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Discuss the long-running CBS reality television series that features castaways marooned on an island and divided into tribes, where they must outwit, outplay and outlast in order to be crowned the Sole Survivor here.

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I haven't watched any season since Game Changers (not even JoMo's to kii) because I just kinda fell out of love and didn't feel the same excitement as I once used to BUT I couldn't help but find myself keeping up with speculation on what they'd do for the big Season 40. Redmond finally posted the cast after confirming the theme a few weeks ago and maybe we're shaking a bit?

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As previously revealed on Inside Survivor, for the landmark fortieth season, Survivor will be inviting back a cast of former winners for an epic champion of champions showdown. The cast recently left for Fiji and the season is set to begin filming soon.

Below are the 20 rumored cast members for Season 40 – with HUGE thanks to SurvivorsUnite for all his help.

Amber Mariano
40 · PENSACOLA, FL · ALL-STARS

Danni Boatwright
43 · TONGANOXIE, KS · GUATEMALA

Denise Stapley
48 · CEDAR RAPIDS, IA · PHILIPPINES

Kim Spradlin
36 · SAN ANTONIO, TX · ONE WORLD

Michele Fitzgerald
28 · FREEHOLD, NJ · KAOH RONG

Natalie Anderson
33 · EDGEWATER, NJ · SAN JUAN DEL SUR

Parvati Shallow
36 · LOS ANGELES, CA · MICRONESIA

Sandra Diaz-Twine
44 · FAYETTEVILLE, NC · PEARL ISLANDS, HEROES VS. VILLAINS

Sarah Lacina
35 · CEDAR RAPIDS, IA · GAME CHANGERS

Sophie Clarke
29 · WILSBORO, NY · SOUTH PACIFIC

Adam Klein
28 · SAN FRANCISCO, CA · MILLENIALS VS. GEN-X

Ben Driebergen
36 · BOISE, ID · HEROES VS. HEALERS VS. HUSTLERS

Ethan Zohn
45 · NEW YORK, NY · AFRICA

Jeremy Collins
41 · FOXBORO, MA · CAMBODIA

Nick Wilson
28 · WILLIAMSBURG, KY · DAVID VS. GOLIATH

Rob Mariano
43 · PENSACOLA, FL · REDEMPTION ISLAND

Tony Vlachos
45 · JERSEY CITY, NJ · CAGAYAN

Tyson Apostol
39 · HEBER CITY, UT · BLOOD VS. WATER

Wendell Holland
35 · PHILADELPHIA, PA · GHOST ISLAND

Yul Kwon
44 · CONCORD, CA · COOK ISLANDS

http://insidesurvivor.com/cast/survivor-season-40-cast-revealed

 

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I love this show. It's my mom and I's thing. Even when I moved out, we text during the show. When I was in college sometimes she'd drive over and we'd have dinner in my apartment while watching lol

The 40th season sounds... idk. Sometimes I get tired of seeing the same people over and over again. Unless it's Russell. I love him

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29 minutes ago, Katy said:

I love this show. It's my mom and I's thing. Even when I moved out, we text during the show. When I was in college sometimes she'd drive over and we'd have dinner in my apartment while watching lol

The 40th season sounds... idk. Sometimes I get tired of seeing the same people over and over again. Unless it's Russell. I love him

Yeah, same. I've never been desperate for this theme in general. I guess it's because they only did Game Changers which had a good handful of fan faves a couple years ago and this theme always comes up, even if the actual execution probably won't justify the hype. I'm just pleasantly surprised at some of the names they managed to get.

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I was expecting names like JT and Tina who we've seen enough of and the big worry was that there would be too much recency bias. But Amber? Ethan? Yul? Of course, seeing Parvati play again for the first time in a decade is too exciting a concept to pass up as well, even if I think she's likely to be out early. That's going to be the only bummer, if the big hitters/legends fall early, especially since (as of yet) I'm not familiar with like 1/3 of the men who won in the last two years. The winner CANNOT be a dud.

 

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54 minutes ago, Shoaib. said:

Yeah, same. I've never been desperate for this theme in general. I guess it's because they only did Game Changers which had a good handful of fan faves a couple years ago and this theme always comes up, even if the actual execution probably won't justify the hype. I'm just pleasantly surprised at some of the names they managed to get.

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I was expecting names like JT and Tina who we've seen enough of and the big worry was that there would be too much recency bias. But Amber? Ethan? Yul? Of course, seeing Parvati play again for the first time in a decade is too exciting a concept to pass up as well, even if I think she's likely to be out early. That's going to be the only bummer, if the big hitters/legends fall early, especially since (as of yet) I'm not familiar with like 1/3 of the men who won in the last two years. The winner CANNOT be a dud.

