Survivor: Winners at War will see the return of champions who have put their lives on the line in their jobs like firefighter Jeremy Collins, retired Marine Ben Driebergen, plus police officers Sarah Lacina and Tony Vlachos.
All of these former winners were able to use their career backgrounds to perform spectacularly during their time on the island. It might be what gave them the upper hand to become crowned Sole Survivors.
Survivor: Sarah Lacina & Tony Vlachos Police Force Connection
Not only did Tony Vlachos and Sarah Lacina both compete on Survivor: Cagayan, they also shared an occupation. Both of them just so happened to be police officers. Yet, Sarah Lacina was located in Iowa and Tony worked in New Jersey.
They hadn’t crossed paths until marooning on the island and becoming part of the same tribe. Not long after, Sarah got Tony Vlachos alone and directly asked “are you a cop?” He lied and said no, but spilled the beans shortly after and they decided to work together. But Sarah Lacina was blindsided at the merge and Tony went on to win the season due to his dominating game-play.
Sadly, he was almost immediately booted during his Survivor: Game Changers return. But, unlike Tony, Sarah Lacina only got better her second time around. She decided to take a more aggressive stance and pulled off some impressive blindsides.
Also, Sarah forged stronger social connections that helped her pull off the win. It’ll be interesting to see how Tony and Sarah Lacina go about performing on Winners at War. Will the cops join forces to manipulate the other legends?
Former Marine Ben Driebergen
Ben Driebergen is a former U.S. Marine and stepped foot on Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers as part of the Levu “Heroes” Tribe. He started off strong as the leader of his tribe, but a sudden swap threw him to the bottom of the bunch.
Ben became the underdog and only survived because of his own grit, idol plays, and determination. He won the forced fire-making challenge at the Final 4 and secured himself a spot at the Final Tribal Council. Although some Survivor fans debate whether or not his win was deserved, many rooted for the Idaho native. Are they going to be rooting for him during Winners at War?
Survivor: Firefighter & Physical Threat Jeremy Collins
We first met Cambridge firefighter Jeremy Collins in San Juan del Sur. The Foxborough, Massachusetts resident was a major physical and strategic threat and that might have come from his career as a firefighter. Jeremy was blindsided later on in the season because he became a big target.
But he returned to Cambodia with a better strategy of hiding behind bigger targets and pulling strings in the shadows. It didn’t hurt that he played two different Hidden Immunity Idols at exactly the right times. His gameplay resulted in a unanimous jury vote to crown him that season’s Sole Survivor. This only happened 4 other times in Survivor history.
Winners at War premieres February 12 at 8 PM on CBS.
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