‘Survivor: Winners at War’: Did the Producers Re-Edit Because of Fan Complaints About Whispering at Tribal Council?

In back-to-back episodes of Survivor: Winners at War, the castaways were whispering at Tribal Council. Fans took to social media to complain about it. Now, they believe that Jeff Probst and the producers re-edited this week’s show to remove the whispering.

[Spoiler alert: Survivor 40: Winners at War Episode 11 spoilers ahead.]

Castaways whispering at tribal council
Jeremy Collins, Sophie Clarke, Nick Wilson, Sarah Lacina, Tony Vlachos, Kim Spradlin, Ben Driebergen, Michele Fitzgerald, Tyson Apostol and Denise Stapley at Tribal Council | CBS Entertainment

Why were fans begging Jeff Probst to get rid of the whispering at Tribal Council?

Last week, when the castaways arrived at tribal council, Probst asked Nick Wilson one question. Then, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe immediately began whispering to Michele Fitzgerald. Nearly everyone was talking to someone quietly about the vote. Then it escalated even further when Jeremy Collins played his “safety without power” advantage.

At one point last week, the two alliances got up and whispered about the vote, yet again. It was an entire Tribal Council full of whispering. The week prior, there was a little bit of whispering, and fans found it hysterical. However, the tables turned quickly, and fans took to social media to avidly complain about it.

“The whispering needs just to be permabanned from all future tribals,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “It’s had its moment in the sun, made for a few interesting tribals, but now it’s time for the producers to shut it down forever.”

What happened at Tribal Council on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ Episode 11?

Then immediately after the complaints, the next tribal council was a complete blindside with no whispering. Tony Vlachos coordinated a plan to vote out Sophie Clarke. Fans were ecstatic that it went off without a hitch, but feel the producers might have left some things out.

Part of me feels like they might have gone back and re-edited her after all the pushback on social media and news outlets,” wrote a fan in a new Reddit thread after episode 11. “I also noticed we weren’t seeing obnoxious jury reactions. Tribal felt very serious, and I felt like I knew all the possible outcomes, which was nice for a change.”

Many fans were surprisingly happy after not one castaway whispered to another. It was shocking after several weeks of seeing them lean over to one another.

“I was preemptively groaning because I thought a great blindside was going to be ruined [by whispering],” wrote another fan.

However, Sophie went home without even an inkling that her name might be written down. She had a hidden immunity idol in her pocket. 

Other fans believe there was no whispering because of Sophie’s blindside

“I figured there would be no whispers since if any one of Jeremy, Tony, Nick, or Michelle started whispering to each other, everyone else would know something’s up,” another Redditor commented. 

A few other fans make a good point that no one wanted to tip off Sophie to what was going on. 

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“Whispers are effective when there are two sides fighting it out, and both of them have to conspire with each other about what the game plan is,” continued the fan. “Having three sides mean there’s a lot more uncertainty about who your allies are, so your best bet is to enter tribal council with a plan in place and make no references to the blindside that your side planned out.

So, it is also possible that no whispering was edited out in episode 11 of Survivor: Winners at War. The series airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

Read more: ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’: Fans Are Begging Jeff Probst to Shut Down the Whispering at Tribal Council