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The Big Brother Strategy That Fans Thought Was Truly Brilliant

"Big Brother" is approaching its 24th season, and fans of the show are excited to see some drama unfold in the house. So much so that "Big Brother" fans are hyping a major Season 24 theory before any episodes have even aired yet. For those people, the new episodes can't come soon enough.

Of course, the unpredictable nature of reality series is what keeps audiences tuning in for more. The houseguests have to do whatever it takes to earn the public's adoration while trying to stay in the good graces of their housemates. On top of that, they have to complete tasks in order to lessen their chances of being nominated for eviction. It's a pressure cooker situation, and the best contestants have to strategize to stay in the game.

Some "Big Brother" contestants lie and manipulate in pursuit of the glory. Others fly under the radar and hope for the best. A few of them have even been known to hook up with each other. However, there was one strategy employed by a former "Big Brother" contestant that was unlike any other, and fans agree that it was truly brilliant.

Let's talk about Dan's funeral during Season 14 of Big Brother

Dan Gheesling, who appeared on the 10th and 14th seasons of "Big Brother," was a master strategist if there ever was one. This was exemplified when he staged his own "funeral" during Season 14 as part of a last-ditch attempt to keep him in the house when all hope seemed lost.

But what exactly did his funeral entail? He obviously didn't die, but being eliminated from "Big Brother" is arguably worse than passing away. Basically, the ambitious contestant convinced his housemates that he'd given up and accepted defeat, before proceeding to give an impassioned speech in which he showered them with emotional words and compliments.

However, things took a turn when he addressed his ally, Danielle, stating that she was dead to him over a mysterious incident that was never mentioned. His words shocked the houseguests and effectively gained some support for Dan, allowing him to stick around until the final. According to Entertainment Weekly, the incident is regarded as a historic moment in "Big Brother" history, and fans are still talking about it to this day.

Big Brother fans appreciated Dan's strategy

While there's an argument to be made that Dan threw his friend under the bus for his own selfish gain, there's no denying that his gamble paid off. As such, some fans of "Big Brother" have overlooked the moral debates pertaining to Dan's funeral and praised its effectiveness.

Reddit user u/Zymboni watched the situation play out in real-time, and they were amazed by the contestant's words. "Watching it live at the time, I was mostly just shocked that people believed it. Like the ENTIRE house is like "Dan has to go." and then he comes back, cries, yells at Danielle, says he's basically dead, and then Britney goes home."

This sentiment was shared by u/WaltGraceSub1967, who claimed that it was one of the defining moments in the show's entire history. "This is a "where were you when" moment for the fandom. Watching him play that season was TRULY an honor," they wrote.

"I thought it was brilliant," said a Redditor by the name of u/kzwalls.