Survivor, one of the great TV shows of all time, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. That means that for a second straight season, the cast of the older, retro game show is returning to the island in Samoa where the show was created. Several of the players from last season are returning as part of the cast and the castaways are all competing for the reward of one million dollars. That reward is unavailable to everyone, so people from all over the world are competing to win it. You’ll be familiar with some of the players from previous seasons, but a few are brand new to the show.
There are a lot of contestants and even more audience members trying to do some crossovers, so before you tune in, here’s everything you need to know about Survivor: Game Changers.
It’s Back to the Beginning
The castaways will be joined by some past contestants from different seasons, including Rupert Boneham and Russell Hantz. Hantz is known for his ability to turn people against each other, so he’ll be watching out for anyone on the show who’s turned on him in the past. Since these are spoilers, stay away from getting anywhere near the episodes.
The Wise Ones Know to Save Yourself
This season is all about choosing to survive. “Survivor: Game Changers” is about bravery and having the guts to look for the advantages when they arise. In previous seasons, it’s been about wanting to win and having a winning strategy. But this season, the strategy should focus around survival and getting as many advantages as possible to eventually win. It’s easy to get hooked on the show and have these lives all figured out in your head, but this is about getting to know the cast and their weaknesses and taking advantage of them.
And get to know the cast! If you’re interested in who these people are, here are some of the returnees:
Emmanuel “Frodo” Mensah – Last season’s third-place finisher
This college student from Chicago is a positive, well-liked guy who initially just wanted to play the game. This season, he’s taking advantage of the fact that he has some immunity idols and a bunch of familiarity from prior seasons. He’s on social media, which might be a problem with some of the younger contestants, and this season, a few of his votes are likely to land in someone else’s benefit rather than his. That means he’s going to be trying to get more out of the cast in their moments that they can be selfish about.
Frodo Mensah’s White Chocolate Camo and Green Grillio….PERFECT pic.twitter.com/7LtveAte5m — MesquiteSun 🇲🇽 (@marksfan2) September 28, 2017
Rock ‘n’ Roll Parvati Shallow – In her last season, Parvati Shallow got all the idol votes and was ultimately booted before the episode even aired. While her antics made her a character in her own right, it was also fun to watch her dance around on the island. This season is going to be a challenge for Parvati – she’s constantly surrounded by Millennials – but she’s back with an attitude of jubilation and a positivity that will serve her well in her quest to win the reward.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Parvati Shallow says #FirstShots all season but took a nice break until she returns for #SurvivorGameChangers .. Up next- #Survivor pic.twitter.com/3tkwxW5nvU — Survivor Daily (@Survivor_dotcom) October 28, 2017
Dani Dyer – Megan Diamante’s eyebrows are key to her game – and the key to her survival, too. Dani won an immunity idol that she planned to play, but had a change of heart and began searching for a weakness on the other cast. And it was Josh Wigler who suggested that the strongest Survivor player had to be able to out-taunt a rival, so Dani hasn’t wasted any time using this advantage – she already has herself an advantage. We’ll have to see how much she can use it.
Survivor: Game Changers begins on Wednesday, October 25, on CBS.