[VIDEO] 'Survivor: Ghost Island' Is Built on the Mistakes of Past Players
[VIDEO] 'Survivor: Ghost Island' Is Built on the Mistakes of Past Players
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers has come to a close and the next season is almost here. Season 36 of Survivor, officially titled Survivor: Ghost Island, is shaping up to be the dream of every Survivor superfan and historian. Ghost Island plans to take several stories and mistakes from the show's long history and present them in an all-new way.


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Survivor has been no stranger to season gimmicks. For a very long time, Survivor has tried to craft a season around a singular theme and they've all worked to varying degrees. Ghost Island will try something new. The season-long theme is still intact but this time it will be based on the show itself, not an outside source. 

As the trailer for the new season (embedded below) makes clear, Ghost Island is heavily influenced by the mistakes of past Survivor players. The name of the season itself refers to an all-new twist that will be built on the "graveyard" of past losing players and their huge mistakes. A cast of all-new players will be constantly reminded of how quickly their game can implode. 



In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
, Survivor host Jeff Probst explained, "Survivor is a game in which you're forced to make dozens of decisions if you make it deep in the game, and yet only one can put you out of the game. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the show is looking back on the dumbest decisions ever made. So we decided to build a season around all of those bad decisions."

One the chief ways Survivor plans to build on those bad decisions is the aforementioned Ghost Island. Though the specifics of Ghost Island are being kept under wraps for now it is a literal location that castaways will be sent to throughout the season, similar to Exile Island or Redemption Island. While at Ghost Island the castaway(s) will sleep under the torch snuffers of all previous 35 seasons.

The torch snuffers won't be the only returning items. Keeping in line with the theme, Ghost Island will reportedly bring back several classic items from Survivor history, usually those associated with a huge mistake. 

One of the seemingly confirmed returning pieces of Survivor lore is Ozzy Lusth's fake Idol that was given to Eliza Orlins in Fans vs. Favorites. The "Idol" which Eliza called an "effing stuck" will appear in some new form in Ghost Island


Probst explained that the items that will reappear in Ghost Island aren't recreations. They're the real deal. "We had to track down all of these items. These aren't replicas. We didn't get our art department busy," Probst said. "Some of them are owned by Survivor players. Some of them may have been bought by Survivor fans."

The show wanted the real items because it's all meant to tie back into the show's history. These items will pop up on Ghost Island and be available to be taken back to the tribe if the castaway is lucky. "They will be reminded that the last person who held these was voted out with them in his pocket. Will that be you?" Probst teased. "And then the other question: Could it possibly happen again?"

Admittedly, the concept for Ghost Island does sound rather hokey. Still, the same could be said for a lot of Survivor themes, even the ones belonging to fantastic seasons. The important thing about Ghost Island is that it seems to put an emphasis on strategy and gameplay. It's not like the less successful themes, like Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, which put the emphasis on casting and personalities. 

But what do you think of the concept for Ghost Island? Do you think it's a smart idea or does it put too much emphasis on Survivor history? What are some of your favorite Survivor themes? Which items do you hope return during Ghost Island

Survivor: Ghost Island premieres Wednesday, February 28 at 8/7c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Survivor Facebook page.

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