Vytas Baskauskas put his faith in his brother Aras’ Survivor experience when they played together on Survivor: Blood vs. Water. That seemed like a sound strategy. After all, Aras won his first time out on Survivor: Panama—Exile Island. So when it all went wrong, and Aras’ BFF Tyson turned on the brothers, Vytas blamed Aras’ blindspot for their ouster.
But now Vytas has his second chance on Survivor: Cambodia. I asked him out on location if he still held his bro responsible. “I blame myself for trusting in him and knowing Aras was too trustworthy,” says Vytas. “I don’t blame him at all. Aras is a trusting guy. I know my brother. I know that I shouldn’t have trusted his trustworthiness.”
Still, Vytas is looking forward to having an opportunity to play solo. “It’s a lot more freeing just having to worry about myself,” says Vytas. “On the other hand, it was cool to have my brother here. Looking at all these contestants, I know it’s going to be knives out day one. But having Aras here was at least I know one person is not out to get me. That’s not the case here. Everybody’s out to get me. Everybody is out to get everybody. Only one person can win.”
What does Vytas have to do to become that one person? Like all players this season, he needs to learn from previous mistakes. “My biggest mistake was getting comfortable,” he says. “I played a great game before the merge, I hit the merge, I won immunity, and I had an immunity necklace on that afternoon and I just stopped paying attention to the social cues.… When you stop paying attention to those cues, you get blindsided — and we got blindsided.”
Indeed they did. Will it happen again? We’ll find out when Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance premieres Sept. 23 on CBS. In the meantime, to see more from Vytas (including game footage), click on the video at the top of the post. And for more Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.