Though every vote-out in Survivor: Winners at War will sting because of the nature of the season and the cast, perhaps this week’s vote out of Ethan Zohn will be the most upsetting. Ethan had one of the biggest backstories of the entire cast – after Africa and All Stars, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and successfully beat it. He seemed like a castaway nobody expected to ever get cleared to play again (with good reason), so it’s hard to imagine anybody who wasn’t cheering for him to do well when the cast was announced.
On the other side, seeing so many of the “old school” players get voted out has also become a bit upsetting. There was a worry pre-season that perhaps they wouldn’t be able to compete with the break neck pace of modern Survivor, and perhaps those worries are coming true as we’ve seen Amber Mariano, Danni Boatwright and now Ethan get voted out.