Two of the most fan-anticipated castaways in the lead-up to Survivor: Winners at War were undoubtedly Amber and Rob (AKA \u201cBoston Rob\u201d) Mariano. It was a dream come true for many longtime fans to have both halves of the first real-life couple brought together on Survivor back for this milestone 20th anniversary season. But while it\u2019s been great TV to see them compete in the same season, it might not have been the best idea for their chances to be successful in the game.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=tboaTrhjn4I&t=740s\n\n\n\n\nMarried Marianos on 'Survivor' The Path to Victory or a Big Mistake?\n\n\n\nThe History of Rob and Amber on 'Survivor'\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=wtjEiqlprGc\nRob proposes to Amber at the finale of Survivor: All Stars\n\n\n\nWay back in the early 2000s when her last name was still Brkich, Amber competed on Survivor\u2019s second season, The Australian Outback. A year later, Rob appeared on Season 4, Marquesas. Neither of them won, but when they returned for All-Stars in Season 8 they ended up as the final two. That season ended with Amber ultimately taking home the million-dollar prize...and an engagement ring presented to her by Rob during the season\u2019s cast reunion special!\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=-oQNLQpTgOU\nRob and Amber compete on The Amazing Race\n\n\n\nClick Here For All The Details on BTS's New Album: Map Of The Soul!\n\n\n\nIt may have seemed like a fairytale ending, but Rob and Amber\u2019s reality TV career was just getting started. They competed as a team on two seasons of another CBS reality show, The Amazing Race and had a televised special focusing on their wedding. Rob also played two more seasons of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and Redemption Island, the latter of which he won.\n\n\n\nBoth Rob and Amber have said for years that they would never return to compete on Survivor. But CBS managed to pull Rob into mentor the contestants on Island of the Idols last season, and now, nearly 20 years and four daughters later, both Marianos have returned to compete on the 40th season of the show, Winners at War - along with 18 other previous Survivor champions.\n\n\n\nTrouble in Fiji\n\n\n\nRob and Amber aren\u2019t the first married couple to play on the same season of Survivor - the show has had two Blood vs. Water editions featuring family members compete against each other - but they\u2019re the only ones on Winners at War, and that kind of built-in, \u201cunbreakable\u201d alliance automatically creates a huge threat to the other players in the game.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=8IIeEVMbc6k\nThe opening scene of Survivor: Winners at War\n\n\n\nBeing former winners and all, those players aren\u2019t stupid. Even though the producers placed Amber on the red-buffed Dakal tribe at the start of the game and Rob on the blue-buffed Sele - no doubt hoping separating the two would improve their chances at sticking around for a while - most of their competitors were still eager to get at least one of them out as quickly as possible before a potential swap or the merge came around so they wouldn\u2019t get to meet up and officially align in the game.\n\n\n\nTRENDING: SIMON COWELL BACK ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER 10 MONTH HIATUS WITH ERIC COWELL ANNOUNCEMENT \n\n\n\nWhat certainly didn\u2019t help the matter was that in a season with most of the cast members already knowing each other, they decided to keep the fact that they were playing a secret from the other contestants. So when fellow contestant Sandra Diaz-Twine - who had just spent over a month living with Rob on the island as mentors during the filming of the previous season - saw the two of them arrive, she was immediately out for revenge.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=2lTUEYsIDUk\nAmber becomes the second person voted out of Survivor: Winners at War\n\n\n\nSandra seemed to be gunning for Rob, but she ended up on the opposite tribe as him. So she went for the next-best plan of revenge and made sure Amber was the first person eliminated from the Dakal tribe. (This was also supported by several of the other castaways, who feared that the perceived closeness of certain players outside of the game would naturally lead to an alliance.)\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=zrYmD2WEs_Q\nAmber Mariano and Natalie Anderson on the Edge of Extinction\n\n\n\nAmber will have two chances to get back in the game down the line, but even if she doesn\u2019t, it looks like she could serve as a sort of sacrificial lamb that could help Rob\u2019s game. Not only should her elimination bring the size of Rob\u2019s target-factor down a couple notches, while on the Edge of Extinction (where this season\u2019s eliminated players stay to await their shot at returning) she will also have the chance to give advantages in the game to the remaining players. She\u2019s already bequeathed the fire token (which can be used to buy food and advantages) she was given at the beginning of the game to Rob, and if she finds other advantages on the Edge she may be able to help him in that manner as well.\n\n\n\nWhat Might Have Been on 'Survivor'\n\n\n\nBut the question remains: should both Rob and Amber have agreed to play Winners at War in the first place? I think most fans would give a resounding \u201cyes\u201d to that question based on pure entertainment potential and nostalgia, but from the perspective of them as players, it probably wasn\u2019t the best idea.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=onxWAkBQOFE\nAmber is declared the winner of Survivor: All Stars\n\n\n\nFrom a gameplay standpoint, I think the scene giving the Marianos the best shot to take home the season\u2019s special two-million-dollar prize would be for only Amber to return. Rob has been considered a major threat during his past couple of seasons, while Amber is looked at by many as little more than a coattail-rider who wouldn\u2019t be viewed as a big threat if she didn\u2019t have an automatic alliance in the game with her.\n\n\n\nSEE ALSO: AT 16, DWYANE WADE WATCHED MOM SHOOT UP AND "SLOWLY KILL HERSELF" BEFORE SHE WAS ARRESTED\n\n\n\nThe people with this mindset would most likely overlook Amber\u2019s social abilities, which would allow her to fly under the radar long enough to go far and potentially even win. Sure, she hasn\u2019t played since before Hidden Immunity Idols were even introduced to the game, but we know she\u2019s been tuning in for every season since, along with Rob and their four adorable daughters!\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/B8fE54dpi-8\/\nThe Mariano family getting ready to watch the premiere of Survivor: Winners at War\n\n\n\nDo you think Amber competing solo would have been the best path to a Winners at War victory for the Marianos? Let us know in the comments below!