Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 27
Filming Location: Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
Filming Dates: May 19, 2013 - June 27, 2013
Season Run: September 18, 2013 - December 15, 2013
No. of Episodes: 15
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 20
Winner: Tyson Apostol
Runner(s)-Up: Monica Culpepper
Gervase Peterson
Tribes: Galang
Opening Sequence
Survivor Blood vs

Survivor Blood vs. Water Main Titles Intro HD

Season Chronology
Previous: Caramoan
Next: Cagayan

Survivor: Blood vs. Water is the twenty-seventh installment of Survivor. It features previous contestants competing against their loved ones. The season also revived the Redemption Island mechanic.

Early strategic control of the game was widely perceived as resting in the hands of Brad Culpepper and Aras Baskauskas on their respective tribes. Both, however, were overthrown in the middle stages of the game, after which point an alliance controlled by returning players Tyson Apostol, Monica Culpepper and Gervase Peterson rose to post-merge dominance. Though Ciera Eastin and Hayden Moss mounted a determined effort to fracture this alliance, their efforts were foiled and Tyson won the title of Sole Survivor in a 7-1-0 vote over Monica and Gervase.


Jeff Probst stated during the Survivor: Caramoan Reunion Show that he was leaving to film Survivor: Blood vs. Water on May 13, 2013. He stated a "game changing" twist would be involved. He then confirmed the season would begin airing on September 18, 2013, with a 90-minute premiere. Casting call was the same, and shortlist contestants included: Survivor: Redemption Island contestant Ashley Underwood, who couldn't compete due to both her partner and her back-up partner being unable to play.[1] Former Survivor: Palau winner, Tom Westman, was asked but declined.[2] Greg Buis from the original Survivor season, along with his sister Julie also declined the offer to appear again. Tom Buchanan and Lex van den Berghe, both from Survivor: Africa and Survivor: All-Stars, declined due the production of their new reality television program, Family Beef.[3] Jerri Manthey from The Australian Outback, All-Stars, and Heroes vs. Villains, and Cirie Fields from Panama, Micronesia, and Heroes vs. Villains were considered for the season, but their partners were unable to play with them, similar to Underwood. Malcolm Freberg from Survivor: Philippines and Survivor: Caramoan was asked to come back for a third straight season and play with his brother Miles, but he declined. Married Survivor couple Amber Mariano and Rob Mariano were both asked to be on the season, but turned the offer down, believing their Survivor experience was complete. Eliza Orlins (of Vanuatu and Micronesia) stated in an interview that Yau-Man Chan of Fiji and Micronesia was offered to play again, but turned the offer down. Eliza also stated that she was considered to return with her mother Susan. Terry Deitz of Survivor: Panama was cut from the cast due to his daughter Kayla being 18 years old. Shane Powers (also from Panama) was considered for the season with his son Boston, but it didn't work out. Winner of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Sandra Diaz-Twine, along with her daughter were considered for this season but they weren't chosen. Tina Wesson and Ciera Eastin stated in an interview that Parvati Shallow from Cook Islands, Micronesia, and Heroes vs. Villains declined the offer to return, not wanting to play with a loved one. Jonathan Penner from Cook Islands, Micronesia, and Philippines was asked to play with his son Cooper, but he couldn't play when Cooper was only 17 years old. Jill Behm (of Nicaragua) has stated in an interview that Marty Piombo and Jane Bright (both from the same season), were considered to return, but they were ultimately not chosen to compete. Mitchell Olson has stated in an interview that Holly Hoffman (also from Nicaragua), was considered to return with her daughter, but she was ultimately not chosen to compete. Edna Ma from Survivor: South Pacific was considered to return with her sister as her partner, but also wasn't chosen to compete. Chelsea Meissner from Survivor: One World was considered to return with her father as her partner, but was not chosen. Denise Stapley of Philippines declined the offer to return. Survivor: Philippines contestant RC Saint-Amour was originally slated to be on this season with her father, Craig. Upon arriving on location (24 hours before "Day Zero"), the older Saint-Amour's blood pressure sharply shot up, and was confined in a hospital in Makati City. They were replaced by Candice Cody and her husband, John Cody.[4]

The motif of the season was inspired by the precolonial trade between the Philippines and China.


