‘Survivor’: Things Get Intense in All-New Immunity Challenge on the Water

by Courtney Blackann

It’s hard to believe after 41 seasons of “Survivor,” the show’s producers can still craft new and exciting challenges. But somehow, the castaways are still stunned by the circus-like acts required to receive the treasured immunity. This round is no different.

In the latest episode of the CBS show, the tribes are showing their exhaustion with a new water game. Though the crystal blue water looks like a dream, the castaways are dragging as longtime host Jeff Probst explains the rules.

In a jungle gym-like tangle of ropes, Probst explains each individual will have to make their way across the very narrow rope which is elevated high above the water. They have to cross, using only four swinging ropes for assistance. If successful, they’ll do this without falling in.

“Now comes the hard part. This is tricky,” Probst tells the group in a preview of tonight’s episode. “You have a very narrow rope to balance your feet on and only four ropes to get you from one end to the other.”

The clip shows very sullen and heat-stricken contestants as they struggle to balance on the ropes. Though they’ve only been competing for a week, their tiredness is obvious.

Survivor 41 is birthing a new era, starting with a much more dangerous 26-day game,” Probst said, according to US Magazine. “So that means it is a very fast pace. It does force the players to make bigger decisions. So there will be new advantages and there will be some controversial twists.”

Unlike previous seasons, the show will only run for 26 days. This is different from the original 39. This means, they won’s receive as many resources throughout their stay, speeding up exhaustion and weight loss. For example, the contestants didn’t get any extra rice on their first day.

Famous “Survivor” Castaways

While contestants of the show come from many different backgrounds and experiences, at least one person will have an all-star advantage. That is former NFL player Danny McCray. McCray retired from the NFL in 2015 after playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

He soon found himself obsessed with “Survivor” and really wanted to audition for it. He was all about it.

“I wasn’t into Netflix or anything yet and I’m scrolling through and I just started watching, I believe it was Season 15 or 16,” McCray said to ESPN. “I watched the first episode and then I binge-watched it all day and night. My wife got home from work and she started watching but she went to sleep. I stayed up till like 5 in the morning.”

While the football star is athletic, he doesn’t necessarily consider himself to be a full-on outdoorsman. However, producers decided he’d be a phenomenal addition to the “Survivor” cast. With only two shows into the season, McCray isn’t giving away anything.

Tune in tonight to watch! The show airs at 8/7 p.m. Central on CBS.