Inside Survivor can reveal that the title and theme for Survivor Season 35 will be Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. Nope, this isn’t a very late April Fool’s joke. The thirty-fifth season recently wrapped up filming in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands and will feature 18 brand new castaways divided into three tribes.
Those of you subscribed to the Inside Survivor newsletter will be aware that casting was looking for contestants with specific occupations. During last year’s casting process, casting associates had put out notices requesting applications from those currently working as teachers, firefighters, and yoga instructors. It led to speculation that CBS was preparing to repeat the Worlds Apart theme, previously used in season thirty when castaways were divided into tribes of White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar.
The new theme – Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers (get used to saying that) – is essentially a variation on the Worlds Apart concept. While not as specific as the previous iteration, the tribe designations are likely to be decided based primarily on occupation. One would expect the Heroes tribe to include public service jobs such as firefighters, police officers, and teachers. The Healers, on the other hand, are more likely to be therapists, psychologists, and yoga instructors (spiritual healing). Whereas the Hustlers are probably salespeople and business executives.
UPDATE 05/25/17: During the preview at the Game Changers reunion, Jeff Probst said the tribes are decided based on how others perceive them in their every day lives.
Season 35 will also mark the second time we’ve seen a “Heroes” tribe. The original Heroes tribe were part of the show’s epic all-star season, Heroes vs. Villains, and included famous Survivor faces such as Cirie Fields, Rupert Boneham, and Colby Donaldson.
What do you think about the new theme? A step too far? Do we call it Survivor: HHH for short? Are you a hero, a healer or a hustler? Leave your comments below.
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