Set across a massive 7,000 acres in Louisiana’s infamous Atchafalaya Basin, the murky waters and impenetrable brush are lurking with predators including territorial, 10-foot alligators and North America's only venomous water snake, the cottonmouth. In addition to the threats they can see, the water is teeming with microscopic parasites that can burrow under the skin and create infections that send would-be legends home.
This season of XL presents hazards and hardships only the toughest survivalists in the world can endure but also opportunities to showcase their elite skills. The survivalists will be able to hunt on land and water. The best will be the top of the food-chain but the rest will be in danger at every turn. While some were able to tough it out and make it through their 21-day or even 40-day challenges, to make it the 60 days in the punishing Bayou, survivalists will have to hunt, fish and gather every day if they want to earn the title of Legend.
Surviving first in four separate camps before merging to complete the challenge together, these all-stars will constantly be up against a ticking clock and an environment that’s testing them at every turn. Inserted into summer-like heat, they’re immediately at risk of dehydration and swarmed by unrelenting mosquitoes. As the weather turns, relentless rainstorms and swamp cold put them at risk for hypothermia. And as winter settles over the bayou, the temperatures plummet to near-freezing and their primary food sources of snakes and alligators hibernate. These all-stars will be pushed like never before as even the best of the best struggle to cement their legacies as legends.
NAKED AND AFRAID XL is produced for Discovery and by Renegade 83, an eOne company; David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, David Story and David Kirkwood are executive producers. Shauna Stoddard and Jim Morton are co-executive producers. For Discovery, Michael Gara is executive producer and Greg Wolf is coordinating producer.
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