The overall reception of a Survivor season can depend strongly on its ending and which players make it deep in the game. From true underdog stories to anybody can win scenarios, the final four is a crucial time in the game, all the more so in seasons ending in a final 2. In today's top 10, American Ozlet Anthony Rossi takes a look at some of the more memorable final fours and selects his ten favourite based on their character, excitement, gameplay and storylines. Read on to find out which awesome foursomes make the list!
10. Survivor Kaoh Rong: Michele, Aubry, Tai, Cydney
The most recent featured quite an eclectic cast with many standouts, mainly the women. The females came and delivered with good strategy and quality entertainment. The most notable male this season is, without a doubt, Tai; he was loved by most and was a pivotal character the entire season. This final 4 presented a wide array of values while playing this game and manifested in many different ways. This grouping has worked together this season and also targeted one another as well; the complex relationships between these four player made quite the dynamic end to the season.
9. Survivor San Juan del Sur: Natalie, Jaclyn, Missy, Keith
The second season to feature the Blood vs Water format played out quite differently than its predecessor. Many of the players were figuring out the game as it went along, most notably Keith Nale. Keith was the star male this season, not for his strategic moves, but for the lack thereof. The varied mixture of strategic gameplay and comical character relief is what makes this grouping so unique to watch. All 4 had a very different journey to make to this place and created really dynamic story lines and compelling television. Every person in this final 4 was a fan favorite and received a lot of commendation for their time in the game.
8. Survivor All Stars: Amber, Rob, Jenna L, Rupert
I find it incredibly interesting when an alliance is able to make it all the way to the end, which will be evident later on with this list. Although, it may not be very compelling to watch, but in this situation it worked. This alliance was formed early on when the Saboga tribe was absorbed by the other two. Rupert and Jenna were quick to form strong bonds with the tribe enough to remain in the game longer than the other tribe members.
7. Survivor Panama: Aras, Danielle, Terry, Cirie
The best part about this Final 4 is that they all started on different tribes. It played out perfectly that the first season to feature 4 tribes ended with a member from each tribe in the Final 4. The post merge of Survivor Panama was very dynamic with infighting among the alliance and a lot of heated competition. Considering that the main target for the majority of the post merge game was Terry and the fact that he made it this far makes for compelling viewing. The sheer determination of the players is what makes this group really interesting.
6. Survivor Heroes Vs Villains: Sandra, Parvati, Russell, Jerri
The historic 20th season is widely viewed as one of the best and most successful season both in terms of gameplay and casting. Every single episode fans were excited to tune in to find out what will happen next. A season comprised of some of the best players to ever play automatically brings a certain level of intensity to a season and the final 4 were not shy to add to that. Regardless of what you think about the players themselves they created this dynamic outcome that we got. Each player contributed to a great story; Russell, by losing, Sandra, by winning a second time, Jerri, redeeming herself from the villain to the good girl, and Parvati, continuing to be a cutthroat strategic player with her back against the wall.
5. Survivor Tocantins: JT, Stephen, Erinn, Taj
The Jalapao three along with Erinn controlled the post merge structure of the game. They decided who was going to be voted out at each tribal council. Tribal council after tribal council they dictated the fate of the other players. This tough foursome was clever in the way that they played; they were covert in their movements branching out and working with different players to disguise the fact that they were working together. All four were dissimilar from each other and had different ways of playing; the fact that they were able to work together is what makes their group so fascinating.
4. Survivor Vanuatu: Chris, Twila, Scout, Eliza
The story arc for the end portion of the game was central focused around the women strategically eliminating the men. Chris, being the last standing guy was next on the chopping block, but through his social skills, was able to survive, making it to the final 4, eventually claiming the win. He was able to work alongside with the other three. Eliza, Scout, and Twila were all dynamic characters in their own right, but along with Chris, gave the audience a real viewing experience.
3. Survivor Micronesia: Parvati, Amanda, Cirie, Natalie
Survivor: Micronesia was a season loved by many and although the love has dwindled over the years, it was the birthplace of Parvati, the real cunning, strategic player. She also gave us the epic alliance, The Black Widow Brigade that systematically controlled the vote. This final 4 also gave us one the most historic moments in the history of the show with Eric giving up his individual immunity necklace. These four women were smart, clever, and dominant as they each had a hand in the outcome of the game.
2. Survivor Cook Islands: Yul, Ozzy, Becky, Sundra
The Aitu 4 is easily one of the most memorable alliances in the history of the show, probably right behind the number 1 pick on this list. Formed after the famous Cook Islands mutiny, the Aitu 4 formed this formidable force that was not to be messed with by defeating the odds and making it all the way to the final 4. Many discount Sundra and Becky playing a role in the outcome, but every single player gave a real push against the others and were able to come out victorious.
1. Survivor Borneo: Richard, Kelly, Rudy, Sue
The very first alliance was very historic and created a legacy that impacted the trajectory of the entire show and how the game was played. Placing this in first place was not only due to the fact that they were an alliance, when that wasn’t even a thought, but the people were also very interesting to watch. They were savvy to become a part of an alliance, but there were also great characters from Sue’s blunt attitude to Richard’s cockiness. All in all, this alliance was epic and memorable that it deserves to be at the top spot.
Honorable Mentions: Survivor Guatemala: Danni, Stephenie, Rafe, Lydia and Survivor China: Todd, Courtney, Amanda, Denise
What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!
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