Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Survivor: Winners at War (Season 40)

Over the last few years, I have typically watched Survivor running on the treadmill on Wednesday nights while Sharon was at bootcamp. With Jack shifting back home in March, the three of us watched Survivor: Winners at War together. Drew joined us for the finale on Wednesday night.

Winners at War is the show's 40th season. I would guess that I have seen slightly less than half of the seasons. Sharon and I watched the first couple of seasons twenty years old, but drifted away from the show.

The season was filmed in May and June of 2019. It is the eighth consecutive season to be filmed in Fiji. It aired on CBS from February 12, 2020 until May 13, 2020.

Winners at War features twenty returning winners from past Survivor seasons competing for a $2 million prize. It is the thirteenth season to feature returning players and the fifth season to feature only returning players. The season featured the Edge of Extinction [a twist where voted-out players could opt to stay for a chance to return] and introduced fire tokens [a form of currency to buy rewards or advantages].

Tony Vlachos was named the winner by a 12–4–0 vote over Natalie Anderson and Michele Fitzgerald. Seeing Boston Rob and Amber on the show, we decided to go back and watch some of the other reality shows on which they appeared. We watched Boston Rob and Amber compete in season 7 of the Amazing Race. We are currently watching season 5 of Survivor [All-Stars] where they first met.

With the finale hosted from Jeff Probst's garage due to the pandemic, he said that Survivor will be back in the fall. It will be interesting to see how they accomplish that...

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