week made more difficult by the looming threat of returned players.
The seeming post-merge Morgan dominance suggests it will be another
Rupert is probably safe, if only because of another
week of over-the-top previews. Plus there's the whole naming the
merge tribe after his snake deal. We were under the impression
he'd be out by this week, but we suppose Ep7 might do in a pinch.
The rewording of the betrayal part in the promos ("Can Rupert
overcome a brazen act of betrayal?") does raise the possibility
of a boot right here, though.
Trish is another possibility. As noted by JLude
at Blows, the CBS website has an error on Trish's page this week.
While that's most likely just an error, it does remind us that
there's still one more week for pre-merge bootees, and that Trish
is still a viable candidate for the older woman who gets booted
then returns to the game. Like Burton and Michelle, she's had
very little face time so far, consistent with people who will
be further examined post-merge. Also, it would make more sense
that Trish, would team up with Morgan (the tribe that didn't boot
her) to go all the way to the final two, as opposed to Lillian,
who would need an alliance with the same people who ignored and
booted her in the first go round.
Christa could also be on the block. Rupert is
shown cutting a deal of some kind with Shawn, and Michelle and
Burton both listed Christa as their enemy. This would require
pulling in a fourth vote, such as Sandra, perhaps, but we suppose
it's possible. She's the only Drake shown in both challenge shots,
and if she's the reason Drake loses the IC, she makes herself
Jon and Shawn would appear ironically
safe, since they're openly fighting in the promos. (Hearken back
to Ep2 previews: Rupert vs. Shawn, RyanS booted; Ep3: Jon vs.
Sandra, Lillian booted; Ep4: Jon vs. Shawn, Burton booted; Ep5).
Still, if someone is going to launch a "brazen act of betrayal"
against Rupert, it might figure to be Shawn, ostensibly to save
his own skin, as the last member standing of the alliance with
Burton and Michelle. So if Rupert doesn't go, Shawn would be the
logical alternate boot in that showdown. Then again, ET
seems to think Jon is in trouble.
Finally, there's RyanO. We're becoming less convinced
he doesn't make the merge, partially because it's hard to boot
people who are barely there in the first place. But if Morgan
somehow ends up at TC again, he might be the one to go, especially
if Ryan's shoulders lose the IC.