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Survivor: Ghost Island is the thirty-sixth season of Survivor.

The jury vote ended in a tie between two players for the first time in Survivor history. Domenick Abbate and Wendell Holland received five votes each. The third finalist, Laurel Johnson, broke the tie in favor of Wendell, making him the Sole Survivor.

Production

The season was filmed in the summer of 2017, only a few weeks after filming for Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers wrapped. It followed the same filming schedule that was used for Survivor: Game Changers.

Notable non-playable relics found on Ghost Island include snuffers (all of which host Jeff Probst kept as souvenirs), tribal Immunity Idols, and individual Immunity Necklaces from past seasons. Some props that were previously auctioned off for charity were bought back by production.[3]

Twists/Changes

  • Ghost Island:[4] The tribe that wins a Reward Challenge gets the opportunity to banish one member from the losing tribe to Ghost Island, a variant of Exile Island that is adorned with authentic props from past seasons, some of which are Hidden Immunity Idols and advantages that can be played this season. To obtain a relic, inhabitants must first smash an urn to earn the right to play a game of chance. Winning the game earns them the advantage. The playable relics were:
    • Sierra Dawn Thomas's Legacy Advantage from Game Changers (obtained on Ghost Island).
    • Andrea Boehlke's unplayed Hidden Immunity Idol from Caramoan (obtained at the Naviti camp).
    • One of James Clement's unplayed Hidden Immunity Idols from China (obtained at the Malolo camp).
    • The fake Hidden Immunity Idol Ozzy Lusth created in Micronesia, which is now repurposed as a playable idol (obtained at the Malolo camp).
    • Sarah Lacina's Vote Steal, from Game Changers, which for this season is simply an Extra Vote (obtained on Ghost Island). This item was later put back in play on Ghost Island after previously being used on Day 29.
    • The individual Immunity Necklace from Micronesia that Erik Reichenbach infamously gave away before being voted out. This item is now repurposed as a Hidden Immunity Idol (obtained at the Yanuya camp).
    • J.T. Thomas's unplayed Hidden Immunity Idol from Game Changers, which is initially usable only at the immediate Tribal Council, but can have its shelf life can be extended by up to five times via a game of chance (obtained on Ghost Island).
    • Scot Pollard's and Tai Trang's Hidden Immunity Idols from Kaôh Rōng, the effects of which differ this season, as they are no longer idols on their own, but form a regular Hidden Immunity Idol instead of a Super Idol when combined (both halves hidden separately at the Lavita camp).
    • David Wright's fake idol that Jay Starrett played in Millennials vs. Gen X, which is still a fake idol (obtained at the Lavita camp).
    • Malcolm Freberg's advantage for the Final Immunity Challenge from Philippines, allowing him a second chance at the challenge. The advantage works in the same fashion, allowing the user a second chance at the Day 32 Immunity Challenge (obtained on Ghost Island).
  • Meager Supplies: For this season, tribes will only be supplied with a machete, pot, a fishing kit, and a supply of rice cut in half from the minimum the medical team allots for the castaways.[5][6]
  • Tribe Leader: Shortly after entering the game, both tribes will select a leader, who will, in turn, choose two people, one athletic and one puzzle solver, for an immediate Reward Challenge.[5]
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 7, the eighteen remaining castaways were spread across two tribes of nine.
  • Tribe Expansion: On Day 15, a second tribe switch introduced a third tribe, Yanuya, spreading the fifteen remaining players across three tribes of five.
  • Early Merge: The merge occurred with thirteen players remaining.
  • Double Elimination: On Day 29, Lavita was subjected to a Double Elimination, where the tribe was divided into two groups of five and two castaways would be eliminated through two separate Tribal Councils on a single night.
  • Simplified Final Four Tribal Council: Instead of a traditional vote, the person who wins the final four Immunity Challenge will get to choose one person to take with them to the Final Three. The remaining two castaways would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine who would be eliminated.[7]
  • Expanded Jury and Final Three: Instead of the conventional Final Two facing the jury of seven, the Day 39 Tribal Council was held with a Final Three facing a ten-person jury.
  • 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 Switched Tribe Expanded Tribe Merged Tribe
S36 gonzalez t
Stephanie Gonzalez
26, Ocala, FL
Malolo 1st Voted Out
Day 3
8
S36 jacob t
Jacob Derwin
22, Brooklyn, NY
Malolo 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
S36 morgan t
Morgan Ricke
29, Orlando, FL
Naviti Naviti 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
4
S36 brendan t
Brendan Shapiro
41, Herndon, VA
Malolo Malolo 4th Voted Out
Day 12
5
S36 stephanie t
Stephanie Johnson
34, Chicago, IL
Malolo Malolo 5th Voted Out
Day 14
7
S36 james t
James Lim
24, New York City, NY
Malolo Naviti Malolo 6th Voted Out
Day 17
6
S36 bradley t
Bradley Kleihege
26, Los Angeles, CA
Naviti Malolo Naviti 7th Voted Out
Day 19
8
S36 chris t
Chris Noble
27, Brooklyn, NY
Naviti Naviti Yanuya Lavita 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
10
S36 libby t
Libby Vincek
24, Houston, TX
Malolo Naviti Naviti 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
8
S36 desiree t
Desiree Afuye
21, Brooklyn, NY
Naviti Malolo Malolo 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
10
S36 jenna t
Jenna Bowman
23, Venice Beach, CA
Malolo Malolo Yanuya 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
3
S36 michael t
Michael Yerger
18, Los Angeles, CA
Malolo Malolo Malolo 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 29
15
S36 chelsea t
Chelsea Townsend
25, Los Angeles, CA
Naviti Malolo Naviti 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 32
5
S36 kellyn t
Kellyn Bechtold
31, Denver, CO
Naviti Malolo Malolo 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
8
S36 sebastian t
Sebastian Noel
22, Satellite Beach, FL
Naviti Malolo Yanuya 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 36
5
S36 donathan t
Donathan Hurley
26, Kimper, KY
Malolo Naviti Naviti 16th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
11
S36 angela t
Angela Perkins
42, Cincinnati, OH
Naviti Naviti Malolo Eliminated
10th Jury Member
Day 38
3
S36 laurel t
Laurel Johnson
29, Minneapolis, MN
Malolo Naviti Yanuya Second Runner-Up
11th Jury Member
Day 39
3
S36 domenick t
Domenick Abbate
38, Nesconset, NY
Naviti Naviti Naviti Runner-Up 2
S36 wendell t
Wendell Holland
33, Philadelphia, PA
Naviti Naviti Yanuya Sole Survivor 5

