The Netflix spokesperson also shared a public statement from Grylls. “I’m so proud to deliver this first-of-its-kind live-action interactive series, really giving viewers an all-access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots,” Grylls said.

The presumed goal of this choose-your-own-adventure-style shows is to help Grylls make it out of the adventure without dying. The trailer of the show flashes the words: CAN YOU SURVIVE?

Viewers probably won’t get to watch Grylls die if they make a misstep, but they will likely get to put him in dangerous, gross, and funny situations. This could be an entertaining use of this model of storytelling. Sure it’s novel to guide a dark sci-fi or fantasy story. But as someone who enjoys playing video games just so I can put the avatar in strange scenarios, or simply drive them off a cliff—I’m excited by the possibility of guiding Grylls into imminent danger or discomfort, while also learning about the best ways to survive wilderness situations I will almost certainly never encounter.


[Variety, Netflix]