Inside Survivor recently revealed the title and theme for Season 35 – Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers – which was confirmed during the Survivor: Game Changers live reunion show. But now we have some intel on Season 36 which is currently filming in Fiji and is scheduled to air Spring 2018. If you thought Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers sounded ridiculous, you haven’t heard anything yet.
We can reveal that the rumored title for Survivor Season 36 will be Survivor: Ghost Island and will feature twenty all-new players. Personally, I’d have gone with Ghosts vs. Ghouls vs. Goblins.
Despite sounding like the title of a PC adventure game from the 1990s, Ghost Island is, in fact, the haunting new title for the thirty-sixth edition of Survivor. What to expect from the theme? The details are unclear at the minute, but we will update once we have more information.
Will it be a game-related twist similar to Exile Island or Redemption Island? Or maybe it will be based around the idea of “ghosts of Survivor past,” a sort of “flashback” season, perhaps channeling elements from previous years (old twists and challenges, etc.)? Or perhaps Jeff Probst has become a necromancer and has literally raised the dead to compete for $1 million?
UPDATE 06/14/17: Inside Survivor understands that Ghost Island will be more similar to Exile Island (but with a twist) than Redemption Island. It will be a separate location castaways are sent to throughout the game for short periods of time. It WILL NOT be a “ghost tribe” like the abandoned Season 30 version where eliminated players wait for a chance to reenter the game.
UPDATE 08/18/17: In a further update on the Ghost Island concept, Inside Survivor understands that Ghost Island will be populated with advantages from past seasons. These advantages are said to be ones associated with past mistakes, such as Erik Reichenbach’s Immunity Necklace and James Clement’s two Hidden Immunity Idols. It’s unclear at this moment whether all the advantages will be located on Ghost Island at the same time nor is it clear if/how a castaway will be able to utilize these advantages.
Ghost Island is the latest in a number of theme-based titles which have become a common Survivor trend in recent years. You have to go back as far as 2012 for a season named solely for its location, that being Survivor: Philippines. Since 2012, each subsequent season has featured a theme-based title or subtitle, whether that be Worlds Apart, Second Chance, or the multiple editions of Blood vs. Water and Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.
With all four recent seasons filming in Fiji, it obviously limited the use of location-based titles; Survivor: Game Changers being the only one to include the name of the region in its logo (Mamanuca Islands), although the subtitle was never used within the show itself. The other three seasons – Millennials vs. Gen X, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, and now, Ghost Island – are all strictly named after their theme.
What do you think about the new title? More ridiculous than Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers? What do you think the theme means? And what crazy theme will they think up next?!