When you call a season Survivor: Game Changers I suppose it should be expected to see a change to the game. That will be happening this season when for the first time ever there will be no revote after an initial tie vote. What does that mean exactly? Speaking to Josh Wigler at Parade Magazine, host Jeff Probst said: “There will not be a chance for people to change their votes. You go directly to the tiebreaker, which is openly discussing among yourselves who you want to get rid of. If you can come to a unanimous decision, then that person goes home. If you can’t get a unanimous decision, everybody draws rocks.”
The revote after the tie has been a staple of the show from the very beginning and has led to some all-time great Survivor moments. Back in Survivor: Samoa, the outnumbered Foa Foa alliance were able to flip Galu’s John Fincher at the revote, continuing their impressive comeback. And another John made a famous flip at the merge vote in Survivor: South Pacific when Cochran turned on his old Savaii tribe. Only three times in Survivor history as a tie vote led to a rock draw, one of which happened just last season in Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
It was during Millennials vs. Gen X when Probst said he realized the cast were getting a “free look into the future” by splitting votes in the event of an idol play. Players will no longer get that freebie. Continuing his discussion with Josh Wigler, Probst explained: “If you want to know if somebody has an idol, you’re going to have to be willing to risk the consequence that if you don’t [make the move], you might find yourself in a tie-breaker and you might go home.”
While Probst believes it could give more opportunities for those in minority alliances, there is a possibility it makes people more risk averse. If there is more chance of a rock draw, it could make players less inclined to flip and instead stick with the numbers rather than risk a tie. Either way, it will be interesting to see how this plays out during Survivor: Game Changers. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
For a sneak peek of the season including the new twist reveal, check out the video below courtesy of Parade: