While certain twists, such as the Shot in the Dark and “earn the merge,” are sticking around for Survivor‘s upcoming seasons, there will be at least one new twist revolving around hidden immunity idols.
According to Inside Survivor sources, Survivor 44, which recently wrapped up filming in Fiji, will feature an “idol cage” twist. Each tribe camp will have a bird cage with an idol locked inside and a note on how to find the key to open it. Unfortunately, the cages are in plain sight, so it will require stealth for a castaway to obtain the idol without being caught.
For those brave enough to open the cage, they will find inside a bag containing two idols — a real one and a fake one. The player must take the real idol and leave behind the fake, making it appear that the bag/cage hasn’t been tampered with. What happens if someone else finds the fake is not yet known.
This new twist continues Survivor‘s recent theme of “risk vs. reward,” aiming to make the players work for advantages. Viewers saw this across seasons 41 and 42 with the introduction of Beware Advantages and the Ship Wheel island. As far as Inside Survivor knows, the Beware Advantages and the island Summits are still a part of the upcoming seasons, albeit with slight changes.
As previously reported, seasons 43 and 44 will keep the same 26-day, three-tribe format, with the winner being revealed on location and the reunion special taking place after the Final Tribal Council.
A version of this article was first posted on the Inside Survivor Patreon.