Survivor 43 is just a couple of months away and with it comes 18 new castaways set to battle it out on the islands of Fiji for a million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor. But what else can fans expect?
As Survivor entered its third decade on the air, the long-running reality series began a new era. Seasons 41 and 42 introduced an updated version of the show where titles and themes were a thing of the past, and the trademark 39 days were cut down to just 26. The show also took advantage of its back-to-back filming schedule by repeating many of the twists and format changes from Survivor 41 in Survivor 42.
Some of the new twists seen in seasons 41 and 42 included the Shot in the Dark, which allowed worried players a chance at protection from the vote; the Hourglass, which had the power to “reverse time” and change the outcome of a challenge; phrase-activated immunity idols; Risk vs. Reward dilemmas; and the Do or Die, a random game of chance that could end a player’s game on the spot.
So which, if any, of these twists are sticking around for Survivor 43? The show’s Emmy-winning host and executive producer, Jeff Probst, previously hinted at what fans can expect in future seasons. “We are establishing new markers. So things like small tribes, earn the merge, no food, risk/reward dilemmas, Shot in the Dark, are here to stay,” he told Entertainment Weekly‘s Dalton Ross. “Other specific twists will come and go depending on the season.”
Inside Survivor can confirm that the Shot in the Dark and Risk vs. Reward dilemmas are still a part of Survivor 43. The season is also keeping the 26-day format with three tribes and no tribe swaps. However, the controversial Hourglass and Do or Die twists have been scrapped.
As we understand it, there will still be an “earn the merge” component to the season, meaning the remaining 12 castaways will be split into two teams and compete in a challenge to earn their spot on the merged tribe. Much like in Survivor 41 and 42, the losing team will be vulnerable at the next Tribal Council; however, this time around, there will be no Hourglass twist to potentially reverse the outcome of the challenge.
Also gone are the silly phrases that are required to activate idols. However, Beware Advantages still exist, and there is still a lose your vote component until a specific task has been completed.
Survivor 43 will also once again announce the winner on location in Fiji with the reunion special taking place at Tribal Council immediately after the final votes are read.
A version of this article was first posted on the Inside Survivor Patreon.