‘Survivor’: What Contestants Are Returning for the Finale?

by Anna Dunn
“Who’s Who in the Zoo” — Erika Casupanan, Shantel Smith, Ricard Foye, Naseer Muttalif, Heather Aldret, Deshawn Radden, Jeff Probst, Liana Wallace, Xander Hastings and Danny McCray on the ninth episode of SURVIVOR 41, airing Wednesday, November 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Survivor finale is right around the corner. Here’s what contestants we can expect to make a return after this season and who you’ll catch in the upcoming finale.

This season has been one like no other, shortened a bit and coming back after a global pandemic and new diversity policies, the season looks and feels different than the others. So the finale is going to be a bit different as well.

The Survivor finale will air on December 15th, though it was shot months ago. In fact, this is the first time since Survivor: Borneo that Jeff Probst will actually read out the winner on the island instead of in a live finale format. Some fans are actually looking forward to that change.

As far as whether or not there’ll be a reunion in the survivor finale, we don’t actually know. On Big Brother, there was a reunion over video call during the finale, which usually sees contestants voted out before jury comes back in person. They could do something similar here, but it’s hard to see how a video call would look in such a remote setting.

So the jury and all remaining contestants will be there for the finale, but we don’t yet know about those who were voted out first.

Here’s Which Players Could Return in Later Seasons

It’s been a wild ride on Survivor 41, with some of the best contestants so far. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a few fan-favorites return in later seasons. Many popular Survivor players have come back over the years. There are a couple that we could definitely expect.

It’s no secret that Shan Smith was an incredible player. Her ousting from the game was late enough to make it impressive, but early enough that fans already want her back. If Shan wanted to play again, it’s hard to see how this conversation starter wouldn’t be able to. She’ll probably be asked.

Additionally, her ally (and ultimate backstabber) Ricard Foye could probably return to Survivor as well. Ricard is one of those players that is incredibly cunning. Some have been rooting for him and others against him, but nobody can deny he makes for compelling TV. Not to mention he’s been incredible in immunity challenges. It would be surprising if he wasn’t asked back regardless of how the rest of the season goes down.

Xander Hastings may also get asked back. While some would argue he’s made less impressive moves, others think he’s an impressive player. Not to mention, he pulled a very flashy stunt at tribal. He tricked his fellow player, Liana, into thinking he had an idol he didn’t. It may be one of, if not the most jaw-dropping moments of the season so far.

Regardless of who pulls the win this season of Survivor, it’s certainly been an interesting one. If you want to see how it all ends and who will be able to return for the finale, tune in to CBS on Wednesday at 8/7 central.