Alone Endgame

If you haven’t seen the past few episodes of Alone, there will be spoilers, and there will be speculation about the outcome.

So, we had our second third medical pull in episode 10. I just hope those starting to accumulate won’t mean an ending like season 3. It’ll forever feel like Zachary Fowler has an asterisk next to his win, amazing as he is, because the second place contestant, Carleigh Fairchild (why can I remember their full names but have trouble remembering first names from this season?), was pulled before she could die of the effects of weight loss. Michelle being pulled previously made me cry. This one made me sad. Both were, on seeing what they looked like under their clothes, absolutely necessary.

I just looked at Wikipedia to get the names and I am confused. It says Nikki was there for 52 days and was medically evacuated after Michelle day 48 and Barry day 69. I do not remember seeing that. I remember being surprised that we were down to just Woniya among the women. Maybe one of those times I dozed off when watching Alone was for longer than I thought.

With an episode left – I was right that there’d be 11 – we have Jordan, Woniyah, and Nathan.

My money is on Jordan. It seems somehow wrong that the guy who bagged a moose shouldn’t win, even if he is having trouble getting enough fat and protecting his stash from critters. His net was impressive.

If he doesn’t win, I’m rooting for Woniyah and would be surprised if it’s not her if something happens to him. The women have rocked and it’d be cool for one to win. Not if it’s contrived, but based on skill and the inevitable degree of luck involved.

I’m impressed that Nathan has done so well without a ferro rod. Perhaps others will try it in the future, seeing how well it can work if they are skilled. His reliance on the gill net is going to bite him, and I’m not sure he has the mental edge of the other two. It’d be perfectly cool for him to win and show that it can be done with a departure from the norms. He has already proved a lot. Anyone who is there for 70 plus days is the cream of the crop. There have only been seven contestants or teams that have been there longer in one season or another than he has, out of all the ones there have been. Other seasons were 47 total, so that’s 40 from other seasons and at least 7 from this season he will have outlasted.

These guys who remain will all be 70 days or longer. The record for anyone is 87 days. They are getting close. While it’s gotten harder, it strikes me that food has been easier this season than some. We’ve seen our first trapping of land animals that were larger than mice, our first successful hunt, and reasonable fishing results. We’ve seen evidence of a great deal of berries, up until it got too wintry.

If Jordan can get fish and not lose all his remaining moose meat, he has a solid shot. Woniyah is doing well with traps. Well enough? Maybe. Nathan is in the most danger food-wise, and it may come down to who gets to a low BMI first. Or who has an accident or loses hope.

Update:
It was surprisingly hard to figure out what I’d missed or was forgetting. It was Michelle who tapped “voluntarily” for medical reasons. It was Nikki who was involuntarily evacuated due to weight loss. I’d mixed them up and thus thought I’d forgotten Nikki’s departure. It was Michelle’s I’d forgotten, yet I did see it the week it happened. The only way I was able to figure this out was by playing the recap by the only YouTuber I know of who is doing recap/commentary about Alone now. I was unable to flip through the episode. When I tried going to late in the episode, it let me opt for the interactive ad, which I’d never picked before. I wanted to get the ad over and be able to flip through, back and forth, without it barfing. When I realized I needed to go back in the episode, it gave me standard ads because I’d been bad and skipped around. Apparently it cannot, in fact, keep track of the fact you’ve done an interactive ad.

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