‘Survivor’: Danny McCray Reveals Why He Didn’t Vote on Xander

by Anna Dunn
Do or Die" -- On the 11th Episode of SURVIVOR 41, another big twist threatens to send someone home, and castaways must formulate a plan whether to vote out the big threat or keep playing the game with people they trust, on the CBS Original series SURVIVOR, Wednesday, Dec. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Pictured L to R: Ricard Foye and Danny McCray. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Survivor contestant Danny McCray and a lot of the other castaways made a surprising choice last week in not voting out Xander, who has an idol. In a recent interview about getting voted off the island and his game moves, McCray discussed why he was hesitant to vote out Xander.

Xander has been quite the conundrum on this season of Survivor. Simultaneously a very powerful player and still socially unthreatening, he’s managed to play a very unique game with the idol in his pocket. Yet week after week, he manages to escape being the main target.

When asked about why he and Deshawn didn’t decide to vote out Xander and maybe convince the others, McCray explained why the move was incredibly difficult. After all, nobody can have too close of an ally on Survivor, and it looks like the paranoia got the best of him. He discussed the move with TV Line.

Survivor is still Survivor, and Deshawn and I had a really close relationship. But at the end of the day, we didn’t want to have the temptation of stabbing each other in the back,” he explained. And with a Xander-related vote plan, they had just that kind of opportunity.

“So if we were to say, “We’re going to put two votes on Xander,” and one of us votes for Xander and one of us votes for the other one, then that person goes home. We just wanted to give each other that respect, and I think Deshawn wanted to save himself from having the potential opportunity to stab me in the back,” he said.

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Deshawn already has made a pretty big backstab in the game. Going against his original alliance to vote out shan proved to be very difficult on him emotionally. Not going through with a plan that gave him another opportunity for betrayal was ultimately what keeps that plan from coming to fruition.

But Deshawn isn’t necessarily at the top of anyone’s radar when it comes to a winner. He’d have to make a good pitch to the jury about why he should win, especially if he’s up against Ricard or Erica, who’ve both demonstrated incredible strategic skills as well as competition prowess.

Heather also remains in the game but hasn’t made any game moves thus far. It would be a shock if she managed to pull off the win. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see her in the finale, as she doesn’t pose much of a threat.

Survivor is nearing its finale, so if you want to catch up on the action, the season is on paramount +. If you’re excited to catch the next episode, it airs on Wednesday at 8/7 central on CBS.