Survivor is set to close out its monumental Winners At War season next month in unprecedented fashion. Not only will the champion of champions recieve the biggest prize pot in the show’s history, but the reading of the votes and reunion will happen virtually.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, May 13’s three-hour finale and reunion is unable to take place in front of a live studio audience. Therefore, host and executive producer Jeff Probst will communicate virtually with the 20 cast members throughout the night, including the reveal of the $2 million winner and the usual post-season reunion show.
According to EW, logistics of the finale are still being worked out, but the show is likely to follow the typical finale format. This means expect the action to be intercut with Probst interviewing players as they are eliminated—except this time on a video call as opposed to a CBS studio sound stage.
“We are still figuring out exactly what we’re going to do,” Probst told EW’s Dalton Ross. “The rules change every day! At this point I can’t tell you what we’re planning, because we are still exploring options.”
CBS also confirmed that the penultimate episode of Winners At War on May 6 will be a double episode—this most likely means two back-to-back episodes including two Tribal Councils, as opposed to one feature-length episode.
The news of the virtual reunion comes after Survivor recently shut down production of seasons 41 and 42 in Fiji. While the plan initially was to postpone filming until May 19th, Inside Survivor recently learned that all crew already on location were sent home and production has been put on hold “indefinitely.”