 

I wish they'd bring Fairplay back again. But I remember the second time, he quit, and Jeff was pissed. I don't think Jeff likes him much lol

 

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I am not a Parvati fan at all. I like Sandra, but she's been back how many times? She's coming back for this upcoming season as a "mentor" with Rob, which again, how many times are you gonna come back?!

And honestly, I wish they'd dial it back a touch, go back to certain aspects. I feel like it's been years since we've had a season where a tribe truly suffered. They almost always have fire within the first day or two. Nobody ever really goes on about being hungry. I remember after the early seasons, they'd show before and after pictures of them and show how much weight they lost and all that. (And the women would have such hairy armpits lol) To me it's become way more of a social game than it is about surviving. I almost think they have it too easy anymore. And I swear, if they don't bring back Survivor auction, or the challenges where they have to eat the native "delicacies" I am going to be so sad. It's been so long since we've seen any of that. I miss it!

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Her return :shook: 

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13 minutes ago, Katy said:

I wish they'd bring Fairplay back again. But I remember the second time, he quit, and Jeff was pissed. I don't think Jeff likes him much lol

 

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And honestly, I wish they'd dial it back a touch, go back to certain aspects. I feel like it's been years since we've had a season where a tribe truly suffered. They almost always have fire within the first day or two. Nobody ever really goes on about being hungry. I remember after the early seasons, they'd show before and after pictures of them and show how much weight they lost and all that. (And the women would have such hairy armpits lol) To me it's become way more of a social game than it is about surviving. I almost think they have it too easy anymore. And I swear, if they don't bring back Survivor auction, or the challenges where they have to eat the native "delicacies" I am going to be so sad. It's been so long since we've seen any of that. I miss it!

I don't know, it's definitely become way more about surviving within the game than surviving period and some twists are overkill (like everything I've heard about the season that just ended), but I remember some of the last seasons I saw had pretty bad weather conditions at least. YES to the auction though. Probst said they got rid of it because everyone would just wait for the advantages but there has to be solutions to that rather than getting rid of a Survivor staple altogether.

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Sandra, Parvati and Natalie

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I also haven't watched the show since Game Changers (I hear David vs. Goliath is a good season though), but mess at someone being voted out day 9 returning and winning over two people who were there the whole 39 days :skull: 

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22 hours ago, Shoaib. said:

I don't know, it's definitely become way more about surviving within the game than surviving period and some twists are overkill (like everything I've heard about the season that just ended), but I remember some of the last seasons I saw had pretty bad weather conditions at least. YES to the auction though. Probst said they got rid of it because everyone would just wait for the advantages but there has to be solutions to that rather than getting rid of a Survivor staple altogether.

I think it would be cool if they'd do a "Back to Basics" season. No hidden idols, no secret advantages, no flint unless you win a challenge (that includes tribal when Jeff would make them put their flames out before heading back to camp!), Just straight up Survivor. And that makes sense about the auction. They could bring that back in the idea I suggested. He can straight up tell them, "There is no advantage at the end of this. It's food and luxury items. The end."

19 hours ago, Kiki said:

I also haven't watched the show since Game Changers (I hear David vs. Goliath is a good season though), but mess at someone being voted out day 9 returning and winning over two people who were there the whole 39 days :skull: 

It wasn't really messy though. They were still out on an island for 39 days and still had to play hard. Plus he beat the true top guy in a fire making challenge, so it was pretty fair in my opinion. All he didn't do were the challenges, except for the ones with the chance to get back in the game. And the two he went up against didn't do squat in the game so... lol

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22 hours ago, Shoaib. said:

 

I'm excited for it. I knew it had to be something big for the 40th season.

But after this, I'm tired of seeing returning players. I want all new. I think it'd be cool if they did like a rags to riches type season. All the players are people who actually NEED the money. Homeless people, people who work 7 jobs to make ends meet, people who were in jail for something dumb and are trying to get back on their feet, people down on their luck. Basically I want a cast with a bunch of underdogs. Elaine and Donovan (I realize I just said I'm tired of returning players) can be the captains of the two tribes.

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The premiere was cute!

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Idk why they voted out Amber so quick without getting a feel of where Rob was on his tribe bc he's about to go soon too even with her helping him from outside the game and them having each other to lean on will kinda defeat the purpoe of EoE nnn. Sandra is so powerful.

They kinda did Nat and Jeremy dirty by putting them together from the jump but at the same time they honestly should've anticipated and deflected better.

