'Survivor: Caramoan's' Shamar Thomas talks hospitalization and how hard 'Survivor' was
How was your eye? Were you hospitalized? Did everything turn out OK?
"My eye, it was pretty bad, but they took care of me in the hospital. I had another injury that was a little bit more serious and that required me to stay in the hospital for six days."
Goodness. What was the other injury?
"I had a piece of bamboo in my finger and it was infected. I had to have emergency surgery. My finger is permanently scarred and disfigured. That was my main concern."
Are you glad you went on "Survivor"? Was it what you were expecting?
"Apart from being in Iraq and [a video I shot], this has been the biggest thing that I've ever been able to be a part of. I thank casting, Jeff Probst and everybody for allowing me to come on.
As far as it being what I expected, of course not. Being a Marine, doing two tours in Iraq, I could have never expected 'Survivor' to be so challenging. To know that 350 other people have done it, it's like wow. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them after that. It was a very very challenging game."
The show really made it look as though you didn't contribute around camp. Did you feel it was a fair portrayal?
"Not at all. After you've built a shelter in 'Survivor,' all we had to really do was find water in the morning and boil water and a few pots of rice. There was nothing much going on. As far as me laying in camp, a lot of the other people were climbing rocks with no shoes and getting on the boat and exploring other islands. I didn't feel like I should be expending my energy, especially when I felt like I didn't have a lot in common with the other players. Let me save this energy for the challenges. I knew we needed to win if we were going to survive."
What are your feelings toward Eddie and Reynold?
"I mean, Reynold is a very, very strong player. He's a great Survivor. He played a great game. At the end of the day, I don't hold grudges against anybody. We are playing a game. As far as Eddie, I think he was a bit of a follower. I'm disappointed he didn't take up my offer to align with me. He chose Reynold, that was a little disheartening. But other than that, they're great guys and I hope they do well in the game."
When you left, did you feel the Fans had a chance to come together and win? Or were they in too much disarray?
"I felt like the Fans tribe, even when I first got out there, I could see that they were a little intimidated by the Favorites. They had some very, very strong Favorites. [The Fans] really underestimated their ability. I knew that after I left, it would be the same thing as before I left. I didn't think that they would do well after I left because the nucleus of what they had -- the weakness of the players was pretty evident. I kind of knew that they were a little bit doomed. But like I said, I was different from the others, so I was a target."
"Survivor" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.