Sophie Clarke: Coach Was ‘Too Focused’ on His ‘Persona’ to Win

Sophie Clarke, the winner of “Survivor: South Pacific,” first performed “Survivor” again in 2011 alongside a lot of recognizable faces. The most noteworthy of whom might have been Benjamin “Coach” Wade, who dominated the season’s post-merge recreation along with her; each made it to the ultimate three, however Sophie beat out Coach in a 6-3-0 vote.

In a latest interview, Sophie shared some insights about what it was like being with the enduring “Survivor” star for 39 days, and why he by no means had what it took to win. She additionally in contrast him to a sure contestant this season, and made a prediction as to how that may play out.

Here’s what you should know:

Sophie Explains What Was Coach’s Downfall in ‘South Pacific’

On Thursday, Sophie sat down with Riley McAtee and Juliet Litman on their podcast The Ringer, the place they mentioned the continued season of “Survivor.” When discussing Daniel Strunk, Sophie drew parallels with Coach, who she believed was taking part in an identical recreation as him – one which prioritized how issues will seem on TV over good gameplay.

“Coach for the whole lot was so unaware of what was occurring round him,” Sophie defined, “as a result of he was too centered on, ‘How do I construct up this persona?’ And it was at all times to his personal detriment, as a result of he was so dedicated to being Coach.” She added, “He can not help himself. I believe he’s like that.”

Coach, regardless of by no means successful, has been a well-liked “Survivor” fan favourite within the a few years since his first look in 2009, largely because of his dynamic and extremely entertaining character. This is what led him to returning to the show twice. As Sophie defined, Coach’s dedication to upholding his picture on TV – a picture which he had crafted as an embodiment of “honor, loyalty, and integrity” – is what led to his personal downfall ultimately.

In “South Pacific,” regardless of dominating the season’s post-merge “Pagonging” (systemic elimination) of the opposing tribe, Savaii, and main his alliance to the ultimate 5, Coach refused to take possession of his duplicity and lies ultimately, ensuing within the jury favoring Sophie, a extra under-the-radar participant. As John Cochran, one of many jurors who voted for him ultimately, mentioned in his jury voting confessional, “You know, if you happen to wipe out all the rubbish about honor, integrity, and love and compassion, you performed an important recreation … You don’t have anything to apologize for.”

Several jurors who voted for Sophie, together with Ozzy Lusth, have mentioned after the truth that had Coach merely taken possession of his recreation, he would have secured their votes and received.

Sophie Predicts Who Will Go Home Next in ‘Survivor 42’

When it got here to Daniel, Sophie mentioned she believed the best way he dealt with Vati’s first Tribal Council and its aftermath was poor, regardless of being a superfan of the sport. She then famous how she believed Daniel doubtless viewseverything that occurs round him the best way will probably be considered on tv, fairly than taking part in within the current second, like Coach. Also like Coach, she predicted this shall be his downfall.

“Daniel just isn’t current,” she mentioned. “He’s viewing each second as will probably be considered on TV, fascinated by each second as he shall be seen on TV.” As a consequence, she defined, “he cannot play the sport.”

Sophie added that this behavior of seeing the sport via the lens of how will probably be seen on TV is not going to solely be his downfall, however predicted even that it’ll come the subsequent episode, whereas additionally expressing sympathy for his poor place in Vati. “I’m going to go along with [Vati] going to Tribal,” Sophie mentioned when requested to make a prediction for who shall be voted out subsequent episode. “And then I’ll do Daniel. Which is gloomy, as a result of I wish to see him proceed to strive.”

“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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