I feel like
Feb 16, 2017
- the vast majority of the Survivor community is still misinterpreting the whole idea of a "game changer". Probst has clearly laid out what the term means. Most people seem to define it as "someone who made a bunch of moves or at least one big one that really changed the course of their season", which I mean I think that's a fair conclusion to come to with a name like "game changer".
But that's really just not what production means by it. Direct quote from Probst in an official video posted by the Survivor youtube, explaining their definition:
"Let's be clear what WE call a game changer; my definition is people who are WILLING to make a move to try and change the game. We picked 20 people who love to play."
So obviously you have people like Tony or Cirie that DID do these things, who did make big moves to change things up, but production says that's not really the qualification. It's someone who, in their eyes, is someone who is WILLING to make these moves if they see it as the right move to make. I touched on this back when the theme was first announced. Even someone like Sierra Dawn Thomas, who played a very UTR game, can be considered one. She ALWAYS talked about the possibility of flipping on the Blue Collars. Did she ever do it? No. She weighed out her options and decided that was the smarter path to take. What matters in production's eyes, then, is that, were the situation a bit different, she WOULD have made that flip, she WOULD have made a move. The fact that at any given moment she WAS willing to make a move if it was the right one to make, this makes her a "game changer".
This correct definition makes everyone in the cast a "game changer", except Caleb really. I mean we really didn't see strategic talk from him in his time. He's really the only one I don't think fits with either definition. But Hali, Sierra, Sarah, etc, they all are Game Changers, by production's terms. And since production invented the term itself, theirs is factually the correct definition.
This really wasn't my first interpretation of the phrase either (mine was someone that changed the game of Survivor itself, like Cao Boi or Rob Cesternino), but once you adopt CBS's school of thought, I think this cast becomes more enjoyable and fitting.
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