Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: Cagayan.’
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Jeff, you know how much I love it when people have to make decisions on the spot, decisions that could dramatically impact their standing in the game and the way others view them. You had a bunch of those decisions you threw at them right out of the gate. Tell me about that.
JEFF PROBST: The creative for this season began many months ago. Originally it was more detailed and had a few more steps involved, as we got closer we began to whittle it down to the essential beats, and by the time day one hit we were ready to go. The idea was to force decisions because with decisions come consequences. There is nowhere to hide when you are forced to pick a leader. Someone is going to be the chosen one. It’s easy to say,”Just never be a leader, it’s never a good idea,” but playing Survivor from a place of fear is a far worse idea. Plus, the truth is that “leaders” tend to do very well on the show — much better than followers. The second twist came when the leader was then forced to pick the weakest. Again, decision and consequence. There isn’t anything particularly original about our strategy of forcing decisions, it’s the execution of the twist that matters. And then the third twist, a secret to the rest of the tribe, is that the person deemed “least valuable” now has a chance to redeem or potentially save themselves, and if they are savvy enough, they might even accomplish both. That’s a good opening set of twists! READ FULL STORY