‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’: How Do 6 Players Each Already Have a Hidden Immunity Idol?

The second week of Survivor 40: Winners at War was full of hidden immunity idols. With 20 returning winners from previous seasons, it comes as no surprise that the contestants easily located a few idols on the islands.

However, with an anniversary season, comes a new twist on how and when the idols can come into play. Let’s take a look at how six contestants are now in possession of an idol on Winners at War.

[Warning: Survivor 40: Winners at War spoilers ahead]

Survivor 40 Tribal Council
Ben Driebergen, Adam Klein, Ethan Zohn, Parvati Shallow, Danni Boatwright, Boston Rob Mariano, Michele Fitzgerald, Natalie Anderson and Jeremy Collins | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

Last week Sandra bought a hidden immunity idol from the Island of Extinction

In the season premiere, Natalie was the first person voted off. When she arrives on the Island of Extinction, she finds out that with a few fire tokens, she can purchase advantages to get her back in the game. 

On the island all by herself, Natalie begins searching for the hidden immunity idol. She hikes to the highest point on the island and discovers the idol. However, it is of no use to her there. The contestant sends it to Sandra — who has until sundown to decide if she is going to purchase it or not. 

Sandra quickly purchases the idol. Now, the only person in the game who has already won Survivor two times has the very first hidden immunity idol. 

Ben teaches Denise how to find a hidden immunity idol on the Sele tribe

Week 2 of Survivor opens with Ben Driebergen describing to Denise Stapley precisely what a hidden immunity idol looks like and how to find it. She quickly discovers one and opens it with him. 

“You must give one half to another player by sundown,” the note reads. 

This idol has no power without giving the other half away to another contestant. Denise doesn’t give it to Ben right away, and he agrees not to tell anyone. The 48-year-old therapist who won Survivor: Philippines in 2012 immediately tells Adam Klein about her idol.

Adam explains to Denise why it would be a terrible idea to give it to Parvati. Adam instead convinces Denise to give it to him. However, the two idols must be played together, so Adam and Denise are now both in possession of one.  

Kim finds the hidden immunity idol on the Dakal tribe

“This idol is unique because both halves are identical, and you need to give it to someone else by sundown,” Kim reads when she finds the idol for the Dakal tribe.

Tony and Nick come across her right as she is shoving it in her shorts. She doesn’t think they saw her get the idol; however, they might know that she was out looking for one.  

Kim tells Sophie about the idol and decides to give her the other half. Sophie is in shock that Kim would pick her.

“If I were Kim, I would be worried about telling me,” Sophie tells the cameras privately. 

Natalie sends a tribal advantage to Jeremy from the Edge of Extinction

Natalie and Amber read a new clue on the Edge of Extinction Island. It alludes to something — which they assume is an immunity idol — but it’s very cryptic. 

The producers of the show highlight the clue, “water well.” Natalie and Amber hike all over the island, searching for the idol. Finally, Natalie looks inside the water well and finds what she believes is a hidden immunity idol. 

It turns out it is an advantage that “offers safety without power.” When you play this advantage you must leave tribal council before the vote. So, you are not voted out, but you do not get to participate in the vote. It’s basically a hidden immunity idol. 

Natalie sends the new idol to Jeremy, who does not hesitate to purchase it with his fire token. This brings the count to six people who already have hidden immunity idols: Sandra, Denise, Adam, Kim, Sophie, and now Jeremy.

We are interested to see how all of these idols play out this season. Survivor airs on CBS Wednesdays at 8 pm ET. 

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