Top Five, Baby! - Brent Sullivan's Survivor: Winners at War analysis
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Survivor: Winners at War analysis
Top One, Baby!

Episode 14: Top One, Baby!

Published: May 17, 2020

 

With a salute to the new two-time champion, Brent wraps up his Winners at War watch with a look back at five previously flagged key items from earlier in the season that ended up indeed being a big part of the story (plus a miss).

 


Top Five! (Maybe ... one more as well)

Episode 13: Top Five! (Maybe ... one more as well)

Published: May 10, 2020

 

Now that Winners at War has reached its (initial) final five, Brent assesses each of their games and chances of becoming the re-winning Winner. Plus a bonus look at some other contenders.

 


Strained relationships, strained arms, and strained Tribal trends

Episode 12: Strained relationships, strained arms, and strained Tribal trends

Published: May 3, 2020

 

As the game churns on and tensions mount, Brent is here to break down the key connections, disconnections, and question marks in Episode 12 of Winners of War.

 


Enemies, extortion, chaos, and ... Tony!

Episode 11: Enemies, extortion, chaos, and ... Tony!

Published: April 26, 2020

 

After 10 long episodes of biding his time, the old Tony Vlachos came bursting through the trees to shake this episode up. Brent celebrates this development, and the other key events in Episode 11 of Winners of War.

 


Lots of family, cops, and an original Dakal duo

Episode 10: Lots of family, cops, and an original Dakal duo

Published: April 19, 2020

 

As Brent surveys the key events of the family-heavy Episode 10, the same names pop up frequently: Tony, Sarah, Sophie, Sarah, Sophie, Tony. Original Dakal drives the action, laden with advantages and necklaces.

 


Chaos, an Edge split, and rising and falling targets

Episode 9: Chaos, an Edge split, and rising and falling targets

Published: April 12, 2020

 

After Episode 9's dramatic and chaotic Tribal Council, Brent evaluates where the divisions are and who has become a target on Winners at War, including a new divide that has become apparent at Edge of Extinction.

 


Big threats, little threats, and actual threats at the merge

Episode 8: Big threats, little threats, and actual threats at the merge

Published: April 5, 2020

 

The merge and Edge return produce a surprising shuffle of various alliances, as Brent focuses in on key threats, prime targets, and the balance of power in the post-merge scrambling.

 


Boats or tokens, post-merge Tony, and potent tensions

Episode 7: Boats or tokens, post-merge Tony, and potent tensions

Published: March 29, 2020

 

The final pre-merge episode finds the Edge group getting smaller but more token-rich, and two of the three tribes patching over simmering tensions. Brent brings it all together for this week's five key topics.

 


Peanut butter comfort, spy shack paranoia, and twice the idol fun

Episode 6: Peanut butter comfort, spy shack paranoia, and twice the idol fun

Published: March 22, 2020

 

Brent breaks down five big moments in the big sixth episode of Winners at War, from Edge of Extinction choices to listening to water-well voices to (of course) making a big splash with idol deuces.

 


Three new tribes and a lot of hardware

Episode 5: Three new tribes and a lot of hardware

Published: March 15, 2020

 

A big swap adds a third tribe and shakes up the game, and Brent examines the new opportunities and dangers lurking as the players face their new tribemates. Plus: the women this season are accumulating some serious hardware: Will it soon come into play?

 


Lugging logs and legging the trek up from the bottom

Episode 4: Lugging logs and legging the trek up from the bottom

Published: March 8, 2020

 

Brent revisits a week full of stories of hikes up from the bottom, from the Edge dwellers' literal one (or twenty) to Adam, Rob, and Parvati's metaphorical journeys. Plus a check-in on someone who seems to have completed that journey, and an eye on the swap.

 


Fishing, covert missions, and momentous decisions

Episode 3: Fishing, covert missions, and momentous decisions

Published: March 1, 2020

 

Winners At War's third episode had some memorable shark-eating hijinks, and a tragic loss as the losing tribe got down to the business of eating its own. Brent highlights the top five moments of this week's feeding frenzy.

 


Idols, advantages, ladders, and a lad

Episode 2: Idols, advantages, ladders, and a lad

Published: February 23, 2020

 

Episode 2 sweeps in awash in idols and advantages (and fire tokens), but don't worry guys, it's designed to be like this. Brent highlights these new-school developments, plus a rising ladder engineer and an ascendant Adam.

 


Nerds, rookies, and blowing up the pre-game

Episode 1: Nerds, rookies, and blowing up the pre-game

Published: February 16, 2020

 

Brent manages to whittle the two-hour, action-packed Winners at War premiere into five key events and themes that appear to hold importance for the season as a whole - among them a fun new alliance, and the weaponizing of the mere suspicion of a pre-game one.

 


WaW alliance assumptions

Pre-season: Winners at War alliance assumptions

Published: February 2, 2020

 

For his pre-season preview of Winners at War, Brent speculates on the five most likely alliances to form in the upcoming all-winners season. Will they make an impact on the game? And who does he pick to win?

 


Brent Sullivan - Top Five, Baby!Brent Sullivan is a long-time fanatic of Survivor and has been writing about it for years. When he is not writing, talking about, or applying to be on the show, he spends his time with family, doing nerdy IT stuff, and watching movies. Follow him on twitter: @BSully_13

Other Top Five, Baby! editions:

Survivor: Winners at War | As "Give Me Five!" at Inside Survivor: Survivor: Edge of Extinction through Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

 

See also: The full True Dork Times index of past seasons.

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