‘Survivor’ Contestant Xander Hastings Reflects on Losing the Competition

by Jacklyn Krol

Survivor contestant Xander Hastings knew that he was about to lose the game.

While Hastings knew that his chances were slim during the finals, he didn’t think that he would get zero votes.

The moment I knew I lost was at the final four fire-making,” he revealed to Parade. “Right at the beginning, I looked over at Ricard and smiled. And he gave me the coldest glare. I knew that I was really done for. I thought Ricard and I were so close. We had the closest relationship; I let him in on all the calculated things I was thinking and how my mind actually works.

Hastings explained that he didn’t use any of his micro strategies and was being naive. Because of this, his best friend on the island knew what he was going to do in the game.

“He was the person that I wanted to do a “half-Murphy” for me! And I guess that really backfired because he did the opposite. It was more of an Erik Cardona,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Ricard Foyé has a somewhat different take on Hastings’ loss. He told Entertainment Weekly that he could have potentially gotten a vote or two from Yase. But he would have had to play the game differently prior to the final vote.

“I felt like his game was over a while before that,” Foyé admitted. “It’s definitely even bigger of a reason not to award him with even a friendship vote when I’m like, ‘I can’t justify this. How do you bring the next biggest target and not take her out with fire?'”

He added that conversation about making fire and bringing her.

“We all knew she couldn’t make fire,” he noted. “She never made fire at camp. She told us how many hours it took when she was on Exile, but there was never this misconception that Erika knew how to make fire. So I don’t really know where that even came from.”

‘Survivor’ Changes and Shakeups

Survivor 41 host Jeff Probst spoke candidly about the changes that the series saw this season to TV Line. The first of which being that the show was almost cut in half, taking place in just 26 days.

“The 26 days came as a result of having to shoot two seasons back-to-back with no break,” he explained. “We knew we couldn’t do two 39-day seasons, so we spent a lot of time working to make sure that we could do a full season in 26 days and that the experience would still be satisfying to the players.”

The other new addition was the fact that the finals were intimate and only had the essential crew and cast there. There was no live aspect or a live audience. Probst missed these factors but the cast seemed to enjoy it.