We are about to see a lot of changes when Survivor 41 premieres Sept. 22, one being the title. This season it’s simply just Survivor 41. And as host and executive producer Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly, that will be come the new norm for seasons to come.
That means that we will no longer have seasons named around casting twists or themes, like “Blood vs. Water,” “Game Changers” or “Winners at War.”
Probst said that the show runners had envisions Survivor 40: Winners at War as the end of a Survivor era, and season 41 was originally going to be titled “Dawn of a New Era,” but Probst told Variety that “With everything that was going on, that title wasn’t appropriate — it didn’t fit anymore. But the essence of birthing a new era did.”
So that gives us simply Survivor 41.
“From a game standpoint, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get away from seasons that were built around a casting theme or a major twist,” Probst told Entertainment Weekly. “That led to an easy decision to also do away with titles and just go with numbers for each season.”
But just because the titles are now going to be sampled, Probst promises the game will still have twists and turns.
“This doesn’t mean we won’t have big, fun new twists in the future, it just means we won’t define the entire season around it,” Probst said in his EW interview.
And it also does not mean the show is winding down anytime soon.
“I can see Season 50 for sure,” Probst told Variety. “I can already see where the show is going to head in the next five years. We haven’t laid it out, but the landscape is there. I think we are all ready for a new start. Not because the past wasn’t great, but precisely because it was so great. Let’s go do it again.”