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Survivor: Game Changers
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Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 34
Filming Location: Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Filming Dates: June 6, 2016 - July 14, 2016[1]
Season Run: March 8, 2017 - May 24, 2017[2]
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 20
Winner: Sarah Lacina
Runner(s)-Up: Brad Culpepper
Troyzan Robertson
Tribes: Mana
Nuku
Tavua
Maku Maku
Cast
Survivor game changers cast
Opening Sequence
Official Survivor Game Changers Intro01:18

Official Survivor Game Changers Intro

Season Chronology
Previous: Millennials vs. Gen X
Next: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

Survivor: Game Changers - Mamanuca Islands is the 34th season of Survivor.

This is the fourth season to feature a full cast of returnees, after Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Cambodia.

After a chaotic season packed with multiple strategic shifts, the person who ended up controlling most of the post-merge with her calculated flips, Sarah Lacina, won in a 7-3-0 final vote.

Development

The season was filmed 25 days after the filming of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, following the back-to-back filming pattern of seasons since Survivor: Samoa.

This season features a nautical theme. The Tribal Council set is comprised of ten actual shipwrecks, most of which were retrieved in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, the cyclone that hit Fiji before production for Millennials vs. Gen X began.[3]

Twists/Changes

  • Game Changers: 20 returning contestants, selected for the impact they had made on the game of Survivor, will return to battle for the title of Sole Survivor.
  • Tribe Expansion: As in Survivor: Cambodia and Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, a third tribe will be introduced at some point in the pre-merge stage of the game.[4] The Tavua tribe, wearing green buffs, was introduced on Day 7 of the game.
  • Simplified Tiebreaker: In an event of a tie at Tribal Council, the re-vote would be retired, and an open forum would commence. If the non-tied players are unable to make an unanimous decision who to eliminate, the rock draw takes place.[5]
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: The idols will be inconsistently hidden at camp, in challenges, and even at Tribal Council.[6]
  • Legacy Advantage: The Legacy Advantage was dropped at the ship used during the marooning, and allowed its holder to gain immunity at either the Final 13 or the Final 6. In the event that the holder is eliminated, he or she must will it to another player still in the game.
  • Joint Tribal Council: The two tribes who lost the fourth Immunity Challenge were both sent to Tribal Council as a group, but unlike a standard Double Tribal Council, they would vote as a group and only one person was voted out.
  • Tribe Switch: At the Final 15, a second tribe switch will take place.
  • Exile Island: At the Final 15, one person was sent to Exile Island because of not being placed on a tribe.
  • Advantage Option: The exiled castaway was given three possible advantages - an extra vote, a kit with which to design a fake Hidden Immunity Idol, as well as a challenge advantage for their new tribe.
  • Merge at 13: As was the case with Cambodia and Millennials vs. Gen X, this season's merge took place at the Final 13.
  • Vote Steal: At the Final 11 Reward Challenge, a "secret advantage" was placed by the sit-out bench. It was revealed to give its holder the right to steal a vote from another contestant, effectively denying that person a right to vote and allowing the holder to vote twice at one Tribal Council. It is usable up until the Final 5.
  • Reformatted Final Tribal Council: Instead of having each jury member speak one by one, an open forum was held to ensure a more insightful rapport between the jury and finalists.

