It’s Official: ‘Australian Survivor’ Fans Are In Love With Unlikely Hero George
George Mladenov is a man with a plan. He didn’t come on Australian Survivor to make friends, he came to make big moves and so far, he’s not just dominated the game — he’s dominated every episode.
This year’s season is practically The George Show and tbh, I’m not complaining. Describing himself as a spin-doctor for the government, this Bankstown Labor Party President didn’t come across as immediately likeable. In the first episode, he struggled to make friends or form alliances on the Brains Tribe. He then alienated half his tribe when he saved himself and five castaways from elimination, after making an awkward speech about how Mitch (the doctor) was calling too many shots in the tribe.
This got a lot of people offside: after all it was very early in the game to be speaking so openly about strategy. From here, most of his tribe underestimated George, plotting to vote him out, but last night George used an idol to save himself from a likely eviction, while Mitch — the man he’d been gunning for since the first tribal — was sent home.
Mitch "The Dictator Doctor" now sitting at home writing down 'George' every episode #SurvivorAU
— Gezza Lenko: The Semi Secret Life Of 🕵🏽♂️ (@Gezza_Lenko) July 26, 2021
George didn’t actually vote for Mitch last night, but it was still a poetic ending to the ultimate underdog story. There’s just something about George that makes viewers want to root from him. The moment in last night’s episode where he proudly waltzed through camp wearing his idol was probably the most joy I’ve felt in weeks…yes, I’m stuck in lockdown, but still!
— #SurvivorAU (@Survivor_AU) July 26, 2021
It was such a sweet and triumphant moment.
— Tara Watson (@tara_watson_) July 26, 2021
Pure GOLD watching GEORGE strut around camp bare chested with his idol…….all hail the KING! 🙋♂️ #SurvivorAU
— Jonathan LaPaglia (@JLa_Paglia) July 26, 2021
Considering how much airtime George has been getting, I would assume (and hope) that he is in for the long haul this season. Frankly, if George goes, I’m going too!
Viewers can’t get enough of this socially awkward, Macedonian Jesus obsessed, puzzle-solving king, and truly weird unit.
It’s official! Survivor fans are in love with unexpected hero, George:
You might have played Survivor, but you've never played Survivor until you've strolled into camp during the scramble wearing an idol and an open shirt billowing in the breeze, then remarked "I'd love some almonds, thanks!"
— Nick Iadanza (@nickiadanza) July 26, 2021
— Matt Tarrant (@MattTarrant) July 25, 2021
— Robyn😻 (@likeswaffles) July 26, 2021
I am extraordinarily invested in George's journey. Absolutely strapped in for the rollercoaster and rooting for his perennial underdog story. Amazing TV. Go George! #SurvivorAU
— Shannon Guss (Gaitz) (@ShannonGaitz) July 26, 2021
You have to admire how George doesn’t even try to make friends or win people over in any way #SurvivorAU
— Kira Puru (@kirapuru) July 25, 2021
I love this game!
— Samuel Leighton-Dore (@SamLeightonDore) July 25, 2021