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Following a year-long delay in production due to the coronavirus pandemic, Survivorproducers were able to imagine and execute a new "unrelenting" 26-day game Jeff previously dubbed "Survivor 2.0" and "a bold new era" of the show.
Survivor's crew returned to Fiji in March 2021 to film two seasons of the CBS series back to back.
But since cast and production were required to quarantine for two weeks as a COVID-19 precaution, the Season 41 game was shrunk down from its usual 39 days to only 26 days -- and the change could apparently be a permanent one.
"The decision to change the game to 26 days came from the fact that we couldn't leave our bubble," Jeff explained.
"So if we wanted to shoot two seasons, we had to do it back to back. For us to shoot two seasons of 39 days, back to back, along with our 14-day quarantine, would have meant nearly 100 days, and that was simply too long."
TheSurvivor castaways were given minimal supplies and scarce Reward Challenges, with Jeff boasting the game has never been "so dangerous" before.