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Survivor: Edge of Extinction is the thirty-eighth season of Survivor.

Production

As has been the case for a decade, this season was filmed back-to-back with its predecessor, Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

Due to the nature of this season, the castaways were not allowed to do exit press until the end of the season.[4]

Twists/Changes

  • Four Returning Players: Four previous castaways will compete with a group of 14 new castaways.[3]
  • Edge of Extinction:[5] After being voted out and departing Tribal Council, those who were voted out will be given the choice to permanently leave the game or go into the unknown for a chance to come back.[6] After the merge, all castaways remaining on Edge of Extinction that did not quit would form the eventual jury.
  • Advantage Menu: A clue hidden at the marooning would lead one person to find the Advantage Menu, giving them one of three advantages. The finder can either steal the reward from the winning tribe, use the parchment as an Extra Vote, or use it for individual immunity, which works similar to a Hidden Immunity Idol. The Advantage Menu expires after the third Tribal Council.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol is hidden at each camp. In addition, the first Edge of Extinction returnee was gifted a Hidden Immunity Idol upon their return. However, this idol has two halves, one of which must be given to another castaway before the next Tribal Council. If both castaways remain after Tribal Council, the two halves combine into an idol with full power.
  • Tribe Expansion: With 15 castaways left, a tribe expansion occurred introducing the Lesu​ tribe.
  • Extra Vote: On Days 13 and 21, an Extra Vote was hidden on the Edge of Extinction. The person who found the extra vote would have the right to gift it to someone currently in the game. The Extra Vote hidden on Day 13 had the addition stipulation that it could only be gifted to someone attending the next Tribal Council.
  • Joint Tribal Council: The two tribes who lost the sixth Immunity Challenge on Day 16 were both sent to Tribal Council as one group, but unlike a standard Double Tribal Council, they would vote as a group and only one person was voted out.
  • Early Merge: This season merged with thirteen castaways in the game; twelve in the main game and one from the Edge of Extinction.
  • Simplified Final Four Tribal Council: Instead of a traditional vote, the person who wins the final four Immunity Challenge will get to choose one person to take with them to the Final Three. The remaining two castaways would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine who would be eliminated.
  • Final Three: Three finalists faced a thirteen-person jury.
  • Reformatted Final Tribal Council: Instead of having each jury member speak one by one, an open forum was held to ensure a more insightful rapport between the jury and finalists.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Edge of
Extinction Status
Votes
Against
Original Tribe Expanded Tribe Merged Tribe
S38 keith t Keith Sowell
19, Durham, NC
Pre-Med Student
Manu 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Quit
Day 17
6
S38 wendy t Wendy Diaz
25, Bell, CA
Small Business Owner
Manu Manu 6th Voted Out
Day 16
Quit
Day 17
15
S38 reem t Reem Daly
46, Ashburn, VA
Sales Representative
Manu 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 35
4
S38 aubry t Aubry Bracco
32, Los Angeles, CA
Kaôh Rōng & Game Changers
Kama Manu 5th Voted Out
Day 13
Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 35
4
S38 joe t Joe Anglim
29, Ogden, UT
Worlds Apart & Cambodia
Kama Kama Vata 7th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 19
Eliminated
Day 35
6
S38 eric t Eric Hafemann
34, Livermore, CA
Firefighter
Kama Manu 8th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 22
Eliminated
Day 35
8
S38 julia t Julia Carter
24, Bethesda, MD
Medical Assistant
Kama Kama 9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 23
Eliminated
Day 35
9
S38 david t David Wright
44, Sherman Oaks, CA
Millennials vs. Gen X
Manu Lesu 10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 25
Eliminated
Day 35
12
S38 kelley t Kelley Wentworth
31, Seattle, WA
San Juan del Sur & Cambodia
Manu Lesu 11th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 27
Eliminated
Day 35
14
S38 wardog t Wardog DaSilva
38, Los Angeles, CA
Law Student/Former Military
Manu Lesu 12th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 29
Eliminated
Day 35
8
S38 ron t Ron Clark
46, Atlanta, GA
Teacher
Kama Kama 13th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 31
Eliminated
Day 35
3
S38 aurora t Aurora McCreary
32, Orlando, FL
Divorce Lawyer
Kama Kama 14th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 34
Eliminated
Day 35
12
S38 victoria t Victoria Baamonde
23, Bronx, NY
Waitress
Kama Manu 15th Voted Out
11th Jury Member
Day 36
2
S38 lauren t Lauren O'Connell
21, Waco, TX
Student
Manu Lesu 16th Voted Out
12th Jury Member
Day 37
11
S38 rick t Rick Devens
33, Macon, GA
Morning News Anchor
Manu Lesu 4th Voted Out
Day 11
1st Returnee
Day 17
12
Eliminated
13th Jury Member
Day 38
S38 julie t Julie Rosenberg
46, New York City, NY
Toymaker
Kama Kama Second
Runner-Up
1
S38 gavin t Gavin Whitson
23, Erwin, TN
YMCA Program Director
Kama Manu Runner-Up 0
S38 chris t Chris Underwood
25, Greenville, SC
District Sales Manager
Manu 3rd Voted Out
Removed from Jury
Day 8
2nd Returnee
Day 35
9
Sole Survivor

