Survivor's Boston Rob And Sandra Statues Were Made By Game Of Thrones Talent
Survivor: Island of the Idols -- aka Survivor Season 39, if you can believe it -- premieres this Wednesday, September 25 before the Big Brother 21 finale. For the fall 2019 season of Survivor, two winners are returning as mentors. Sandra Diaz-Twine -- the only player to win Survivor twice -- won Pearl Islands and Heroes vs. Villains. Boston Rob Mariano won Survivor: Redemption Island, which happens to be one of my least favorite seasons, but that's neither here nor there.
Survivor: Island of the Idols took its title very seriously by hiring the Game of Thrones team to create giant idol statues on the island in honor of Survivor gods Boston Rob and Sandra. If you think Rob's ego didn't need that much boosting, Rob agrees:
Sandra Diaz-Twine added to EW that it was a gigantic production to even get the statues to Fiji, where the season was filmed:
Classic Sandra. If only Survivor had Game of Thrones' dragons, it might've been easier to get the statues there. The Game of Thrones production team certainly knows from impressive sets, but I have to shake my head at going to that much effort to create gigantic statues for Rob and Sandra.
If a giant statue doesn't go to Rob Mariano's head (pun intended), the entire concept for Survivor 39 just might. Host/producer Jeff Probst is certainly known to be a huge gushing fan of Boston Rob, and he admitted to EW that Rob was his muse for the Season 39 twist:
Jeff Probst did something similar, in a smaller way, with another one of his favorite contestants, John Cochran. Survivor: Caramoan winner Cochran came back to briefly mentor Debbie in Survivor: Game Changers.
Jeff Probst also recently talked more about Season 39, and how they are making a big change to the storytelling this season.
What do you think they'll do with the Game of Thrones-made Survivor statues after Season 39? Leave them there or break out another five barges to bring them somewhere? Maybe there should be a whole Survivor museum with various artifacts.
Survivor: Island of the Idols premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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