November 21, 2013 03:30 PM by Ryan Haidet
Before even setting foot in the Philippines, Aras Baskauskas already had a four-way alliance on Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. But that all crumbled when Gervase Peterson, his primary pal, opted to oust him. In my one-on-one interview with Aras, the season 12 winner dished the dirt on how he formed a pre-game alliance with Gervase, explained how Survivor changed the relationship with his brother and revealed who his primary ally would be if CBS had an all-winner season.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: In your Ponderosa video on CBS.com, you repeatedly talk about Gervase being the person who stabbed you in the back. Since we didn’t see too much of your bond with him on the show, can you explain what happened?
Aras Baskauskas: Gervase and I have a pretty good friendship well prior to this season. We’ve known each other for six years or so. I’ve actually been out to Philadelphia to stay with him at his house and we’ve spent a lot of time together as friends. Coming into the season, when we found out we were both gonna be out there, we said, “Great, let’s play together and we’ll act like we don’t know each other. It will be perfect.” My entire game was built around my relationship with Gervase. Obviously, that wasn’t a great idea. Gervase ended up sending me down the river for reasons that are understandable, I think. I was blindsided by that.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Any hard feelings toward him today?
Aras Baskauskas: No, it’s a game. My life is wonderful. Unfortunately I didn’t win the game, but I’m not going to be mad at him outside of the game for it.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Was your brother privy to the pre-game bond you had with Gervase? If so, was he in on the deal?
Aras Baskauskas: He was. He was gonna go with Marissa on the other side. Unfortunately, the way things shook out on Tadhana that first vote, it looked like Marissa was going home and Vytas didn’t want to sully the waters too early in the game. So he let Marissa go. I think that was the start of me and Gervase’s downfall.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Your relationship with your brother shined through a lot this season. There was lots of talk about rivalry, which makes me wonder if the two of you were close before Survivor?
Aras Baskauskas: Yeah, we were close but there is so much underneath it. My brother was a heroin addict. He went to jail for a year. He was physically abusive when we were younger. There’s a lot of history there and Survivor is such a raw experience that drudges up your past whether you like it or not — especially when you have a family member out there. … I think Vytas established himself as an amazing player. From my perspective, we’re doing great. We see each other every day and we’re gonna go have lunch after this. So yeah, we’re good.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: You won the game the first time you played, this time you’re the first member on the jury and got to play the game with your brother. Which experience did you find more enjoyable?
Aras Baskauskas: Winning is an amazing experience. I don’t like losing, but I really enjoyed this experience. I had a great time this season. It was a lot easier all the way around.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: How was it easier this season?
Aras Baskauskas: It didn’t rain. Ample papaya, banana, pineapple and coconut on the island. And they provided us with rice. It was a breeze.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: Is there any move in particular that you wish you could alter?
Aras Baskauskas: I wish I could go back and do a better job of trying to lose the second challenge. That would have made Colton get blindsided and Rachel wouldn’t have been voted out, which would have given a signal to the other tribe about which way we’re playing. It would have given me more time to bond with Tyson and Gervase without Tyson having lost his loved one. The next thing I would have done is I wouldn’t have voted out Laura Morrett, I would have voted out Laura B. Then come merge time we would have Laura M., Ciera, Tina, Katie, Vytas and myself in a six-way alliance. … I think if you took any contestant this season and asked them if they could change something they would all say yes — even the person who wins.
Ryan Haidet, RealityTVMagazine: If CBS asks you to participate in an all-winner season, who do you think your primary ally would be and why?
Aras Baskauskas: Gosh, it’s so hard to say. Maybe John Cochran because he’s just so funny.
What are your thoughts on what Aras had to say? Are you shocked to learn that he was betrayed by his close friend? What are your thoughts on his relationship with his brother? Do you think Aras could ever with the game again? What do you think of his remark that he would like to align with Cochran in an all-winner season? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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