December 22, 2011 09:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
I will admit this right up front. I am a huge fan of Benjamin “Coach” Wade. Since the self-described Dragonslayer first appeared on Survivor: Tocantins, I have been rooting for him to win the entire game each time he’s played it. His gameplay on Survivor: South Pacific proved to be Coach’s most successful stint to date, and I’m extremely bummed the jury was too bitter to see he played so great. Coach 3.0 really did dominate the shores of Samoa whether you want to admit it or not. Yes, I’m biased in this situation and I’m happy to admit it. Coach is a fun castaway to watch, a creative character and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met from the show. Anyway… After Coach’s loss to Sophie Clarke, I had the chance to speak with him on the red carpet for an exclusive interview. In our chat, Coach reveals why he never wants to play Survivor again, explains his strategy on why he didn’t take other people to the end and leaves us with a farewell quote that only he could concoct. Read on to watch the exclusive red carpet interview!
See video interview below
For all of you Coach haters, let us take a deeper look at how successful he truly was this season. On the heels of Boston Rob Mariano’s victory on Survivor: Redemption Island, Coach was up against the ultimate odds right off the bat. Who would want a returning player to win for the second straight season? When the game first began this season, Coach wasn’t wanted by his new tribemates because they didn’t see him as valuable. Most of those people wound up creating an alliance with him that lasted until the end of the game. He made big moves when the time was right and was part of loads of the decisions that shaped the course of the game. His biggest problem came from a bitter jury.
Coach, as you know, I really wish you would have won this game. I hope you’ll come back and play one more time even though you say you’re done.
Do you think Coach deserved to win the game? Do you like the way he played this season? What move should Coach made differently? Will you watch Coach’s upcoming television show? Do you want him to play Survivor again? Sound off and leave a comment below!
Click here to see my exclusive red carpet interview with winner Sophie Clarke.
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First image by Leah Machek; second image courtesy of CBS.