Gold Rush cast

Discovery’s intrepid gold miners are back for a new season of Gold Rush, and this year, the rivalry among them has reached new heights… but will they be able to put their money where their mouth is? Launching with a two-hour premiere, Gold Rush returns to Discovery Channel on Thursday 21 December at 7.30pm

Before the mining season even kicks off, gold miner Todd Hoffman wagers a massive bet with 22-year-old Parker Schnabel that sets the two rivals on a head-to-head competition to see who can pull the most gold this season. It’s risky business; whoever loses will have to cough up 100 ounces of gold, worth more than US$100,000. 

It’s a bold move for Todd, especially after last year’s disaster, where his 5,000 ounce-goal was shattered in Oregon after his mining operation went into meltdown. This year, Todd and his crew are in Colorado where he is joined by his father, Jack, and 18-year-old son Hunter. Todd believes that he’ll be the ultimate mine boss by running three plants at the same time. It’s a challenge no gold miner has ever pulled off before in the series. Meanwhile, Hunter demands a promotion and wants to run his own operation, but will he be able to handle the pressure? 

In the Klondike, mining wunderkind Parker Schnabel prepares for battle with his crew. He’s going to war on two fronts – not just with Todd, but his landlord Tony Beets. Over four years, Tony has taken US$2.3 million in royalties, and this season, Parker has a plan to buy his freedom with a deal on new virgin ground. Parker doesn’t underestimate anyone as he knows mining is as much about perseverance as it is about luck, but first Parker needs to get his ice-bound washplant Big Red up and running. Every day counts, especially if he’s going to get on the front foot against the Hoffman’s in the race for the most gold.

Meanwhile, legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets is continuing his on-going obsession with dredges. This year, he and his family set the goal to get their second dredge mining for gold. Last year, his plan to move and resurrect a 75-year-old dredge proved to be a big failure. But “The Viking” never gives up. This year, he and his family set the goal to move Dredge #2 and get it mining for gold. He has everything in place, but first needs to convince mine boss Sheamus Christie to help him move it.

With new miners, new claims, unexpected equipment failures and heated rivalries, the stakes are higher than ever. As gold fever sets in, will their big risks lead to an even bigger payout?