Season Summary

Fourteen new castaways were joined by four returning players: Aubry and Joe, who joined Kama, and David and Kelley, who joined Manu. The Kama tribe became a cohesive group, though the new players were bent on eliminating their returning players, although no plans were set in motion as Kama devastated Manu in challenges, thus avoiding Tribal Council. The Manu tribe, however, found itself stricken in political strife, with its returning players targeting each other, but later begrudgingly worked together to make it through their losing streak. Unbeknownst to the castaways still in the game however, the people they voted out were given the opportunity to go to the Edge of Extinction, where they had to survive isolation and uncertainty while waiting for the opportunity to return to the game. On Day 17, the tribes merged into the Vata tribe, but not before witnessing the first re-entry challenge, where Rick won a spot back in the game.

At the merged tribe's first Tribal Council, the original Kama voted out its only remaining returning player, Joe, but later found themselves turning on each other. With David and Rick also on the outs with the old Manu, however, tribal lines were diluted, allowing multiple short-term deals. Following the eliminations of the remaining returning players David and Kelley, Rick eventually found the target focused on him after acquiring multiple Hidden Immunity Idols and advantages and was seen as a threat, but avoided elimination after winning several Immunity Challenges.

On Day 35, Chris won the second re-entry challenge and reunited and worked with his former ally Rick, but was unsure if he could defeat him. Having won the Final Immunity Challenge, Chris had the option on who to take to the Final Three and who would compete in the fire-making challenge, but believing his late-game resurgence would not be enough to win him the game, he chose to face Rick in the fire-making challenge himself. Chris defeated Rick, joining Gavin and Julie in the final three.

At the Final Tribal Council, Julie was mostly ignored by the jury for being overly emotional on multiple occasions while Gavin, despite having done decently in the main game, was unable to counter Chris' arguments. In the end, Chris' social bonds and clutch play despite having stayed on the Edge of Extinction for most of the game, won him the title of Sole Survivor in a 9-4-0 vote.

Episode Air date Edge of Extinction Challenges Voted Out
(vote)
Status Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Left Game Finish Reward Immunity
1 "It Smells Like Success" February 20, 2019 Kama1 Reem2
(4-3-1-1)
1st Voted Out
1st Jury Member5
Day 3
7.75[7] 1.6/7[7]
2 "One of Us Is Going to Win the War" February 27, 2019 None Kama1 Keith2
(6-1-1)
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7.07[8] 1.5/7[8]
3 "Betrayals Are Going to Get Exposed" March 6, 2019 None Manu Kama Chris2
(5-2)
3rd Voted Out
Removed from Jury8
Day 8
7.25[9] 1.5/6[9]
4 "I Need a Dance Partner" March 13, 2019 None None Kama Rick2
(3-2)
4th Voted Out
Day 11
7.53[10] 1.5/7[10]
Manu
5 "It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever" March 20, 2019 None Kama Kama Aubry2
(4-1)
5th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member5
Day 13
7.05[11] 1.3/6[11]
Manu Lesu
None Kama Kama3 Wendy2
(4-4;
6-04)
6th Voted Out
Day 16
Manu
6 "There's Always a Twist" March 27, 2019 Rick 1st Returnee
Day 17
None Julie Joe2
(6-3-2-2)
7th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 19
7.75[12] 1.6/8[12]
Keith Quit
Day 17
Wendy
7 "I'm the Puppet Master" April 3, 2019 None Aurora,
Eric, Julia,
Rick,
Victoria,
Wardog
Aurora Eric2
(8-2-2)
8th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 22
7.41[13] 1.5/7[13]
8 "Y'all Making Me Crazy" April 10, 2019 None None Gavin Julia2
(9-1-0)6
9th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 23
7.59[14] 1.5/7[14]
9 "Blood of a Blindside" April 17, 2019 None None Aurora David2
(8-2)
10th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 25
7.83[15] 1.5/8[15]
Gavin,
Kelley,
Lauren
[Julie]7
Rick Kelley2
(5-4)
11th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 27
10 "Fasten Your Seatbelts" April 24, 2019 None Julie,
Lauren,
Rick,
Wardog
Rick Wardog2
(6-2)
12th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 29
7.50[16] 1.5/7[16]
11 "Awkward" May 1, 2019 None Ron
[Gavin,
Julie]
Gavin Ron2
(3-1-0)6
13th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 31
7.34[17] 1.4/7[17]
12 "Idol or Bust" May 8, 2019 None Gavin
[Lauren,
Victoria]
Rick Aurora2
(5-1)
14th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 34
13 "I See the Million Dollars" May 15, 2019 Reem Eliminated
Day 35
Julie Victoria
(2-0-0)6
15th Voted Out
11th Jury Member
Day 36
Aubry
Joe
Eric
Julia
David
[Chris,
Lauren]
Kelley
Wardog
Ron
Aurora
Chris 2nd Returnee
Day 35
None Rick Lauren
(2-0)6
16th Voted Out
12th Jury Member
Day 37
Chris
(Julie)9
Rick
(No vote)9
Eliminated
13th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Julie Second
Runner-Up
Gavin Runner-Up
Chris Sole Survivor
14 "Reunion"
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 The castaway was voted out and opted to be sent to the Edge of Extinction.
^3 The two tribes that lost the Immunity Challenge were both sent to Tribal Council, where they would vote together to vote one person out.
^4 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote will commence. Wendy received all six votes, eliminating her.
^5 Reem, Chris, and Aubry's status as jurors was not announced until the Vata tribe's first Tribal Council on Day 19.
^6 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user.
^7 On Day 26, there was an unaired Reward Challenge.[18]
^8 Chris won the second reentry duel, thus removing himself from the jury.
^9 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Chris, would choose someone to take with them into the Final Three. He chose to give his Immunity necklace to Julie and save Gavin, opting to make fire against Rick.