Also Ben is kind of dumb as rocks, huh? This is my first time seeing him play.

God speed someone save Parvati, I'm scared she isn't even going to make it out of this month.

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On 2/14/2020 at 11:50 AM, Shoaib. said:

The premiere was cute!

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I cannot stand Parvati. There were about 5 or so people that I'm ready for them to get the boot. Natalie was one, so I was happy to see her go.

This week, what was Rob thinking with that puzzle??? I like him and Sandra. I hope they're still around come merge time. I can't wait to see them battle it out.

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Survivor CANCELLED. I will be watching the EoE cut only henceforward.

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15 hours ago, Shoaib. said:

Survivor CANCELLED. I will be watching the EoE cut only henceforward.

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I WAS SO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(that was such a good move though)

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On 20/03/2020 at 9:44 PM, Katy said:

I WAS SO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(that was such a good move though)

Idk how much of a good move it was tbh, she's a great shield and even if she made merge it's not like she's likely to be winning challenges. It would only be a matter of time until she was taken out regardless since there's no way anyone was letting her weasel her way to FTC, which I guess is the reasoning? To have that trophy on your wall to help your case should you get to the end, which I can't fault, although it comes with a target too because you put yourself all out there. 

I respect it but I am sad my fears that the more interesting members of the cast (mostly old schoolers) would be out early came true. The group on EoE has the personalities that make a season while a lot of the characters introduced in more recent years that leave a lot to be desired will play an active part all season and make me struggle to find anyone I want to root for. A disaster.

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13 hours ago, Shoaib. said:

Idk how much of a good move it was tbh, she's a great shield and even if she made merge it's not like she's likely to be winning challenges. It would only be a matter of time until she was taken out regardless since there's no way anyone was letting her weasel her way to FTC, which I guess is the reasoning? To have that trophy on your wall to help your case should you get to the end, which I can't fault, although it comes with a target too because you put yourself all out there. 

I respect it but I am sad my fears that the more interesting members of the cast (mostly old schoolers) would be out early came true. The group on EoE has the personalities that make a season while a lot of the characters introduced in more recent years that leave a lot to be desired will play an active part all season and make me struggle to find anyone I want to root for. A disaster.

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I think it was a great move honestly, except for the second idol, what a waste. I said since the beginning that if I were playing, I'd want Rob, Amber and Sandra out first. They've won 2 million already,  not trying to get them to 4. BUT as a viewer, I wanted Sandra to win again. I love watching them. So I definitely agree with what you said, we're going to be left with some blah players. For who's left of the "new school" players, I do like Sophie, Sarah and Tony.

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This season will not be looked back on fondly at all. Yul got what he deserved for not going with Parv at the last tribal and old school were embarrassing in general, but the way Probst spun it as them not being able to adapt to modern day Survivor didn't add up since they were always going to have it harder being that they're the bigger threats with longer periods for their name/legend to be cemented + there were less of them from the start. They should've bit the bullet and just cast tired Tina and JT or someone if they couldn't get anyone else in order to get an even split and maybe they'd get a better quality season befitting of the milestone celebration.

I've accepted that this era of Survivor is decisively not for me honestly because I can't bring myself to get behind any of these people left in the main game. The passing of the torch was expected and inevitable but it's also kinda forever tainted now.

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On 3/26/2020 at 5:09 PM, Shoaib. said:

This season will not be looked back on fondly at all. Yul got what he deserved for not going with Parv at the last tribal and old school were embarrassing in general, but the way Probst spun it as them not being able to adapt to modern day Survivor didn't add up since they were always going to have it harder being that they're the bigger threats with longer periods for their name/legend to be cemented + there were less of them from the start. They should've bit the bullet and just cast tired Tina and JT or someone if they couldn't get anyone else in order to get an even split and maybe they'd get a better quality season befitting of the milestone celebration.

I've accepted that this era of Survivor is decisively not for me honestly because I can't bring myself to get behind any of these people left in the main game. The passing of the torch was expected and inevitable but it's also kinda forever tainted now.

I'm still enjoying the season. Sara and Tony are my favorites that are left. A friend and I were discussing the fire tokens. We think it would be cool if when they do the challenge for EOE to get back in the game, Jeff can also offer a buy back. if they have enough tokens, they can just skip the challenge and buy their way back into the game.

I still want a "back to basics" season. No hidden Idols, no advantages, actual challenges, shoot I wouldn't even mind if they took it all the way back where they didn't get a lot of rice or a clean water source. I feel like Survivor has turned into an entirely social game. it's Big Brother on an island and it gets boring. I want the survival element back.

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