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Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X is the thirty-third season of Survivor.

The season used a variant of the tribe division twist previously employed in Survivor: Nicaragua.

Ultimately, the season was won by Adam Klein in the fifth unanimous vote in the series. He received all 10 jury votes, defeating fellow finalists Hannah Shapiro and Ken McNickle.

Production

Filming for the season was scheduled to start in mid-March 2016, but had to be delayed by two weeks because of the effects of a cyclone that passed through the Fiji islands. The cyclone destroyed challenge props and the newly-built Tribal Council set, with the production team having "to scramble in two weeks to rebuild everything".[3] During the peak of the typhoon on Day 2, the castaways were evacuated from their beaches and were sequestered in a barren room located at base camp until the cyclone subsided. The castaways returned to their camps nine hours later.[4]

The pre-jury trip took place in Australia.[5]

Twists/Changes

  • Millennials vs. Gen X: The 20 castaways will be divided into two tribes based on their generation: The Vanua tribe were the Millennials, while the Takali were the Gen X.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: Hidden Immunity Idols were hidden at all pre-merge tribe camps, concealed inside random objects with a tribe emblem painted on them as identifiers. 
  • Summit: On Day 8, four random castaways from each tribe met for a summit feast where they could get information on the rival tribe.
  • Tribe Expansion: On Day 13, a third tribe, Ikabula was introduced, randomly spreading the sixteen remaining castaways into all three tribes. To offset Ikabula's disadvantage of having to create a new shelter from scratch, they had a one extra member.
  • Legacy Advantage: While the tribes were allowed to grab supplies for the game, an envelope containing the Legacy Advantage was up for grabs. It would grant its holder an advantage in the game, given that he or she makes it to Day 36. If he or she is eliminated before Day 36, the advantage must be willed to another player. The advantage was having immunity on the Day 36 Tribal Council.
  • Early Merge: As was the case in Cambodia, there was another merge involving the thirteen contestants. All three post-expansion tribes will merge into one.
  • Reward Steal: The right to steal one reward from another player was up for grabs at the merged tribe camp.
  • Expanded Jury and Final Three: Instead of the conventional Final Two facing the jury of seven, the Day 39 Tribal Council was held with three finalists facing a ten-person jury.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Expanded Tribe Merged Tribe
S33 rachel t Rachel Ako
37, Los Angeles, CA
Recruiting Director
Takali 1st Voted Out
Day 4
5
S33 mari t Mari Takahashi
31, Los Angeles, CA
Gamer
Vanua 2nd Voted Out
Day 7
7
S33 paul t Paul Wachter
52, Sugarloaf Key, FL
Boat Mechanic
Takali 3rd Voted Out
Day 10
6
S33 lucy t Lucy Huang
42, Diamond Bar, CA
Dietician
Takali 4th Voted Out
Day 12
2
S33 cece t CeCe Taylor
39, Granada Hills, CA
Insurance Adjuster
Takali Vanua 5th Voted Out
Day 15
11
S33 figgy t Figgy Figueroa
23, Nashville, TN
Bartender
Vanua Takali 6th Voted Out
Day 18
6
S33 michaela t Michaela Bradshaw
25, Fort Worth, TX
Vacation Club Saleswoman
Vanua Ikabula 7th Voted Out
Day 20
4
S33 michelle t Michelle Schubert
28, Yakima, WA
Missionary Recruiter
Vanua Vanua Vinaka 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 23
10
S33 taylor t Taylor Stocker
24, Post Falls, ID
Snowboard Instructor
Vanua Takali 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
7
S33 chris t Chris Hammons
38, Moore, OK
Trial Lawyer
Takali Vanua 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 28
7
S33 jessica t Jessica Lewis
37, Voorheesville, NY
Assistant District Attorney
Takali Takali Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 30
9
S33 zeke t Zeke Smith
28, Brooklyn, NY
Asset Manager
Vanua Vanua 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
14
S33 will t Will Wahl
18, Long Valley, NJ
High-School Student
Vanua Ikabula 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 34
6
S33 sunday t Sunday Burquest
45, Otsego, MN
Youth Pastor
Takali Ikabula 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
5
S33 jay t Jay Starrett
27, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Real Estate Agent
Vanua Ikabula 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 36
10
S33 bret t Bret LaBelle
42, Dedham, MA
Police Sergeant
Takali Ikabula 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
5
S33 david t David Wright
42, Sherman Oaks, CA
Television Writer
Takali Vanua 16th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 38
10
S33 hannah t Hannah Shapiro
24, West Hollywood, CA
Barista
Vanua Ikabula Runners-Up 13
S33 ken t Ken McNickle
33, Denver, CO
Model
Takali Takali 3
S33 adam t Adam Klein
25, San Francisco, CA
Homeless Shelter Manager
Vanua Takali Sole Survivor 6

