Survivor: Ghost Island
|Survivor: Ghost Island|
|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of castaways||20|
|Location(s)||Mamanuca Islands, Fiji|
|Filming dates||June 5 – July 13, 2017|
|Original release||February 28, 2018– present|
|Preceded by||Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers|
Survivor: Ghost Island is the 36th season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. Ghost Island was filmed in the summer of 2017 and premiered on February 28, 2018, on CBS with a two-hour episode.
This season introduces the titular Ghost Island, a secluded location that castaways will be banished to for short periods, similar to Exile Island. Ghost Island features mementos and props from previous seasons of Survivor, including several misplayed advantages. Banished castaways will be given the opportunity to acquire these advantages, under the premise of learning from past castaways' mistakes. This season was the fifth to be filmed in Fiji, the most of any country.
|Contestant||Original tribe||Switched tribe||Finish|
|Gonzalez, StephanieStephanie Gonzalez
26, Ocala, Florida
|Malolo||1st voted out
|Derwin, JacobJacob Derwin
22, Brooklyn, New York
|Malolo||2nd voted out
|Ricke, MorganMorgan Ricke
29, Orlando, Florida
|Naviti||Naviti||3rd voted out
|Shapiro, BrendanBrendan Shapiro
41, Herndon, Virginia
|Malolo||Malolo||4th voted out
|Abbate, DomenickDomenick Abbate
38, Nesconset, New York
|Afuye, DesireeDesiree Afuye
21, Brooklyn, New York
|Bechtold, KellynKellyn Bechtold
31, Denver, Colorado
|Bowman, JennaJenna Bowman
23, Venice Beach, California
|Holland, WendellWendell Holland
33, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Hurley, DonathanDonathan Hurley
26, Kimper, Kentucky
|Johnson, LaurelLaurel Johnson
29, Minneapolis, Minnesota
|Johnson, StephanieStephanie Johnson
34, Chicago, Illinois
|Kleihege, BradleyBradley Kleihege
26, Los Angeles, California
|Lim, JamesJames Lim
24, New York City, New York
|Noble, ChrisChris Noble
27, Brooklyn, New York
|Noel, SebastianSebastian Noel
22, Satellite Beach, Florida
|Perkins, AngelaAngela Perkins
42, Cincinnati, Ohio
|Townsend, ChelseaChelsea Townsend
24, Los Angeles, California
|Vincek, LibbyLibby Vincek
24, Houston, Texas
|Yerger, MichaelMichael Yerger
18, Los Angeles, California
|Episode title||Original air date||Challenge winner(s)||Ghost Island||Eliminated||Finish|
|"Can You Reverse the Curse?"||February 28, 2018||Malolo||Naviti||Jacob||Accepted||Gonzalez||1st voted out
|Naviti||Donathan||None||Jacob||2nd voted out
|"Only Time Will Tell"||March 7, 2018||Malolo||Chris||None||Morgan||3rd voted out
|"Trust Your Gut"||March 14, 2018||Naviti||Naviti||Kellyn||Declined||Brendan||4th voted out
|"A Diamond in the Rough"||March 21, 2018|
|"Fate is the Homie"||March 28, 2018|
|Original air date||U.S. viewers
|528||1||"Can You Reverse the Curse?"||Recap, part 1
Recap, part 2
|1.7/7||February 28, 2018||8.19||14|
Host Jeff Probst explained the Ghost Island premise to the 20 new castaways upon their arrival, saying that they had a chance to reverse the curse of bad Survivor decisions if they were to visit Ghost Island. Jeff instructed each tribe to choose a leader: Malolo selected Brendan, while Chris volunteered for Naviti. Jeff also told the castaways they would only start with a machete, pot, a fishing kit, and a smaller supply of rice.
For Malolo and Naviti, respectively, Michael and Sebastian were selected to run the course, while Laurel and Desiree were selected for the puzzle. Chris pulled the lever on Desiree, preserving Naviti’s fishing kit, but giving the larger reward to Malolo. As the Malolo tribe set up their shelter and got to know each other. Jacob openly stated his intention to search for a hidden immunity idol, causing his tribemates to distrust him. He also poured some of the tribe’s rice in his dirty sock to see if a clue was hidden in the jar, though there was not. Meanwhile at the Naviti camp, a power struggle started between Chris and Domenick, who questioned Chris’s decision to forfeit the opening challenge.
Naviti won the challenge, and also received a flint reward, as Malolo already had flint after winning the first reward challenge. For winning the immunity challenge, Naviti had to send one person from Malolo to Ghost Island, where they would be immune from the vote; Naviti sent Jacob after he declared Malolo was the best tribe in Survivor history. On Ghost Island, Jacob had to break an urn to play a game for an advantage; if he lost, he would have to forfeit his vote at the next Tribal Council. He subsequently won a game of chance which gave him Sierra’s legacy advantage from Game Changers. He had to will it to someone from Naviti, and he chose Morgan. He also made a fake idol. At the Malolo camp, the tribe had to come up with a new plan, as Jacob was their intended target. Gonzalez rallied votes against Donathan for being the tribe’s weakest link, but at Tribal Council, her paranoia got the better of her as she whispered to her tribemates, asking who they were targeting that night. Although everyone told her they were targeting Donathan, it was revealed that they had lied to her, and Gonzalez was unanimously blindsided, becoming the first person voted out.
