Originally Posted by djbrown13
Outcome completely orchestrated by the producers. Ben finds yet another idol (shocking), then for the first time in 35 seasons they change the final tribal council to give him another chance to save himself. All the drama of that final immunity challenge ended up being meaningless. The final four TCs after Ben's complete lack of a social game left him with no alliances: idol, idol, idol, rule change.
I hope the money helps his family and maybe helps him help others. But if CBS was so enamored of him and his story they would have been better served letting the game play out naturally and finding some "fan vote" way to give him $100,000 or something and then donating $500,000 to a charity or two that focuses on helping veterans with PTSD and/or re-acclimating to civilian life after returning from combat.
Jeff said this "twist" is how every season would be from now on. So it wasn't used to save Ben, they changed up this season, like they always do. Even the final tribal is now done differently.
Devon was supposed to win the fire, he stated he has made fire every day. It was his choice NOT to practice, he could have kept practicing. The flint broke, it was still usable, just in different form. It was his decision to lay on the beach instead. Perhaps if he would have practiced he would have gotten it.
How could this be orchestrated for Ben to win? It was their tribes fault, every time. The producers did not lead Ben to his idols. The entire tribe decided to lay at camp and do nothing when he found one. If they would have followed him, took turns and stayed with him, NO idol, problem solved. When he gets back every one decides to stay at camp while he leaves. He is gone for a while and they only comment they wonder where he is. No one stayed with him. If they had, no idol. If they had looked, they could have found it. They decided to go to sleep, Ben decided to stay up all night and look. It was their tribes fault and in no way was it handed to Ben. Chrissy even admitted it was a huge mistake on their tribe to always let him go off on his own.