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Welcome to the Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers preseason! The Hollywood Reporter’s Josh Wigler reports from his exclusive visit to the show’s shooting location in Fiji, where he interviewed host Jeff Probst, as well as the 18 new castaways battling it out for the million dollar prize.
Click here to make sure you’re all caught up on our stories from the island, including our weekly podcast series First One Out, an in-depth look at all of the new players, culminating in an interview with the first person voted out of the season.
In playing Survivor, there are four words you never want to hear aimed in your direction: “The tribe has spoken.” But over the course of 39 days, virtually every player will weather these words from host Jeff Probst, as he snuffs their torch, extinguishes their quest for the million-dollar prize, and sends them down the dark jungle path away from the cruel temple known as Tribal Council.
For a series that relies on blindsides and unexpected plot twists, the weekly visit to Tribal Council stands out as one of the show’s few stable elements. With some notable exceptions, every episode of Survivor culminates in a trip to Tribal, where the players cast their votes to eliminate one of their own. Every season, the Survivor art department dreams up an expansive new Tribal Council set, typically inspired by the shooting location or the season’s theme.
In the case of season 35’s Tribal, the theme of Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers wasn’t a driving force behind the art design (sadly, you won’t find any hidden stethoscopes on set), with art director Dax Pointon and his team instead looking deeper into Fijian history for inspiration. Read on for my conversation with Pointon about the season’s art design, complete with photos of the new Tribal set.
Explore the new Tribal Council set, and other moments from Survivor history, in the penultimate episode of our preseason podcast series, “First One Out.”
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