Survivor: Winners at War has begun, and it didn’t waste a single second before getting the game started. In the first 10 minutes, we were reminded of the journeys all these winners had gone on before (and how much Survivor has changed over the years), we met the two new tribes (Sele and Dakal), and the first challenge was beginning. It was both for reward and immunity, meaning one tribe was heading to tribal council pretty immediately.
Married castaways Rob and Amber were put on separate tribes, and Rob’s tribe Sele was sent to tribal first. They also got no flint or rice, and the knowledge that they had a whole day to play the game before that tribal council.
Over on Dakal, everyone bonded over their kids. Amber said she got her four kids a calendar they could use to cross off the days until she’d be back, and Tyson said he made his kids a daisy chain, with one chain link for each day. It was cute.
Natalie and Jeremy had an existing friendship—as she said, “it’s not blood, but it’s pretty close with Jeremy,”—so Natalie ended up getting a surprising number of votes, and she was sent to the Edge of Extinction.
This season includes a new thing called fire tokens, which players can use to buy things like food and blankets, and each person started with one. Natalie then had to will her fire token to someone else still in the game, so she obviously chose Jeremy.
She also didn’t need to, because with some maneuvering from Yul and his unexpectedly powerful alliance of all the “unconnected” players, the votes came down to Amber and Kim, with Amber getting the boot and heading off to Edge of Extinction.
She willed her fire token to her husband and headed off to join Natalie.
We’ll see how it goes next week.