'Survivor: Edge of Extinction' castaway Eric Hafemann voted out, opts to continue on Extinction Island
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/04/2019
Survivor: Edge of Extinction castaway Eric Hafemann was voted out of his merged Vata tribe but opted to continue in the competition on Extinction Island during the eighth episode of Season 38 on Wednesday night on CBS.
The Vata tribe voted out Eric, a 34-year-old firefighter from Chicago, IL, who currently resides in Livermore, CA, through an 8-2-2 vote at Tribal Council on Night 22 of the game.
Eric became the eighth person voted out of Survivor: Edge of Extinction and the fifth member of this season's jury.
Eric, 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.
"Yeah, they got me pretty good. Somebody mounted something," Eric said following his vote off.
"So here I am on the Edge of Extinction. All I know is that it's hard. I don't know how many days I have to be here, but I have a sense that this is going to be the crucible of eternal struggle."
Lauren O'Connell, a 21-year-old student at Baylor University from Bakersfield, CA, who currently resides in Waco, TX, received two votes at Tribal Council.
And Kelley Wentworth, a 31-year-old marketing manager from Ephrata, WA, who currently resides in Seattle, WA, and previously appeared on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, also received two votes.
The Survivor broadcast began on Night 19 at the merged Vata tribe.
Victoria and Julia ended up beating Ron and David on the puzzle, so their team won Reward. Ron was glad about the results because he didn't want Lauren or Kelley to gain strength and endurance for the next Individual Immunity Challenge.
"I'm the puppet master. I'm trying to break them down," Ron told the cameras.
Later that day, Lauren complained about being "so freaking hungry." She felt cursed about not being able to win anything.
Kelley then apologized to David for what had happened at the previous Tribal Council. Kelley noted they fell into Kama's greater plan to go against each other and that's exactly what they should not be doing.
Kelley didn't want Kama to run the game, and so she was hoping the former Lesu members would come together and pull in Aurora to make six and hopefully vote one of the Kamas out.
Kelley shared her thoughts with David and said Ron and Eric were running the show, which David appeared to agree with.
Kelley then suggested in order to gain the numbers instead of having to draw rocks, David should make the other side think they had Rick and himself so they'd potentially split their votes in case someone had a hidden Immunity Idol.
David loved the idea and grew "excited" about a potential blindside. He didn't want to be a pawn in Kama's game.
Eric then spoke to Ron about splitting their votes between Kelley and Lauren.
Meanwhile, Wardog attempted to get Rick back in with former Lesu, but Rick had no desire to do so because he said they had stabbed him in the back "over and over again."
Rick also hated the idea of working with Kelley because she had tried to vote him out twice. Wardog suggested Rick shouldn't play with his emotions.
"I don't like being barked at. I'm not going to work with them. If I know I can't trust Lesu, then I'll do everything I can to get in with Kama. They just saved me at the last Tribal," Rick explained in a confessional.
But just as Rick said working with Lesu wasn't going to happen, David spoke to him about how they were puppets for Kama and "not driving this game."
David told Rick they needed to navigate their own ships because at this point, Ron and Eric were the captains. Rick, however, wanted to play the game that was best for him.
Rick told David, however, he was "dreaming" and "getting played" by Lesu.
David was so upset his alliance with Rick was falling apart because he'd have to find another path to Day 39. Rick even asked David for his half of the idol back, and David refused.
The following day on Extinction Island, Chris discovered a bunch of wine bottles with a message in them, and the players soon learned an advantage was "at stake" and awaited them.
The players got a clue to "step back and relax," but they were all confused about what that might mean and where they could find the advantage.
Aubry then found a key and a clue inside the giant stairs on the island, and she was sent to a post on the beach wrapped in rope. Aubry would get to practice for the next "Edge of Extinction Challenge."
Aubry was also afforded the opportunity to send an extra vote to someone in the original game. She knew this could be the key to survival for someone struggling.
It then became time for the season's next Individual Immunity Challenge.
The Vata tribe met with Probst and learned each castaway must balance on his or her toes inside a wooden frame with a block wedged between the person's head and the top of a frame.
When a player's legs gave out, he or she would be out of the challenge. The last person standing, however, would win immunity and be safe from the next vote at Tribal Council.
Julia and Gavin then discussed teaming up with Wardog for this vote and taking out the head of the snake -- either Ron or Eric. The pair envisioned having power in the game after such a move.
Ron and Eric reminded the original Kama members they needed to stick together to make the family visit on the island, but that mind trick backfired because it made Gavin realize he needed to win for his family and be more bold.
Julia and Gavin, however, had trouble convincing Victoria to flip. Victoria wanted to wait one more vote to rise up and take out Kelley first.
At Tribal Council that night, Rick announced he was against Lesu and trying to get on the Kama train.
The whole tribe was also well aware the original Kama 7 got together on the beach before Tribal and had a long chat.
David acknowledged while he wanted to be "a pilot" instead of "a passenger" in this game, the numbers were going to dictate he'd have to be a passenger, unfortunately, for this vote.
Ron advised his alliance to stay strong and stop being paranoid, but Wardog noted if Lesu stayed as "packages" -- meaning two groups -- and get picked off, original Kama would eventually have to turn on itself and vote off the weak.
David also announced players needed to build a resume for Day 39.
But Victoria said timing is everything and it might just be the wrong time to make a big move, with 12 people still left in the game.
The castaways then voted for whom they'd like to send to Extinction Island.
No one opted to play a hidden Immunity Idol, and then Probst read the votes in the following order: Kelley, Lauren, Lauren, Kelley, Eric, Eric, Eric, Eric, Eric and Eric.
"Bravo! Man, you guys are good!" Eric said. "What a fun experience. I hope I see you all soon."
Eric decided to take the torch and head to the Edge of Extinction.
The episode's closing credits later showed that Eric and Ron voted for Kelley; Rick and Julie voted for Lauren; and Victoria, Julia, Aurora, Gavin, Kelley, David, Wardog, and Lauren voted for Eric. About The Author:Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.