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Real Survivor "Game Changers" You Would Have Liked To See Play Instead

Updated 1 Jan 2018 6.6k votes 1.0k voters 8.5k views10 items

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Whenever Jeff Probst brings back former "All-Stars" to the island, it's almost a surefire guarantee that it's going to be a great season of Survivor. However, bringing back previous contenders get messy when the producers (and, by extension, Probst) try, in earnest, to shove whatever contrived theme they've dreamt up down viewers' throats. Whether it's Millennials vs. Gen-Xers, Heroes vs. Villains, or Brains vs. Beauties vs. Brawns, you best be prepared for Probst to make blanket statements about each tribe member's designated label. After sitting through countless cliché metaphors, most viewers hope Probst and the rest of the creators drop the whole "theme" by the time we make it to the final Tribal Council. 

Unfortunately, these so-called "themes" get even stickier when the show comes out swinging with one as gargantuan as Survivor: Game Changers, the show's current subject. However, Survivor clearly cut some corners when it cast these alleged "game changers." Maybe not enough real game changers were available for a second round on the island, or maybe they just thought they were appealing to fan favorites, but it's damn near inarguable that a huge chunk of this season's players are a far cry from ever being considered legitimate game changers.

After 33 solid seasons of blindsides, you better believe that Survivor doles out some hardcore players. Sure, returnees like two-time winner Sandra Diaz and four-time veteran Ozzy are rightfully sitting among some great players. But contestants like Caleb Reynolds, who got evacuated early in his original season, and Sierra Dawn Thomas, who did just about nothing on hers, aren't exactly blending in with their much tougher competition.

It's no surprise the show dropped some of the stronger choices and opted for contestants that serve more as fan gestures. However, leaning so heavily on the "game changers" crux leaves the show in a bit of a conundrum. So, the question must be asked: which true game changers could have served this season well? Power players like Kelley Wentworth and Natalie Anderson come to mind. Certainly, no one would complain about seeing Kim Spradlin play a much-deserved second round. 

These are just a few of the many Survivors we'd like to see return, but they're also Survivors who legitimately changed the game. Listen up, Probst, because there's still plenty of time for Survivor: Games Changers 2.

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