's Big Twist Delivers: Two Families Destroyed!

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Blood vs. Water Delivers

Originally posted 09/19/2013 11:30AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"You don't have to trust someone to have an alliance with them. You just have to have the same interests. You could hate someone's guts, but if you could help them get farther and they could help you go farther, hey, we've got an alliance."
– Burton Roberts, Survivor: Pearl Islands

I told you Blood vs. Water would deliver! One episode in, and we've already seen two families destroyed. Will Candice ever forgive her husband John for not taking her place on Redemption Island? Will Marissa ever come to terms with being voted off first because of Uncle Gervase's gloating? And will this season leave in its trail a waste of human wreckage and misery?

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Everything You Need to Know About the Survivor: Blood vs. Water Premiere

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Stephen Fishbach Previews Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Originally posted 09/18/2013 03:30PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can

"My alliance was really my family at home. There was never a day I wasn't loyal to my family."
– Dawn Meehan, Survivor: Caramoan

"I'm not here to make friends!" is such a reality TV cliché, it's spawned its own Youtube clip reel. But what happens if your friends are on the show with you?

Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres Wednesday, matching returning players against family members and loved ones. If the jaded chatter on Twitter and Facebook is any indication, people aren't too psyched about the twist. I'm holding out hope.

Bringing family members into the game could expose raw emotions and precipitate subtle calculations. What do you do when your loved one is voted off? Suck it up – or hulk out?

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