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Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Survivor 35 Logo
Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 35
Filming Location: Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Filming Dates: April 3, 2017 - May 11, 2017[1]
Season Run: September 27, 2017 - December 20, 2017
No. of Episodes: 14
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 18
Winner: Ben Driebergen
Runner(s)-Up: Chrissy Hofbeck
Ryan Ulrich
Tribes: Levu
Soko
Yawa
Solewa
Cast
Survivor 35 cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs

Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers - Official Intro

Season Chronology
Previous: Game Changers
Next: Ghost Island
Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers is the thirty-fifth season of Survivor.

The season was won by Ben Driebergen in a 5-2-1 vote over Chrissy Hofbeck and Ryan Ulrich.

Production

The season was filmed in the spring of 2017, following the same schedule that was used for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. The following season was filmed a few weeks after.

The season's motif was inspired by the British colonization of Fiji from 1875 to 1970, with primary focus on shipping trade. As such, Tribal Council was designed to look like an abandoned warehouse overgrown with vines and cluttered with shipwreck debris. The walkway to Tribal Council were actual disused cart tracks.[2]

Twists/Changes

  • Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers: The 18 contestants are divided into three tribes based on how they are perceived by their immediate communities:
    • The Levu tribe are the "Heroes", who serve their duties heroically and courageously.
    • The Soko tribe are the "Healers", who serve others by helping them heal physically or emotionally.
    • The Yawa​ tribe are the "Hustlers", who are praised for their work ethic and determination in achieving goals.
  • Hidden Immunity Idols: For this season, clues for the regular Hidden Immunity Idols will be etched on a tree. In addition to regular idols, before the marooning, a "super-idol", an idol which can be used once a castaway receives enough votes to be voted out at Tribal Council rather than before the votes are read, will be planted beneath the supplies. Unlike its Panama, Cook Islands, Cagayan, and Kaôh Rōng counterparts, this idol can only be used during the first Tribal Council. If the finder's tribe wins the first Immunity Challenge, that player must anonymously send the idol to a member of the losing tribe.[3]
  • Return of Previous Tiebreaker Rules: The revote, which was removed in the previous season, will be reinstated this season.[3] This was announced to the castaways on this season prior to the start of the inaugural Immunity Challenge.
  • Tribe Switch: A tribe switch occurred on Day 9 at the final 15, shuffling the remaining castaways into three tribes of five.
  • Vote Blocker: After the Reward Challenge on Day 9, a vote blocker was hidden in a bag of potato chips for the winning tribe. This allows a castaway to block another from voting at the next Tribal Council. Should the person who found the advantage not attend the next Tribal Council, they must block someone on the losing tribe from voting.
  • Early Merge: This season merged with twelve castaways in the game.
  • Extra Vote: The extra vote returns, though with a difference in its mechanism. This allows one castaway to place the advantage into the voting urn in lieu of their vote and take a blank parchment, allowing them to vote twice at a future Tribal Council.
  • 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 for the right to reach Day 39.
  • Expanded Jury and Final Three: Instead of the conventional Final Two facing the jury of seven, the Final Tribal Council was held with a Final Three facing an eight-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 Merged Tribe
S35 katrina t
Katrina Radke
46, Excelsior, MN
Levu 1st Voted Out
Day 3
5
S35 simone t
Simone Nguyen
25, New York City, NY
Yawa 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
5
S35 patrick t
Patrick Bolton
24, Auburn, AL
Yawa 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
5
S35 alan t
Alan Ball
32, Houston, TX
Levu Levu 4th Voted Out
Day 11
2
S35 roark t
Roark Luskin
27, Santa Monica, CA
Soko Soko 5th Voted Out
Day 14
3
S35 ali t
Ali Elliott
24, Los Angeles, CA
Yawa Soko 6th Voted Out
Day 16
3
S35 jessica t
Jessica Johnston
29, Louisville, KY
Soko Yawa Solewa 7th Voted Out
Day 19
7
S35 desi t
Desi Williams
27, Newport News, VA
Soko Levu 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
11
S35 cole t
Cole Medders
24, Little Rock, AR
Soko Yawa 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
7
S35 jp t
JP Hilsabeck
28, Los Angeles, CA
Levu Soko 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
6
S35 joe t
Joe Mena
34, Tolland, CT
Soko Levu 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
12
S35 lauren t
Lauren Rimmer
35, Beaufort, NC
Yawa Yawa 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
3
S35 ashley t
Ashley Nolan
26, Satellite Beach, FL
Levu Levu 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
8
S35 mike t
Mike Zahalsky
43, Parkland, FL
Soko Yawa 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
9
S35 devon t
Devon Pinto
23, Solana Beach, CA
Yawa Levu Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 38
2
S35 ryan t
Ryan Ulrich
23, North Arlington, NJ
Yawa Soko Second
Runner-Up
2
S35 chrissy t
Chrissy Hofbeck
46, Lebanon Township, NJ
Levu Soko Runner-Up 7
S35 ben t
Ben Driebergen
34, Boise, ID
Levu Yawa Sole Survivor 11

