Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X Rumored Twist

Are we set to see three tribes again on Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X?

Last month, Survivor host Jeff Probst told that the first episode of the 33rd season would feature something “…that has never happened before.” He also revealed there would be a fresh twist to the hidden immunity idols. While the details of those events remain unclear, there is expected to be another twist on Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

While the season will start with two tribes of ten, Millennials (Vanua) and Gen X (Takali), at some point those two tribes will split into three tribes. Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance first introduced this twist when, after two regular tribal councils, the Bayon and Ta Keo tribes divided into three, and six castaways were sent to the new, third Angkor beach. One would assume that the split will happen at 18 castaways again in Millennials vs. Gen X, but that is unconfirmed as of this moment. Production might want to draw the theme out longer, so the three tribe split could happen later into the season (perhaps at 15 castaways).

The third tribe Ika Bula, which means “turtle” in parts of Fiji, will wear green. On islands such as Yanuca, the Islanders have a special relationship with turtles, holding them in reverence as their ancestral gods. The tribe buff can be seen below on the Instagram page of Billy Bentley, a TV presenter for Australia’s Network TEN, who was sent the buff by Jeff Probst and the Survivor team.


UPDATE 08/15/16: CBS have released the Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X buffs for sale on the CBS Store, including the Ika Bula buff, all but confirming the third tribe twist.

The three tribe buffs for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. Source: CBS Store.

The three tribe buffs for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. Source: CBS Store.

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X premieres September 21st on CBS.

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  • Monae

    Ugh…can’t they have a normal season?!

    • Ishay

      What’s not normal about a tribe swap? It’s a great thing that helps to shake things up, the fact that they’ll become three tribes just make more possible alliances and relationships

      • Petr

        It’s annoying and not original, if the tribe swap is a part of every single season. My opinion.

    • A. Fan

      The last “normal” season in terms of swaps was Redemption Island/South Pacific, two of the worst seasons in history.

      • Ishay

        Exactly. Without a swap or some sort of change premerge one alliance takes control on each tribe – exactly what happened on both of this seasons

        • Monae

          But what about Tocantins, Samoa, AND Heroes vs. Villains?

    • José Zepeda

      Are you stupid or something?
      Can’t you see how boring and predictable would that be?

      Let me guess, you are the kind of people who want “Survivor to come back as it was on the early seasons, focusing in surviving and not strategy”

      Get over it kiddo, those days were the death for Survivor. Having a “normal season” would equaly means “Let’s have another horrible season like South Pacific or even worst, like Redemption Island”

      Get away.

      • Monae

        By normal season, I meant one similar to Nicaragua, with a swap in the middle. I just don’t like to two tribes to three tribes format.

  • Trintex

    This buff looks significantly better than the Tikali or Vanua buffs. Hopefully the merge buff will be blue!

  • Red

    I am not a fan of swaps it constantly screws my favs

  • Anne

    This was terrible in Second Chance! Why do it again? It should never happen again! One of the three tribes are gonna be as bad as Angkor or Matsing or the Brains from Cagayan it’s inevitable! Make this the last time this “twist” ever appears again! Please CBS!

  • Patrick

    Possibly not. It could also just simply be the merged tribe name.

    • Martin Holmes

      It’s a third tribe. The merged tribes don’t have the tribe names on the buffs. 🙂

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