Though he was initially ostracized by his tribe for his anxious and paranoid conduct in the game's early days, David soon simmered and managed to pull off the blindside of the de facto leader of the Takali tribe, Paul Wachter, as well as find two Hidden Immunity Idols. After the merge, his game quickly gained momentum. Despite losing ally Jessica Lewis to a rock draw tiebreaker, David's alliance quickly regained numbers and proceeded to systematically take out the opposing alliance. Ultimately, he was seen as too big of a threat to win, and David was blindsided by his closest ally, Ken McNickle, at the last vote before the Final Tribal Council.
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Name: David Wright
Current residence: Sherman Oaks, CA
Occupation: Television writer
Tribe designation: Takali (Gen-X)
Three words to describe you: OCD, nervous, and paranoid.
Hobbies: 3D printing puzzles.
Pet peeves: Sudden, loud noises; people who don't use a turn signal; people who believe in ghosts and psychics; people who are late for dinner; people who incorrectly use the word "nonplussed;" people.
What does it mean to be a Gen-Xer? Gen-Xers believe in hard work, earning their rewards, and eating breakfast. Why does no one eat breakfast anymore?!
Personal claim to fame: Playing chess against Magnus Carlsen, the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Inspiration in life: Mr. Spock [from Star Trek]. He's highly intelligent, logical, and has trouble fitting in.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Beads, string, and polished stones to make fake Immunity Idols for other people to find.
Survivor contestant you're most like: I relate most to the guys who don't fit in such as John Cochran (South Pacific, Caramoan)—he's my intellectual equal with slightly larger muscles. I also relate to Joe Anglim's (Worlds Apart, Cambodia) puzzle-solving skills, but, unfortunately, not his full head of hair, or way with the ladies.
Reason for being on Survivor: I want to use Survivor as a tool to battle my insecurities and overcome my fears and anxiety.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? My weaknesses and flaws are my strengths. Because of my small size and lack of physical stature, people won't perceive me as a threat. I also have the most important Survivor trait one can have: paranoia. My eyes and ears will be at full attention, searching for any hint of a vote going bad for me. Chess has taught me to always look ahead, so I'm prepared to seize an opportunity when one presents itself. I won't let emotions and feelings stand in the way of reaching Final 3.
Starting off on the Takali tribe, David immediately came out as paranoid and small. His paranoia got to him early on and David made an attempt to find a Hidden Immunity Idol early on, but was unsuccessful and raised his tribemates' suspicion, causing him to be on the bottom of his tribe. After Takali lost the first Immunity Challenge on Day 4, David was certain that he was going home. He plead his case to the majority Takali Alliance, who decided to keep him and instead voted out Rachel Ako. The following day, David made another attempt to find the idol, and this time, was successful. The next day, David officially formed an alliance with Ken McNickle, and cemented their trust by showing Ken his idol.
On Day 8, a twist was introduced that had four people from each tribe come to a summit to represent their tribe. David went for Takali, along with CeCe Taylor, Chris Hammons, and Paul Wachter. On Day 10, David's alliance of himself, CeCe, and Ken planned to blindside Paul, and Jessica Lewis, Lucy Huang, and Sunday Burquest joined them in the vote, sending Paul out. After this move, the majority alliance planned to blindside Jessica, and Lucy attempted to take control of the vote, telling David and Ken what they would do. This move led David's alliance planning to blindside Lucy. At the Reward Challenge, David shocked everyone with his excellent performance and scoring the winning point for Takali. However, Takali lost the succeeding Immunity Challenge, and at Tribal Council, David played his idol for Jessica, sending Lucy home.
With the knowledge that David's idol had been rehidden, the Takali tribe scrambled across camp to try and find it and David ended up finding it once again. Later that day, a Tribe Switch occurred, and David, CeCe, and Chris moved to the Vanua tribe, joining Michelle Schubert and Zeke Smith. After losing the next Immunity Challenge, the Gen-Xers planned to vote out Michelle. However, David and Chris decided to flip on CeCe, who was sent home at Tribal Council.
Over the next few days, David grew closer to Zeke, and even showed Zeke his idol. At the Reward Challenge on Day 16, David nearly cost his tribe the challenge. Despite this, they ended up finishing first. They would later follow a winning streak, winning the next three challenges. When the tribes merged into the Vinaka tribe on Day 21, a super-majority alliance was formed with David's alliance with Jessica and Ken, the Takali Alliance of Chris, Sunday, and Bret LaBelle, and Zeke's alliance with Adam Klein and Hannah Shapiro, going against the Triforce alliance of Michelle, Jay Starrett, Taylor Stocker, and Will Wahl. The three alliances banded together, eliminating Michelle and Taylor in the next two Tribal Councils.
At the Reward Challenge on Day 26, David mentioned that he thought no one would want him on his team because he of his poor swimming abilities. Despite this, everyone encouraged him to draw for a team, though David's team ended up losing the challenge. However, David won the next Immunity Challenge, to everyone's surprise.
Despite successfully voting out Michelle and Taylor, the super-majority still had cracks in it, with Chris still targeting Jessica. David's alliance responded by teaming up with the minority to vote out Chris. After Chris' blindside, David told Bret and Sunday that even though he voted out Chris, it did not mean that he wanted them to go next. He later mentioned to them that he thought that Zeke was playing the best game, and that he should go next. Bret exposed this to Zeke, and the two aligned with Jay, Sunday, and Will to attempt to vote out David. Zeke's former allies Adam and Hannah, however, teamed up with David, Jessica, and Ken, leaving the two alliances against each other. At the next Tribal Council, Bret and Zeke insulted and made fun of David's anxiety, which David described as a personal attack. After a tie between Hannah and Zeke forced a rock draw tiebreaker, David ended up losing Jessica, one of his closest allies.
Despite his alliance being outnumbered, Will approached David, saying that he was ready to blindside Zeke. David's alliance settled, and at the next Tribal Council, Will went with them and voted out Zeke. After this move, more people were becoming paranoid of David, and Will attempted to get everyone to vote him out. However, Bret and Sunday joined David's alliance in voting out Will at the following Tribal Council. The next day, both Adam and Jay plotted to eliminate David. However, Hannah managed to convince Adam to remain loyal, and the alliance instead voted out Sunday.
On Night 35, David stayed up making a fake Hidden Immunity Idol and hid it, with Jay finding it the next morning. On Day 36, David claimed his second individual immunity, and a steak dinner reward. Jay used his Reward Steal advantage to steal the reward, but still picked David to join him, as well as Adam. At the reward, the three discussed the topic of who to vote out, and if the three should stick together for the Final Three. At Tribal Council, Jay played David's fake idol, while everyone else came together to send Jay out of the game.
With Jay gone, Adam began to separate from David's alliance and grew closer to Bret. The two attempted to get Hannah to flip on David. Despite this, Hannah stayed on David's side and voted out Bret, with Bret warning the others that they only had one shot left to take out David or that he would win. On Day 38, Adam and Hannah were both ready to blindside David, but while it seemed like David and Ken were settled on voting out Adam, Hannah convinced Ken to flip, and David was blindsided by his entire alliance.
|David's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Takali Tribe Immune|
|6||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|7||Vanua Tribe Immune|
|Adam||Adam, Hannah, Ken|
|Voted Out, Day 38|
| Voted for|
^1 In Million Dollar Gamble, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. David did not change his vote on the revote.
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- David lost 10 lbs. during his time on Millennials vs. Gen X.
- David voted correctly at every Tribal Council he attended except for during the rock draw tiebreaker on Day 30, in which he had no vote, and his own elimination.
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