Season Summary

The 18 new players were initially divided into three tribes: Levu, Soko, and Yawa. Yawa struggled early on losing two members; while Levu lost only one member, the tribe was dysfunctional due to Alan Ball's paranoia; Soko went undefeated. With 15 players remaining, a Tribe Switch occurred. On the new Soko tribe, original Yawa member Ryan Ulrich found himself as the swing vote, and he ended up flipping on his fellow Yawa member Ali Elliott and aligning with original Levu member Chrissy Hofbeck.

After the tribes merged, the former Levus and Yawas formed an alliance against the original Soko Alliance. However, the former alliance eventually splintered as Ashley Nolan, Ben Driebergen, Devon Pinto, and Lauren Rimmer formed a sub-alliance, though this alliance soon splintered as Ben became the main target for being perceived as the biggest threat. However, he managed to play three Hidden Immunity Idols, ending up in the final four along with Chrissy, Devon, and Ryan. After Chrissy won the Final Immunity Challenge, a new twist required her to save one of the remaining three players, which would force the other two players to compete in a fire-making Challenge. Chrissy saved Ryan, forcing Ben and Devon to compete in the fire-making challenge. Ben won, joining Chrissy and Ryan in the finals.

At the Final Tribal Council, Ryan was chastised for his weak strategic game and laziness around camp, while Ben and Chrissy received mixed reception. Ben was respected for his strategic play and ability to make it to the end despite being a huge threat, while Chrissy was commended for her prowess in Immunity Challenges, but both, particularly Ben, were criticized for their weak social games. Ben's strong strategic game and ability to make it to the end despite the odds stacked against him beat out Chrissy's dominance in challenges and Ryan's weak game play, and he was awarded the title of Sole Survivor in a 5-2-1 vote.

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 "I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident" September 27, 2017 Soko Soko Katrina 5-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
8.33[4] 1.8/7[4]
Levu Yawa
2 "I'm a Wild Banshee" October 4, 2017 Soko1 Simone 5-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
8.15[5] 1.6/6[5]
Levu1
3 "My Kisses Are Very Private" October 11, 2017 Levu1 Patrick 4-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 8
8.02[6] 1.7/7[6]
Soko1
4 "I Don't Like Having Snakes Around" October 18, 2017 Yawa Yawa Alan 2-02 4th Voted Out
Day 11
8.12[7] 1.8/7[7]
Soko
5 "The Past Will Eat You Alive" October 25, 2017 Levu Yawa Roark 3-2 5th Voted Out
Day 14
8.22[8] 1.7/7[8]
Yawa Levu
6 "This Is Why You Play Survivor" November 1, 2017 Soko Yawa Ali 3-1 6th Voted Out
Day 16
7.69[9] 1.6/6[9]
Yawa Levu
7 "Get to Gettin'" November 8, 2017 None Desi Jessica 7-53 7th Voted Out
Day 19
7.82[10] 1.6/6[10]
8 "Playing with the Devil" November 15, 2017 Chrissy,
Cole, Devon,
JP, Ryan
[Joe]
4
Cole Desi 4-4-1-1;
7-1
5
8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 21
8.85[11] 1.7/6[11]
9 "Fear of the Unknown" November 22, 2017 Chrissy,
Cole, JP,
Joe, Mike
Lauren Cole 7-1-02 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 24
7.37[12] 1.4/5[12]
10 "Buy One, Get One Free" November 29, 2017 Lauren
[Ashley,
Ben, Devon]
Ashley JP 5-3-1 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 27
8.27[13] 1.8/7[13]
Ashley, Ben,
Devon, Joe
Chrissy Joe 4-2-02 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 30
11 "Not Going to Roll Over and Die" December 6, 2017 Chrissy
[Ashley,
Mike, Ryan]
Ashley Lauren 1-02 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 33
8.96[14] 1.8/7[14]
12 "The Survivor Devil" December 13, 2017 Chrissy,
Devon
[Ryan]
Chrissy Ashley 5-16 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 36
8.74[15] 1.8/7[15]
13 "Million Dollar Night" December 20, 2017 Chrissy Mike 1-1-0;
2-12,7
14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
8.70[16] 1.9/8[16]
[Devon,
Mike]
None Chrissy Devon No Vote8 Eliminated
8th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Ryan 5-2-1 Second Runner-Up
Chrissy Runner-Up
Ben Sole Survivor
14 "Reunion" 5.97[16] 1.2/5[16]
Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 A Hidden Immunity Idol, therefore all votes against the user were negated.
^3 Joe used a Hidden Immunity Idol, however, no votes were cast against him.
^4 Joe drew the odd-colored rock during the teams formation, and as a result automatically joined the winning team on reward without competing.
^5 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote would commence. Desi received enough votes on the revote to eliminate her.
^6 Ben used a Hidden Immunity Idol, however, no votes were cast against him.
^7 The vote resulted in a tie. Per Survivor rules, a revote would commence. Mike received enough votes on the revote to eliminate him.
^8 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Chrissy, would choose someone to take with them into the Final Three. She chose to take Ryan with her. The remaining two castaways, Ben and Devon, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.

Voting History

Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Voting History
Tribes Original Tribes Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted Off: S35 katrina t
Katrina
S35 simone t
Simone
S35 patrick t
Patrick
S35 alan t
Alan
S35 roark t
Roark
S35 ali t
Ali
S35 jessica t
Jessica
Tie S35 desi t
Desi
S35 cole t
Cole
S35 jp t
JP
S35 joe t
Joe
S35 lauren t
Lauren
S35 ashley t
Ashley
Tie S35 mike t
Mike
S35 devon t
Devon
S35 ryan t
Ryan
S35 chrissy t
Chrissy
S35 ben t
Ben
Vote: 5-1 5-1 4-1 2-01 3-2 3-1 7-5-03 4-4-1-14 7-1 7-1-01 5-3-1 4-2-01 1-01 5-1-06 1-1-01,4 2-1 No vote7 5-2-1
Ben Katrina Jessica Desi Desi Cole Mike Joe Lauren Ashley Devon Devon Jury Vote
Chrissy Katrina Roark Ali Jessica Joe Desi Mike Joe Ashley Ben Ashley Ben Mike
Ryan Simone Patrick Roark Ali Jessica Desi Desi Cole Mike Ashley Ben Ashley Ben Mike
Devon Simone Patrick None2 Jessica Desi Desi Cole JP Joe Ben Ashley Mike None Eliminated Ryan
Mike Chrissy Joe Joe Cole JP Ryan Ben Ashley Ben None Chrissy
Ashley Katrina Joe Jessica Joe Desi Cole JP Joe Ben Mike Chrissy
Lauren Simone Patrick Jessica None5 Cole JP Joe Ben Ben
Joe Alan Chrissy Ben None Cole JP Ryan Ben
JP Katrina Roark Ali Jessica Desi Desi Mike Mike Ben
Cole Chrissy Joe Desi Ben Ben
Desi Alan Chrissy Lauren None Ben
Jessica Chrissy
Ali Simone Patrick Chrissy JP
Roark Chrissy
Alan Katrina Joe
Patrick Simone Lauren
Simone Patrick
Katrina Ashley
Notes:

^1 A Hidden Immunity Idol was used, therefore all votes against the user were negated.
^2 Devon was given a vote blocker from Jessica, which prevented him from voting.
^3 Joe used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but no votes were cast against him.
^4 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.
^5 Lauren used her advantage allowing her to abstain from the vote in order to use it at a future Tribal Council to vote twice.
^6 Ben used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but no votes were cast against him.
^7 Instead of a traditional vote, the person who won the Immunity Challenge, Chrissy, would choose someone to take with them into the Final Three. She chose to take Ryan with her. The remaining two castaways, Ben and Devon, would compete in a fire-making challenge to determine the last finalist.

Reception

This season received heavily mixed reviews from fans, with some criticizing the start but praising the ending, some calling it a great season with an amazing finish, and many others chastising it for its poorly thought-out theme, equally poorly thought-out twists, with the final four fire-making challenge which prevented the eventual Sole Survivor Ben Driebergen from getting unanimously voted out at the final four taking the most heat even from former players, and its excessive amount of Hidden Immunity Idols which some believed were planted for Ben to find. Many fans were heavily critical Ben's win, believing that the producers had "rigged" the game for him to win.[17][18]

Host Jeff Probst has argued that while the final four twist wasn't included to specifically save Ben, it was included to give a player like him a second chance to make it to the finals instead of getting voted out unanimously for being a threat to win the game.

Trivia

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