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Survivor 43 is the forty-third season of the CBS competitive reality television series Survivor.

Survivor 43 saw its cast strategize around the twists and format established in Survivor 41 and 42. The season saw high levels of strategic gameplay and frequent blindsides, with two players—Cody Assenmacher and Jesse Lopez—taking most of the accountability. After Jesse turned on Cody, he was eliminated in the fire-making challenge by Mike Gabler, whose willingness to take risks won him the jury's respect and the title of Sole Survivor in a 7-1-0 vote over Cassidy Clark and Owen Knight.


Following the production of Survivor 41 and 42 under COVID-19-mandated restrictions, contestants were also required to be vaccinated as an added precaution. Jeff Probst described his preference for elements and mechanics introduced during the preceding seasons, particularly supporting the continuation of the 26-day game format, the continued implementation of the Shot in the Dark mechanic, and the on-location aftershow following the announcement of the Sole Survivor at the Final Tribal Council.[4]

In an interview, Probst confirmed the Hourglass Advantage and Do or Die, both highly controversial game mechanics from the last two seasons, were retired.[5] During the Survivor 44 coverage of On Fire with Jeff Probst podcast, he admitted that both were his ideas and regretted their implementation following the negative criticism from fans.[6]

Continuing from Survivor 42, there were no longer full episodes of "Life at Ponderosa", which depicted the jury members' stays at Ponderosa following their eliminations. Instead, shorter clips were released as part of the "Beyond the Snuff" series, which were posted on official Survivor social media accounts. Unlike the "Life at Ponderosa" episodes, these clips also covered players who were eliminated pre-jury.


  • 26-Day Game
  • Tribe Division: The 18 castaways were divided into 3 tribes of 6. No unifying theme was used in dividing the tribes.
  • Penalties for Losing Immunity Challenges: The tribe that lost an Immunity Challenge was forced to surrender their flint to Jeff and could only win it back if they won the next Immunity Challenge.
  • Beware Advantage/Hidden Immunity Idol: Each camp had one idol that mandated its finder to collect a unique bead from each of their tribemates; once the bracelet is complete with all the special beads, the idol will have power. Until then, the idol remains powerless and their finders without a vote at Tribal Council. Like in 42, the idols would gain full power after the merge when the vote penalty ended, regardless of whether the task was completed.
  • Shot in the Dark
  • Journeys: Castaways from different tribes were taken to another island where they were given a choice between protecting or risking their vote on their next visit to Tribal Council. Those who chose to "risk" their vote would play a game of chance, drawing from a bag containing the same number of possible advantages as players who chose to "risk" their vote. One player would receive an advantage, while the others would risk their votes. Those who "protected" their vote would keep their vote.
  • Earn the Merge: The final 13 players were divided into 2 teams of 6 by random draw. The teams competed in an Immunity Challenge where the members of the winning team won individual immunity, a spot on the merge tribe, and the merge feast. Before the challenge, the odd player out predicted which team will win the challenge and if correct, will also receive immunity and the merge feast.
  • Knowledge is Power: On Day 14, the Knowledge is Power advantage was re-hidden at the Gaia camp.
  • Double Elimination: On Day 17, the Gaia tribe was subjected to a Double Elimination, where the tribe was divided into two groups of five and two castaways were eliminated through two separate Tribal Councils. Following the Immunity Challenge, one group remained at the Gaia camp, while the other was sequestered at the old Vesi camp for the afternoon.
  • Choose Your Champion: At the final seven, an advantage was introduced that allowed its finder to make a prediction as to who would win the upcoming Immunity Challenge; in the case of a correct prediction, all votes against the finder would be nullified. The guess was revealed before the votes were read.
  • Simplified Final Four Tribal Council
  • Expanded Jury and Final Three: The Final Tribal Council was held with a Final Three facing an eight-person jury.
  • Reformatted Final Tribal Council: Instead of having each jury member speak individually, an open forum was held to ensure a more insightful rapport between the jury and finalists. The discussion was divided into three portions—"social", "physical", and "strategic".