  • Returning Players: In mid-May 2013, it was revealed that this season would feature returning players.[5]
  • Blood vs. Water: Players will be paired with a competing family member or loved one on the cast. Every castaway will be playing individually, so they will remain in the game even if their family member is voted out. This season, the pairs will be comprised of returning players and their loved ones, where the returnees would be put in one tribe, while all of their loved ones would be put in another.[6]
  • Day Zero: A day before the actual game starts, the 10 pairs will be sent out at sunset to 10 different locations to live by themselves for the night, under the notion that the pairs will be placed in the same tribe. They will then all meet up to be officially welcomed by host Jeff Probst and start the game the next morning.[7]
  • First Impressions: Moments after meeting each other, each team will vote one member off their tribe. They will be sent to Redemption Island.
  • Redemption Island: 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 on Redemption Island they can take their loved one's place before a duel.
  • Hidden Immunity Idol: 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. If a castaway wins a game-returning duel, the castaway could also keep the clue for his or herself.
  • Tribe Switch: On Day 14, the remaining castaways randomly drew for new tribes.
  • Early Merge: This season merged with eleven castaways in the game.
  • Expanded Jury and Final Three: Instead of the conventional Final Two facing the jury of seven, the Day 39 Tribal Council was held with a Final Three facing an eight-person jury.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Redemption
Island Status
Original Tribe Switched Tribe Switched Tribe Merged Tribe
#1 #2
S27 rupert t Rupert Boneham
49, Indianapolis, IN
Pearl Islands, All-Stars,
& Heroes vs. Villains
Galang Switched
Day 1
1st Eliminated
Day 4
S27 colton t Colton Cumbie
22, Collinsville, AL
One World
Galang Galang Quit
Day 7
S27 rachel t Rachel Foulger
33, Provo, UT
Tyson's girlfriend
Tadhana Tadhana 4th Voted Out
Day 6
2nd Eliminated
Day 7
S27 marissa t Marissa Peterson
21, Chapel Hill, NC
Gervase's niece
Tadhana Tadhana 3rd Voted Out
Day 3
3rd Eliminated
Day 9
S27 candice t Candice Cody
30, Washington, DC
Cook Islands &
Heroes vs. Villains
Galang 2nd Voted Out
Day 1
4th Eliminated
Day 11
S27 brad t Brad Culpepper
44, Tampa, FL
Monica's husband
Tadhana Tadhana 6th Voted Out
Day 10
5th Eliminated
Day 14
S27 kat t Kat Edorsson
23, Orlando, FL
One World
Galang Galang Galang 8th Voted Out
Day 16
6th Eliminated
Day 17
S27 john t John Cody
30, Washington, DC
Candice's husband
Tadhana Tadhana 5th Voted Out
Day 8
7th Eliminated
Day 19
S27 laurab t Laura Boneham
44, Indianapolis, IN
Rupert's wife
Tadhana Galang Galang 1st Voted Out
Day 1
Day 1
9th Voted Out
Day 18
8th Eliminated
Day 19
S27 aras t Aras Baskauskas
31, Santa Monica, CA
Galang Galang Tadhana Kasama 10th Voted Out
Day 21
9th Eliminated
1st Jury Member
Day 25
S27 vytas t Vytas Baskauskas
33, Santa Monica, CA
Aras's brother
Tadhana Tadhana Galang 11th Voted Out
Day 22
10th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S27 caleb t Caleb Bankston
26, Collinsville, AL
Colton's fiancé
Tadhana Tadhana Tadhana 14th Voted Out
Day 29
11th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S27 katie t Katie Collins
25, New York City, NY
Tina's daughter
Tadhana Tadhana Galang Eliminated
Day 32
12th Eliminated
4th Jury Member
Day 33
S27 hayden t Hayden Moss
27, Springtown, TX
Kat's boyfriend
Tadhana Tadhana Tadhana 15th Voted Out
Day 35
13th Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 36
S27 lauram t Laura Morett
43, Salem, OR
Galang Galang 7th Voted Out
Day 13
1st Returnee
Day 19
13th Voted Out
Day 26
14th Eliminated
6th Jury Member
Day 36
S27 ciera t Ciera Eastin
24, Salem, OR
Laura M.'s daughter
Tadhana Tadhana Tadhana 16th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
S27 tina t Tina Wesson
52, Robbinsville, NC
The Australian Outback
& All-Stars
Galang Galang Galang 12th Voted Out
Day 24
2nd Returnee
Day 36
17th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
S27 gervase t Gervase Peterson
43, Philadelphia, PA
Galang Galang Tadhana Second
S27 monica t Monica Culpepper
42, Tampa, FL
One World
Galang Galang Galang Runner-Up 6
S27 tyson t Tyson Apostol
34, Provo, UT
Tocantins &
Heroes vs. Villains
Galang Galang Tadhana Sole Survivor 2