Season Summary

The 20 castaways were initially divided into tribes based on generation: Millennials vs. Gen X. The Gen X tribe, Takali, struggled early on losing three of the first four Immunity Challenges. Initially, the tribe was run by Paul Wachter until his sudden blindside early into the game, causing a major fracture between the remaining tribe members. The majority of the Millennial tribe, Vanua, was ran by the Majority Millennial Alliance. At 16 players remaining, the castaways were randomly divided into three tribes, during which, Millennial outsiders Adam Klein, and Zeke Smith took the opportunity to defect against the other Millennials, blindsiding showmance member Figgy Figueroa, and dealing a fatal wound to the previous Majority Millennial Alliance.

Come the merge, the tribe was initially unified against Millennial Alliance, but, it soon split into two alliances of five, Zeke's Vinaka Alliance led by Zeke and David's Vinaka Alliance led by David Wright. Following a deadlock vote between Zeke and Hannah, Jessica Lewis became the third player ever to be eliminated via rock draw. This seemingly spelt the end of David's alliance, but, after Will Wahl defected from Zeke's alliance, they were able to recoup and systematically take out the rest of Zeke's alliance.

At the final six, Adam joined Bret LaBelle and Jay Starrett in a failed attempt to target David due to his growing odds of winning. Ultimately, come the final four, Adam managed to successfully convince remaining castaways Hannah and Ken McNickle to eliminate David.

At the Final Tribal Council, Adam was received with adoration from the jury in doing so. This, along with his strong social game, family-orientated motives, and the jury's general dismissal of the other two's game, awarded Adam the title of Sole Survivor in the series' fifth unanimous jury vote at 10-0-0.

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 "May the Best Generation Win" September 21, 2016 Vanua1 Rachel 5-3-1-1 1st Voted Out
Day 4
9.46[6] 2.3/8
2 "Love Goggles" September 28, 2016 Takali1 Mari 7-3 2nd Voted Out
Day 7
9.16[7] 2.1/8
3 "Your Job Is Recon" October 5, 2016 Vanua1 Paul 6-3 3rd Voted Out
Day 10
8.52[8] 1.8/7
4 "Who's the Sucker at the Table?" October 12, 2016 Takali Vanua Lucy 2-1-02 4th Voted Out
Day 12
9.06[9] 2.0/8
5 "Idol Search Party" October 19, 2016 None Ikabula CeCe 4-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
8.59[10] 1.9/7
Takali
6 "The Truth Works Well" October 26, 2016 Vanua Ikabula Figgy 3-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
8.30[11] 1.9/7
Ikabula Vanua
7 "I Will Destroy You" November 2, 2016 Vanua Takali Michaela 4-2 7th Voted Out
Day 20
6.93[12] 1.6/5
Ikabula Vanua
8 "I'm the Kingpin" November 9, 2016 None Will Michelle 9-4 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 23
8.81[13] 1.9/7
9 "Still Throwin' Punches" November 16, 2016 Bret, Chris,
David, Ken,
Sunday,
Taylor
Ken Taylor 7-4-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
8.49[14] 1.8/6
10 "Million Dollar Gamble" November 23, 2016 Adam, Bret,
Hannah,
Sunday,
Zeke
David Chris 7-4 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 28
7.59[15] 1.5/5
Bret,
Sunday,
Zeke
[David]3
Jay Jessica 5-5;
4-4;
Tiebreaker4
Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 30
11 "About to Have a Rumble" November 30, 2016 Jay
[Adam,
Sunday,
Will]
Adam Zeke 5-02 11th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
8.77[16] 1.9/7
12 "Slayed the Survivor Dragon" December 7, 2016 None Jay Will 6-2 12th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 34
8.50[17] 1.7/6
Ken Sunday 4-2-02 13th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
13 "I'm Going for a Million Bucks" December 14, 2016 David Jay 5-06 14th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 36
9.14[18] 2.0/7
[Adam,
Jay]5
None Ken Bret 3-2 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
Ken David 3-1 16th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Ken 10-0-0 Runners-Up
Hannah
Adam Sole Survivor
14 "Reunion" 6.40[19] 1.3/5

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, therefore all votes against the user were negated.
^3 David drew the odd-colored rock during the teams formation, and as a result automatically joined the winning team on reward without competing.
^4 With a deadlocked tie between Hannah and Zeke, all the other non-immune contestants were forced to draw rocks. The player who drew the odd-colored rock - Jessica - was eliminated.
^5 Jay used his Reward Steal to steal David's reward. He picked Adam and David to join him on the reward.
^6 Ken used the Legacy Advantage, therefore 1 vote cast against him was negated.

