Survivor: Blood vs. Water – New Twists Revealed

Credit: CBS/Entertainment Weekly

Credit: CBS/Entertainment Weekly

Only hours after the cast was officially unveiled for the new season, we now have the reveal of the new twists for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, and there’s good news, bad news, and some news that might prove infuriating for hardcore Survivor buffs.

As Jeff Probst revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 27th season of the reality competition series will be the most twist-heavy season of all-time. Here are the twists for Survivor: Blood vs. Water:

-In a pretty surprising twist, the game will not be 39 days long, but rather 39-and-a-half days. The couples will begin the game the night prior to day one with a new twist titled “Day Zero.” The 10 pairs will be sent out at sunset to 10 different locations to live by themselves for the night. The next morning, they will all meet up to be officially welcomed by host Jeff Probst, inaugurating the official start of the game. Probst explains the idea behind the concept, saying, “The whole idea was to try and get them thinking and maybe believing that they would play as a pair.”

-At the start of the game, the returning players and their loved ones will be separated into two different tribes, with returning players on the the yellow Galang tribe and the loved ones on the red Tadhana tribe. “Suddenly your partner becomes your adversary, your competition,” explains Probst. “And that was the whole premise of Blood Vs. Water. How is that going to play out in a game where only one person can win?”

-First impressions are everything, as each team will vote one member off their tribe only moments after the start of the game.

-However, the person voted out will not be out of the game because (ugh…) Redemption Island is back. The two people voted off will be sent to Redemption Island to compete for a chance to re-enter the game down the line.

-Because things aren’t muddled enough as is, Probst went on to explain that after the first two people are voted off, he will immediately offer each of the loved ones of the two people voted off the chance to trade places with them. In essence, if, say, Kat was voted out of his tribe at the start, her loved one, Big Brother 12 winner Hayden Moss, could opt to take her place at Redemption Island instead, and Kat would then join the tribe of newbies.

-As for the return of the much-maligned Redemption Island, anyone voted out will be sent there to compete in a three-person duel. The last place finisher in each contest is out of the game for good, while the top two remain in the running to re-enter the competition. However, if someone’s loved one is still in the game they can take their loved one’s place before a duel. So let’s say Rupert’s wife is at Redemption Island but Rupert thinks he would do better at a duel involving strength, he can swap places with her, opting to compete in the duel while she takes his place on his tribe. They could then swap again at the next duel if it is a contest involving something better suited to her abilities. “That puts blood and water to the test,” says Probst. “And we’re gonna do it at every duel. So the first time early in the game, somebody may say ‘It’s just too early.” But as those duels increase and they get closer to what they think might be a merge, their strategy is going to start to change.”

-In addition, the person who finishes first in each duel will also get to give a clue to the location of a hidden immunity idol to any person from either tribe that they choose. “There’s all these things you can do,” says Probst. “Because for a moment, even though you’re on the outest, furthest part of the game, you have a little bit of power.”

So what do you think of these new twists? Will intriguing new possibilities open up? Or is this going to be the biggest trainwreck in Survivor history? Do all these twists harm the integrity of the game, or do they make it more interesting? Sound off in the comments!

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