The man himself, Jeff Probst, has shared some of his thoughts on the half-dozen remaining Survivor hopefuls, and the great season we've been witnessing, with TV Guide. Here's his guest column.
But we'll get to that in a moment. First, a quick recap. As of May 3, we were down to the final six: Boo, Cassandra, Dreamz, Earl, Stacy and Yau-Man.
SCOOP NOTE: In our episode guide to last night's show, you can learn which of those six got the boot, leaving us with the final five.
Now, as the game enters the "every person for himself" phase, Yau-Man and Earl seem to have the most solid alliance, which puts them in a very good position, and it appears that Earl is calling the shots.
Thanks to Mookie Lee's snooping (and consequently being ousted), everybody knows that Yau-Man has one of the immunity idols. This could put him in a vulnerable spot because the longer he's allowed to hold onto it, the safer he becomes.
This won't sit well with the others, especially considering how likable Yau-Man is and how hard it would be to defeat him at the final vote.
I can tell you that at least one more idol gets played at Tribal Council, and it will have an impact. Plus, there is still another idol hidden at camp somewhere, and its discovery could dramatically alter the remaining power structure.
Cassandra is in a good position because of relationships with Earl and Dreamz, which could make her a swing vote if alliances shift. Relationships are the only thing that have kept her in this game, since she hasn't performed well at the challenges or contributed much around camp.
Stacy is also in a good position, because, for whatever reason, she is one of the least liked, and everybody believes they could beat her in a final vote.
The truth hurts, but it's a brutal game.
Boo is on the outside. I thought he would be one of the likable heroes this season, but once again I was wrong.
Boo has managed to stay in the game longer than expected and now that could backfire, as he's one of the strongest physical competitors left. It's always risky leaving a guy like him in because he could dominate the individual challenges and win his way to the end.
Dreamz is without a doubt the biggest wild card. Survivor has never seen someone play the game this way. Dreamz is playing both sides with reckless abandon. He cannot be trusted and yet people keep telling him everything.
Like him or not, you have credit him for creating complete instability, which he seems to be benefiting from greatly. At this point, even I am unclear if Dreamz just "doesn't get it" or is simply playing a very masterful game.
That question will be answered in these last few days on the island.
A complex and significant negotiation that involves every player left in the game takes place there. The ramifications of this negotiation will be felt until the final votes are cast and revealed on Sunday.
More debate and controversy will come from the effects of this challenge than anything else all season, and it will go down as one of the most-talked-about events in the history of our game.
In the end it will amount to a decision that could be worth $1 million. At the center of the decision is a simple question: In the game of Survivor, how important is your word?