Maybe it's the Moleron in me having wishful flashbacks to the show I held so dear, but I'm really getting into a Season 1 state of mind. A reminder (or education, for those of you unfortunate enough to miss it), that was the season that Kathryn was the Mole. Steven and Jim figured it out early and worked together to throw the others off the trail. Sure enough, those two made the finals and Steven beat Jim in the final test.
So why am I thinking about it now? Those who know me know that it takes me awhile to get to my point...
So the killer knows he/she is the killer, but doesn't have advance knowledge of the murders and associated riddles. How does the killer make it look credible to stay alive? Through a strong alliance. The more people you're allied with, the more likely one of them will solve the riddle...and share with you. And you can stir up trouble between the two alliances to distract the players in the other alliance.
And what if you're in an alliance with someone you think is the killer? If you're confident in your choice, then you try to misdirect the others. One big way is to honestly say that you picked someone else as the killer.
Of course, the one big risk to your plan is if the other alliance solves the riddle. That's when it helps to have someone in your alliance as a double agent.
So Lindsey was the double agent, and Cris is allied with her. They accused each other out of misdirection, and so that they could honestly tell others who they voted for.
And the killer? That would be Kam. Oh sure, he got a Scared card...the episode one of his alliance members got killed. It would only make sense for Kam to be scared when one of his alliance is the worst. It's the closest the show could come to "Ten Little Indians" (where the killer had actually appeared to be one of the early victims) since the rules called for the killer to be one of the final three.
The double murder helped to turn the tide for Kam's alliance. But maybe there wouldn't have been a double murder that week if someone from Melina's alliance had solved the riddle. They could have waited for a week when one of Kam's alliance did solve the riddle to have the double murder.
And if I'm wrong...I still miss The Mole. And every time I see Andy Coop on CNN, I still think of him as the bestest reality host.