CBS has officially announced the cast of most of Survivor: Edge of Extinction, which was identified last summer, and which includes four returnees and a ludicrous new twist.
In the press release, Jeff Probst explains the twist like this:
“Survivor continues to reinvent itself with new energy, and this season we’ve added a new secret game-changing twist. After being voted out, players will be faced with a decision to either go home or go to the Edge of Extinction, where they will be pushed further than ever before for a chance to get back in the game.
In this video, Probst says that this is all “a secret in the beginning; nobody knows.” Once they have been voted out, though, players will have the option to go home or “grab a torch, get in a boat.”
Probst said the opportunities to get back in the game “will be the hardest they’ve ever had to work for anything. And the question we’re exploring is, ‘How far are you willing to go in this game?”
The Survivor Edge of Extinction cast
In the press release, CBS said that the “returning players will join the 14 castaways who will be competing for the first time.”
The cast announcement doesn’t suggest that the returnees will have any kind of formal role—beyond just having an exceptional advantage in that they’ve had experience in the game and with the production.
In the video, Probst says they’re there “to set the players up early to remind them how hard it is to win.”
Here’s the full, official cast list, from CBS’ announcement.
Dan “The Wardog” DaSilva (38)
Hometown: Ossining, N.Y.
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Law Student/Former Military
Reem Daly (46)
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Current Residence: Ashburn, Va.
Rick Devens (33)
Hometown: Blacksburg, Va.
Current Residence: Macon, Ga.
Morning News Anchor
Wendy Diaz (25)
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Residence: Bell, Calif.
Small Business Owner
Lauren O’Connell (21)
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Current Residence: Waco, Texas
Student at Baylor University
Keith Sowell (19)
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
Current Residence: Durham, N.C.
Chris Underwood (25)
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Current Residence: Greenville, S.C.
District Sales Manager
Kelley Wentworth (31)
Hometown: Ephrata, Wash.
Current Residence: Seattle
Previous Seasons: Second Chance, San Juan del Sur
David Wright (44)
Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Previous Season: Millennials vs. Gen-X
Joe Anglim (29)
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
Current Residence: Ogden, Utah
Previous Seasons: Worlds Apart, Second Chance
Aubry Bracco (32)
Hometown: Hampton Falls, N.H.
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Previous Seasons: Kaoh Rong, Game Changers
Victoria Baamonde (23)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Current Residence: Bronx, N.Y.
Ron Clark (46)
Hometown: Chocowinity, N.C.
Current Residence: Atlanta
Teacher, Ron Clark Academy
Julia Carter (24)
Hometown: Hazleton, Pa.
Current Residence: Bethesda, Md.
Eric Hafemann (34)
Current Residence: Livermore, Calif.
Aurora McCreary (32)
Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
Julie Rosenberg (46)
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Gavin Whitson (23)
Hometown: Erwin, Tenn.
Current Residence: Erwin, Tenn.
YMCA Program Director