The more interviews I read from Erik, the more I wish we had seen more of him during this season. Not only to know what he was thinking/what game he was playing (which is something we would hear from everyone if I had a say), but also because I'm now wondering how much confessionals are motivated by the desire to come back now that it's pretty much the de facto motus operandi on Survivor. I.e. if Erik thought he had a chance to come back again, would his rhethoric be different? In this case, Erik seems pretty disgusted with the whole process and over it, but supposing he had had a better edit, would he play the after match differently? Unless you're a "character", your confessionals are now shown only if you're the winner (boring for the serious viewer, who can see it coming a long time before the end) or if you have an interaction with a F3 that might show up later, for instance at tribal. If you're a good strategist (and I'm not saying Erik was or wasn't, we saw nothing in that regard, for all I know he could have been playing a superb game and we never saw any of it) but without impact on the outcome, you disappear in favour of the "characters" (like the crazy people that you cannot show during the reunion because it exposes the network to liabilities, which seems to be the people I would have preferred not to see in the first place (Go figure... Obviously, I'm not a producer nor involved with casting).
I do applaud Erik's bravery in his post game comments and interviews because he must be fully aware that these may exclude him any new survivor season but he's had enough with the beep-beep and accepts the potential consequences. Wish there were more players like him, in a way, it is quite refreshing to see people not towing the TPTB's line and expressing their own opinions for a change. Same goes for Allie, btw. Maybe these two were the most forward because they had nothing to lose, not expecting anything more from this game. The only way CBS would prove to be the bigger person would be in casting them again, and as non entities. Otherwise, as I see it, they have won. Just with his interviews, and despite having been quasi absent this season, for me, Erik has more than redeemed himself.
And BTW, his hair look so fluffy and luscious, much more so than Malcolm's, IMHO.