Why Survivor: Winners At War's Series Finale Will Be The Longest In Show History

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Survivor: Winners at War's finale is just around the corner, and it's going to be a long one. Anyone who is beginning to feel there's a lack of new and entertaining content on television can rest easy, because Season 40's finale is looking to give as much detail as possible on this season with more content, interviews, and footage.

Jeff Probst talked about the big night. The Survivor host shared some details on why the finale was so long, and what all will go in to crowning the winner of the $2 million prize.

Well, what I can tell you is that our finale is damn near three hours in length! It’s the longest finale we’ve ever had, and it is packed with fantastic story. There is so much happening that we could not make it any shorter. There’s drama, there’s emotion, there’s surprise and then… we will read the votes and crown a champion to Survivor: Winners At War. I’m pumped for fans to see the finale I think it will be a satisfying conclusion to an epic season of Survivor.

Survivor: Winners at War is one of the franchise's biggest seasons of all time, so it only makes sense that the finale be big as well. Jeff Probst told EW there's a lot to look forward to, though drama, emotion, and surprise are par for the course when it comes to the average Survivor finale. Perhaps the bigger selling point is that there was enough content to justify such a long finale, which again is a plus as more shows were taken out of rotation due to production shutdowns.

The long finale of Survivor: Winners at War may make up for Survivor: Island of the Idols' finale, which was different from seasons past. Season 39 was plagued with unprecedented controversy which resulted in the first ejection of a player, and led to the first pre-taped finale in Survivor history. Winners at War is currently planning to host a virtual reunion show, according to CBS (via EW), with all 20 contestants popping in to talk with Jeff Probst at some point throughout the evening.

It won't be quite the same as seeing everyone gathered around a fire with their friends and family, but Survivor is doing what it asks of its players each and every season: adapting. It's doing so in the same way many competition shows have so far, such as American Idol and The Voice. The transition to virtual shows has been a struggle for the two musical competition shows, so we'll see if Survivor found a way around some of these problems, or will struggle a bit as well.

Survivor: Winners at War's Season 40 finale airs on CBS Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest news happening in television and movies.

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