|Survivor: Worlds Apart|
|Filming Location:||San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua|
|Filming Dates:||August 4, 2014 - September 11, 2014|
|Season Run:||February 25, 2015 - May 20, 2015|
|No. of Episodes:||15|
|No. of Days:||39|
|No. of Survivors:||18|
|Runner(s)-Up:|| Carolyn Rivera|
Will Sims II
|Previous:||San Juan del Sur|
Survivor: Worlds Apart, also known as Survivor: Worlds Apart — White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar, is the thirtieth season of Survivor. The initial tribes were divided based on the economic/professional background of their members. The season has to date produced four returning players (Shirin Oskooi, Joe Anglim, Hali Ford, and Sierra Dawn Thomas) for subsequent seasons.
This season saw an abnormally high level of interpersonal strife between contestants. Major incidents included: the controversial invective that Will Sims II directed against Shirin; the misogynistic conduct of Rodney Lavoie Jr.; the fraught social standing of Dan Foley; the latter's emotional conflict with Mike Holloway; Nina Poersch's feelings of exclusion from her tribe based on her hearing impairment; and Jenn Brown's withdrawal from the main social action of the game after the elimination of her friend, Hali. After an extended streak of Immunity Challenge victories, Mike won the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-1-1 jury vote over Will and Carolyn Rivera.
Originally, the season was planned to feature returning players to mark the show's 15th anniversary and 30th installment, but Executive Producer Mark Burnett decided to have new contestants instead. Host Jeff Probst said:
|“||Leading up to 30, we spent almost a year talking about whether we should do some sort of all-star season with returning players, and that seemed to be the conventional wisdom. A lot of people were expecting us to do that. But Mark and I were talking on the phone one day and Mark said something so simple. Mark said, Just keep in mind, Jeff—it is our 30th season, but it is also just our 30th season. And that really struck me, and from that moment on I realized, yeah, this is not the end of Survivor. It just happens to be a big number. Let's just do a great season.||”|
–Jeff Probst, on conceptualizing season 30
Probst explained why San Juan del Sur failed to be on par with the past four seasons. He stated that they decided on the theme (the "Blood vs. Water" concept) before casting. In an attempt to remedy last season's less than stellar performance, the host said they went into casting before they decided how they were going to divide them into tribes.
The idea of "White Collar vs. Blue Collar" was considered but the producers found the concept flat on its own. But with the success of Survivor: Cagayan's "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty", they settled on having a third tribe, thus "No Collar"'s conception. Probst claimed that the "No Collar" archetype was his idea.
- Tribe Division by Profession: The 18 castaways are divided according to their professions and approaches to life:
- The Masaya ("White Collar") tribe is made up of castaways who work in the corporate world with a degree of authority. They "make the rules."
- The Escameca ("Blue Collar") tribe is made up of castaways who work on manual labor. They "follow the rules."
- The Nagarote ("No Collar") tribe is made up of castaways who are free spirits with passion-based occupations. They "break the rules."
- Hidden Immunity Idol: A Hidden Immunity Idol is hidden at each one of the tribe's camps.
- Tribe Leaders: At the beginning of the season, two people from each tribe would be chosen as "leaders" and would have to decide together between either receiving a large bag of beans or receiving a smaller bag of beans and a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol.
- Tribe Switch: On Day 12, a tribe switch occurred, simultaneously dissolving the Masaya tribe and mixing the castaways into two tribes of seven.
- Early Merge: This season merged with twelve castaways in the game.
- Extra Vote: A castaway would get the right to vote twice at the same Tribal Council. The intention of using the second vote should be voiced immediately after all the votes are cast and is valid until the final five. It is at the voter's discretion whether he would throw this vote away, vote for the same person twice, or vote another potential threat.
