Outwit. Outplay. Outfact.
No, that’s not a typo, it’s just something you’re going to be able to do at your next Survivor viewing party, thanks to the secrets and fun facts we’re about to reward you with ahead of tonight’s David vs. Goliath finale.
It’s hard to believe that the CBS reality hit created by Mark Burnett premiered over 18 years ago, with Jeff Probst going on to ask 37 seasons’ worth of castaways to drop their bluffs, come on in and if they want to know what they’re playing for.
And it’s sometimes hard to forget just how much work goes into playing the ultimate game of survival—on and off camera, with a crew of over 300 people working for 39 days straight in crazy conditions to produce a 13-episode season. Oh, and then there’s the fact that over 556 castaways have agreed to forgo every comfort they’ve ever known in the name of winning $1 million.
Given that reality TV can sometimes be anything less than real, it makes sense that some viewers may question just how rough the conditions are for the competitors. But you’d be surprised by just how little they are given by producers…but you might be even more surprised by what is provided to them.
So what really happens once a contestant is voted off the show? And what happens when there is an emergency evacuation and the game is forced to stop? Oh, and where does Probst sleep?
We’re answering all that and more…plus, you’ll never believe which celebrity actually helped create one of the show’s most hated twists of all-time.
Survivor‘s season 37 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.