At the Naviti camp, Domenick searched for a hidden immunity idol in the middle of the night, which he eventually found; it was revealed to be Andrea’s idol from Caramoan. The next morning, he attempted to bury the hatchet with Chris, but the tension still lingered between the two. Domenick told Chris he found an idol moments after telling him the opposite, which caused Chris to distrust him. At the Malolo camp, Jacob kept the legacy advantage information to himself and told his tribemates that he had found an idol on Ghost Island, but that he had left the paper behind, making Brendan suspicious.
Naviti easily won after James could not even dive a foot in the water. Donathan panicked before eventually diving down and releasing the buoys for Malolo. Naviti sent Donathan to Ghost Island, and the urn he smashed was a dud. At Malolo, Stephanie considered working with Jacob to blindside Michael, but Jacob spilled the beans about the legacy advantage to Stephanie. At Tribal Council, Libby and Michael voted against James in case Jacob did indeed have a real idol, but ultimately, the tribe stuck to the original plan, sending Jacob out of the game.
|529||2||"Only Time Will Tell"||Recap||1.7/7||March 7, 2018||8.23||14|
The morning after Jacob's elimination, Jeff announced a tribe swap. The new Malolo tribe consisted of Bradley, Brendan, Chelsea, Desiree, Jenna, Kellyn, Michael, Sebastian, and Stephanie. The new Naviti tribe consisted of Angela, Chris, Domenick, Donathan, James, Laurel, Libby, Morgan, and Wendell. At the new Naviti tribe, Chris tried to rally votes against Domenick, but his attitude set Angela and Libby off. Morgan was suspicious of Chris, and she and Libby aligned. At the new Malolo tribe, Bradley's complaining over Malolo's shelter got on some people's nerves, while Michael and Brendan found one of James's idols from China.
Malolo won the challenge; after they couldn't decide who from Naviti to send to Ghost Island, the Naviti members drew rocks to determine who would go. Chris drew the odd-colored rock, foiling Domenick's plan to blindside him. On Ghost Island, the urn Chris smashed was empty, and he opened up about his mother's struggle with multiple sclerosis. At the Naviti camp, Angela wanted to stay strong with her old tribe members and vote out Libby, but Wendell saw Angela as Chris's "right-hand man", and started to rally votes against her. Meanwhile, Domenick showed his fake idol to the former Malolo members to build trust with them, but James didn't believe him and, seeing an opportunity to control the vote as Naviti was set to turn on Angela, pitched an idea to the other former Malolo members to vote out Morgan, which Libby objected to. However, at Tribal Council, Libby reluctantly sided with the majority, sending a shocked Morgan out of the game. Before her exit, Morgan willed the legacy advantage to Domenick.
|530||3||"Trust Your Gut"||TBA||1.7/7||March 14, 2018||8.39||TBA|
While attempting to regroup after Morgan's blindside, Domenick told Wendell he found a real idol. The next morning, he found the legacy advantage willed to him by Morgan.
Before the challenge, Jeff revealed that someone would visit Ghost Island and return before the immunity challenge, meaning they would also be vulnerable if their tribe were to visit Tribal Council. Naviti won the challenge and immediately chose to have Malolo draw rocks; Kellyn was sent to Ghost Island immediately after she explained that being separated was her worst Survivor fear. Although the urn she smashed allowed her to play the game of chance, she decided not to risk losing her vote. At the Naviti camp, Chris and Angela planned on aligning with the former Malolo members, but Donathan talked to Wendell about working together and Laurel talked to Domenick, who revealed his idol to her.
Although Malolo had a huge lead through the chest-carrying stage, Naviti pulled off one of the largest comebacks in Survivor history and edged out Malolo during the ball-tossing stage to win immunity, largely thanks to Chris's efforts. Stephanie was put off by Bradley's arrogant attitude and was even more offended when Bradley flat-out told her there was no hope for her alliance. The Naviti 5 wanted to weaken the other alliance and debated between voting out Michael or Brendan. Michael revealed his idol to Stephanie and Jenna, which gave the alliance hope. At Tribal Council, Brendan declared Sebastian and Chelsea to be on the bottom of an alliance led by Bradley, and Michael encouraged them to flip after he pulled out his idol, falsely calling it a double immunity idol in an attempt to throw the opposing alliance off their game. Before the votes were read, Michael played his idol for Stephanie after saying he'd play it on himself and Brendan, but Brendan was the one who needed it, as the Naviti 5 held strong and sent him out of the game.
|531||4||"A Diamond in the Rough"||TBA||TBA||March 21, 2018||TBD||TBA|
|532||5||"Fate is the Homie"||TBA||TBA||March 28, 2018||TBD||TBA|
|Original tribes||Swapped tribes|
- The player was sent to Ghost Island after their tribe lost the immunity challenge and was not allowed to participate in Tribal Council.
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