- 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.
|Original Tribe||Switched Tribe||Merged Tribe|
31, Long Beach, CA
|Masaya|| 1st Voted Out|
32, Santa Monica, CA
|Nagarote|| 2nd Voted Out|
51, Palmdale, CA
|Nagarote|| 3rd Voted Out|
24, College Park, FL
|Escameca|| 4th Voted Out|
37, Topanga, CA
|Masaya||Nagarote|| 5th Voted Out|
27, Valley Stream, NY
|Masaya||Escameca|| 6th Voted Out|
44, Grand Island, NY
|Escameca||Nagarote||Merica|| 7th Voted Out|
25, San Francisco, CA
|Nagarote||Nagarote|| 8th Voted Out |
1st Jury Member
25, Scottsdale, AZ
|Nagarote||Escameca|| 9th Voted Out |
2nd Jury Member
22, Long Beach, CA
|Nagarote||Nagarote|| 10th Voted Out |
3rd Jury Member
31, San Francisco, CA
|Masaya||Nagarote|| 11th Voted Out |
4th Jury Member
33, Los Angeles, CA
|Masaya||Escameca|| 12th Voted Out |
5th Jury Member
47, Gorham, ME
|Escameca||Escameca|| 13th Voted Out |
6th Jury Member
|Sierra Dawn Thomas|
27, Roy, UT
|Escameca||Escameca|| 14th Voted Out |
7th Jury Member
|Rodney Lavoie Jr.|
24, Boston, MA
|Escameca||Escameca|| 15th Voted Out |
8th Jury Member
52, Tampa, FL
|Will Sims II|
41, Sherman Oaks, CA
38, North Richland Hills, TX
The eighteen new castaways were divided into three tribes of six based on social class: Escameca (Blue Collar), Masaya (White Collar), and Nagarote (No Collar). Despite frequent arguments between the Blue Collars, they only went to Tribal Council once, as did the White Collars. Though the No Collars lost two members, a core alliance of Hali Ford, Jenn Brown, and Joe Anglim formed, with Will Sims II as their fourth. With 14 players remaining, the players were redistributed into two tribes of seven; on Escameca, Blue Collar Rodney Lavoie Jr. and White Collar Joaquin Souberbielle aligned, but Rodney's former Blue Collar allies, led by Mike Holloway, blindsided Joaquin to break up the pair and retain Rodney's loyalty.
When the tribes merged, two alliances vied for dominance: the No Collar core alliance, now with White Collar Shirin Oskooi, against the Blue Collars. However, due to White Collar's Carolyn Rivera and Tyler Fredrickson and Will joining the Blue Collar's side the Blue Collar alliance took control of the game. They started off by systematically eliminating the members of the no collar alliance. Though Rodney remained with the Blue Collars, he constructed his own alliance with the swing vote Will, Tyler, and Carolyn to eventually take down the other Blue Collars to avenge Joaquin. Mike overheard Rodney's inner alliance plotting his blindside and outed his plans, but instead found himself ousted from the majority alliance and made the primary target. However, Mike won five of the last six Immunity Challenges and played a Hidden Immunity Idol the only time he was vulnerable. Due to the alliance being unable to get rid off Mike, they were forced to turn on each other. Eventually Mike's immunity wins and the use of the Hidden Immunity Idol enabled him to make it to the end along with Carolyn and Will.
At the Final Tribal Council, Mike was praised for winning so many Immunity Challenges and making it to the end despite being a massive target, but was criticized for not playing a good social game, Carolyn received some criticism for backstabbing her ally Tyler, and Will was berated for making derogatory comments toward Shirin and her family. In the end, Mike was awarded with six of the eight jury votes, and the title of Sole Survivor, while Carolyn and Will tied for second with one vote each.
