Survivor SA's sexy Stephen talks strategy to us

2014-03-17 14:27
Cape Town - After being completely blindsided by his alliance, business analyst Stephen Walker was the ninth person to leave the island.

We chatted to Stephen about his strategy, his alliance and whether he thinks Marion and Shane will be the ultimate survivors.

You obviously didn’t see any of this coming, how do you feel about being ‘played’?

It was an interesting end. I understand the strategic reasoning behind it, but I don’t think it was a wise decision.

After having seen the episodes, do you think Marion and Shane’s game plan to get Buhle, Val and Solly back into the fold will work?
I don’t think it’s going to work I think that they will see right through them. I built a good relationship with Solly and I think that after they see I’ve been kicked off they aren’t likely to join them. Their plan won’t work. I don't think that they will make it to the final.

Was the braai really as good at it looked on TV?
The braai was amazing, if it looked good on TV it tasted much better especially after having been without real food for so long. It was the highlight of the island for me especially having played such a big role in helping to win the challenge.

What was your strategy going into the game and are you happy about the way you played it? Marion kept saying that you didn’t want to get your hands dirty. How do you feel about this?
There are a number of ways to play the game, it is easy to get to the final but it is difficult to win. It is easy to play the game deviously by backstabbing and conniving you might get to the final but you’ll need the vote of everyone you’ve kicked off.  On the other hand it is difficult to play a true and honest game and that too could get you to the final and of course secure a more positive vote from the other contestants. My strategy was to play a true and honest game and hoped that it would get me to the finals.

If you could do anything different what would it be?
I would play a similar strategy just with more finesse and fine tuning. I’ll definitely go back for another season.

Now that you know that Marion and Shane are the grand puppet masters how do you feel about the game they are playing? Were you surprised at the amount of backstabbing really going on?
When you’re being lied to your face it’s difficult to see it then. I knew that I couldn’t trust Marion and that I had to watch my back after what they did to Sonette and Gena but I didn’t think that it would happen so soon.

How well do you think the Utara alliance will fair once they hit the merge?
That’s going to be interesting, Shane, Marion and Sivu are clever players I think post merge they’ll be kicked off one by one or there’s a really good chance that one of them will flip. David surprises me every week, I think that he is the ultimate survivor.

What has been the most valuable lesson this experience has taught you?
A number of things, physically that when you’re that hungry you can go crazy at first when I used to get hungry I’d get grumpy now i just push through it cause I’ve experience worse. Just seeing how much nourishment body needs has also been an eye opener for me. It was also eye-opening to me how low people would stoop and that’s not great, it doesn't leave a good impression.

Who would you like to win and why?
I’d like Altaaf to win, I like how he’s playing the game. I think it will be between Graham, Moyra and Altaaf – they are playing an honest game.

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