Season Summary

The twenty castaways were divided into two tribes, Malolo and Naviti. Naviti's dominance in the early challenges allowed them to gain the majority even through two Tribe Switches and secure the numbers in all tribes, entering the merge with an 8-5 supermajority. Despite their successes, fractures within Naviti still surfaced, notably between Chris Noble and Domenick Abbate, with both competing over tribe leadership. During the pre-merge, Domenick and Wendell Holland also found allies from the dwindling Malolo tribe in Donathan Hurley and Laurel Johnson.

At the merge, Domenick rallied both tribes into voting out his rival Chris before the Naviti Alliance began to systematically eliminate the former Malolos. Despite the majority's imminent success, an all-female coup led by Desiree Afuye was foiled by Laurel, who already cemented her pact with Domenick and Wendell and leaked the plot, with Desiree swiftly paying the price. The purging of the Malolos continued until only Donathan and Laurel remained. With eight castaways remaining, the Naviti Alliance crumbled and the women from the Naviti alliance tried to take out Domenick and Wendell, but with with Domenick and Wendell possessing Hidden Immunity Idols, they were virtually untouchable.

With the end in sight, Donathan began to waver in his pact with Domenick and Wendell and plotted to have their idols flushed out, but ultimately failed. After winning the Final Immunity Challenge, Domenick chose Laurel to join him in the Final Three, pitting his closest ally Wendell against Angela Perkins in a fire-making challenge with he goal of Angela beating Wendell. Wendell however defeated Angela, advancing him to the Final Tribal Council with Domenick and Laurel.

At the Final Tribal Council, the jury lambasted Laurel for wasting multiple opportunities to come out of her own and turn against Domenick and Wendell, while being torn between Domenick's aggressively strategic game and Wendell's stronger social game. The jury vote ended up in a 5-5-0 vote between the two, which was broken by third-placer Laurel, who voted for Wendell in respect to their closer friendship in the game. The deciding vote was read live, and with six votes to Domenick's five, Wendell was crowned Sole Survivor.

Episode Air date Challenges Ghost Island Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity Exiled Took
Chance?
Correct
Choice?
Advantage
Obtained
1 "Can You Reverse the Curse?" February 28, 2018 Malolo Naviti Jacob Yes! Yes! Legacy
Advantage
Gonzalez 8-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
8.19[8] 1.7/7[8]
Naviti1 Donathan No advantage available Jacob 5-2-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
2 "Only Time Will Tell" March 7, 2018 Malolo1 Chris No advantage available Morgan 4-3-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
8.23[9] 1.7/7[9]
3 "Trust Your Gut" March 14, 2018 Naviti Naviti Kellyn No! N/A Unknown Brendan 5-42 4th Voted Out
Day 12
8.39[10] 1.7/7[10]
4 "A Diamond in the Rough" March 21, 2018 Naviti Naviti Stephanie No advantage available Stephanie 7-1 5th Voted Out
Day 14
8.61[11] 1.8/7[11]
5 "Fate Is the Homie" March 28, 2018 None Yanuya None James 4-1 6th Voted Out
Day 17
8.15[12] 1.7/7[12]
Naviti
6 "Gotta Risk It for the Biscuit" April 4, 2018 Naviti Yanuya Kellyn Yes! Yes! Extra Vote Bradley 4-1 7th Voted Out
Day 19
8.42[13] 1.7/7[13]
Yanuya Malolo
7 "Fear Keeps You Sharp" April 11, 2018 None Kellyn Chris Yes! Yes! Hidden Immunity Idol only usable at the next Tribal Council;
Extend idol lifespan to two Tribal Councils
Chris 10-23 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 22
7.97[14] 1.6/7[14]
8 "The Sea Slug Slugger" April 18, 2018 Angela,
Chelsea,
Donathan,
Laurel,
Libby,
Wendell
Angela Jenna No advantage available Libby 4-1-04 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 25
7.73[15] 1.6/7[15]
9 "It's Like the Perfect Crime" April 25, 2018 Chelsea,
Jenna,
Kellyn,
Michael,
Sebastian
Chelsea Angela Yes! No! N/A Desiree 8-2 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
7.81[16] 1.6/7[16]
10 "The Finish Line Is in Sight" May 2, 2018 None Chelsea None Jenna 3-1-04 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 29
7.84[17] 1.5/7[17]
Domenick Michael 2-2-1-1;
3-05
12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 29
11 "A Giant Game of Bumper Cars" May 9, 2018 Sebastian
[Domenick,
Donathan,
Wendell]
Domenick Wendell Yes! Yes! Advantage for the next Immunity Challenge Chelsea 5-3 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 32
7.74[18] 1.5/7[18]
12 "Always Be Moving" May 16, 2018 Domenick,
Wendell
[Laurel]
Laurel Sebastian Yes! Yes! Extra Vote Kellyn 3-3-1;
4-15
14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 35
7.54[19] 1.5/6[19]
13 "It Is Game Time Kids" May 23, 2018 Wendell None Sebastian 4-1-1 15th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 36
7.31[20] 1.4/6[20]
[Angela,
Sebastian]
None Wendell Donathan 4-02,4 16th Voted Out
9th Jury Member
Day 37
Domenick Angela,
Domenick,
Laurel,
Wendell
No advantage available Angela No vote6 Eliminated
10th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Laurel 6-5-07 Second Runner-Up
11th Jury Member
Day 39
Domenick Runner-Up
Wendell Sole Survivor
14 "Reunion" 4.62[20] 0.8/3[20]
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, but did not negate any votes against the user.
^3 Domenick used the Legacy Advantage, but did not negate any votes against him.
^4 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, therefore all votes against the user were negated.
^5 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote would commence.
^6 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Domenick, would choose someone to take with them into the Final Three. He chose Laurel. The remaining two castaways, Angela and Wendell, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.
^7 The final vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, the Second Runner-Up, Laurel, would become a member of the Jury to decide the tiebreaking vote.

Voting History

Survivor: Ghost Island Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Switched Tribes Expanded Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted Off: S36 gonzalez t
Gonzalez
S36 jacob t
Jacob
S36 morgan t
Morgan
S36 brendan t
Brendan
S36 stephanie t
Stephanie
S36 james t
James
S36 bradley t
Bradley
S36 chris t
Chris
S36 libby t
Libby
S36 desiree t
Desiree
S36 jenna t
Jenna
Tie S36 michael t
Michael
S36 chelsea t
Chelsea
Tie S36 kellyn t
Kellyn
S36 sebastian t
Sebastian
S36 donathan t
Donathan
S36 angela t
Angela
S36 laurel t
Laurel
S36 domenick t
Domenick
S36 wendell t
Wendell
Vote: 8-1 5-2-1 4-3-1 5-42 7-1 4-1 4-1 10-24 4-1-05 8-2 3-1-05 2-2-1-16 3-0 5-3 3-3-16 4-1 4-1-1 4-02, 5 No vote7 6-5-08
Wendell Angela Chris Michael Desiree Michael Michael Chelsea Kellyn Kellyn Sebastian Donathan Jury Vote
Domenick Angela Bradley Chris Michael Desiree Michael Michael Chelsea Kellyn Kellyn Sebastian Donathan
Laurel Gonzalez Jacob Morgan Chris Libby Desiree Kellyn None Chelsea Kellyn Kellyn Sebastian Donathan Wendell
Angela Libby James Libby Michael None3 Jenna Wendell Donathan Kellyn Sebastian Donathan Eliminated Wendell
Donathan Gonzalez Exiled1 Morgan Bradley Chris Michael Desiree Sebastian Chelsea Domenick None Domenick Laurel Wendell
Sebastian Brendan Stephanie Chris Michael Desiree Jenna Chelsea Donathan Donathan Donathan Wendell
Kellyn Brendan Stephanie James Chris Libby Desiree Laurel Michael Wendell Donathan None Wendell
Laurel
Chelsea Brendan Stephanie Bradley Chris Libby Michael Jenna Wendell Wendell
Michael Gonzalez James Bradley Stephanie James Chris Wendell Desiree Wendell None Domenick
Jenna Gonzalez Jacob Bradley Stephanie Chris Michael Desiree Donathan A6a6a6 Domenick
Desiree Brendan Stephanie James Libby Libby Michael Domenick
Libby Gonzalez James Morgan Bradley Chris Michael Domenick
Chris Exiled1 None3 Domenick
Bradley Brendan Stephanie Libby
James Gonzalez Jacob Morgan Desiree
Stephanie Gonzalez Jacob Bradley Desiree
Brendan Gonzalez Jacob Bradley
Morgan Angela
Jacob Exiled1 Michael
Gonzalez Donathan
Notes:

^1 After winning the Immunity Challenge, the winning tribe was given the opportunity to send one member of the losing tribe to Ghost Island, making that player skip Tribal Council.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, but did not negate any votes against the user.
^3 This player wagered their vote for an advantage on Ghost Island and lost, losing their vote at the following Tribal Council.
^4 Domenick used the Legacy Advantage, but did not negate any votes against him.
^5 A Hidden Immunity Idol was played, and all votes cast against the user were negated.
^6 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^7 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Domenick, would choose someone to take with them into the Final Three. He chose Laurel. The remaining two castaways, Angela and Wendell, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.
^8 The final vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, the Second Runner-Up, Laurel, would become a member of the Jury to decide the tiebreaking vote.

Trivia

  • This is the first season since Survivor: Samoa to have a cast of all new castaways divided randomly into tribes.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: Cook Islands to have a Tribe Switch result in two tribes of nine.
  • Ghost Island is the first season in which a tie occurred at the Final Tribal Council.
    • As a result, Ghost Island has the most jurors of any season with 11.

References

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