As Survivor: Winners at War comes to an end and the series’ 20th anniversary (20th!) is just weeks away, there’s no better time than now to honor the revolutionary reality TV competition. Welcome to Survivor Week, a celebration of the show’s best moments and characters.
In his five attempts in the past 18 years to win the CBS reality TV gauntlet Survivor, Rob Mariano has always sought extreme control over the island chaos in his midst. He has tamed thickets of palm trees and bamboo, drawing on his construction experience to build serviceable sleeping huts and seaworthy vessels. He has sized up his fellow contestants, each with motivations as tangled as the jungle canopy above them, and “run the numbers,” as he puts it, to figure out the loyalists he could squeeze and the threats he should shiv. (He also found a rad woman who wanted to marry him, but more on that in a bit.
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