‘Survivor’ Contestant Parvati Shallow Says There’s ‘Multiple Levels’ to the Game

by Madison Miller

“In this game, fire represents life. When your fire’s gone, so are you.”

From competitive team games on the beach to grueling individual strength challenges to hunting for coconuts to learning to manipulate and befriend your fellow competitors all at once, “Survivor” is one of the most complex reality games on TV.

Not only must people work together, but contestants will just as quickly stab each other in the back. It’s all a part of the “Survivor” way of life. In order to be successful, past winners had to have a good balance of interpersonal skills, physical might, and even a dash of dishonesty.

One of the most famous winners in “Survivor” history is Parvati Shallow. For reference, she was the $1 million winner of “Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites.” Prior to her winning that season, Shallow competed in “Survivor: Cook Islands” and came in sixth. After that, she was the runner-up on “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” Most recently, she was a contestant during “Survivor: Winners at War” and is widely considered one of the best.

Parvati Shallow and the Depth of ‘Survivor’

If anyone is going to understand just how nuanced and complicated the game is, it would be her. During an interview on “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef,” Shallow revealed just how intricate it all is.

“Everyone’s playing a game. There are multiple levels of game. The way that I see it is the contestants have their game, we have what we want to do, we have our own intuition that we’re working with. But we’re only getting certain information, the things that we see and hear ourselves or receive that information from other contestants,” she said.

There’s also an entirely different part of the game that viewers at home probably don’t consider. That is the role in which producers and off-screen people play in the game. Shallow said they would ask her questions during a one-on-one time and she would think to herself “Oh my gosh, I didn’t even think about that. Like, wow, good question!”

The producers will try to subtly get players to do what they want without outright manipulating them. They are trying to make good TV, after all.

Shan on Current Season

As for “Survivor” gameplay right now, fans recently watched as Shan’s fire was put out, representing her last moments on the show.

She quickly became a fan favorite and even has the epic nickname of the “Mafia Pastor.” In many ways, Shan had drawn in comparisons from some past “Survivor” powerhouses. That includes Tony Vlachos and Shallow, both of which had a way with people. By that I mean they had a way of manipulating people into becoming their devoted followers until the end.

Ricard, her bestie on the show, ended up pulling off an epic blindside.