The Challenge: What Ifs

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The Challenge: What Ifs
I think we talk a lot about how things would have changed in the game if someone had gone left instead of right at a point and I figured I'd start this thread for people to map out how they think things would've changed if different decisions had been made. I didn't really intend this to be for tiny things (i.e. if CT hadn't ripped the flag he would've won the Duel), but more complicated changes. Here are a couple I've thought about (Mods, I thought this was different enough from the generic thread but if not I understand if it needs to be moved) Challenge: The Island What If: Johnny hadn't taken Evelyn's key back after the face-off with Cohutta and Derrick Why: It would've kept Evelyn out of the next face-offs and kept Johnny's key out of jeopardy for the rest of the game What should've happened: Johnny should've taken Kellyanne's key How things would've changed: I think strategically this would've been a brilliant move. Eventually, there's going to be a final face-off where the person won't be able to get their key back. If you're Johnny, you WANT Evelyn to have a key at that point because then you get one of your people to win, grab the key, and she's gone. So if he had taken Kellyanne's key here's what would've happened: The next face-off would've been the same. Ryan/Johanna/Colie with Ryan winning. Ryan likely would've been adamant about not taking Evelyn or Jenn's keys so the next option would've been Robin. After Ryan takes Robin's key, the final face-off is Kellyanne, Dan (both of whom were terrible at it), Robin, and Johanna (who almost beat Evelyn at it). I'd bet money on Johanna in that face-off. Johanna gets to take the last key, which would've been Evelyn's. The final boats at that point would've been Kenny, Derrick, Johnny and Dunbar, vs. Johanna, Paula, Ryan, and Jenn. Evelyn doesn't win the Island, Paula wouldn't have freaked out because there was no "backstabbing" after Dunbar left, and Dunbar would've won his first challenge with JKD eliminating his Johnny Bananas animosity. Evelyn probably doesn't walk into the Ruins willing to play nice with JEK, and Dunbar isn't on the Challengers team. I think things worked out for TV purposes, but the smarter/safer move was to take Kellyanne's key.