‘Survivor 41’ Features 3 Ways for Viewers to Play Along at Home

Survivor 41 is a big change for the franchise — not only will it be leaving behind the themed naming conventions of the past, but Jeff Probst claims it will be the most dangerous season yet. And in case that wasn’t enough, Jeff Probst has announced three separate ways in which audiences and would-be castaways will be able to participate in Survivor 41 and show their mettle. 

‘Survivor 41’ introduces rebus puzzles 

Jeff Probst of 'Survivor'
Jeff Probst of ‘Survivor’ | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

Survivor 41 is introducing a new aspect to the show, something that host Jeff Probst is calling the “game within the game” for the new season. Largely aimed at younger viewers, this will involve solving rebus puzzles during the show. 

“We also have a fun addition for young Survivor viewers. It’s called ‘the game within the game.’ It’s a way for future Survivor players to see if they have what it takes to compete!” Jeff Probst told Parade.

“Each week, there will be a hidden puzzle somewhere within the episode. They’ll have to find it, then solve it. It culminates at the end of the season and connects directly back to the real game with the players,” he added. It’s not yet clear what the culmination might look like, but it will be interesting to see how Probst connects the two. 

For clarification, a rebus puzzle combines letters or words with symbols or images to convey a complete idea. For example, the letter “H” followed by an image of an ear could be read as “hear” or “here.” 

Jeff Probst will challenge armchair castaways each week

'Survivor 41' host Jeff Probst
‘Survivor 41’ host Jeff Probst | Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

Jeff Probst is also challenging armchair castaways to make their own calls with weekly “what would you do” scenarios related to Survivor 41. In fact, Probst shared the first such scenario on his personal Instagram account. 

“This season we’re gonna be taking you inside the game a little bit more — we’ll do that a few times during the season, and we’ll do it every week right here by giving you a real-game situation from this season and posing the question ‘what would you do?’” Probst explained in the Instagram video

“Alright here’s your first one. It’s early in the game, and you are selected to leave your camp and go somewhere else. And while you’re away you’re given a shot to earn a secret advantage. This is very common on Survivor, right?” explained the Survivor 41 host.

‘You know when you go back the players have been speculating about what happened and when you tell them your version they’re going to be reading you, trying to determine if you’re telling the truth or not.”

“So what’s the move? Do you tell them the whole truth and try to earn loyalty, or do you withhold some of the information so you still have an advantage, but risk getting caught in a lie? By the way, saying ‘it depends,’ that’s not the spirit of this game. What would you do?” Probst asked.

Hopefully, we’ll be seeing some of these questions play out the week after they’re asked — based on what Probst had to say, it does sound as if that might be the case.  

An official ‘Survivor’ fantasy league is here


In case the rebus puzzles and “what would you do” segments weren’t enough, Survivor 41 is also launching the first official Survivor fantasy league on Facebook. 

“This season fans can play fantasy survivor on Facebook. Predict winners, form your own league with friends, or play in a public league against other Survivor fans. Visit the fantasy games bookmark on Facebook to play,” Probst announced on Instagram.

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