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Survivor: Winners at War is the fortieth season of Survivor and will feature twenty of the show's previous winners to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

Production

The season was filmed in May–June 2019, two weeks after Survivor: Island of the Idols.

Much like every previous season to feature an all-returning player cast, challenge producer John Kirhoffer revealed that classic challenges return to commemorate the show's 40th season and 20th anniversary.[3]

The pay scale for the season is significantly increased. The winner will take home $2,000,000. The first person voted out is guaranteed to take home at least $25,000 instead of the standard $2,500.[4]

Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who both appeared on Survivor: Island of the Idols as mentors, only had two weeks to prepare.

Casting

According to host Jeff Probst, the cast was assembled to equally represent winners from the earlier seasons, the middle, and the more recent seasons.[5]

The past winners who did not make the cast were:

Twists/Changes

  • Returning Players: Twenty former Sole Survivors return for a chance to win another title.
  • Increased Prize Money: For this season, the winner will receive $2,000,000, the biggest prize given in the series and reality television history.[12]
  • Fire Tokens: A new twist, Fire Tokens allow the castaways to purchase creature comforts, food, or game advantages.
  • Edge of Extinction: The Edge of Extinction returns this season with the same exact rules and premise.[13]
    • Effort Tasks: To earn Fire Tokens, the players living on the Edge of Extinction will have to perform tasks requiring herculean effort.[14]
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol is hidden at each camp. However, these idols have two halves, one of which must be given to another castaway before sundown on the same day that it is found. The two halves can later be combined into an idol with full power.
  • Edge of Extinction advantages: The following game advantages were available thru the Edge of Extinction and sold by its finder to a castaway still in the game before sundown on the same day that it was found:
    • Temporary Hidden Immunity Idols: These idols are only usable for three Tribal Councils after they are purchased.
    • Safety Without Power: The castaway would be able to leave Tribal Council before the vote, effectively making them immune, at the cost of not voting. This advantage is usable until there are ten active castaways left.
    • Vote Steal: A vote steal was hidden at the opposing tribe's camp, which the purchaser must retrieve the night after the transaction is completed.
    • Idol Nullifier: The castaway would be able to void the use of a Hidden Immunity Idol. This advantage is usable until there are five active castaways left.
  • Tribe Expansion: With 15 active castaways left, a tribe expansion occurred, introducing the Yara​ tribe.
  • Double Tribal Council: On Day 16, only the first place tribe would win immunity, sending both losing tribes to Tribal Council to vote out one person each.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Edge of
Extinction Status
Votes
Against
Fire Tokens
On Hand
Original Tribe Expanded Tribe Merged Tribe
S40 natalie t Natalie Anderson
33, Edgewater, NJ
San Juan del Sur
Sele 1st Voted Out
Day 2
On Edge
of Extinction

1st Jury Member
7 0
S40 amber t Amber Mariano
40, Pensacola, FL
The Australian Outback & All-Stars
Dakal 2nd Voted Out
Day 3
On Edge
of Extinction

2nd Jury Member
6 0
S40 danni t Danni Boatwright
43, Shawnee, KS
Guatemala
Sele 3rd Voted Out
Day 6
On Edge
of Extinction

3rd Jury Member
8 0
S40 ethan t Ethan Zohn
45, Hillsborough, NH
Africa & All-Stars
Sele 4th Voted Out
Day 9
On Edge
of Extinction

4th Jury Member
4 0
S40 rob t Rob Mariano
43, Pensacola, FL
Marquesas, All-Stars,
Heroes vs. Villains, & Redemption Island
Sele Yara 6th Voted Out
Day 14
On Edge
of Extinction

5th Jury Member
4 0
S40 sandra t Sandra Diaz-Twine
44, Riverview, FL
Pearl Islands, Heroes vs. Villains,
& Game Changers
Dakal Dakal 7th Voted Out
Day 16
Quit
Day 16
1 0
S40 parvati t Parvati Shallow
36, Los Angeles, CA
Cook Islands, Micronesia,
& Heroes vs. Villains
Sele Sele 8th Voted Out
Day 16
On Edge
of Extinction

6th Jury Member
5 0
S40 yul t Yul Kwon
44, Los Altos, CA
Cook Islands
Dakal Sele 9th Voted Out
Day 18
On Edge
of Extinction

7th Jury Member
3 0
S40 wendell t Wendell Holland
35, Philadelphia, PA
Ghost Island
Dakal Sele Koru 10th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 21
On Edge
of Extinction
12 0
S40 adam t Adam Klein
28, Los Angeles, CA
Millennials vs. Gen X
Sele Yara 7 1
S40 ben t Ben Driebergen
36, Boise, ID
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Sele Yara 1
S40 denise t Denise Stapley
48, Marion, IA
Philippines
Sele Dakal 6 2
S40 jeremy t Jeremy Collins
41, Foxborough, MA
San Juan del Sur & Cambodia
Sele Dakal 2
S40 kim t Kim Spradlin-Wolfe
36, San Antonio, TX
One World
Dakal Dakal 4 1
S40 michele t Michele Fitzgerald
29, Hoboken, NJ
Kaôh Rōng
Sele Sele 4
S40 nick t Nick Wilson
28, Williamsburg, KY
David vs. Goliath
Dakal Sele 2 3
S40 sarah t Sarah Lacina
34, Cedar Rapids, IA
Cagayan & Game Changers
Dakal Yara 1 1
S40 sophie t Sophie Clarke
29, Santa Monica, CA
South Pacific
Dakal Yara 2
S40 tony t Tony Vlachos
45, Allendale, NJ
Cagayan & Game Changers
Dakal Dakal 1
S40 tyson t Tyson Apostol
39, Mesa, AZ
Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains,
& Blood vs. Water
Dakal 5th Voted Out
Day 11
1st Returnee
Day 19
7 0