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Expanded Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
S34 ciera t Ciera Eastin
27, Salem, OR
Blood vs. Water &
Cambodia
Mana 1st Voted Out
Day 3
9
S34 tony t Tony Vlachos
42, Jersey City, NJ
Cagayan
Mana 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
7
S34 caleb t Caleb Reynolds
28, Hopkinsville, KY
Kaôh Rōng
Mana Mana 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
5
S34 malcolm t Malcolm Freberg
29, Hermosa Beach, CA
Philippines &
Caramoan
Mana Nuku 4th Voted Out
Day 11
5
S34 jt t J.T. Thomas
31, Mobile, AL
Tocantins &
Heroes vs. Villains
Nuku Nuku 5th Voted Out
Day 13
3
S34 sandra t Sandra Diaz-Twine
41, Stamford, CT
Pearl Islands &
Heroes vs. Villains
Mana Nuku Nuku 6th Voted Out
Day 16
5
S34 jeff t Jeff Varner
50, High Point, NC
The Australian Outback &
Cambodia
Mana Nuku Nuku 7th Voted Out
Day 18
6
S34 hali t Hali Ford
26, San Francisco, CA
Worlds Apart
Mana Mana Mana Maku Maku 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
8
S34 ozzy t Ozzy Lusth
34, Venice, CA
Cook Islands, Micronesia, &
South Pacific
Nuku Tavua Nuku 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
7
S34 debbie t Debbie Wanner
51, Reading, PA
Kaôh Rōng
Nuku Mana Nuku 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
6
S34 zeke t Zeke Smith
28, Brooklyn, NY
Millennials vs. Gen X
Nuku Tavua Nuku 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
11
S34 sierra t Sierra Dawn Thomas
29, Roy, UT
Worlds Apart
Nuku Mana Mana 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 32
15
S34 andrea t Andrea Boehlke
27, New York, NY
Redemption Island &
Caramoan
Nuku Tavua Nuku 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
14
S34 michaela t Michaela Bradshaw
25, Fort Worth, TX
Millennials vs. Gen X
Mana Nuku Mana 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
11
S34 cirie t Cirie Fields
45, Walterboro, SC
Panama, Micronesia, &
Heroes vs. Villains
Nuku Tavua Mana Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 36
0
S34 aubry t Aubry Bracco
30, Cambridge, MA
Kaôh Rōng
Mana Nuku Mana 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
9
S34 tai t Tai Trang
52, San Francisco, CA
Kaôh Rōng
Nuku Mana Nuku 16th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 38
12
S34 troyzan t Troyzan Robertson
54, Miami, FL
One World
Mana Tavua Mana Second
Runner-Up
2
S34 brad t Brad Culpepper
47, Tampa, FL
Blood vs. Water
Nuku Mana Mana Runner-Up 2
S34 sarah t Sarah Lacina
32, Marion, IA
Cagayan
Nuku Tavua Nuku Sole Survivor 3

Season Summary

The 20 returning players were initially divided into two tribes of ten: Mana and Nuku. There were two Tribe Switches during the premerge phase. The orignal Mana tribe struggled as they lost six of their ten members before the merge while Nuku only lost one.

The tribes merged with 13 players remaining: 9 original Nuku's and only 4 original Mana's. Two alliances fought for power: One led by Cirie Fields and Andrea Boehlke and another led by Sierra Dawn Thomas and Brad Culpepper. While Sarah Lacina was apart of Cirie's and Andrea's group, she would navigate between both alliances to eliminate members from both sides. She later betrayed Cire and Andrea and aligned with Brad and Troyzan Robertson. The three used Brad's immunity challenge wins. Sarah's Legacy Advantage, and Troyzan's Hidden Immunity Idol to make it to the finals.

At the Final Tribal Council, Sarah was respected for her strategic control throughout the merge and ability to manage her social relationships, but criticized for her numerous betrayals and manipulations, Brad was commended for dominating in immunity challenges but castigated for being condescending and not socializing with people on the bottom, and Troyzan was virtually ignored for his perceived coattail riding. Sarah's strong strategic control beat out Brad's dominance in challenges, and Troyzan's lack of gameplay, and she was awarded the title of sole Survivor with seven votes to win while Brad received three.

