There are several big twists for the 25th season of Survivor
premiering Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm on CBS. The first is that the
game will start with three tribes of six. The second is that each tribe
will come with one returning player who was taken out of the game for
medical reasons. Now EW is reporting
the identities of the three returning players: Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan.
Skupin appeared in the second season of the series, Survivor: The Australian Outback
. He famously passed out in front of a fire and fell into it, forcing him to be medically evacuated. He is now 50.
Penner is also 50 and has competed twice on Survivor
. The first time was in season 13, Cook Islands
, where he finished in seventh place. He returned in season 16 for Fans vs. Favorites
but was removed from the game when a cut on his knee became infected.
Swan, now 45, competed on season 19, Samoa
, where he was evacuated after his eyes rolled back in his head.
Skupin, Penner and Swan will each join one of the three tribes of Survivor: Philippines
, and hopefully this time they'll actually get to see their torches snuffed by Jeff Probst (or, I suppose, win the game).
One thing is clear: This is a fairly old cast compared to most. With these three returning players, there are now seven castaways over the age of 40. The last three seasons of Survivor
have only featured four or five castaways over 40.
Which returning castaway are you most excited to see again on Survivor: Philippines
?(Image courtesy of CBS)