Erika Casupanan is thought for not onlybeing the winner of “Survivor 41,” but in addition for being the unlucky contestant despatched to Exile within the season’s “pretend merge” episode, during which she was offered with the selection to smash an Hourglass with a purpose to “flip again time” and render herself and half of the remaining contestants immune – a selection she famously accepted.
This twist proved to be controversial, nevertheless – not solely with viewers members, however with sure outspoken contestants on the time – main host Jeff Probst and manufacturing to make some modifications to the twist for its return in season 42.
The castaway who ended up being despatched to Exile this time round to be confronted with the identical choice ended up being none aside from 43-year-old stay-at-home dad Rocksroy Bailey, who, after a lot deliberation, ended up making the identical selection as Erika.
How does Rocksroy’s journey on Exile evaluate to Erika’s personal, nevertheless? And what does Erika consider the brand new modifications that had been carried out to the twist so many followers affiliate together with her? Watch as she breaks it down under.
Erika Thinks Castaways Are Now Approaching the Twist ‘In a More Measured Way’
Erika, who lately landed a job at ET Canada as a particular correspondent masking “Survivor,” spoke to the outlet Thursday about “Survivor 42’s” “fake-merge” episode.
The modifications to the Hourglass twist carried out by the show’s manufacturing included a warning to all contestants that whoever was despatched to Exile would have the “energy to vary the sport,” in addition to the chance for anybody member of the profitable group to trade locations with the one who wasn’t chosen, permitting themselves to go to Exile island as an alternative (nevertheless, nobody took Probst up on this provide).
Erika mentioned that as a result of new modifications, “everyone’s sort of approaching it in a extra measured manner realizing that, simply since you received, it does not imply that you just’re secure, and simply because Rocksroy is gone it does not imply that he will come again with nothing.” She added that she believed that now, all of the contestants had been “a bit extra calculated and a bit extra measured about the entire thing.”
Although nobody took Probst up on his provide to modify, not less than one contestant – Drea Wheeler, who misplaced the problem and therefore didn’t have the chance to modify herself with Rocksroy – precisely predicted what the twist could be earlier than it was introduced. “You by no means know, [Rocksroy] would possibly come again and have the ability to say that he can change it to the place they don’t seem to be immune and we’re,” Drea casually mentioned again at camp.
Erika on Her Trip vs. Rocksroy’s: ‘All I Did’ on Exile Was ‘Cry’
When it got here to how her stint on Exile in comparison with that of Rocksroy’s, Erika was fairly trustworthy about how she was comparatively unequipped for it, particularly when juxtaposed with Rocksroy’s calm acceptance of his destiny.In her recap, Erika mentioned that, throughout her two days on Exile, “all I did waseat crabs and cry.Sometimes cry within the rain. It was tough.”
However, she added that her story may very well be seen as inspiring to some viewers, provided that she survived and managed to seek out meals regardless of her full lack of out of doors expertise. “I used to be not match to be on Exile on my own,” she mentioned, “however I nonetheless managed to seek out meals, feed myself, managed to dwell, so…popping out of it, I not solely get this wonderful energy … however then I notice, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m able to one thing too’!”
She added: “Maybe everyone must go to Exile and develop somewhat as soon as of their lifetime.”
Adding onto this, Erika mentioned she actually loved attending to see the importance Rocksroy instilled in his Exile journey, given the expansion she felt she skilled throughout her personal time there. “From a egocentric viewpoint, it really made me somewhat nostalgic in a bizarre manner,” Erika mentioned of watching that a part of the episode, “as a result of I believed, ‘Oh my gosh, that is the place I slept! That’s the place I lived’!” She went on to specific that Rocksroy’s journey was “heartwarming” to see:
But I believe that one of the best half … was realizing that once I was there, I acquired a lot personally out of the expertise. And to see that Rocksroy did too, realizing that his imaginative and prescient is declining, and he was capable of actually be current, and benefit from the Fijian surroundings, it was truthfully so heartwarming and so touching to see.
“Survivor 42” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on CBS. The three-hour finale airs Wednesday, May 25, 2022.