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The Zapatera Six was an alliance from Survivor: Redemption Island.

Although not lasting long in the competition due to the success of their rivals, the six are notable for eliminating Russell Hantz, a notorious Villain of Survivor.

Members

 Ralph Kiser
Founder
Days 7-33
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 David Murphy
Remained Loyal
Days 7-13; 19-25
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 Julie Wolfe
Remained Loyal
Days 7-28
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 Mike Chiesl
Remained Loyal
Days 7-36
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 Sarita White
Former
Days 7-19
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 Steve Wright
Remained Loyal
Days 7-31
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History

Plan To Get Rid of Russell

When Russell Hantz was revealed that he would be joining the Zapatera tribe, he was not as warmly received as Rob Mariano by his tribe, due to his notorious and villainous game-play in his previous seasons. The plan to get rid of Russell started to form when Russell, despite saying he would play differently this time around, reverted to his old strategy by making alliances with Stephanie Valencia and Krista Klumpp and also searching high and low for the Hidden Immunity Idol with the two other girls, raising the suspicions of the six other Zapatera members.

Formation of an Alliance

With Russell and his alliance posing a threat towards the tribe, the six remaining Zapatera came together and formed the Zapatera Six, all with a common goal: getting rid of Russell.

Throwing the Challenge

While looking for rocks to build a fire, Ralph Kiser accidentally discovered the Hidden Immunity Idol without any clues, much to his delight.

With the Hidden Immunity Idol in one of their members' possession and having a 2-member lead over the Ometepe tribe, the Zapatera Six purposely threw the challenge away, giving the Ometepe tribe their very first immunity win of the season. The move angered Russell and his alliance, who were fully aware that the six threw the challenge.

A Plan Works

Knowing that his alliance was outnumbered 6 to 3, Russell tried to sway Julie Wolfe to vote for Ralph, promising her the Final Four. Julie considered Russell's plan. However at Tribal Council, Julie stayed loyal and the Zapatera Six split their votes between Russell and Stephanie (in case Russell found an idol), while Russell's alliance voted for Ralph, forcing a 3-3-3 tie between Russell, Stephanie, and Ralph. In a revote, with the Zapatera Six now knowing that he did not have an idol in his possession, Russell was voted out of the tribe and sent to Redemption Island.

Dismantling Russell's Alliance

With the plan of getting rid of Russell having come to fruition, the next stage of the plan was to get rid of Russell's alliance. As a result, at the next Tribal Council, Krista was eliminated. David tried to lobby for Sarita to be voted off over Stephanie for being the weak link in the tribe but ultimately failed and Stephanie was eliminated for being untrustworthy. With Stephanie's elimination, Russell's alliance was disintegrated.

The Six Becomes Five

With Russell's alliance gone, the six knew that they had to win the next challenge to keep the alliance intact. However, the Ometepe tribe narrowly won the next challenge, sending Zapatera to their third straight Tribal Council. David lobbied hard for Sarita to be eliminated, while Sarita lobbied for David, as he was seen as condescending and untrustworthy. Thus, The four other members had to choose which member to keep. In the end, the alliance decided that strength was more important than loyalty and voted Sarita off.

The Merge

The Zapatera alliance entered the merge outnumbered by Ometepe 7-5 after Matt won the Redemption Island duel. The Zapatera alliance tried to get Matt to flip and join them in voting out Rob Mariano. However, Matt attempted to vote with Ometepe, only to be blindsided for the second time in a 6-5-1 vote.

Pagonging

With the Ometepe Alliance remaining solid and determined to get rid of the remaining five, the Zapatera alliance was picked off one by one, with Steve Wright being the last member sent to Redemption Island. In the end, the highest-placing member of the Zapatera Six was Mike Chiesl.

Trivia

  • This alliance is the first to successfully vote out Russell Hantz.

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References

Survivor Alliances Per Season
Borneo The Australian Outback Africa Marquesas
Tagi Alliance Kucha Alliance Boran Alliance Maraamu Alliance
Older Samburu Alliance Rotu Four
Barbecue Alliance Ogakor Alliance
Younger Samburu Alliance Outsiders Alliance
Thailand The Amazon Pearl Islands All-Stars
Chuay Gahn Five Jaburu Alliance Drake Alliance Chapera Alliance
Morgan Alliance
Sook Jai Alliance Tambaqui Alliance Mogo Mogo Alliance
Outcast Alliance
Vanuatu Palau Guatemala Panama
Fat Five Koror Alliance Nakúm Alliance Casaya Alliance
Yasur Alliance
Yaxhá Alliance La Mina Alliance
Final Four Alliance
Cook Islands Fiji China Micronesia
Aitu Four Four Horsemen Fei Long Alliance Malakal Couples Alliance
Older Airai Alliance
Raro Alliance Syndicate Alliance Zhan Hu Alliance
Black Widow Brigade
Gabon Tocantins Samoa Heroes vs. Villains
Fang Alliance Jalapao Three Foa Foa Four Heroes Alliance
Timbira Alliance Rob's Villains Alliance
Onion Alliance Galu Alliance
Exile Alliance Russell's Villains Alliance
Nicaragua Redemption Island South Pacific One World
Espada Alliance Russell's Zapatera Alliance Savaii Alliance Misfit Alliance
La Flor Alliance Stealth R Us Muscle Alliance
The Family
Final Four Alliance Zapatera Six Salani Alliance
Philippines Caramoan Blood vs. Water Cagayan
Kalabaw Alliance Cool Kids Alliance Five Guys Alliance Aparri Alliance
Matsing Alliance
Gota Alliance Galang Alliance Cops-R-Us
Tandang Alliance
Stealth R Us Singles Alliance Solana Alliance
Fulcrum Alliance
San Juan del Sur Worlds Apart Cambodia Kaôh Rōng
Coyopa Guys Alliance Escameca Alliance Bayon Alliance Gondol Alliance
Fab Five Nagarote Alliance Witches' Coven Dara Women's Alliance
Millennials vs. Gen X Game Changers Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Ghost Island
Takali Alliance Power Six Soko Alliance Naviti Alliance
Triforce
The Round Table
David's Vinaka Alliance Tavua Alliance Final Four Alliance
Final Four Alliance
Zeke's Vinaka Alliance
David vs. Goliath Edge of Extinction Island of the Idols Winners at War
David Alliance Kama Six Lairo Women's Alliance Cops-R-Us
Goliath Alliance Manu Alliance Vokai Alliance
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