This week on Survivor 2022, Drea Wheeler and the perfect shot at pulling the rug out from under Mike and saving herself from being voted out. But she decided to let Omar in on her plan, which ruined everything. In her exit interviews, Drea explained her thinking on all of that, and why she thought she could trust Omar with that secret. And as we’ve seen already, Omar might not be the person you want to share your biggest Survivor secret with.
“I trusted Omar,” Drea told Entertainment Weekly. “You know what, kudos to him. His strategic game is emotional. We related to him in very emotional ways; I guess ways that I thought were bigger than the game, and that we had each other’s back. But, for him, it was just all gameplay. So that’s how he got me.”
Drea says Omar is good at playing on emotions, and that’s why she filled him in on her Knowledge is Power plan.
“Omar was panicking. He was panicking,” she explained. “He was going everywhere, talking to everyone. And he was just getting a little sloppy. So people were starting to notice that he was talking to everyone. I think he was becoming a bit aware of the fact that people were watching him as well.
“Omar, Hai and I had an alliance and people didn’t see how close the three of us actually were. And after Hai went out, I was like, “Well, you’re just as much as a threat as me.” So it would not benefit him taking me out so soon because that’s just how I thought. So that’s why I told him we needed to work together. That’s how I felt, like, help me help you! We can go after each other later in the game, but let’s get the firefighter out.”
To read what else Drea had to say about her Survivor 42 experience, check out her interview in Entertainment Weekly.