Season Summary

The castaways were pre-divided into two tribes of ten: Galang, comprised of returning players, and Tadhana, the returning players' loved ones. Before the tribes were sent to their camp, they were asked to eliminate one of their own immediately, where Laura Boneham and Candice Cody were voted out from their respective tribes. They were then informed that Redemption Island was in play, with the added twist that a player could take their partner's spot on Redemption Island. Shockingly, Rupert Boneham decided to switch with Laura B., sending Rupert to Redemption Island and sending Laura B. to Galang.

Tadhana lost the first four consecutive challenges, and was initially dominated by the Five Guys Alliance led by Brad Culpepper. Brad's decision to blindside his ally John Cody resulted in Brad's subsequent elimination and the end of the men's alliance. Meanwhile, at Galang, Aras Baskauskas created the Galang Five, an alliance which approached a no-strategy strategy. When the Galang tribe eventually went to Tribal Council after finally losing at the fifth challenge, Aras spearheaded the elimination of Laura Morett in hopes that she could eliminate Brad from Redemption Island to ensure Monica Culpepper's loyalty to the alliance. The plan was successful, and Laura M. returned to the game at the merge.

The tribes eventually merged to the Kasama tribe with 11 castaways remaining, including three pairs of loved ones: Aras and his brother Vytas Baskauskas, Tina Wesson and her daughter Katie Collins, and Laura M. and her daughter Ciera Eastin. While Aras led the charge against Laura M. again, a recently formed alliance originally from the post-Tribe Swap Tadhana tribe, which included Monica and Laura M., planned to eliminate the pairs in the game as all of them are "singles" and eliminate their threat. This alliance was able to blindside Aras, and managed to vote out Vytas and Tina later on, before betraying Laura M. for being the stronger member of the final intact pair.

With no pairs remaining, the new players outnumbered the returnees four to three, but the new players' attempt to seize control was foiled by Ciera, who sided with the returnees. However, with six players left, she had a change of heart, switching allegiances and forcing a tie which was resolved through the rock drawing tiebreaker, a tiebreaker only last seen during the fourth season, which resulted in Katie's elimination. This allowed the returning players alliance of Tyson Apostol, Monica, and Gervase Peterson to take control, voting out the others and making it to the end of the game.

At the Final Tribal Council, Gervase was berated by the jury for his perceived rudeness and hiding behind more dominant players, while Monica was castigated for threatening to flip to the other alliance but ultimately never following through. This led the jury to award Tyson the title of Sole Survivor, receiving seven of the eight votes to win, and Monica receiving one.

Episode Air Date Redemption Island Duel Immunity1 Eliminated Vote Status Viewership
(in millions)
Inhabitant(s) Challenger Eliminated Finish
1 "Blood Is Thicker than Anything" September 18, 2013 None Laura B. 6–2–1–1 1st Voted Out
Day 1
9.73[8] 2.6/8
Rupert No vote Switched
Day 1
Candice 6–3–1 2nd Voted Out
Day 1
Rupert2 Galang1 Marissa 8–1 3rd Voted Out
Day 3
2 "Rule in Chaos" September 25, 2013 Rupert Marissa Rupert 1st Eliminated
Day 4
Galang1 Rachel 5–2–1 4th Voted Out
Day 6
9.54[9] 2.4/7
3 "Opening Pandora's Box" October 2, 2013 Candice Rachel Rachel 2nd Eliminated
Day 7
Galang1 Colton No vote Quit
Day 7
10.16[10] 2.7/8
Marissa John 6–1 5th Voted Out
Day 8
4 "One Armed Dude and Three Moms" October 9, 2013 Candice John Marissa 3rd Eliminated
Day 9
Galang1 Brad 3–3;
6th Voted Out
Day 10
9.60[11] 2.5/7
5 "The Dead Can Still Talk" October 16, 2013 Candice Brad Candice 4th Eliminated
Day 11
Tadhana1 Laura M. 7–1 7th Voted Out
Day 13
10.11[12] 2.6/8
6 "One-Man Wrecking Ball" October 23, 2013 John Laura M. Brad 5th Eliminated
Day 14
Tadhana1 Kat 5–1 8th Voted Out
Day 16
9.52[13] 2.4/7
7 "Swoop In for the Kill" October 30, 2013 John Kat Kat 6th Eliminated
Day 17
Tadhana1 Laura B. 4–1 9th Voted Out
Day 18
9.00[14] 2.3/7
Laura M.
8 "Skin of My Teeth" November 6, 2013 John Laura B. John 7th Eliminated
Day 19
Vytas Aras 7-2-2 10th Voted Out
Day 21
9.29[15] 2.5/7
Laura M. Laura B. 8th Eliminated
Day 19
Laura M. 1st Returnee
Day 19
9 "My Brother's Keeper" November 13, 2013 Aras Monica Vytas 8-1-1 11th Voted Out
Day 22
9.87[16] 2.5/7
Katie Tina 7-1-1 12th Voted Out
Day 24
10 "Big Bad Wolf" November 20, 2013 Aras Vytas Aras 9th Eliminated
1st Jury Member

Day 25
Monica1 Laura M. 7-1 13th Voted Out
Day 26
10.18[17] 2.5/7
11 "Gloves Come Off" November 27, 2013 Vytas Laura M. Vytas 10th Eliminated
2nd Jury Member

Day 27
Monica Caleb 4-3 14th Voted Out
Day 29
8.81[18] 2.2/7
12 "Rustle Feathers" December 4, 2013 Tina Caleb Caleb 11th Eliminated
3rd Jury Member

Day 30
Katie 3-3;
Day 32
10.63[19] 2.6/8
Laura M.
13 "Out on a Limb" December 11, 2013 Tina Katie Katie 12th Eliminated
4th Jury Member

Day 33
Hayden 3-2 15th Voted Out
Day 35
9.92[20] 2.5/8
Laura M.
14 "It's My Night" December 15, 2013 Tina Hayden Hayden 13th Eliminated
5th Jury Member
Day 36
Tyson Ciera 3-0 16th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 37
10.19[21] 2.6/7
Laura M. Laura M. 14th Eliminated
6th Jury Member

Day 36
Tina 2nd Returnee
Day 36
Tyson Tina 3-1 17th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Gervase 7-1-0 Second
Monica Runner-Up
Tyson Sole Survivor
15 "Reunion" 7.46[22]  ???

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge. Additionally, some post-merge challenges had a reward element, in which the winner may choose companion(s) to share his/her reward with.
^2 There was no duel, as there was only one inhabitant at the time.

Voting History

Survivor: Blood vs. Water Voting and Redemption Island History
Original Tribes Tribes Post-Rupert Switch Switched Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S27 laurab t
Laura B.
S27 candice t
S27 rupert t
S27 marissa t
S27 rachel t
S27 colton t
S27 john t
Tie S27 brad t
S27 lauram t
Laura M.
S27 kat t
S27 laurab t
Laura B.
S27 aras t
S27 vytas t
S27 tina t
S27 lauram t
Laura M.
S27 caleb t
Tie Deadlock S27 katie t
S27 hayden t
S27 ciera t
S27 tina t
S27 gervase t
S27 monica t
S27 tyson t
Vote: 6-2-1-1 6-3-1 No vote1 8-1 5-2-1 No vote2 6-1 3-33 3-1 7-1 5-1 4-1 7-2-2 8-1-1 7-1-1 7-1 4-3-04 3-33 2-25 Lottery6 3-2 3-07 3-1 7-1-0
Tyson Laura M. Laura M. Aras Vytas Tina Laura M. Caleb Hayden Hayden Hayden Ciera Tina Jury Vote
Monica Candice Laura M. Kat Laura B. Aras Vytas Tina Laura M. Caleb Hayden None Hayden Ciera Tina
Gervase Candice Laura M. Aras Vytas Tina Laura M. Caleb Hayden Hayden Hayden Ciera Tina
Tina8 Candice Laura M. Kat Laura B. Ciera Vytas Tyson Gervase Gervase Tyson
Ciera Laura B. Marissa John John Brad None Aras Katie Tina Laura M. Caleb Monica Monica Gervase Gervase Tyson
Hayden Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Ciera Ciera Aras Vytas Tina Laura M. Ciera Monica None Gervase Eliminated Tyson
Katie Marissa Marissa John John Brad Brad Kat Laura B. Ciera Vytas Monica Laura M. Ciera Monica Monica Eliminated Eliminated Tyson
Caleb Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Brad Brad Aras Vytas Tina Laura M. Ciera Eliminated Tyson
Laura M.8 Candice Laura B. Aras Vytas Tina Katie Eliminated Tyson
Vytas Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Ciera Brad Kat Laura B. Laura M. Tyson Eliminated Monica
Aras Gervase Laura M. Laura M. Eliminated Tyson
Laura B. Marissa Switched Laura M. Kat Vytas Eliminated
Kat Candice Laura M. Vytas Eliminated
Brad Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Ciera None Eliminated
John Laura B. Marissa Rachel Ciera Eliminated
Colton Candice Quit
Rachel Katie[23] Marissa Ciera Eliminated
Marissa Brad Katie Eliminated
Candice Laura M. Eliminated
Rupert Laura M. Switched Eliminated


