Russell explains his vote for Courtney (sort of)

The biggest surprise of last night’s Survivor was Russell’s vote against Courtney, and his alliance’s vote for Coach. Theories in the comments and elsewhere suggest that Russell voted this way so that jury member Coach wouldn’t be pissed at him.

That makes sense, except his alliance now knows he’s not trustworthy, since he basically signed his vote. Or maybe his alliance knew and they planned this vote division for some other reason?

So why did he vote that way? And why did Danielle, who argued for keeping Coach, vote against Coach? In the voting confessional video (watch below), she addresses Coach while voting for him: “I did not want to do this, but you told Russell you were going to pull [?] Russell with JT and Rupert. … I have no reason to trust you. Sorry.”

As if that wasn’t confusing enough, Russell explains his vote for Coach by saying, “This is supposed to be a vote that I just throw off. I hope it works.”

He might mean that it’s a throwaway vote that doesn’t matter, or that he’s trying to throw people off, but either way, I’m still confused. Maybe that explains why the editors didn’t show us anything to explain the actual votes.

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