"Survivors ready? Go!"
Jeff Probst's famous catchphrase is about to be uttered again, as twenty new castaways hit the beach of Fiji for the latest iteration of Survivor, the landmark reality franchise fast approaching its 40th season. For now, we're up to season 36, and it's one that's built on the bones of bad decisions made in seasons past: Survivor: Ghost Island, in which players will be surrounded in the show's extensive lore at all times.
Throughout the season, the new contestants will contend with the titular Ghost Island, a mysterious place that's covered in remnants of Survivor history, and a place that offers the opportunity to seize cursed relics from the past and use them toward future purposes. Can the players "reverse the curse" on an immunity idol that was previously played poorly? That's one of the many questions Ghost Island puts forth, but certainly not the only one.
While Survivor's own history is at the heart of the new season, the people actually battling it out for the latest million dollar prize are brand new to the game — at least in terms of playing the game. For the most part, these players are all fans of the show, some of them having watched since the very beginning of the series, others having recently completed deep dives into the archives.
Below, meet the cast of Ghost Island, and stay tuned to THR.com/Survivor in the weeks ahead for even more information about each new castaway.
Listen to the first episode of First One Out: Ghost Zero, our preseason podcast series, for more about Ghost Island, the players, and the start of an unlikely adventure: