Aug
21
2013

Survivor: Blood vs. Water Cast and Twists Revealed

Survivor: Blood vs. Water cast photo
CBS has announced the cast of Survivor: Blood vs. Water along with several new and unique plot twists. Featured are 10 returning players who will compete with – and against – their loved ones.

Survivor: Blood vs. Water will also include the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated from the game can seek redemption and return for a chance to win the $1 million prize. The twist this season, however, is that loved ones will be forced to choose whether to rescue their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them – thus allowing their loved one to immediately re-enter the game – or leave them in exile to survive on their own.

Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres on CBS at 8 PM Eastern on Wednesday, September 18 with a 90-minute special.

The cast includes:

Aras And Vytas (Brothers)

Name (Age): Aras Baskauskas (31)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, winner

Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Musician

Name (Age): Vytas Baskauskas (33)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Math Professor

Candice And John (Married)

Name (Age): Candice (30)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Cook Islands-13th out, 5th jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians-13th out, 5th jury member

Current Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Physician, Anesthesiology Resident

Name (Age): John (30)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Washington, D.C.

Occupation: Physician, Army Orthopedic Surgery Resident

Colton And Caleb (Engaged)

Name (Age): Colton Cumbie (22)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: One World – medically evacuated on day 16 due to illness – 6th out

Current Residence: Collinsville, Ala.

Occupation: Student Teacher

Name (Age): Caleb Bankston (26)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Collinsville, Ala.

Occupation: Post Office Manager/Farmer

Gervase And Marissa (Uncle/Niece)

Name (Age): Gervase Peterson (43)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Borneo – 3rd jury member

Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.

Occupation: Cigar Lounge Owner

Name (Age): Marissa Peterson (21)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Occupation: Student

Kat And Hayden (Dating)

Name (Age): Kat Edorsson (23)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: One World – 6th jury member

Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.

Occupation: Full-time student/Sales

Name (Age): Hayden Moss (26)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Springtown, Texas

Occupation: Real Estate

Laura And Ciera (Mother/Daughter)

Name (Age): Laura Morett (43)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Samoa – 3rd jury member

Current Residence: Salem, Ore.

Occupation: Co-owner of Morett construction

Name (Age): Ciera Eastin (24)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Salem, Ore.

Occupation: Cosmetology Student

Monica And Brad (Married)

Name (Age): Monica Culpepper (42)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: One World – non-jury, 5th out

Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.

Occupation: Former NFL Wife, homemaker

Name (Age): Brad Culpepper (44)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.

Occupation: Attorney and retired NFL player. Played for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.

Rupert And Laura (Married)

Name (Age): Rupert Boneham (49)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Pearl Island – 2nd jury member; Survivor: All Stars – 6th jury member, won $1 million for fan favorite; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 7th jury member

Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.

Occupation: Mentor for Troubled Teens

Name (Age): Laura Boneham (44)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.

Occupation: Merchandiser

Tina And Katie (Mother/Daughter)

Name (Age): Tina Wesson (52)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Australia – winner; Survivor: All Stars – non-jury, 1st out

Current Residence: Robbinsville, N.C.

Occupation: Motivational Speaker

Name (Age): Katie Collins (25)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Hedge fund support

Tyson And Rachel (Dating)

Name (Age): Tyson Apostol (34)

Tribe Designation: Returning Player

Previous Season: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out.

Current Residence: Provo, Utah

Occupation: Former Pro Cyclist/Shop Manager

Name (Age): Rachel Foulger (33)

Tribe Designation: Loved Ones

Current Residence: Provo, Utah

Occupation: Cocktail Waitress/Graphic Designer

The twists, as revealed by Entertainment Weekly:

  • For the first time ever, the game will not be 39 days long, but rather 39-and-a-half days, as 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. They will then all meet up to be officially welcomed by host Jeff Probst and start the game the next morning. “The whole idea was to try and get them thinking and maybe believing that they would play as a pair,” says Probst.
  • Just minutes after congregating, the returning players and their loved ones will be split into two different tribes, with the returning players making up the yellow Galang tribe and the newbies comprising the red Tadhana tribe. “Suddenly your partner becomes your adversary, your competition,” says 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 can be key in the game like Survivor, and that will prove true here as just moments after meeting each other, each team will vote one member off their tribe. They will later be informed that these people have not been voted out of the game, but rather will be sent to Redemption Island, which makes its return after having been absent for the past three seasons. There they will battle to stay alive and reenter the game at a later point.
  • Confused yet? Well, it gets even more confusing! Jeff Probst will then immediately offer each of the loved ones of the two people voted off the opportunity to trade places with them, meaning that if, say, returning player Tina is voted out of her tribe at the start, her daughter Katie can opt to take her place at Redemption Island instead, and Tina would then join the tribe of newbies.
  • As mentioned, Redemption Island is back. Anyone voted out will be sent there and will then 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. However, if someone’s loved one is still in the game they can take their loved one’s place before a duel. (So if, say, Monica is at Redemption Island but her husband Brad thinks he would do better at a duel involving strength, he can swap places with her, electing to do the duel while she takes his place on his tribe. They could then swap again at the next duel if it is a contest better suited to her strengths.) “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.”
  • That’s not all when it comes to Redemption Island. 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.”

TYSON APOSTOL & RACHEL FOULGER (DATING)

Tyson Apostol
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out
Age: 34

Rachel Foulger
Occupation: Cocktail Waitress/Graphic Designer
Age: 33

ARAS BASKAUSKAS & VYTAS BASKAUSKAS (BROTHERS)

Aras Baskauskas
Previous Season: Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, winner
Age: 31

Vytas Baskauskas
Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Math Professor
Age: 33

RUPERT BONEHAM & LAURA BONEHAM (MARRIED)

Rupert Boneham
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Pearl Islands – 2nd jury member; Survivor: All Stars – 6th jury member, won $1 million for fan favorite; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 7th jury member
Age: 49

Laura Boneham
Occupation: Merchandiser
Age: 44

CANDICE CODY & JOHN CODY (MARRIED)

Candice Cody (formerly Woodcock)
Previous Seasons: Survivor: Cook Islands – 5th jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 5th jury member
Age: 30

John Cody
Occupation: Physician, Army Orthopedic Surgery Resident
Age: 30

MONICA CULPEPPER & BRAD CULPEPPER (MARRIED)

Monica Culpepper
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – non-jury, 5th out
Age: 42

Brad Culpepper
Occupation: Attorney and retired NFL player. Played for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.
Age: 44

COLTON CUMBIE & CALEB BANKSTON (ENGAGED)

Colton Cumbie
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – medically evacuated on day 16 due to illness – 6th out
Age: 22

Caleb Bankston
Occupation: Post Office Manager/Farmer
Age: 26

KAT EDORSSON & HAYDEN MOSS (DATING)

Kat Edorsson
Previous Season: Survivor: One World – 6th jury member
Age: 23

Hayden Moss
Occupation: Real Estate
Age: 26

LAURA MORETT & CIERA EASTIN (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER)

Laura Morett
Previous Season: Survivor: Samoa – 3rd jury member
Age: 43

Ciera Eastin
Occupation: Cosmetology Student
Age: 24

GERVASE PETERSON & MARISSA PETERSON (UNCLE AND NIECE)

Gervase Peterson
Previous Season: Survivor: Borneo – 3rd jury member
Age: 43

Marissa Peterson
Occupation: Student
Age: 21

TINA WESSON & KATIE COLLINS (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER)

Tina Wesson
Previous Seasons: Survivor: The Australian Outback – winner; Survivor: All Stars – non-jury, 1st out
Age: 52

Katie Collins
Occupation: Hedge fund support
Age: 25

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