Heading into Sunday's Survivor season finale, there are two extra people left in the game than is usually the case, thanks to the re-introduction of Redemption Island. Three people remain on Redemption, but only one will get back into the game for a shot at competing at the $1 million prize.
"I like that" there are more people left on the show, host and executive producer Jeff Probst tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm a big fan of second chances. I hear people all the time saying that it takes away the purity of the show. But it's a matter of opinion, and I don't think I'm right by any means."
Probst believes there also is a good mix of returning players (Tyson Apostol, Gervase Peterson, Laura Morett, Monica Culpepper and Tina Wesson) and newcomers (Ciera Eastin and Hayden Moss) following the elimination of Katie Collins on Wednesday night's episode.
"It really is up in the air [who could win], depending on who gets back in the game from Redemption Island and what they do in that spot," he says. "Alliances can be broken in many different ways. … There is no free pass for anybody this season, and alliances are truly tested" in the finale.
Probst adds that the strategic game-play heats up as well.
"People are still desperate to get to the end, and they will try and do and say anything to make that happen," he says. "You will see at least one person really confused on which way to go. … If one person changes their mind, it can change the entire game."( Collapse )The Survivor: Blood vs. Water finale airs at 8-10 p.m. tonight, followed by the live reunion show.Source