Relive Some Of The Most Memorable Survivor Blindsides All Over Again

Just about every season on Survivor, castaways and fans alike are thrown for a complete loop when an individual leaves the game due to an unbelievably epic blindside. Many of these strategic game plays are bold, cutthroat, and cruel, while others are total accidents. Let's look back at some of the best! Watch all-new episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Alan Ball from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers (Season 35)

Alan Ball from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers (Season 35)

Just about every season on Survivor, castaways—and fans alike—are thrown for a complete loop when an individual leaves the game due to an unbelievably epic blindside. 

Many of these strategic game plays are bold, cutthroat, and intentional, while others end up being total accidents.

Take, for example, the fourth Tribal Council of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers​, which was bound to be an explosive one after an intense blowout between 31-year-old NFL player Alan and 34-year-old probation officer Joe following the tribe swap.

The finger pointing only escalated at Tribal when the entire group agreed that the votes would be a result of a real showdown between tribes and personalities.

Then, the night took a surprising turn when Devon revealed that he had a secret advantage that he could only open at Tribal. The secret advantage was, in fact, a disadvantage, and would be used against Devon to block his vote.

Before the votes were tallied, Joe decided to use his Idol to keep himself safe, and as the first votes were read, he sure was glad he did. With only two votes against him, Alan learned he was the fourth eliminated cast-off of Season 35.

STREAM: Alan's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers​ Episode "I Don't Like Having Snakes Around" On CBS All Access

Let's take a look back at some of the most memorable blindsides in Survivor history. 

Watch all-new episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Cirie Fields from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

Cirie Fields from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

A historic Tribal Council took a shocking turn no one could have predicted when four-time castaway Cirie was sent packing with no votes against her. How so?

Well, once three Idols were played and five players were left safe, there was only one person left... Cirie.

She became the first person in all 34 seasons to be voted out simply because there was just no other choice that night. 

STREAM: Cirie's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Game Changers Episode "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" On CBS All Access
Malcolm Freberg from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

Malcolm Freberg from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

One of the craziest Tribal Councils in Survivor history was when the game was twisted just enough to push things completely off balance, forcing the two losing tribes of an Immunity Challenge to vote together as one.

As whispers were exchanged and people scrambled to make a quick decision, plans flip-flopped until the very last minute when Tai played his Idol for Sierra, sending Malcolm home unexpectedly.

"I’m going to vomit," said Malcolm when he heard the news.

In an exclusive inside look at the Tribal, host Jeff Probst called it one of the best blindsides ever simply because of the players involved. It was a truly game-changing Tribal.

STREAM: Malcolm's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Game Changers Episode "The Tables Have Turned" On CBS All Access
Sandra Diaz-Twine from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

Sandra Diaz-Twine from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

Even though Sandra had won two previous seasons with her "as long as it isn't me" mentality, luck wasn't on her side during the fifth Tribal Council of Survivor: Game Changers.

Leading up to the Tribal, it looked like Tai would be the one leaving, but when he started whispering in Sandra's ear, a ripple of chaos was sent through camp.

In what ultimately came down to a matter of trust, the votes were tallied and Sandra learned her unfortunate fate: She wouldn't see a third Survivor win and her chapter on Game Changers had come to a close.

STREAM: Sandra’s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Game Changers Episode "Vote Early, Vote Often" On CBS All Access
Andrea Boehlke from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

Andrea Boehlke from Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)

Right before moving on to the finale, three-time player and tough competitor Andrea was swiftly blindsided by her tribe in a Tribal Council that won't soon be forgotten.

Andrea's jaw dropped as Jeff read the votes and as her name kept being called, the New Yorker realized that there must have been more tight-knit alliances behind her back than she was aware of. 

Still, she said she would never have played an under-the-radar type of game and that the move, which was well-timed, was smart on their end.

STREAM: Andrea’s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Game Changers Episode "Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow" On CBS All Access
Michaela Bradshaw from Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X (Season 33)

Michaela Bradshaw from Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X (Season 33)

This was the exact reaction Millennial Michaela had when she first heard her name called out during the seventh Tribal Council of Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X.

As someone who pictured herself in the Final 3, Michaela felt 100 percent betrayed by her ally, Jay, who turned on her when she least expected it... especially after the trusting 25-year-old revealed her post-merge plan to her fellow tribemates.

And, she made sure to let him know how she felt before officially walking out.

