The season finale of “Survivor 42” introduced us our fortieth winner of the franchise: 23-year-old Maryanne Oketch. Like Erika Casupanan final yr, Maryanne additionally performed a comparatively under-the-radar recreation, so it stands to cause that there’s a lot that went on through the recreation that viewers weren’t aware about.
Luckily for followers, Maryanne has spoken out about her win because the huge reveal final evening, and it is no shock that there are a variety of issues which followers ought to know.
Maryanne Reveals Who Was Her Secret ‘Rock’ In the Game
In her exit interview with EW, Maryanne stated that maybe the most important factor about her recreation which the edit didn’t show was her relationship with Tori Meehan, whom she described as “my rock.” This relationship sprouted across the “faux merge” in episode 6, largely as a result of the 2 had been among the many 4 who weren’t included within the majority “eight” alliance (which promptly fell aside later that episode). As a end result, they largely ostracized from the remainder of the tribe, and naturally bonded with one another.
“No one would discuss to us,” she stated. “No one would communicate with us. And being mentally and socially ostracized from the group was so dangerous. But having Tori, we might snigger all day.” Maryanne added that the 2 had been “at all times” collectively, and that she considers her her “island bestie.”
Of course, viewers of the season will know the way shut Maryanne was to her Taku 4 alliance, which is exactly why eliminating her allies Omar Zaheer and Lindsay Dolashewich on the remaining 6 and 5, respectively, had been such game-changing strikes for her. In an interview with Parade, she described these choices as “exhausting for me emotionally,” including that “voting another person out who I like for and look after was very exhausting on my psyche.”
At the ultimate 5, Maryanne made a pivotal transfer in deciding to not play her secret hidden immunity idol for Lindsay, sending her ally residence in a unanimous vote. Per EW, Maryanne revealed that, whereas she was contemplating enjoying the idol, she had a “large huge speech” ready earlier than doing it. “We’re speaking like Natalie Anderson: ‘Did you vote for who I informed you to vote for’?” Maryanne stated. “Just to actually solidify, as a result of I’m an enormous fan of dramatic moments.”
However, for Maryanne, the turning level in deciding to not play the idol got here when she realized that saving Lindsay would look extra like a testomony toLindsay’s recreation than it will be for Maryanne’s. As she defined:
My worry was that me enjoying the idol, it would not be me exhibiting that I’ve autonomy. It could be that Lindsay retains on getting fortunate and it will go and be credited to her social recreation that she managed to persuade somebody she did not even know had an idol to play it for her.
Of course, Maryanne additionally spoke about this in her laudable Final Tribal Council efficiency, the place she revealed to the jury that she had been in possession of a hidden immunity idol all alongside. And in the long run, Lindsay and Omar each ended up voting for her to win.
After ‘Survivor,’ Maryanne Was ‘Crying Every Day’
Per EW, Maryanne revealed that coming again residence after successful “Survivor” was additionally very tough for her, as not solely was successful “Survivor” emotionally overwhelming, however it was exhausting for her to think about how one can transfer on in life from there. She defined:
I used to be an emotional wreck, crying day-after-day, simply sleeping on the ground, only a mess having that point to reintegrate into common life, after which additionally to see what’s subsequent? Like, I completed this dream. This dream’s now completed. What do I work out in my life?
Maryanne additionally defined the way it was exactly due to these causes that she was grateful for having to attend almost a yr earlier than speaking along with her family members about her win, since had she completed that instantly upon returning residence, she seemingly wouldn’t be in the identical psychological state. “Figuring out that there is extra in life than simply ‘Survivor’ was very useful,” she stated. “And I’m so glad that I had that 11 months to consider it as a result of I do not assume I’d be in the identical psychological state that I’m now if I had solely, like, 5 months.”
On Wednesday, nevertheless, Maryanne was in a position to have fun her win along with her household, she defined, “and that was one thing which was tremendous nice, as a result of my entire household was going and celebrating.”