What shocks the Survivor tribe? Episode listing reveals it

The preview for Survivor Nicaragua showed the merged tribe staring at something in horror. What was it? An injury? A flood? A dead body? Fabio lying down with his shorts exposing his business? Kelly appearing from nowhere again? Dan actually exerting some effort?

Actually, there’s no need to guess, as fun as that may be, because CBS’ episode listing reveals that exactly what it is, though there aren’t details on what happened or the consequence of it. Don’t read this if you want to be surprised (duh):

“The tribe suffers a devastating blow when they find the camp in ashes after a fire, and the loyalty of an alliance is put to the test as Libertad heads to tribal council, on Survivor: Nicaragua.”

Update, 10:55 p.m. ET: CBS aired this preview before The Amazing Race tonight, and perhaps at other times, and it shows footage of the tribe’s stuff burning. I don’t mind them previewing this, because it’s not of huge consequence, but why pretend it’s a secret and then reveal the secret? It only makes sense if they wanted to, say, generate more publicity or something by getting people to talk about it and then talk about it again after it was revealed. It’ll never work.

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