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 "The Stakes Have Been Raised" March 8, 2017 Nuku Ciera 9-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
7.64[7] 1.7/6
Nuku1
Nuku1 Tony 7-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
2 "Survivor Jackpot" March 15, 2017 Nuku1 Caleb 5-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
7.87[8] 1.7/7
Tavua1
3 "The Tables Have Turned" March 22, 2017 Nuku Tavua2 Malcolm 5-03 4th Voted Out
Day 11
8.10[9] 1.7/7
Mana
4 "Dirty Deed" March 29, 2017 Tavua Mana J.T. 3-2 5th Voted Out
Day 13
8.26[10] 1.8/7
Nuku Tavua
5 "Vote Early, Vote Often" April 5, 2017 None Debbie4 Sandra 5-2 6th Voted Out
Day 16
8.40[11] 1.7/7
Mana
6 "What Happened on Exile, Stays on Exile" April 12, 2017 Nuku Mana Jeff 6-05 7th Voted Out
Day 18
8.31[12] 1.7/7
7 "There's a New Sheriff in Town" April 19, 2017 None Andrea Hali 7-4-2 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
7.92[13] 1.7/7
Andrea,
Debbie
Ozzy, Tai,
Troyzan,
Zeke
Tai Ozzy 7-4-1-16 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
8 "A Line Drawn in Concrete" April 26, 2017 Andrea,
Aubry,
Brad,
Debbie,
Sierra
Troyzan Debbie 6-5 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 26
8.49[14] 1.8/7
9 "Reinventing How This Game Is Played" May 3, 2017 Andrea,
Aubry,
Brad,
Sarah,
Zeke
Andrea Zeke 5-3-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
8.26[15] 1.8/8
10 "It Is Not a High Without a Low" May 10, 2017 Andrea,
Aubry,
Brad
[Cirie,
Sarah]
Brad Sierra 6-3 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 32
8.30[16] 1.7/7
11 "Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow" May 17, 2017 None Aubry Andrea 6-2 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 33
8.27[17] 1.7/7
None Brad Michaela 4-2-1 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
12 "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" May 24, 2017 Brad Cirie Null;
Default7
Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 36
8.48[18] 1.9/8
[Sarah,
Troyzan]
None Brad Aubry 4-1 15th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
Brad Tai 3-1 16th Voted Out
10th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Troyzan 7-3-0 Second Runner-Up
Brad Runner-Up
Sarah Sole Survivor
13 "Reunion" 5.84[19] 1.3/5
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 The two tribes that lost the Immunity Challenge were both sent to Tribal Council, where they would vote together to vote one person out.
^3 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, therefore all votes against the user were negated.
^4 As Debbie drew a package containing no buff, she was exiled without a tribe. Because of this, she did not attend Tribal Council and was immune for the episode.
^5 Jeff was voted out verbally by the Nuku tribe. He did not cast an elimination vote.
^6 Debbie used the extra vote advantage, allowing her to vote twice at Tribal Council.
^7 Three Hidden Immunity Idols and a Legacy Advantage were used, therefore all votes against the users were negated. Because Cirie was the only person not immune after the idols and Legacy Advantage were played, there was no need for a reset vote and she was eliminated by default.

Voting History

Survivor: Game Changers Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Expanded Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Voted Off: S34 ciera t
Ciera
S34 tony t
Tony
S34 caleb t
Caleb
S34 malcolm t
Malcolm
S34 jt t
J.T.
S34 sandra t
Sandra
S34 jeff t
Jeff
S34 hali t
Hali
S34 ozzy t
Ozzy
S34 debbie t
Debbie
S34 zeke t
Zeke
S34 sierra t
Sierra
S34 andrea t
Andrea
S34 michaela t
Michaela
S34 cirie t
Cirie
S34 aubry t
Aubry
S34 tai t
Tai
S34 troyzan t
Troyzan
S34 brad t
Brad
S34 sarah t
Sarah
Vote: 9-1 7-2 5-1 5-01 3-2 5-2 6-03 7-4-2 7-4-1-14 6-5 5-3-2 6-3 6-2 4-2-1 Default5 4-1 3-1 7-3-0
Sarah Sandra Jeff Michaela Ozzy Debbie Zeke Sierra Andrea Michaela Tai Aubry Tai Jury Vote
Michaela
Brad Caleb

