‘Survivor’ Season 40 Is Starting Earlier Than You Think

While Survivor fans have been able to sate their hunger for more of the winning CBS reality show with Island of the Idols, that doesn’t stop them from wondering when they can expect Season 40. After all, who could ever get sick of Jeff Probst and his dimples?

For those waiting with bated breath, there’s good news — Survivor’s Season 40 release date has been announced. You can find the release date below, along with an explanation of Season 40’s title, Winners at War

A new twist, revealed 

Based on reports from Inside Survivor, it seems as if there are three twists featured on Season 40 of Survivor, which is dramatically entitled Winners at War. The first twist has already undergone scrutiny from fans, and is somewhat controversial — Extinction Island. 

Survivor: Edge of Extinction featured a desolate island with almost no resources. Players who were voted out could choose to either end their Survivor journey, or to go to Extinction Island. Players who opted to head ot the island would have to eke out a miserable existence with very little company until others arrived, almost no resources, and no real indication of what they should be expecting. Jeff Probst enjoyed the spiritual challenge of this twist, but fans had differing opinions.

Eventually, it was revealed that if they made it long enough of the island, they’d have a chance at redemption. The player who won Season 39 fought his way back from the island right at the end of the season, and many players thought this undermined the point of the game since he’d been out on the island since early on.

Second, the prize pool will be seeing an increase from $1 million to $2 million. Fans suspect this is because the season features returning all-stars, who may need additional inducement to come back. 

Third, Winners at War will feature a new currency system. As reported by Inside Survivor,  “…at the start of the game, each player is given a certain amount of Survivor ‘money.’ This money can then be exchanged for rewards, comfort items, and advantages throughout the season. When a player is voted out, they must will their money and any purchased items to another player still in the game, much like the Legacy Advantage.”

Players on Extinction Island will be able to offer advantages to players still in the game and receive money in return, which they can use to buy comfort or food.

Returning cast members

Many Survivor fans were surprised to hear that Season 40 would feature an all-star cast, largely because Jeff Probst has been an outspoken opponent of just such an arrangement in the past. 

Previously, Probst told Us Weekly, “We can’t do all winners. As a producer, I would never suggest it. I would say it’s not a good idea. We have 10 great winners that you’d want to see play again,” he says. “We don’t have 20. We don’t have 18. Some of the winners don’t want to play again. Some of the greats are like, ‘No, we’re done.’” 

He then added, “CBS wants to do it. They’re pitching me all the time. And I’m going, ‘I’ll sit down with you and show you the list!’ We don’t have it. And if I sat down and we wasted our time and I walked you through all our winners, you would say, ‘Oh, you’re right. You don’t have a season.’ We have a tribe of winners, that’s it.”

It sounds like CBS won the argument this time, but hopefully fans will trust Jeff Probst to make a season of Survivor shine, regardless of the twists.

When is the release date?

Survivor: Winners at War will have the earliest premiere date for the series since 2013, according to Inside Survivor. The new season will premiere on February 12, 2020, at 8 PM with a two-hour episode. 

It seems as if the show will consist mostly of the usual one-hour episodes, though there have been instances of longer episodes during Season 39. Perhaps the same will hold true for Survivor: Winners at War