Skip to Content

Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers: season 35’s cast, twist, and more

Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers: season 35’s cast, twist, and more
Jeff Probst in Fiji for Survivor Game Changers, the same location that will host Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, season 35 of the CBS show. (Image by CBS)

As Survivor Game Changers ends tonight, another season has just concluded filming, and will be previewed in some form during the finale, when we’ll learn about the fall season of the CBS show: Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

Here’s what we know so far about the new season, which will air fall 2017.

Survivor 35’s title and tribes

Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers is the title and describes the season’s opening twist: three tribes with contestants sorted according to three categories. That’s similar to Survivor Worlds Apart and the blue collar, white collar, and no collar tribes. I have more thoughts about that here.

The twist and title were first revealed by Inside Survivor’s Martin Holmes this past weekend.

The tribe colors are red, blue, and yellow.

Update: During the reunion, Probst explained that the tribes are divided “based on the positive traits most often associated with them by others,” and gave these specific category definitions:

  • Heroes: they are heralded for their courage, their achievements, and ideals for which they stand.”
  • Healers: they receive gratitude for their acts of service, and helping people heal their emotional and physical pain.”
  • Hustlers: they are respected for their work ethic. Get it done no matter what. They stop at nothing to achieve their goals.”

Survivor 35’s cast

The cast is all new players: Yes, no returnees, just newbies.

Inside Survivor published a partial cast list with 13 of the 18 contestants. Ten of those 13 people are in their 20s, and most fit easily into this season’s categories.

True Dork Times’ cast list is frequently updated and shows sources for identified cast members.

Location: Fiji, again

The show has returned to Fiji for seasons 35 and 36, the same place seasons 33 and 34 were filmed.

With its spectacular open-water ocean challenges and pleasant climate—though there was that whole cyclone and first-ever contestant evacuation—it’s a great place, and executive producer Jeff Probst has said he’d keep the show in Fiji forever if he could.

Filming dates

The season was filmed from the beginning of April through early May, concluding on May 11, I have confirmed.

True Dork Times has a full calendar—most of it is speculation now, but it will be updated as more information becomes available.

The season 35 preview

During the Survivor Game Changers finale and reunion, this preview was released, which introduced us to several cast members and the tribe divisions:

All reality blurred content is independently selected, including links to products or services. However, if you buy something after clicking an affiliate link, I may earn a commission, which helps support reality blurred. Learn more.

More great stories

About the author

  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.


I value our community at reality blurred, which connects people through open and thoughtful conversations about the TV we’re watching and the stories about it.

Comment rules: My goal is for us to be able to share our perspectives and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive space. That’s why I’ve created these rules for commenting here. By commenting below, you confirm that you’ve read and agree to them.

Happy discussing!