Survivor 41 contestant Shan Smith recently explained her complicated relationship with Ricard. The two formed a close allyship earlier in the game which quickly turned into a friendship. But both of them are also incredibly conniving in the game, and they both knew that eventually, one would take each other out.
So how did that relationship last beyond what was shown on the show? And where do they stand now that Ricard played a massive role in her downfall?
First, the two became close when Shan noticed Ricard was a bit misunderstood by the others on their tribe before the merge.
“Ricard and I were together from Day One. I just kind of fell in love with him. Nobody wanted to work with Ricard on Ua,” she told Parade. “Even going into the merge, he had a hard time making relationships. I really watched him struggle, and my heart honestly went out to him in that way. I felt like he was misunderstood by Genie, Brad, and J.D.”
The two bonded over their shared differences and picked off the rest of their tribe one by one before the merge. The two didn’t always have the easiest relationship. Tensions on Survivor are always high, but Shan explained that those fights were all a part of their larger relationship.
“I believe in what he shared with me about his life. And there was something about Ricard, where we could stand toe to toe as competitors and as game players. When I wanted to strategize, he wanted to strategize,” she said. “It was such an interesting relationship because people would be like, “Oh, my goodness, they fight so much.” But Ricard was my husband on that island. We would fight, we would bicker. But at the end of the day, we were gonna move together no matter what”
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That is, of course, until the two didn’t move together at all. But they were both playing the game hard, and Shan recognized how good that game move was. So it looks like there aren’t too many hurt feelings.
“That’s my boo. I had a lot of fun playing with him. And his move was probably one of the best moves of the season,” she admitted.
So even though Shan got sent home, it looks like there’s still plenty of love between herself and her former ally. Now, however, Ricard is going to have to scramble. Turning against Shan has proven that he isn’t very trustworthy. And a preview for the next episode shows he’s on everyone’s radar.
Now, Ricard is going to need to think hard about who he wants to align with, and who he should try to target to get the target off his back.
If you want to see how Ricard fares next episode, you can tune in to CBS on Wednesday at 8/7 CT.