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21 burning Survivor questions, answered

21 burning Survivor questions, answered
Jeff Probst on the premiere of Survivor season 40 (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment)

Survivor has invested fans and curious viewers, and as we’ve watched over the past two decades, we’ve had many questions about the show.

I collected Survivor behind-the-scenes stories, and now I’ve dipped into the archives to gather together stories that answer questions that both fans and viewers—including me!—have asked about Survivor.

So many of the answers demonstrate the care and craft that goes into producing Survivor, which is one of the reasons I’ve watched since episode one, and why I still continue to love it.

If you have other questions, please send them to me! But here are some of the best Survivor questions I’ve answered and explored so far.

21 burning Survivor questions, answered

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Gerhard Marx

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

I have always wondered : when the participants leave camp to go to tribal council it is bright daylight but when they arrive at the tribal council it is well after dark. What happened during those few hours ? Surely it can't be a walk that takes so long ?

Andy Dehnart

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

A good question! They don't walk; they're transported on boats. So they start their journey in daylight. They're also held at the Tribal Council location before it starts: each cast member individually meets with the medical team to check in, and that takes time.

Rick Seibert

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Not part of the rules, but while binge watching all of the survivor seasons there is constant tribal chants through out all the episodes every season. Do they have meaning, and if so can the show close caption its meaning

Karen Zubic

Monday 13th of December 2021

If someone QUITS the game of Survivor, why are they allowed to serve in the jury? Once they quit, that should be it. To obtain enough jury members, why don’t they bring back the last person voted off before they made the jury? If someone quits, that’s it. They are off the game for good. What do you think?