Following the action-filled episode of "Survivor: Game Changers," in which Caleb Reynolds was voted out, another shocking twist has come along — the swapping of tribes. The contestants of the reality show are forced to do a reshuffle among members of the tribe just when they started to get along with their teammates. What does this imply?
"The big story on this tribe swap were the people on the wrong side of the numbers. It's a game-changing moment when you go from being a part of a strong alliance to being all alone," Jeff Probst, the host of the reality series, explained to Entertainment Weekly. "We tend to focus the story on those people for a moment because the decisions they make in those first few moments with their new tribe are critical," he added.
According to the Emmy Award-winning presenter, those behind the production of the series is evaluating the impact of the swap. They have checked who is on the wrong side, who is reunited with his/her former castaway, the gender division, and if the tribes are well-divided when it comes to strength.
Among the affected tribe members of the swap include Nuku tribe's Andrea Boehlke, who has been transferred to Tavua, while Aubry Bracco and Michaela Bradshaw from the Mana tribe are now with Nuku.
One of the several alterations to the game is the hidden immunity idols. Unlike the previous seasons in which the idols are hidden in a familiar method, this time, idols can be found in a variety of ways. Probst stated that they will only plant the idol when someone already found the clue, but it comes with a "heavy risk." Hence, it is not advisable for the contestant to just keep looking for the immunity totem and not focus on winning the challenges.
"If you focus more on an idol than winning a challenge and you get caught, you're probably gone," said Probst.
The challenges of the tribal swapping will be exposed in the next episode titled "The Tables Have Turned." Probst hinted that the twist would be another game-changing moment for the former castaways.
"Survivor: Game Changers" is set to return on March 22 on CBS.