The Top 10 Strategic Survivor Moves of All-Time and Casting BBB from Game of Thrones

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On a special Friday edition of RHAP, Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler discuss Josh’s article about the Top 10 Best Survivor Strategic moves of all-time and casting a BBB season of Game of Thrones.

The Top 10 Survivor Strategic Moves of All-Time

Josh’s Article from

Rob counts down Josh’s list of all-time Strategic moves and the two discuss each list item. with Josh Wigler.

Questions about the list:

  • What criteria did Josh use to determine the list entries?

  • Did Jonny Fairplay’s lie make any difference in his game results?

  • Was Malcolm convincing Reynold to give him his immunity idol a great strategic move or just a very entertaining move?

  • Are we seeing an evolution of final Tribal Council performances?

  • Do Tyson and Ciera deserve more credit for drawing rocks at Tribal Council in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water?

  • How does Rob’s gameplay during Survivor: The Amazon compare to Kass’ gameplay during Survivor: Cagayan?

  • Is Erik Reichenbach’s move to give up immunity really not as bad of a move as it is remembered?

  • What are the two “strategic building block” moments of Survivor?

  • What Survivor moment caused Rob to say “Oh my God, everything’s different”?

  • How would Survivor be different if Richard Hatch never created the first alliance?

  • What are some other strategic moves that could have made this Top 10 list?

Josh’s List:

10. Boston Rob blindsiding Matt Elrod, for a second time, immediately after returning from Redemption Island. (Survivor: Redemption Island)
9. Jonny Fairplay and Thunder D’s lie telling the other tribemates that his grandma died while he’s been on Survivor. (Survivor: Pearl Islands)
8.  Malcolm Freberg getting Reynold to play Reynold’s idol for Malcolm at Tribal Council. (Survivor: Caramoan)
7. Todd Herzog’s final Tribal Council performance, owning his move and working the jury. (Survivor: China)
6. Hayden Moss convincing Ciera to vote with him and force a tie at Tribal Council. (Survivor: Blood Vs. Water)
5. Rob Cesternino (The Rob that Sucks) jumping from alliance to alliance to keep himself in a better position. (Survivor: The Amazon)
4. The Black Widow alliance guilt-tripping Erik Reichenbach into giving up his immunity necklace at Tribal Council and then voting him out of the game. (Survivor: Micronesia)
3. Players in a weaker position coming together to overthrow the dominant Rotu Four alliance. (Survivor: Marquesas)
2. Richard Hatch creating the first alliance on Survivor. (Survivor: Borneo)
1. Parvati Shallow giving two immunity idols to Sandra and Jerri to protect them and flip the game. (Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains)

Casting Brains vs Beauty vs Brawn with the Game of Thrones cast (Starts at 54:00)

Rob and Josh cast a fictional season of Survivor called “Survivor: Riverlands” with Brains, Beauty and Brawn tribes from the first 3 seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Then they play out the season and decide who would be voted off based on when each tribe went to Tribal Council during Survivor: Cagayan. This segment will contain SPOILERS from the first 3 seasons of the TV show of Game of Thrones, but will not spoil the books.

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  • Are dead characters eligible for this season?

  • Is Hodor the frontrunner to win Fan Favorite?

  • Should Bronn be in the Brawn tribe?

  • Should Arya make the cast of this fictional Survivor season?

  • If they cast Jaime Lannister, should they cast the 1-hand or 2-hand Jaime?

  • What inter-tribal rivalries will be the most fun to watch?

  • Which alliances will develop throughout the season?

  • Which cast member of Survivor: Riverlands would be the new host of Survivor Know-It-Allls

  • Who would win Survivor: Riverlands?

Brawn Tribe:

  • Khal Drogo

  • Hodor

  • The Hound

  • Brienne of Tarth

  • Ygritte

  • Yara Greyjoy

Beauty Tribe:

  • Margaery Tyrell

  • Cersei Lannister

  • Ras

  • Jaime Lannister (1-handed)

  • Ser Loras Tyrell

  • Jon Snow

Brains Tribe:

  • Daenerys Targaryen

  • Lady Olenna

  • Melisandre

  • Tyrion Lannister

  • Littlefinger

  • Varys

Special Thanks to Zach Brooks for a summary of this episode

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