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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: How the Sole Survivor Won the Game

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: How the Sole Survivor Won the Game

Originally posted 12/18/2014 10:20AM

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.

"So I did what I had to, I made huge moves, I dug around for the idols to make sure nobody else had them, and I won challenges when I absolutely had to. Everything I did was strategic, nothing was out of malice, and I'm here – day 39 – because Rachel made that sacrifice." – Tyson Apostol, Winner of Survivor: Blood vs. Water

In a humdrum season, we actually have a great winner.

On Survivor's season finale Wednesday, Natalie Anderson plotted and finessed her way to a million dollars and the title of sole survivor.

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Survivor: Jon Learns the Limits of Trust – as Natalie Shines

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Jon Learns the Limits of Trust – as Natalie Shines

Originally posted 12/11/2014 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.

"I'm not gonna trust anybody. But to a certain point, you have to."
– Jeff Varner, Survivor: Australia

Trust is a mysterious thing – in Survivor, as in life.

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Survivor: Natalie Makes an Odd Choice, and What's Up with Jon?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Natalie Makes an Odd Choice, and What's Up with Jon?

Originally posted 12/04/2014 09:50AM

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.

"It's always that same question: Who can I trust the most?"
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

You guys, help me make up my mind. What do we think of Jon Misch?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Lightning Misses Twice for Broadway Beaux

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Lightning Misses Twice for Broadway Beaux

Originally posted 11/27/2014 10:30AM

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.

"I think there's a direct correlation between opening your big fat mouth and the idol having to get played."
– Reynold Toepfer, Survivor: Caramoan

Poor Josh and Reed. Have there ever been two such near-misses in Survivor history?

At the merge, Josh had been set to lead his majority alliance to victory. He had orchestrated the perfect blindside of Jeremy – until Julie quit the game and the Meat Brothers alienated Jaclyn. Within three days, Josh went from the strongest strategist to the mayor of Ponderosa.

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Survivor: A Shocking Twist Turns the Season Upside Down

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Shocking Twist Turns the Season Upside Down

Originally posted 11/20/2014 10:25AM

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.

"Someone flips over that quickly to our side, it's just as easy to flip-flop back."
– Jerri Manthey, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

Wednesday night's episode of Survivor presented us with two shocking possibilities.

Could San Juan del Sur turn out to be a good season? And could Jon Misch actually be a good strategist?

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Survivor: Was Julie's Walkout the Worst Quit Ever?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: One Terrible Decision, and One Shocking Walkout

Originally posted 11/06/2014 11:40AM

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.

"Once the merge happens, then the game starts. This is when Survivor really becomes Survivor."
– Hayden Moss, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Is Julie's quit even worse than Na Onka's?

In Survivor: Nicaragua, Na Onka Mixon set a new benchmark for bad Survivor behavior. She stole food, talked trash and quit the game with a clear path to the finals.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Did Jon and Jaclyn Get Dale's Idol?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Did Jon and Jaclyn Get Dale's Idol?

Originally posted 10/30/2014 11:20AM

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. 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.

"There is no fake, there is no real. It's Survivor.
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

"I want to believe" was a famous X-Files catchphrase. Last night on Survivor, you could have applied it to Jon.

Did Dale really have an idol? Was he really going to give it to Jon for saving him at the vote? Could Jon enter the merge with an idol in his pocket?

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Survivor Recap: New Tribe Members Turn on One Another

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: New Tribe Members Turn on One Another

Originally posted 10/23/2014 07:30AM

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 call it 'being cool.' Just not ticking people off."
– Judson "Fabio" Birza, winner, Survivor: Nicaragua

The hunger gets pretty bad on Survivor. But even worse than the starvation is the people.

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Survivor Recap: Drew Escalates His Bad Gameplay

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Drew Escalates His Bad Gameplay

Originally posted 10/16/2014 09:30AM

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.

"How about you go talk to someone and you form a bond and you establish some trust. That's strategy."
– Mike Chiesl, Survivor: Redemption Island

Drew exhibits all the classic symptoms of the Egotisticus Malus, a common species of Survivor best known for delusional proclamations of grandeur and falling flat on one's face.

Does he dictate strategy to his tribe without listening? Check. Does he think he's awesome, but is actually really lazy? Check. Is he paranoid that the women are out to get him? Check, check and check.

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Survivor: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

Originally posted 10/09/2014 10:45AM

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.

"One of my main objectives in this game was to create interpersonal relationships as soon as possible."
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

Is it a good thing that John Rocker was voted off Survivor?

Oh sure, we were all rooting against him. The hotheaded pitcher was a larger-than-life villain, with his history of bigotry and his neolithic machismo. He told Natalie she looked like a man and threatened to punch her. When his girlfriend, Julie, beat him in a duel, he griped that he lost to a girl.

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