|Episode||Air date||Challenges||Eliminated||Vote||Finish|| Viewers|
|1||"It's Survivor Warfare"|| February 25,|
|Nagarote1||So||4-2|| 1st Voted Out|
|2||"It Will Be My Revenge"|| March 4,|
|Masaya1||Vince||3-2-1|| 2nd Voted Out|
|3||"Crazy Is as Crazy Does"|| March 11,|
|Escameca1||Nina||3-2|| 3rd Voted Out|
|4||"Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner"|| March 18,|
| 4th Voted Out|
|5||"We're Finally Playing Some Survivor"||Escameca||Escameca||Max||5-2|| 5th Voted Out|
|6||"Odd Woman Out"|| March 25,|
|Nagarote||Nagarote||Joaquin||4-3|| 6th Voted Out|
|7||"The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight"|| April 1,|
|None||Joe||Kelly||4-1-03|| 7th Voted Out|
|8||"Keep It Real"|| April 8,|
|Joe||Hali||7-4|| 8th Voted Out|
1st Jury Member
|9||"Livin' on the Edge"|| April 15,|
| Dan, Mike,|
|Tyler||Joe||5-4-1|| 9th Voted Out|
2nd Jury Member
|10||"Bring the Popcorn"|| April 22,|
|Mike||Jenn||5-3-1|| 10th Voted Out|
3rd Jury Member
|11||"Survivor Russian Roulette"|| April 29,|
|Carolyn||Shirin||4-2-2|| 11th Voted Out|
4th Jury Member
|12||"Holding On for Dear Life"|| May 6,|
|Carolyn||Tyler||3-03|| 12th Voted Out|
5th Jury Member
|13||"My Word Is My Bond"|| May 13,|
|Mike||Dan||2-03,4|| 13th Voted Out|
6th Jury Member
|14||"It's a Fickle, Fickle Game"|| May 20,|
|Mike||Mike||Sierra||4-1|| 14th Voted Out|
7th Jury Member
| 15th Voted Out|
8th Jury Member
^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
|Survivor: Worlds Apart Voting History|
|Original Tribes||Switched Tribes||Merged Tribe|
|Voted out:|| |
|►►||Mike||—||—||—||Lindsey||Lindsey||—||Joaquin|| ||Hali||Joe||Jenn||Tyler||Tyler||Dan||Sierra||Rodney||—||Jury Vote|
|►►||Will||—||Vince||Nina||—||Max||—||Hali||Hali||Jenn||Jenn||Dan|| || ||Sierra||Carolyn||—|
|►►||Rodney||—||—||—||Sierra||None||—||Joe|| ||Hali||Joe||Shirin||Shirin|| || ||Sierra||Carolyn||Voted out||Will|
|►►||Sierra||—||—||—||Rodney||None||—||Joaquin|| ||Hali||Joe||Shirin||Shirin||Tyler|| ||Rodney||Carolyn|
|►►||Dan||—||—||—||Lindsey||Lindsey||—||Joaquin|| ||Hali||Joe||Shirin||Shirin|| || ||Mike|
|►►||Tyler||So||—||—||—||—||Joe|| ||Hali||Jenn||Jenn||Dan|| ||Mike|
^1 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.
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- This season marks the first time since Survivor: Samoa that there have been 3 seasons in a row to feature only new contestants.
- This is the first season to have three starting tribes in which all three tribes attended a Tribal Council before a tribe switch or absorption.
- This is also the first season where all the Hidden Immunity Idols found were played effectively. Jenn Brown, Mike Holloway, and Carolyn Rivera all played their respective idols while the majority of the votes were against them, thus surviving those particular Tribal Council.
- This is the first time in the U.S. version of Survivor where a castaway was able to vote twice in a single voting.
- This season is tied with Survivor: Borneo for the record of the fewest eliminations by a unanimous vote, with one. Coincidentally, in both seasons, the only unanimous vote happened at the final five Tribal Council.
- This is the first season since Survivor: Gabon to utilize the fire-making tiebreaker challenge.
- This is the first season where the finalists were not given the chance to give opening statements at the Final Tribal Council.
- This is the first season with three starting tribes to have a representative from each of the original tribes present in the final three. Carolyn represented Masaya, Mike represented Escameca, and Will Sims II represented Nagarote.
|Survivor (US) Seasons|
Borneo • The Australian Outback • Africa • Marquesas • Thailand • The Amazon • Pearl Islands • All-Stars • Vanuatu • Palau • Guatemala • Panama • Cook Islands • Fiji • China • Micronesia • Gabon • Tocantins • Samoa • Heroes vs. Villains • Nicaragua • Redemption Island • South Pacific • One World • Philippines • Caramoan • Blood vs. Water • Cagayan • San Juan del Sur • Worlds Apart • Cambodia • Kaôh Rōng • Millennials vs. Gen X • Game Changers • Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers • Ghost Island • David vs. Goliath