Aubry Bracco is bound to have a huge target on her back when she plays in Survivor: Game Changers.
Aubry is returning for her second season of the reality series this spring with Survivor: Game Changers. The 30-year-old from Cambridge, Mass. will probably have a tough road ahead considering her reputation in her original season.
During the first few days of Survivor: Kaoh Rong, Aubry's first season, she had a rough time coping with the elements and entertained the idea of quitting, but her tribemates helped convince her to stay. She quickly turned things around and emerged as a dominant strategic player, aligning with Cydney Gillon and dominating the post-merge.
She then formed a tight emotional bond with Tai Trang and manipulated him into turning against his allies, Kyle Jason and Scot Pollard. She made it all the way to the Final Tribal Council, where her social game proved to be weaker than that of Michele Fitzgerald, who won the game with five votes to Aubry's two.
Many Survivor viewers weren't happy that Aubry lost the game considering how the editors focused so heavily on her strategy, suggesting that she had what it took to win. Now, heading into Game Changers, Aubry's excellent strategic game may make her a major target on Day 1.
It's not clear how many of Aubry's fellow Game Changers competitors will see her as a threat, but even she recognizes that she'll have to be careful.
"Going into 'Game Changers', I know I'll have a target on my back, especially since other players will have just seen my season," she says in her CBS bio. "I can't play under the radar... people won't buy it. I plan to align with a variety of people, including power players and villains to pad myself."
Ultimately, Aubry feels that she is more confident than ever, which can only benefit her.
"I'm more assertive, confident, and grounded in who I am. In my last season, I logically knew I could play and do well," she says. "This time, I believe it. I have an easier time taking stock of the cards on the table, making decisions, and rolling with the consequences."
Survivor: Game Changers premieres Wednesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.