The Discovery Channel survival reality series Dual Survival season 8 cast will include season seven’s Grady Powell, but has dropped his generally unpopular counterpart Bill McConnell—and the show isn’t just giving Grady one other partner.
Instead, the new season, which debuts June 15, will have “brand new pairs of top-notch survivalists,” according to Discovery. That’s a change for the series, which typically has two central cast members for the entire season; the only exception was season four, when Matt Graham replaced Cody Lundin midway through the season.
The pairs of survivalists who are Dual Survival’s season 8 cast
This season a total five people, including Grady Powell, will be featured throughout the season. The pairings are:
- Grady Powell and Josh James, who Discovery says is “an experienced outdoorsman from New Zealand’s South Island. Josh earned his moniker ‘The Kiwi Bushman’ through decades of working as a professional trapper, hunter and whitewater rafting guide in some of the most unspoiled wilderness environments on the planet. Years of living off the grid, hunting and fishing to provide for his family, have taught the Bushman to adopt a patient, balanced approach to survival that frequently clashes with his partner’s more impulsive tactics.”
- Grady Powell and Bo McGlone, an Air Force veteran, for a two-episode special episode that represents the show’s first pairing of people from different branches of the armed forces. Discovery says that after his Air Force service, “Bo served as a military intelligence security contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa in some of the harshest possible conditions.”
- EJ Snyder and Jeff Zausch, from Discovery’s Naked and Afraid. The network’s press release suggests they’ll be featured in three episodes, as they “will tackle harsh obstacles in Moab, the Gulf Coast and Brazil’s Serro Do Mar mountain range.”