TORONTO (September 22, 2014) – Discovery’s ambitious gold miners are back at it again and the stakes have never been higher. Who’s in and who’s out? After the highs and lows of last year, everything has changed – new miners, new claims, new machines, and new ways to pull gold out of the ground. For some, now is the time make it or break it. But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out? Back for a fifth season with 16 new episodes, hit series GOLD RUSH returns to Discovery on Tuesday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with a special two-hour opener, before moving to its regular Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT slot beginning October 28. The companion behind-the-scenes pre-show THE DIRT, hosted by series executive producer Christo Doyle, also returns October 28 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Hoping his beginner’s luck will hold, 20-year-old Parker Schnabel is returning this season. He proved himself during his rookie season in the Klondike, raking in over 1,000 ounces of gold worth US$1.4 million. Parker is taking off his “training wheels” this year, setting an unprecedented goal of 2,000 ounces, worth more than US$2.5 million – double his take from last season. Parker re-invests every last cent in a mad scramble to get to good gold, asking more of his crew than ever before, and managing to steal one of rival gold miner Todd Hoffman’s top mechanics. If Parker can hit his lofty goal, he could be on his way to becoming a Klondike legend. If not, it will become clear that his first season was simply a stroke of good luck.
Last season, Todd Hoffman gambled and lost. He hit rock bottom after braving the jungles of Guyana, South America, in an attempt to make a fortune along with his father Jack, Dave Turin, Jim Thurber, and the rest of the Hoffman crew. This year, Todd is back at square one. His right hand man, Dave, has had enough, deserting Todd to mine with legends Freddie and Derek Dodge. Todd lost his land, most of his money, his crew – and worst of all – he has lost his dignity. His dream of mining in the jungle nearly destroyed him, but will he be able to rise from the ashes and turn things around? Or will this be the season he concedes defeat? One thing is for certain: Todd will not go down without a fight.
Meanwhile, Tony Beets and his crew dive in full-time to take on the unthinkable. Tony, known throughout the Klondike as “The Viking,” buys a million-dollar, 75-year-old floating gold dredge. But to resurrect the gold-catching monster, he needs to take it apart piece by piece. The 65-metre dredge hasn’t been used in more than 30 years and is a risky proposition. Can The Viking resurrect the machine capable of pulling millions out of the ground, or will he be left with a 1,000 metal pieces of junk?