Good is supposed to conquer evil, but that hasn't been the case so far in this season of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians. After losing yet another immunity challenge, the Heroes found themselves sitting at Tribal Council for the third time, and Cirie Fields had a sinking suspicion that her tribe was about to turn on her. "I was leery," she tells In Touch about trusting her tribe to stick to the plan to vote for Tom and Colby. And her instinct proved to be right-on, because when the votes were read, Cirie became the fourth player to have their torch extinguished on Survivor.
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Were you completely blindsided by your elimination?
Cirie: No. I knew Tom was going to play the idol, so the plan was to also vote for Colby so he'd end up going home. But Tom was talking to JT way too much. And from day one, JT and Tom both wanted me gone. I figured it was a 50/50 chance that JT would stick to the plan, or he'd create a better plan for himself. I can't blame him. We're all out there playing a game. By eliminating Candice or me, it put JT in the perfect position. I wasn't completely surprised. People were too threatened by my smile, I guess. It is a cute one!
What was the vibe like at camp after the Heroes lost so many challenges?
Cirie: The vibe was always the same. Heroes is just a title. There was a lot of activity that wasn't quite so heroic. With everyone being deemed a hero, if you already have a problem with your ego, that just magnified it by a thousand. So we had all the egos on our side, and all of the alpha males and decision-makers, and it made for a really tense existence around camp.
Why do you think your tribe has been performing so poorly compared to the Villains?
Cirie: Because of the egos! You have to build a team. The team needs to have a chief and some Indians, or a manager and some employees. But no one wanted to be an employee, and quite a few people wanted to be a manager. Because of that, we couldn't come together as a team. We didn't mesh.
Did anyone surprise you?
Cirie: I thought Amanda was a stronger mental player than she turned out to be this time. She couldn't make her own decisions. I felt like JT had a strong control over her, and he was leading her in the direction of a great game for him. He was setting himself up perfectly through Amanda. I couldn't understand why she was letting him do that; she needed to counteract his moves.
This was your third time playing the game. How was this experience different than when you played in Panama and Micronesia?
Cirie: The overwhelming majority of my tribe deemed me threatening, and rightfully so. But like I always said, I felt that there were bigger threats there and better choices could have been made.
Which was your favorite season?
Cirie: Hands down, Panama. Panama opened my eyes and changed me. I felt like Panama was the first time that I really lived.
Would you do it a fourth time?
Cirie: Oh, I don't know. I feel like the deck is stacked against me, and I don't know if I could chip away at people's perceptions of me anymore. I don't think that I would ever have a true shot again. The experience is well worth it, regardless, but I go to win the game. I don't play for a trip or to go see the sights, and if people were going to be so threatened and want me gone early, I'd rather be at home with my family.