There’s not much the show can promote without knowing who gets back into the game, as the Survivor: Edge of Extinction 7 promos tease redemption.
There have been a lot of Survivor moments that have been lost this season. We’ve never visited a tribe after visiting Tribal Council, meaning we don’t know the mood at camp. We’ve lost Jeff Probst’s parting words, losing more of the season’s natural narration. Depending on how long Edge of Extinction lasts as a twist, we may even miss out on Ponderosa videos!
At this stage, we’re even missing out on the majority of Survivor: Edge of Extinction merge media, as we cannot see beyond the Extinction redemption challenge without spoilers giving away who the 13th player will be. That’s why both promos for the merge at episode 7 show up to the big reveal and part of the challenge in play.
The first promo video shows Jeff Probst teasing up the reveal as if it will be an iconic Survivor moment to be remembered for a long time, which is kind of presumptuous for a twist that’s basically the Outcasts from Pearl Islands but with even more agency in the game. Just like back then, the players on the outs will compete in a challenge for the chance to get back in, instead, there is one guaranteed player set to return.
We can’t tell much about the scope of the challenge from that promo, but it appears as though it begins with a reverse rope obstacle to start. We know that Keith has an advantage in this challenge in the form of being able to add … more ropes for someone else? Plus, Chris has an advantage in practicing a part of the challenge ahead of time.
Oddly enough, the Survivor Twitter account also posted a teaser promo that mixes this show and NBA star LeBron James’ Million Dollar Mile series premiere next week. In it, it appears as though the players will need to retrieve a bag of sticks or stick-like objects after the rope portion, open up a bamboo cage and navigate a swiss cheese maze.
That would mean not only is this redemption challenge similar to the Outcasts twists, it would also include an actual portion of the challenge from Pearl Islands. That would be on top of a challenge to get back in the game that harkens back to Redemption Island, which makes this “iconic” moment feel a bit too familiar.