Season Summary

Episode Air date Edge of Extinction Challenges Voted Out
(vote)
Status Bequeathed
Fire Token
Recipient
Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/
Share
(18-49)
Advantage
Seller
Intended
Buyer
Transaction
Successful?
Left Game Finish Reward Immunity
1 "Greatest of the Greats" February 12, 2020
Dakal
Natalie
(7-2-1)
1st Voted Out
1st Jury Member4
Day 2
Jeremy (1) 6.68[15] 1.3/7
Natalie Sandra
Yes!
None None
Sele
Amber
(6-3-1)
2nd Voted Out
2nd Jury Member4
Day 3
Rob (1)
2 "It's Like a Survivor Economy" February 19, 2020 Natalie Jeremy
Yes!
None
Dakal
Danni
(8-1)
3rd Voted Out
3rd Jury Member4
Day 6
Denise (1) 7.16[16] 1.4/7
3 "Out for Blood" February 26, 2020 Natalie Sarah
Yes!
None
Dakal
Ethan
(4-3-1)
4th Voted Out
4th Jury Member4
Day 9
Parvati (1)
4 "I Like Revenge" March 4, 2020 None None Sele Tyson
(7-1-1)
5th Voted Out
Day 11
Nick (1)
5 "The Buddy System on Steroids" March 11, 2020 None None None Sele Rob
(4-1)
6th Voted Out
5th Jury Member4
Day 14
Parvati (2)
Dakal
6 "Quick on the Draw" March 18, 2020 Tyson Parvati Yes! None Yara Sandra
(1-0)
1, 2
7th Voted Out
Day 16
Yul (1)
Parvati
(3-2)
8th Voted Out
6th Jury Member4
Day 16
Michele (3)
7 "We're in the Majors" March 25, 2020 None Sandra Quit
Day 16
Yara3 Yara Yul
(3-1)
9th Voted Out
7th Jury Member4
Day 18
Sarah (1)
Sele3 Dakal Sophie (1)
8 "This Is Where the Battle Begins" April 1, 2020 None Tyson 1st Returnee
Day 19
None Denise Wendell
(9-3)
10th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 21
Michele (1)
Jeremy Nick (1)
9 "War Is Not Pretty" April 8, 2020 TBD TBD
(-)
11th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day TBD
TBD ()
10 "The Full Circle" April 15, 2020 TBD TBD
(-)
12th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day TBD
TBD ()
Notes:

^1 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against its user.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played; however, no votes were cast against its user.
^3 Promotional pictures were released showing an unaired challenge that occurred during the episode.
^4 Natalie, Amber, Danni, Ethan, Rob, Parvati, and Yul were made jurors following the conclusion of the first reentry duel.

Voting History

Survivor: Winners at War Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Expanded Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Voted Off: S40 natalie t
Natalie
S40 amber t
Amber
S40 danni t
Danni
S40 ethan t
Ethan
S40 tyson t
Tyson
S40 rob t
Rob
S40 sandra t
Sandra
S40 parvati t
Parvati
S40 yul t
Yul
S40 wendell t
Wendell
Guy
TBD
Guy
TBD
Vote: 7-2-1 6-3-1 8-1 4-3-1 7-1-1 4-1 1-01, 2 3-2 3-1 9-3 TBD TBD
Adam Natalie Danni Parvati Rob Wendell
Ben Natalie Danni Ethan Rob Wendell
Denise Natalie Danni Ethan Sandra Wendell
Jeremy Adam Danni Ethan Denise Wendell
Kim Amber Tyson Denise Wendell
Michele Denise Danni Ethan Wendell Yul Adam
Nick Amber Kim Parvati Yul Adam
Sarah Kim Tyson Rob Wendell
Sophie Kim Tyson Rob Wendell
Tony Kim Tyson Denise Wendell
Tyson Amber Nick Wendell
Wendell Amber Tyson Parvati Yul Adam
Yul Amber Tyson Parvati Wendell
Parvati Natalie Danni Adam Wendell
Sandra Amber Tyson Denise Quit
Rob Natalie Danni Adam Sarah
Ethan Natalie Danni Adam
Danni Natalie Parvati
Amber Nick
Natalie Denise |
Notes:

^1 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, negating all votes against its user.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played; however, no votes were cast against its user.

Trivia

  • Winners at War marks the first time a country is used eight consecutive times.
  • This is the first season to have its number displayed on the logo.
  • This is the first season to have castaways in a familial relationship compete against each other in a non-Blood vs. Water season.
  • With Danni representing Survivor: Guatemala, the oldest season where no first-time castaway has returned is now Survivor: Caramoan.
  • Amber and Kim are the second and third castaways to play under two different last names, following Candice Cody, who played as Candice Woodcock in her first two seasons.
  • Of the participating castaways:
    • Eleven are playing in their second season: Adam, Ben, Danni, Denise, Kim, Michele, NatalieNick, Sophie, Wendell, and Yul.
    • Five are playing in their third season: Ethan and Tony who won their first, and Amber, Jeremy, and Sarah who won their second.
    • Three are playing in their fourth season: Parvati who won her second, Tyson who won his third, and Sandra who won both her first and second.
    • One is playing in his fifth season: Rob, who won his fourth. Rob is the first person to play Survivor five times.
  • With this season, Amber and Ethan broke Kelly Wiglesworth's record of 30 seasons for the largest gap between appearances in two different seasons, with 32 seasons.

References

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