'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' castaway David Wright pulls curtain back on chaotic 'Survivor' Tribal Council
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/17/2019
Survivorcastaway David Wright is offering his perception and interpretation of the crazy events that unfolded in last week's Survivor: Edge of Extinction Tribal Council session in which Julia Carter went home.
"Even though I was told the plan was for Kama, Devens, and me to vote out Wentworth, I couldn't be sure that was the real plan -- especially during the awkward silence at dinner before Tribal."
Walking into Tribal Council on Night 23 of the game, David insisted he "wasn't nervous" because he had a hidden Immunity Idol to share with Rick in case one of them felt vulnerable.
"I had such trust in him that I was confident there would be no hesitation to use the idol if that's what needed to happen," David said.
David recalled that Tribal Council started "pretty ordinary," but castaways were trying to navigate their next move amid broken trust and dysfunctional alliances.
"People talked about where their heads were at, I mentioned watching sharks and minnows while taking a poop... pretty ordinary! Then [Julie Rosenberg] got very emotional, which resulted in Julia confirming to everyone that there were multiple plans," David told The Reporter.
Tribal Council then came alive, with whispers breaking out in all corners and players leaving their seats to chat with tribe members on opposing sides.
"That's when everything disintegrated into chaos; people got up and suddenly, the vote was live," David shared.
Rick pitched the idea of seven tribe members coming together -- despite their differences and former tribal lines -- to take out one of the younger Kama players who seemed to be a package deal.
Rick was hoping the five former Lesu members -- David, Kelley, Lauren O'Connell, Wardog, and himself -- would team up with the two Kama members who felt left out of the previous Eric Hafemann vote, Julie and Ron Clark.
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"I overheard my name several times, so I felt Devens and I should play the idol to be safe," David said.
"I believed Julia would most likely be voted out, but I didn't want to risk being wrong."
After all the chaos ensued, Julia was voted out of her Vata tribe through a 9-1-1 vote in which Kelley and David worked together but each received one vote.
"It was singlehandedly the craziest Tribal I had ever been to -- and I've been to rocks before! It lasted for hours, which felt like days," David explained.
"People were leaping up, snapping at each other, and at one point, Julie was in my lap. Nothing could wipe the huge smile off of [Jeff Probst]'s face -- he was at full dimple. It was an incredibly stressful Tribal for everyone, but because Devens and I had an idol, I was able to have more fun with it."
Julia ended up on the wrong side of the messy Tribal Council, becoming the ninth person voted out of Survivor: Edge of Extinction and the sixth member of this season's jury.
Julia, however, decided to stay in the game and wait for an opportunity to possibly play again for the $1 million grand prize by traveling to the Edge of Extinction.
"I have a lot of respect for Julia as a person; she also made camp life a lot more fun. She was very skilled at the game and therefore a giant threat," David told The Reporter.
"It was apparent she really wanted to work with Kama. While she may have been willing to work with Devens and me for a vote or two, it was obvious that we were not part of her long-term plans."
Although the vote went David's way, he admittedly left Tribal Council feeling uneasy and dissatisfied.
"I wasn't feeling happy about the state of the game. While I don't regret playing the idol because I've always been of the mindset that it's better to use one incorrectly rather than be sent home with it in your pocket, once I realized I wasn't the target, I was regretful about burning the idol," David shared.
"The only relationship I felt truly great about was the one I had with Devens; I didn't think the majority of Kama and the Lesu 3 wanted to go to the end with me, so I had my work cut out for me."