LAST EDITED ON 02-24-12 AT 04:27 PM (EST)
Here's some good info from Nina's Examiner interview re tribal dynamics:
Examiner: You were shown approaching Chelsea to plead your case as to why they should keep you. Is that because you perceived Chelsea to be the person pulling the strings within the alliance?
Nina: I talked to Chelsea but I also talked to Kim. In my opinion, Kim is really the silent leader of that group. The chosen leader was Sabrina, but I think Kim kind of deferred to Sabrina, and that was a smart move. Lots of times the vocal leader has a target on their back. I think Kim was working things from behind the scenes pretty well, and I think that she had a lot to say about who did what, and I think that she had a lot of influence over Alicia and Kat.
Hi all, been traveling so just catching up on this season, but this is my initial impression too, that Kim is the real leader of the women's tribe and she ultimately made the decision to keep Kat for now (vs. Chelsea, who could have been swayed by reason to keep Nina). Kat is to Kim what Natalie was to Boston Rob....naive young follower (at least for now).
Personally I'm happy that there are several strong/smart/articulate women this season -- I really like Chelsea, Kim, Sabrina and Monica. Christina has potential too. Will be interesting to see how Chelsea and Kim get along long term.