Most people, especially the seasoned ones Survivor fans can now openly admit Survivor 46 was a disaster.

Reality Blurred’s Andy Dehnart wrote a hilarious (and true) recap of the series finale and was honest about the season in general.

From the inexplicable madness of the Yanu tribe to the last tribe where nothing made sense anymore, Survivor 46 was entertaining in terms of characters, but it will probably go down in history as the worst strategic Survivor season ever.

Two players, however, played strategically and effectively throughout the game – Maria and Charlie. They formed a bond early on and at one point it was said that Charlie would be known as “Uncle Charlie” to Maria’s children.

They were behind or instrumental in all the blindsides, if you can truly blindside the ignorant and delusional, through the final seven. Maria even brought Q in for multiple votes when no one wanted him in the game AND convinced others to work with him to take out other perceived threats.

It’s a viable strategy to work closely, even ally, with someone until the final five. From there, everyone should be able to fend for themselves. That’s what happened in Season 46, except Maria went a little too fast. After using Q on several tribals, Maria thought she could use it again and take out Charlie with six people left in the game.

Unfortunately, she misjudged how much the other players wanted Q out. And to be fair to Maria, Charlie was also investigating the possibility of getting Maria out. In the end, Charlie voted with the majority to vote Q out, and Maria’s plan to get Charlie out was revealed.

Maria tried to make amends with Charlie, and Charlie was kind, because he knew he would have been willing to take her out. He also saw the writing on the wall for Maria and knew that she would go home if she didn’t win immunity.

Liz ended up helping Kenzie when she got immunity in the final five (I still don’t understand how this happened). Charlie was NOT involved in this and even though he voted with everyone else to end Maria’s time on the island, she had no say in it.

As confusing as Season 46 was, with five idols leaving the game in pockets, including four in a row during crunch time, the fact that Maria voted for Kenzie over Charlie still stings. Why did she do it?

In the aftershow right after the last tribal, Maria mentioned Kenzie winning the fire-making challenge as a big reason. In an interview with USShe claimed she was convinced by Kenzie’s answer to Q’s question about what they would do with the money.

Let’s explore that for a moment. That’s a question that should never be asked. It’s nobody’s business how they decide to spend the money. It requires a flattering answer from the finalists. Plus the fact that the winner after taxes gets, what, $600,000, maybe. That’s not even enough to buy a house in many markets. It’s a terrible question, with no right answer.

It’s ridiculous to base your vote on the answer to that question. It negates all the good play Maria has shown during the game.

Maybe Maria was playing the Old School jury, where players who didn’t make it to the final tribal are angry at those who did. Maybe she was jealous that Charlie made it and she didn’t. Maybe she was embarrassed that she tried to take him out and failed. Charlie wasn’t involved in the cheating that got her voted out. He didn’t manage to overwhelm her, so that shouldn’t have been a problem.

Maybe something happened between the two that the audience didn’t see. Whatever the reason, it was sad to see someone so close to another player vote for someone else when he KNEW how well his ally played the game. The audience will probably never know the real reason.

If she had voted for Charlie, it would have been a tie, and Ben said he would have voted for Charlie, so the right person would have won.

Anyway, it’s just a game, and Maria shouldn’t be personally harassed for her decision. Her voice is still enigmatic, but it’s things like this that keep everyone watching the show.