STREAM: Michaela’s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode "I Will Destroy You" On CBS All Access
Chris Hammons from Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X (Season 33)

Chris Hammons from Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X (Season 33)

Gen X-er Chris could barely believe it when his tribe gave him the boot during the Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X episode "Million Dollar Gamble."

The total blindside, which the tribe orchestrated brilliantly, was all based on power because Chris had been playing a great game thus far and well, "Zeke wanted his alliance."

Even though the blindside left a mark, Chris respected it as a fan of the show.

STREAM: Chris' Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode "Million Dollar Gamble" On CBS All Access
Jessica Lewis from Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X (Season 33)

Jessica Lewis from Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X (Season 33)

Jessica fought back tears when a million-dollar rock draw ended her fate on Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X after the group couldn't unanimously decide whether to send Hannah or Zeke home instead.

The Gen X-er's heart broke when she opened her hand, which revealed the single black rock of the bunch—the most unfortunate sign of her end in the game.

It was something no one saw coming.

STREAM: Jessica’s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen X Episode "Million Dollar Gamble" On CBS All Access
Andrew Savage from Survivor: Second Chances (Season 31)

Andrew Savage from Survivor: Second Chances (Season 31)

Why did Andrew's Second Chances elimination sting so bad? Because it was a total mind-blowing blindside.

The old school player was voted out of camp after Kelley decided to use her very valuable Hidden Immunity Idol.

The play took Andrew and the rest of the castaways by total surprise and, as the votes were tallied, the returning Season 7 castaway saw his second chance at Sole Survivor crumble right before his eyes. 

STREAM: Andrew's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Second Chances Episode "You Call, We'll Haul" On CBS All Access
Joe Anglim from Survivor: Second Chances (Season 31)

Joe Anglim from Survivor: Second Chances (Season 31)

Monster competitor Joe won numerous Immunity Challenges on Survivor: Second Chances, and even improved his social game since his first run on Survivor: Worlds Apart.

So, when he collapsed mid-challenge on Episode 12 and walked into Tribal without his usual safety bauble, his fellow castaways took it as an opportunity to finally send him packing.

In a last-ditch effort to divert votes, Joe said, "I think [Abi's] a threat in the game because everyone would want to take you to the end." But, it didn't work. 

That face says it all.

STREAM: Joe's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Second Chances Episode "Tiny Little Shanks To The Heart" On CBS All Access
 
Stephen Fishbach from Survivor: Second Chances (Season 31)

Stephen Fishbach from Survivor: Second Chances (Season 31)

Fishbach may've used his mysterious advantage at the last Tribal Council in hopes to steer the result in a favorable direction, however, after the votes were tallied, the joke was on him as he was sent packing on Episode 11 of Second Chances.

Reflecting back, Fishbach was shocked that Spencer flipped and that he didn't have enough votes to go further. 

Lucky for him, he'll always be a fan favorite.

STREAM: Fishbach's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Second Chances Episode "My Wheels Are Spinning" On CBS All Access
 
Baylor Wilson from Survivor: San Juan Del Sur (Season 29)

Baylor Wilson from Survivor: San Juan Del Sur (Season 29)

Baylor's blindside may have stung—especially because it meant leaving her mother behind—but it sure was an exceptional one for fans to watch unfold.

Who executed her unexpected exit? Eventual Season 29 winner Natalie.

And how? Well, when Baylor voted against Jaclyn, Natalie decided to play her Idol for Jaclyn, meaning any votes for her wouldn't count.

So with two votes against her, Baylor was given the boot.

STREAM: Baylor's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: San Juan Del Sur Episode "This Is My Time" On CBS All Access
Sarah Lacina from Survivor: Cagayan (Season 28)

Sarah Lacina from Survivor: Cagayan (Season 28)

This over-the-top Tribal ended one castaway's journey in a brutal way—with Tony applauding. 

Long story short: Tony and LJ decided to play their Idols for each other's safety, Kass decided to flip alliances during her vote, and Sarah was voted out.

"Who flipped?" said Sarah, as she made her way to Jeff holding her torch.

No one would say, but the truth eventually came out.

STREAM: Sarah's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Cagayan Episode "Head Of The Snake" On CBS All Access
Katie Collins from Survivor: Blood Vs. Water (Season 27)

Katie Collins from Survivor: Blood Vs. Water (Season 27)

In Survivor: Blood Vs. Water, Ciera was faced with a tough decision: Fly under the radar or make a bold move? When she ended up having the entire group draw rocks—a move egged on by Hayden—it was not only a shock for the cast but also Jeff Probst himself.