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S43 morriah t Morriah Young
28, Philadelphia, PA
Baka 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S43 justine t Justine Brennan
29, Marina Del Ray, CA
Cyber Security Saleswoman
Vesi 2nd Voted Out
Day 5
S43 nneka t Nneka Ejere
42, Weatherford, TX
Vesi 3rd Voted Out
Day 7
S43 lindsay t Lindsay Carmine
42, Downingtown, PA
Pediatric Nurse
Coco 4th Voted Out
Day 9
S43 geo t Geo Bustamante
35, Honolulu, HI
Project Manager
Coco 5th Voted Out
Day 11
S43 elie t Elie Scott
31, Salt Lake City, UT
Clinical Psychologist
Baka 6th Voted Out
Day 13
S43 dwight t Dwight Moore
21, Collierville, TN
Graduate Student
Vesi Gaia 7th Voted Out
Day 14
S43 jeanine t Jeanine Zheng
24, San Francisco, CA
UX Designer
Baka 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 16
S43 james t James Jones
36, Philadelphia, PA
Event Planner
Coco 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 17
S43 ryan t Ryan Medrano
24, El Paso, TX
Warehouse Associate
Coco 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 17
S43 noelle t Noelle Lambert
25, Manchester, NH
U.S. Paralympian
Vesi 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 19
S43 sami t Sami Layadi
19, Las Vegas, NV
Pet Cremator
Baka 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 21
S43 cody t Cody Assenmacher
35, Honolulu, HI
Elevator Salesman
Vesi 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 23
S43 karla t Karla Cruz Godoy
28, Newark, DE
Educational Project Manager
Coco 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 24
S43 jesse t Jesse Lopez
30, Durham, NC
Political Science Ph.D.
Vesi Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 25
S43 owen t Owen Knight
29, New Orleans, LA
College Admissions Director
Baka Second
S43 cassidy t Cassidy Clark
26, Austin, TX
Coco Runner-Up 5
S43 gabler t Mike Gabler
51, Meridian, ID
Heart Valve Specialist
Baka Sole Survivor 0

Season Summary[]

Survivor 43 continued the trend of the last two seasons' shortened, yet accelerated game, but with the castaways now fully knowledgeable of most of the new game mechanics introduced such as the occasional cross-tribe summits, Shot in the Dark and the Knowledge is Power advantage.

On Baka, Elie and Gabler initially aligned, but later came to be at odds with each other following the latter's personality quirks and possession of a temporary Hidden Immunity Idol. Vesi suffered consecutive challenge losses despite being a generally cohesive tribe. During their tribe's losing streak, Cody and Jesse easily consolidated control of the tribe by being the physically strongest members. Coco, the last tribe to attend Tribal Council, was later ganged up on by the other tribes to reduce their numbers. On Day 13, the tribes formally merged into the Gaia tribe with 4 members each.

The influx of advantages at the merge stirred paranoia, particularly the Knowledge Is Power Advantage, which prompted the castaways to pass their advantages among their allies. This caused a long streak of blindsides: Dwight who passed the Baka idol he received from Jeanine to Jesse; James who expressed overconfidence following his possession of Knowledge Is Power; and Cody, who passed the Vesi idol to Jesse for safekeeping, only to have it used against him. During Cody's elimination, Karla was spooked by Jesse's bold idol play and used the Coco idol to save herself despite not being the target.

At the Day 24 Tribal Council, Jesse, who had become the primary target following his betrayal of Cody, shocked everyone by revealing Jeanine's idol. Declaring his intention to play the idol, the final five started to make last-minute deals, but Karla ultimately took the fall for being the next biggest target. Cassidy won the Final Immunity Challenge and took Owen with her to the Final Three, forcing Gabler and Jesse to compete in the fire-making challenge. Despite suffering health problems during the game's final days, Gabler won, sending Jesse to the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Cassidy was lauded for being on the right side of the vote the most frequently of the finalists, but was chided for not actually leading the charge during those votes. Gabler was commended for having the strongest social bonds, but was criticized that his eccentric personality overshadowed his gameplay. Owen was praised for his resilience despite being left out of the vote several times, but was chastised for his lack of agency. In the end, Gabler's effective articulation of his "hiding in plain sight" narrative won over the jury and thus the title of Sole Survivor in a 7-1-0 vote.

