Except Brian did not come across as loveable. From what I saw on social media most people didn't want him to win.The edit and storyline they pitch has always heavily guided opinions on Survivor and it was interesting how Brian became the loveable King Grub yet the reality was he was a 'villain' who wasn't trustable. Benji was promoted as that instead after Russell left and that was meant to be his role in the end.
Shane simply didn't didn't have many concrete points to push, and nothing post-merge. She went on about being a snake without really having much evidence, she won more based on not upsetting people which is the opposite of a snake.