Voting History

Survivor: Edge of Extinction Voting and Edge of Extinction History
Tribes Original Tribes Expanded Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted Out: S38 reem t
Reem
S38 keith t
Keith
S38 chris t
Chris
S38 rick t
Rick
S38 aubry t
Aubry
Tie S38 wendy t
Wendy
S38 joe t
Joe
S38 eric t
Eric
S38 julia t
Julia
S38 david t
David
S38 kelley t
Kelley
S38 wardog t
Wardog
S38 ron t
Ron
S38 aurora t
Aurora
S38 victoria t
Victoria
S38 lauren t
Lauren
S38 rick t
Rick
S38 julie t
Julie
S38 gavin t
Gavin
S38 chris t
Chris
Vote: 4-3-1-1 6-1-1 5-2 3-2 4-1 4-41 6-0 6-3-2-2 8-2-2 9-1-02 8-2 5-4 6-2 3-1-02,3 5-1 2-0-02 2-02 No Vote4 9-4-0
Chris Reem Keith Kelley Victoria Lauren Jury Vote
Gavin Aubry Lauren Wendy Joe Eric Julia David Aurora Wardog Ron Aurora Rick Chris
Ron
Julie Joe Lauren Julia David Aurora Wardog Rick Aurora Rick Chris
Rick Reem Keith Chris Lauren Kelley Lauren Julia Wardog Kelley Aurora Aurora Aurora Victoria Lauren Eliminated Gavin
Lauren Wendy Keith Chris Rick Wendy None David Eric Julia David Aurora Wardog Ron Aurora Rick Chris Gavin
Victoria Aubry Lauren Wendy Joe Eric Julia David Kelley Wardog Rick Aurora Chris Chris
Aurora Rick Eric David David Kelley Wardog Rick Julie Eliminated Gavin
Ron Joe Kelley Julia David Kelley Wardog Rick Eliminated Chris
Wardog Wendy Keith Chris Rick Wendy Wendy David Eric Julia David Kelley Aurora Eliminated Chris
Kelley Wendy Keith Chris Rick Wendy Wendy David Eric Julia David Aurora Eliminated Gavin
David Reem Keith Chris Lauren Wendy Wendy Kelley Eric Julia Wardog Eliminated Chris
Julia Joe Eric Kelley Eliminated Chris
Eric Aubry Lauren Wendy Joe Kelley Eliminated Chris
Joe Rick Eliminated Chris
Wendy Lauren Kelley Kelley Aubry Lauren None Quit
Aubry Wendy Eliminated Chris
Keith Reem Wendy Quit
Reem Kelley Eliminated Chris
Notes:

^1 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against the user
^3 Gavin used the extra vote advantage, allowing him to vote twice at Tribal Council.
^4 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Chris, would choose someone to take with them into the Final Three. He chose to give the Immunity Necklace to Julie and bring Gavin to the Final Three. The remaining two castaways, Chris and Rick, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.

Trivia

  • Edge of Extinction marks the first time a country is used for six consecutive seasons.
  • This is the first 18-player season with a 13-person merge.
    • In addition, this is the first season to have 14 people on the merged tribe, albeit non-simultaneously.
  • This season currently contains the largest amount of players on a jury, having 13.
  • This season is the first to feature returning players where none of the returning players made it to the Final Tribal Council.

References

  1. https://www.truedorktimes.com/s38/calendar.htm
  2. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-midseason-schedule-2019-1163986
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  4. http://robhasawebsite.com/survivor-2019-rhap-cast-preview-edge-extinction/
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  15. 15.0 15.1 https://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/tv-ratings-wednesday-april-17-2019/
  16. 16.0 16.1 https://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/uncategorized/wednesday-final-ratings-april-24-2019/
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  18. https://youtu.be/Dc8hs2ZAUg4?t=8189

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