Episode Air Date Challenges Journey Eliminated
Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Reward Immunity
1 "LIVIN" September 21, 2022 Vesi Coco Gabler1 Morriah
1st Voted Out
Day 3
5.05[7] 0.8/7[7]
2 "Lovable Curmudgeon" September 28, 2022 Baka2 None Justine
2nd Voted Out
Day 5
4.57[8] 0.7/6[8]
3 "I'll Sign the Divorce Papers" October 5, 2022 Baka2 Owen Nneka
3rd Voted Out
Day 7
5.15[9] 0.8/7[9]
4 "Show No Mercy" October 12, 2022 Vesi Vesi None Lindsay
4th Voted Out
Day 9
5.03[10] 0.7/6[10]
5 "Stop with All the Niceness" October 19, 2022 Vesi2 Jeanine4 Geo
5th Voted Out
Day 11
4.91[11] 0.7/5[11]
6 "Mergatory" October 26, 2022 Dwight, Gabler,
Jeanine, Jesse,
Karla, Ryan
6th Voted Out
Day 13
5.17[12] 0.8/7[12]
7 "Bull in a China Shop" November 2, 2022 None Gabler Dwight
7th Voted Out
Day 14
4.64[13] 0.6/5[13]
8 "Proposterous" November 9, 2022 None Owen Jeanine
8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 16
4.73[14] 0.7/6[14]
9 "What About the Big Girls" November 16, 2022 Karla James
9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 17
5.15[15] 0.7/6[15]
Cody2,6 Ryan
10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 17
10 "Get That Money, Baby" November 23, 2022 Noelle
Cassidy Noelle
11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 19
4.89[16] 0.7/6[16]
11 "Hiding in Plain Sight" November 30, 2022 None Karla Sami
12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 21
5.31[17] 0.7/6[17]
12 "Telenovela" December 7, 2022 Cody,
Cassidy Cody
13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 23
5.34[18] 0.7/6[18]
13 "Snap Some Necks and Cash Some Checks" December 14, 2022 Owen2 Karla
14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 24
4.98[19] 0.8/7[19]
None Cassidy Jesse
(no vote)9
8th Jury Member
Day 25
Jury Vote Owen
Second Runner-Up
Sole Survivor
14 "Aftershow"
^1 During the journey on Day 2, Gabler won a temporary Hidden Immunity Idol, while Dwight lost his vote at his next Tribal Council.
^2 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^3 During the journey on Day 7, Noelle won a Vote Steal.
^4 During the journey on Day 11, Geo won the Knowledge is Power advantage, while Jeanine and Jesse each lost their votes at their next Tribal Council.
^5 After drawing the grey rock, Noelle was chosen to sit out in the challenge, but if she guessed the winning team correctly, she would win reward and immunity as well. Noelle guessed the winning team correctly.
^6 At the Immunity Challenge, the ten remaining players were divided into two teams of five, with one person from each team winning immunity. The last player standing overall (Cody) won reward for their team.
^7 Cody found the Choose Your Champion advantage that allowed him to bet on the person he thinks would win immunity; if he guessed the winner correctly, he would win immunity as well and no votes cast against him would count. Cody guessed the winner correctly, but did not receive any votes.
^8 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, negating all votes against its user.
^9 Instead of a traditional vote, the winner of the Immunity Challenge, Cassidy, would choose someone to take with them to the Final Three. She chose Owen. The remaining two castaways, Gabler and Jesse, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.

Voting History[]

Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted Out S43 morriah t
S43 justine t
S43 nneka t
S43 lindsay t
S43 geo t
S43 elie t
S43 dwight t
S43 jeanine t
S43 james t
S43 ryan t
S43 noelle t
S43 sami t
S43 cody t
S43 karla t
S43 jesse t
S43 owen t
S43 cassidy t
S43 gabler t
Vote 5-1 3-1-1 4-1 4-1-1 3-2 7-2-1-1 7-3-2 9-2 4-1 4-1 5-2-1 6-0 4-0-05 4-05 No vote6 7-1-0
Gabler Morriah Elie Ryan Jeanine Ryan Noelle Sami Cody Karla Jury Vote
Cassidy Lindsay Geo Elie Dwight Ryan Ryan Noelle Sami Cody Karla
Owen Morriah James Ryan Jeanine None2 Karla Sami Cody Karla
Jesse Justine Nneka None1 Dwight Jeanine Ryan Noelle Sami Cody Karla Eliminated Gabler
Karla Lindsay Geo Owen Dwight Jeanine James Noelle Sami Owen Jesse Gabler
Cody Justine Nneka Elie Dwight Jeanine Ryan Noelle Sami Karla Gabler
Sami Morriah Elie Dwight Jeanine James Karla None4 Gabler
Noelle Nneka Nneka Cassidy James Jeanine James3 Sami Gabler
Ryan Lindsay Cassidy Elie Dwight Jeanine Cassidy Gabler
James Lindsay Geo Elie Dwight Jeanine Owen Cassidy
Jeanine Morriah None1 Ryan Ryan Gabler
Dwight None1 Nneka Elie James
Elie Morriah James
Geo Cassidy Cassidy
Lindsay Geo
Nneka Justine Noelle
Justine Cody
Morriah Owen
^1 This castaway lost their vote at the summit, thus they were unable to cast a vote.
^2 This castaway's vote was stolen by the Vote Steal.
^3 This castaway played the Vote Steal advantage, allowing them to steal another castaway's vote to vote twice at Tribal Council.
^4 This castaway played their Shot in the Dark, making them ineligible to vote at Tribal Council. The scroll they selected, however, read "Not Safe", thus all votes against them remained valid.
^5 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, negating all votes against its user.
^6 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Cassidy, would take someone with them to the Final Three. She chose Owen. The remaining two castaways, Gabler and Jesse, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.


  • Survivor 43 is the first season to include contestants residing outside North America at the time of filming.
  • The original cast photo for Survivor 43 was taken before Geo joined the cast as an alternate contestant and thus had to be retaken shortly before the game began with the cast already in their in-game attire.[20]
  • Survivor 43 is the fourth season where only one man was voted out pre-merge, after Samoa, Millennials vs. Gen X and David vs. Goliath.
  • Survivor 43 is the first season since Samoa to not have a split vote be successfully executed.
  • Survivor 43 is the first season that was won by the oldest member of its cast.
  • The last three challenges of Survivor 43 were the same as the last three challenges of Millennials vs. Gen X.
  • Survivor 43 is the third consecutive season where the jury vote was 7-1-0. This marks the first time that three consecutive seasons have had the same jury vote outcome.


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