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Survivor: Why Tyson's Third Time on the Show Was the Charm

Originally posted 11/07/2013 03:00 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tyson Gets It Right – and Ousts King Aras

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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 am in control. It would take something extraordinary, off the charts, completely whacked out to disturb my plans now."
– Marty Piombo, Survivor: Nicaragua

Survivor is all about storytelling.

To win the game, you have to tell a story to the jury about what you did over 39 grueling days to deserve a million dollars.

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Survivor's Kat Edorsson: 'Not One Person Was On My Side'

Originally posted 11/03/2013 11:15 AM

Survivor's Kat Edorsson: 'Not One Person Was On My Side'

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When Kat Edorsson played Survivor: One World, she was known for her goofy antics – dancing, cracking jokes, and farting on her fellow castaways. Returning for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Edorsson was much more subdued, never clicking with the people on her tribe. She found herself voted out on Day 16.

Playing the game with her boyfriend, Big Brother winner Hayden Moss, Edorsson worried aloud that he would dump her after she was voted off, because "no one wants to date someone who makes the merge." Edorsson, 23, talks about her experience – and whether she and Hayden are still together.

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How to Take Down Survivor's Baskauskas Brothers

Originally posted 10/31/2013 01:30 PM

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

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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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Survivor's Brad Culpepper: I'm Not a Sexist

Originally posted 10/25/2013 04:35 PM

Survivor's Brad Culpepper: I'm Not a Sexist

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Brad Culpepper understands that you either love him or hate him, and he's fine with that. As one of the alpha males on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Culpepper's big personality rubbed some of his tribesmates the wrong way. He was blindsided on day 10, when his tribe sent him to Redemption Island. After losing a challenge on day 14, he was sent home – much to the dismay of his wife, Monica.

It's not Culpepper's first time in the public eye: The 44-year-old Tampa, Fla., lawyer was a defensive tackle in the NFL for nine seasons. Here, he talks about being blindsided, his puzzle prowess and what he really thinks of women.

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

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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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Survivor's Candice Woodcock: 'I Just Didn't Fit In'

Originally posted 10/21/2013 08:45 AM

Survivor's Candice Woodcock: 'I Just Didn't Fit In'

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Candice Woodcock Cody wasn't even supposed to be on Survivor: Blood vs. Water. But after two other contestants were cut from the game due to medical issues, producers flew Candice and her husband John to the Philippines as replacements.

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

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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 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's Rachel Foulger: The Game Is Not Fun!

Update 10/10/2013 05:30 AM Originally posted 10/09/2013 04:30 PM

Survivor's Rachel Foulger: The Game Is Not Fun!

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Rachel Foulger began dating three-time Survivor contestant Tyson Apostol in 2008, right before he competed on the show for the first time. For years, she has heard all about the ins and outs of the show – but never fully understood it until she played it herself.

Despite being likable and capable, she found herself on the wrong side of the numbers and left the game on Day 7. (She was voted off Survivor: Blood vs. Water in an attempt to weaken Apostol.)

Upbeat about her departure, Foulger, 33, talks about the production, the elements – and whether she had fun playing the game.

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Colton Cumbie: I'm Too Emotional for Survivor

Originally posted 10/05/2013 05:35 PM

Colton Cumbie: I'm Too Emotional for Survivor

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In 2012, Colton Cumbie was one of the biggest villains Survivor had ever seen. Often dismissive to his fellow tribe mates, he made bigoted and cruel remarks throughout the show before being medically evacuated with symptoms of appendicitis. (Or so we thought. Host Jeff Probst now claims that Cumbie was faking his illness and simply wanted to quit.)

Returning to play Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Cumbie made it to Day 7 before quitting the game, bursting into tears and saying, "I don't want to be here." A visibly angry Probst told Cumbie, 22, that he was being "selfish" before allowing him to leave Survivor forever.

Cumbie now talks to PEOPLE about his haters, his regrets, and his surprising new job.

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