After that though, Brad Culpepper's decision to turn on John Cody opened up the game.
Hayden remained off the chopping block, but he was forced to make some tough decisions and stronger loyalties.
The new Tadhana tribe of Hayden, Caleb, Ciera, Tyson Apostol, Aras Baskauskas, and Gervase Peterson won the remaining challenges and made the merge.
The post-swap ties Hayden made with Tyson and Gervase resulted in him working with them for the first few votes of the merge.
However, Ciera did not follow through with this plan and Caleb would be voted out instead.
With his back against the wall, Hayden tried once more to get Ciera to flip otherwise Tyson, Gervase, and Monica would become the final three. Since Hayden received three votes in the initial tie and two in the revote, he would be immune from the rock draw tiebreaker.
Nobody changed their vote on the revote, forcing a rock drawing tiebreaker.