Exclusive: Sierra Dawn Thomas talks 'Survivor' (Part 2): It's crazy Aubry Bracco & Cirie Fields haven't turned on Andrea Boehlke
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/12/2017
Sierra Dawn Thomas was eliminated from Survivor: Game Changers' merged Maku Maku tribe during Wednesday night's episode of Season 34 on CBS.
The tribe sent Sierra, a 29-year-old barrel racer and model from Roy, UT, packing at Tribal Council on Night 32 with six out of nine votes. Sierra became the twelfth person voted out of Survivor: Game Changers and the season's fifth jury member.
Sierra became the main target after she informed Sarah of her Legacy Advantage -- which basically serves as individual immunity at the Final 6 Tribal Council -- as a way to gain her trust and loyalty. Sierra also promised Sarah she would will the advantage to her if voted out of the game, and that was reason enough for Sarah to go after her and take her out.
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Sierra talked about her Survivor experience. Below is the second portion of what she had to say.
Reality TV World: It was clear why Sarah wanted you gone, but are you surprised Michaela and Tai went along with it too? I mean, do you personally think your Legacy Advantage was a bigger threat to the castaways than keeping Andrea around would be? Because that's the only reason I can think of as to why Michaela and Tai wouldn't vote for Andrea with you.
Sierra Dawn Thomas: Exactly. Let's be honest. Andrea is better at challenges, she's good socially, like, the choice is Andrea if we're being honest!
But I'm telling you, it was just because I told [Sarah] about that, and she knew she could have it in her hand. And she had the numbers at that point to get rid of me. It makes my stomach hurt thinking that if I wouldn't have said that, I truly think Andrea would've gone home last night and not me.
Reality TV World: Sarah must've given Michaela a pretty convincing argument to take you out because Michaela was all about the Andrea vote for a while there.
Sierra Dawn Thomas: Yeah, she did! I feel like the last few Rewards me and Michaela hadn't won, so we had a lot of girl time and got to know each other. Because this whole game, we hadn't played with each other until that point. And I feel like we had.
We made a connection and I really worked on saying, "Your voice matters," because for so long, she felt like hers didn't. So she was trying -- she said, "I want Andrea," and I was like, "So do I." I'll do what you want. So yeah, it was crazy.
Reality TV World: The Zeke Smith vote showed there were cracks within the majority alliance. After he went home, did you think of any other possible scenarios or gameplans, maybe involving Cirie or Aubry?
Sierra Dawn Thomas: Yeah, 100 percent! Me and Aubry, I love that girl. We would joke about the fact that we just couldn't get on the same jet ski, like I would have loved to work with her. And honestly, I maybe could have. When I walked up to them, to Andrea and Cirie -- when they were at the water well -- I was like, "Just tell me where to go."
I was willing to be a flopper and say, "I am willing to go where you want." Would I have stayed with them to the end? Maybe not. But I was willing to get rid of someone, obviously because I wrote down Tai and he was in my alliance. So, I was willing to do whatever it took.
Reality TV World: Everyone has zeroed in on Andrea being a huge threat, so I'm wondering why Aubry and Cirie haven't come to that conclusion yet -- or they're at least not shown talking about it.
Sierra Dawn Thomas: I know! It's absolutely, absolutely crazy. She's so in charge; she's so strong. You can't let a physical threat like that get far because they go on [Individual] Immunity runs, you know? You've got to think about the big picture all the time.
Reality TV World: Were you surprised Andrea, Aubry and Brad chose to take Cirie and Sarah on Reward given Tai and Michaela, who seemed to be the most emotional and likely to flip, were left out? Or maybe you think it was a smart move because Sarah and Cirie were more dangerous to leave behind, given Sarah for example had already flipped on two former allies, Debbie and Zeke?
Sierra Dawn Thomas: Right. You know, first of all, I'm mad that Brad didn't pick me. I get why he didn't, but I was really upset by that. I don't know. I'd like to think that they maybe went off of more emotion than anything. I mean, Cirie really wanted to see her boy, and Sarah obviously was a mess. She was bawling hysterically.
So, I don't know if those two girls -- Andrea and Aubry -- stepped away from the game for a moment and just saw, and you know, kind of forgot that the game was a game and was just like, "They need to see their loved ones."
I don't know. I have no idea what was going on in their heads. I was just mad they didn't pick me. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: It appeared Andrea was making the decisions at the Reward Challenge. Brad was pretty quiet.
Sierra Dawn Thomas: Yeah. Oh, he was! And that was smart. To be honest, that was smart of him to not, you know, step in and have a huge voice and try to make the calls. I get it, but I was mad.
Reality TV World: Sarah is playing a no-mercy, aggressive game. And when I talked to Debbie, she said she didn't respect how Sarah would swear on the life of her child in order to gain trust and solidify alliances. What's your take on that? Do you commend Sarah for that type of gameplay or do you view it the way Debbie does, that maybe she took things too far?
Sierra Dawn Thomas: You know, Survivor is such a tough game. I think you can take things too far, and I think she did. But then again, I think she's playing a great game.
As much as I say I learned from my first season, she learned from her first season and the promise [Tony Vlachos] made her. You know, we all learn from past experiences, and we take those on.
And she learned that you have to be deceitful; you have to do things. And I think she's playing a great game. Is that a game I would play? Absolutely not. I would never swear on my family. That's just not the way I would play. So, yeah. I feel both. I feel [Sarah] is taking it a little too far and I feel she's playing a great game.
Reality TV World: I want to clarify something. When Zeke got voted out of the game, your alliance voted for Tai. How did you arrive at that decision? Why not vote for Zeke?
Sierra Dawn Thomas: Because Andrea and Cirie said, "If you guys vote for Tai and make a little heart above the 'i' on his name, then we'll know you're with us." And so, me and Brad jumped. You say jump -- "how high?!"
At that point, our backs were against the wall. We had to, you know? Yeah, we should've voted for Zeke but we didn't feel like we had the numbers. We had no idea they were going Zeke. I was just as shocked as Zeke going home that he was the one. I didn't know they were [voting] within their own alliance.
Reality TV World: If Andrea did go home instead of you, how did you envision the game shaping up? How would you imagine things unfolding after that and whom would have been in your ideal Final 3?
Sierra Dawn Thomas: I mean, obviously if Andrea went home I would've thought I was with Sarah, because I would've been. Brad thought I was with Tai and Troyzan. I mean, Final 3, it would've either been me and Troy and Brad, or, me, Sarah and Brad. That's where I would've gone.
To read the first part of Sierra's exclusive Survivor: Game Changers interview with Reality TV World, click here. And be sure to check back with us soon for more.