Daniel Strunk, the latest boot of “Survivor 42,” was recognized for declaring numerous instances that his sport was subpar and would most certainly not lead to a win. This probably turned most obvious in episode 3, when followers took him to activity for declaring outright that he was unwilling to attract rocks in a deadlocked tie at Tribal Council.
On Wednesday, Daniel’s sport got here to an finish when his tribe voted him out for being the least reliable member of the group. Since then, he has taken the chance to elucidate the fact behind his disastrous episode 3 efficiency, in addition to different vital moments viewers could have missed.
Here’s what you should know:
Daniel Explains ‘I Really Do Not Want to Draw Rocks’ Line
In post-game interviews, Daniel defined his rationale for declaring on the notorious Vati Tribal Council which noticed Jenny Kim go residence that he “actually [does] not need to draw rocks” proper on the onset of negotiations; a declaration which gave his opponent Hai Giang leverage in deciding to face agency and declare he was prepared to go to rocks.
In an ET Canada interview Thursday with “Survivor 41” winner Erika Casupanan, Daniel stated that the explanation he made this declaration wasn’t as a result of he wished to place all his playing cards on the desk, however quite as a result of he wished to declare his loyalty to his tribemates Mike Turner and Chanelle Howard, who additionally would have had to attract rocks. He famous that this assertion got here instantly after he requested host Jeff Probst which members of the tribe must draw rocks (Probst stated all minus Jenny and Lydia Meredith, the 2 who obtained votes that night time). Daniel defined:
So I open the negotiation – what I assumed was a dialogue – with a horrible opener, however my opener was designed to speak to Mike and Chanelle, ‘I’ve your again, don’t fret, I can’t make you draw rocks, you possibly can place confidence in me.’ I used to be considering, the three of us will collectively manipulate the dialogue to get Hai to flip and have Lydia go residence.
However, as an alternative of Mike and Chanelle backing up Daniel to get Hai to flip, they each determined to place the choice completely in Daniel’s arms. “Worst case situation is what occurred,” Daniel stated. “Mike stated … that is all you and Hai, that is your downside; Chanelle says … ‘This isn’t my downside, you and hai should determine this out’.”At that second, he stated, he felt “completely and completely alone.”
“I used to be unsuitable on each degree,” he stated of the notorious night time.
Daniel Says Chanelle Isn’t Getting Enough Credit
When it got here to the remainder of his tribe, Daniel had some sturdy opinions. On Hai, Daniel defined that it was due to Hai that he felt secure going into Wednesday night time’s Tribal, given how that they had a touching dialog in personal about their private lives a number of days earlier than Daniel’s elimination. “I assumed after that, ‘I’m completely secure, I need not fear,’ … I felt so secure.” This, nonetheless, additionally makes him a wonderful participant, in Daniel’s judgement. “Hai is a wonderful participant,” he stated. “He did not have an incredible social sport for the primary seven days … however [he is] wonderful at deception.”
When it got here to Chanelle, his once-ally within the sport, Daniel stated that she was a a lot better participant than followers give her credit score for, and that viewers ought to proceed to be looking out for her. “Chanelle is completely not getting sufficient credit score,” Daniel advised Erika. “She made one dangerous determination, and in actuality, in 40 out of 42 seasons of ‘Survivor,’ that is not a choice she would’ve been confronted with … in 40 out of 42 seasons of ‘Survivor,’ Chanelle sails by means of the primary vote and Lydia goes residence.”
Daniel put it succinctly: “I stated in one in all my first confessionals that there is not a dud on the Vati tribe, and I nonetheless consider that. I feel everybody on [Vati] is a wonderful ‘Survivor’ participant.”
Fans certainly have been ridiculing Chanelle’s determination to “Risk” her vote in episode 3, which after all misplaced her her vote and precipitated the chaotic tribal council that we noticed.
Vati, like Ika and Taku, all have 4 members remaining going into the “faux merge” subsequent episode. Will they continue to be sturdy and certainly make it to the ultimate 4? Or will the fractures that are already evident come crashing down on the previous tribe, regardless of their talent on the sport? Tune in Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS to seek out out.