Malcolm

Hali Ozzy Andrea Tai Andrea Andrea Michaela Aubry Aubry Tai
Troyzan Ciera Tony Hali Ozzy Andrea Tai Andrea Andrea Michaela Tai Aubry Tai
Tai Caleb

Malcolm

Sandra Jeff Hali Ozzy Andrea Sierra Sierra Andrea None5 Sarah Aubry Troyzan Sarah
Aubry Ciera Tony

Sierra

Michaela Hali Zeke Debbie Zeke Sierra Brad Tai Sarah Troyzan Sarah
Cirie Michaela Sierra Debbie Zeke Sierra Andrea Aubry Sarah Sarah
Michaela Ciera Tony

Sierra

J.T. Zeke Zeke Debbie Zeke Sierra Andrea Tai Sarah
Andrea Sandra Jeff Michaela Zeke Debbie Zeke Sierra Brad Sarah
Sierra Caleb

Malcolm

Hali Ozzy Andrea Tai Andrea Brad
Zeke Sandra Jeff Michaela Aubry Debbie Sierra Sarah
Debbie Caleb

Malcolm

Exiled2 Jeff Hali Ozzy Andrea Brad
Ozzy
Ozzy Sandra Jeff Hali Zeke Brad
Hali Ciera Tony Caleb

Malcolm

Zeke Sarah
Jeff Ciera Tony

Sierra

J.T. Tai None
Sandra Ciera Aubry

Sierra

J.T. Tai
J.T.

Sierra

Michaela
Malcolm Ciera Tony

Sierra

Caleb Ciera Tony Hali
Tony Ciera Aubry
Ciera Michaela

Notes:

^1 This was a Joint Tribal Council. Tai played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, therefore 6 votes cast against her were negated.
^2 Due to the odd number of players at the time of the tribe switch, Debbie, the odd person out, was sent to Exile, and rejoined the game as a member of Nuku, replacing Sandra and evening the tribes at 7-7.
^3 Jeff was voted out unanimously by the Nuku tribe. Due to the nature of the verbal vote, Jeff did not cast a vote.
^4 Debbie used the extra vote advantage, allowing her to vote twice at Tribal Council.
^5 Sarah used the vote stealing advantage, allowing her to cast a second vote by denying another player the right to vote for that Tribal Council. She chose to steal Tai's vote.
^6 Sarah used her Legacy Advantage, negating the 3 votes cast against her. Tai played Hidden Immunity Idols on himself and on Aubry, negating the two votes and one vote received by them respectively. Troyzan played his idol on himself, negating zero votes. Because Cirie was the only person left without any form of immunity, she was automatically voted out by default despite not receiving votes against her.

Trivia

References

  1. http://www.truedorktimes.com/s34/calendar.htm
  2. http://www.cbs.com/recommended/photos/1007417/all-of-the-cbs-season-finale-dates-you-need-to-know/120804/survivor-season-34-two-hour-finale-airs-on-wednesday-may-24-at-8-7c-/
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN2fUGO5b8Y
  4. http://xfn-blogs.xfinity.com/tv/2017/02/08/survivor-host-jeff-probst-game-changers-theme-idols-twists/
  5. https://parade.com/551340/joshwigler/survivor-game-changers-tie-breaker-twist-no-more-revote/
  6. http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/06/survivor-jeff-probst-game-changers-twists-idols/
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  16. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/wednesday-final-ratings-may-10-2017/
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  18. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/wednesday-final-ratings-may-24-2017/
  19. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/wednesday-final-ratings-may-24-2017/

Start a Discussion Discussions about Survivor: Game Changers

  • Why does Zeke not have a Game Changers Entry?

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    • Be patient. Several castaways don't have entries for their respective seasons yet, even returning players who have played multiple tim...
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  • Hidden Immunity Idol hidings.

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    • how fun would it have been if cirie found an idol at tribal council and all final six contestants would have been immune ?
    • Next time, post your threads in the appropriate forum. Thanks.