Ciera lucked out when she risked her own game because it resulted in the end for Katie instead, promptly sending her out of Survivor thanks to the luck of the draw.

STREAM: Katie's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode "Rustle Feathers" On CBS All Access
Phillip Sheppard from Survivor: Caramoan (Season 26)

Phillip Sheppard from Survivor: Caramoan (Season 26)

What led to Phillip's unforeseen blindside on Survivor: Caramoan? An interesting string of events and a super power play by two.

When Jeff asked if anyone would like to play a Hidden Immunity Idol, both Malcolm and Eddie played theirs, and well, good thing they did. Both players had votes against them, but instead of one of their Survivor journeys coming to an end, it was one of the Favorites, Phillip, who left camp.

Jeff later explained that the move was to make more of a statement than anything else, since Phillip was harmless to their game.

STREAM: Phillip’s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Caramoan Episode "Zipping Over The Cuckoo's Nest" On CBS All Access
 
J.T. Thomas from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Season 20)

J.T. Thomas from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Season 20)

In a game full of crazy moves, this had to have been one of the craziest, when one castaway made an unprecedented play that ended in a surprising Tribal Council.

So, who sent J.T. straight to Jury? Parvati, when she sassily used both her Idols on Jerri and Sandra to increase their odds—and to make a statement about women uniting. 

The giant move flipped the game and showed where the real power lied.

STREAM: J.T.'s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains Episode "Going Down In Flames" On CBS All Access
 
Erik Reichenbach from Survivor: Micronesia (Season 16)

Erik Reichenbach from Survivor: Micronesia (Season 16)

Erik was blindsided by the remaining four Survivor: Micronesia girls in a series of events sparked by Cirie that left him—and fans—utterly speechless.

Before Tribal, Natalie agreed to convince Erik to give her his Immunity Necklace because it would redeem him in the eyes of the Jury, and surprisingly... he agreed!

When he naively gave away his necklace, thinking he was safe another week, the girls rallied together to kick the likable castaway out for good. Ouch.

STREAM: Erik's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Micronesia Episode "If It Smells Like A Rat, Give It Cheese" On CBS All Access
James Clement from Survivor China (Season 10)

James Clement from Survivor China (Season 10)

What's worse than being blindsided? Being blindsided with two Idols still in your pocket.

That's exactly what happened to one of Season 10's biggest physical threats, James, when Amanda orchestrated his elimination with her allies, Todd and Courtney.

Certainly others had left Survivor still possessing Idols, but this marked the first time where someone was still holding on to two.

STREAM: James' Epic Blindside On The Survivor: China Episode "I'm Ready To Bite The Apple" On CBS All Access
Rupert Boneham from Survivor: Pearl Islands (Season 7)

Rupert Boneham from Survivor: Pearl Islands (Season 7)

Rupert was completely shocked and dismayed to learn that he had been voted out by his beloved Balboa Tribe with a five-to-three vote.

What hurt the most was that his ally Lill stabbed him in the back by being one of the five to scribble his name down. 

Rupert left camp heartbroken, feeling betrayed and unaccepted by the people he trusted for 27 days.

STREAM: Rupert's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Pearl Islands Episode "Swimming With Sharks" On CBS All Access
Jerri Manthey from Survivor: The Australian Outback (Season 2)

Jerri Manthey from Survivor: The Australian Outback (Season 2)

In a shocking Season 2 twist, Ogakor tribe member and overall tough competitor Jerri was voted out at Tribal Council with a 6-2 vote.

It came a surprise because leading up to Tribal, Jerri had told her tribe that Elisabeth should be the one to go. Instead of voting that way, Keith and Colby voted along with Tina to get Jerri out.

STREAM: Jerri's Epic Blindside On The Survivor: The Australian Outback Episode "Honeymoon Or Not?" On CBS All Access
Gretchen Cordy from Survivor: Borneo (Season 1)

Gretchen Cordy from Survivor: Borneo (Season 1)

On Survivor's first season, fans weren't quite as familiar with what blindsides looked like... until Gretchen was sent packing in an unexpected way.

This self-proclaimed soccer mom—who was described by many as the "heart and soul" of Pulau Tiga—was voted off by the pre-existing voting block consisting of former members Richard, Rudy, Susan, and Kelly.

So why was someone so sweet voted off so soon? She was a major threat to everyone else's chances of winning.

STREAM: Gretchen’s Epic Blindside On The Survivor: Borneo Episode "The Merger" On CBS All Access

Watch all-new episodes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.