‘Survivor 41’: First Two Contestants Eliminated Explain Being ‘Scared’ by Shortened Season

by Anna Dunn

Survivor season 41 just got started. The two castaways that got eliminated first explained how the shortened season was quite intimidating. Typically, an average season of Survivor is 39 days, but this season is only going to be 26. This means all the gameplay this season had to happen incredibly quickly.

Last night, Eric Abraham and Sara Wilson became the first two to leave the Island. Abraham got cast out after targeting Tiffany Seely. She quickly figured out his plans and worked against him in a major blindside. Wilson, on the other hand, couldn’t quite put some puzzle pieces together fast enough in the last leg of the competition that could have earned her team safety.

In a recent interview with TV Line, the first two eliminated castaways discussed what it was like to learn that the season was going to be shortened. In a series that relies so heavily on strategy, it definitely put a wrinkle in some plans.

“I went into the Survivor lab when I got selected and I looked at every episode of Survivor, and I was like, “I’m ready to go.” Then Jeff springs the 26 days on us, and I was like, “Survivor‘s gonna speed up a little bit!” I just did not realize how fast it was gonna go!” Abraham explained to the publication.

Wilson felt a bit of nervousness as well as excitement. With fewer days on the island, they could go without supplies for longer.

“I was a little bit scared, to be honest! I knew the pace of the game was going to be really fast and I knew that meant we’d get limited supplies. It was exciting to be part of something new, like a trailblazer,” she said.

‘Survivor’ Did Well in the Ratings Last Night

Survivor drew in 6 million viewers last night, and that’s not too shocking. The show has always done well in the ratings as have CBS’s other reality programs like Big Brother. According to TV Line, the ratings barely differed from fall 2019. The show having fewer days and harder competitions with higher stakes definitely make the season worth watching.

The season also features a puzzle game that viewers can play at home. While it seems geared toward kids, there’s fun to be had for the whole family. Some of these puzzles sound like they’ll give fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in the game.

If you want to catch the new season of Survivor, you can tune in to CBS for new episodes every Wednesday Night at 8/7 Central. If you want to catch up on this episode, you can find it on Paramount + along with the older seasons of the show.