Voting History

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Voting History
Original Tribes Expanded Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted Off: S33 rachel t
Rachel
S33 mari t
Mari
S33 paul t
Paul
S33 lucy t
Lucy
S33 cece t
CeCe
S33 figgy t
Figgy
S33 michaela t
Michaela
S33 michelle t
Michelle
S33 taylor t
Taylor
S33 chris t
Chris
Tie Deadlock S33 jessica t
Jessica
S33 zeke t
Zeke
S33 will t
Will
S33 sunday t
Sunday
S33 jay t
Jay
S33 bret t
Bret
S33 david t
David
S33 ken t
Ken
S33 hannah t
Hannah
S33 adam t
Adam
Vote: 5-3-1-1 7-3 6-3 2-1-01 4-1 3-2 4-2 9-4 7-4-1 7-4 5-5-02,3 4-44 Lottery5 5-06 6-2 4-2-07 5-08 3-2-09 3-1 10-0-0
Adam Figgy Figgy Michelle Taylor Chris Zeke Zeke Zeke Will Sunday Jay David David Jury Vote
Hannah Mari Bret Michelle Jay Chris Zeke None Zeke Will Sunday Jay Bret David
Ken Rachel Paul Jessica Figgy Michelle Taylor Chris Zeke Zeke Zeke Will Sunday Jay Bret David
David Rachel Paul Lucy CeCe Michelle Taylor Chris Zeke Zeke Zeke Will Sunday Jay Bret Adam Adam
Bret Rachel CeCe Jessica Michaela Michelle Jay Jessica Hannah Hannah Hannah Will David Jay David Adam
Jay Mari Michaela Adam Taylor Jessica Hannah Hannah Hannah David David Ken Adam
Sunday CeCe Paul Jessica Michaela Michelle Taylor Jessica Hannah Hannah Hannah Will Jay Adam
Will Mari Michaela Adam Jay Chris Hannah Hannah Zeke David Adam
Zeke Figgy CeCe Michelle Taylor Chris Hannah None Hannah Adam
Jessica CeCe Paul CeCe Figgy Michelle Jay Chris Zeke Zeke Eliminated Adam
Chris Rachel CeCe Jessica CeCe Michelle Taylor Jessica A6a6a6 A6a6a6 Adam
Taylor Mari Ken Adam Adam Adam
Michelle Mari CeCe Adam Adam
Michaela Mari Bret
Figgy Mari Ken
CeCe David Paul Lucy Michelle
Lucy CeCe Paul Jessica
Paul Rachel CeCe
Mari Figgy
Rachel Sunday

Notes:

^1 David played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Jessica, therefore 5 votes cast against her were negated.
^2 David played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Ken, but no votes were cast against him.
^3 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.
^4 A deadlock tie occurred, thus forcing the non-tied players to make an open discussion as who should be voted out. Because no consensus was met after the deadlock, Hannah and Zeke became safe, forcing Adam, Bret, David, Jessica, Sunday, and Will to draw rocks, where the player who got the odd-colored rock was eliminated instead.
^5 Jessica drew the only black rock, and was eliminated.
^6 Adam played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Hannah, therefore 4 votes cast against her were negated.
^7 Jay played a Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore 1 vote cast against him was negated.
^8 Ken played the Legacy Advantage, therefore 1 vote cast against him was negated.
^9 Adam played a Hidden Immunity Idol, but no votes were cast against him.

Trivia

S33CASTPICS

The unreleased cast photos for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

  • The font used for this season is a variant of SRG Marker.[20]
  • This is the first season since Nicaragua with 20 new castaways. Coincidentally, Nicaragua also employed the Old vs. Young twist.
  • This is the third season to have tribes divided by age, following Panama and Nicaragua.
  • This is the first season to merge directly from three tribes.
  • This is the first season to not have the individual cast photos of each contestant released. Stills from the first episode, rather than the normal photo shoot, were released.
    • Though not publicly released, the individual cast photos were used in online promotional materials.
  • This is the first season since San Juan del Sur not to feature any variant of the Extra Vote.
  • This is the third season in which all but one pre-merge boot were females, after Redemption Island and South Pacific.
  • This is the first season where the players were evacuated due to a weather issue, occurring on Day 2.

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