Donathan Hurley of Pike County survived another council on “Survivor” Wednesday night, so he's made it to the show’s finale. But his odds at winning the game and $1 million aren’t looking good.
Hurley, who is from Phelps in Pike County, and fellow competitor Kellyn Bechtold went head to head during eliminations, resulting in a tie and re-vote that Hurley won. But Entertainment Weekly says he is playing a dangerous game. Hurley’s alliance with original Malolo tribe-mate Laurel Johnson started to fray when she vetoed making a big moveon frontrunner pair Wendell Holland and Domenick Abbate that would cause the pair to distrust each other and knock them down from their favorites status.
Johnson took a more careful view of the long game and chose not to eliminate Holland this episode, while Hurley wanted to split the power couple for endgame benefits — if Hurley could convince both Holland and Abbate he was against both of them, neither would want to vote him off because Hurley would vote against one of them on the jury of disqualified competitors.
Adding to Hurley’s discomfort was how close Johnson seemed to be with Holland and Abbate, threatening Johnson and his own alliance and making her place near the top more secure. But Johnson said she knows she can’t beat the pair.
Her caution frustrated Hurley.
“If Laurel continues bouncing back and forth I might have to play this game by myself,” he said on Wednesday's episode. “I’m ready for that challenge.”
In that episode, Hurley seemed to go rogue, telling Holland that he would vote against him and instead vote for Abbate if the two made it to the finals, as they are favored to do, in a move to try to force Holland to keep him in the game. He also antagonized Abbate during the Tribal Council, which shocked the remaining players, causing Abbate to say, “Donathan is imploding on himself.”
Hurley will advance with Johnson, Holland and Abbate, and 42-year-old Angela Perkins to the final stage, where contestants must face the jury of their old peers. The two-hour finale will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WKYT-TV 27 (Spectrum Ch. 9).