^1 As per the Blood vs Water twist, Rupert opted to send himself to Redemption Island so Laura B. can take his place on Galang.
^2 Colton quit the game before the Redemption Island duel was held.
^3 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^4 Tyson used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but no votes were cast against him.
^5 A deadlock tie occurred, thus forcing the non-tied players to make an open discussion as who should be voted out. Because no consensus was met after the deadlock, Hayden and Monica became safe, forcing Ciera, Katie and Tyson to draw rocks, where the player who got the odd-colored rock was eliminated instead.
^6 Katie drew the only white rock, and was sent to Redemption Island.
^7 Tyson played a Hidden Immunity Idol for Gervase, negating all votes cast against the latter.
^8 This contestant re-entered to the game through Redemption Island.


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  • With the Day Zero twist, this season is tied with Survivor: San Juan del Sur as the second longest season in terms of number of days, lasting 39.5 days, following Survivor: The Australian Outback, which was filmed in 42 days instead of 39.
  • The U.S. Survivor franchise is the second version to adapt a couples format, following the Philippine version, which had pairs of celebrities, each with a pre-existing relationship.
  • Instead of revealing the location during the previous season's Reunion Show, Jeff showed a clue, which was a short clip of blood spreading in water. The second promo was the same as the first, only with the season logo shown for a split second afterwards.
  • Despite the fact that the first four people voted out were all women, the first two players eliminated were men.
  • This is the first time Survivor has filmed three consecutive seasons in the same country, with Survivor: Philippines, Survivor: Caramoan, and Blood vs. Water all being filmed in the Philippines.
    • This is the second season that is filmed in another location within a previous host country. Survivor: The Amazon and Survivor: Tocantins were both filmed in Brazil, albeit in different locations; namely, Rio Negro and Rio Novo, respectively.
  • This is the ninth season to feature returning players.
    • This is the third season in a row to feature returning players. This is the longest consecutive streak of seasons with returning players.
    • This is also the third season in a row to feature returning players who were eliminated before the merge/jury phase. 
    • This is the first time to have two back-to-back seasons with half (10 contestants out of 20 total) the castaways being returning players.
  • It was revealed in Ashley Underwood's Survivor Oz interview that all participants had a partner, and a back-up partner.[24]
  • This is the first season to feature returning Sole Survivors but not have four returning Sole Survivors.
    • Other seasons to feature Sole Survivors are Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains; each had four former Sole Survivors competing.
    • This is also the first time that former Sole Survivors are competing in a season with new players.
  • This season marks the return of the Redemption Island twist, which had been absent since Survivor: South Pacific.
    • This is the first season to feature both Redemption Island and female returning players. All four returnees in the prior Redemption Island seasons were male.
    • This season has the most castaways return to the game after being voted out, with three castaways returning to the game.
    • This is the first season with Redemption Island where the contestants who got back in the game from the twist were not immediately voted out the first time they weren't immune.
  • This season marks the only time in their Survivor careers that Rupert Boneham and Candice Cody didn't make the merge or jury phase.
  • This is the second season where the first two castaways eliminated from the game were eliminated by means other than being voted out. The first was Survivor: Palau.
    • Also after Palau, this is the second season where the first two castaways eliminated from the game had no votes cast against them.
    • However, while Palau had this as an intentional twist, this was purely coincidental.
  • This is the second season where the first two people eliminated from the game were male. The first was Survivor: Cook Islands.
  • This is the first season to have an entire tribe of returning players and not have a representative from the season before it.
  • The font used for the tribe names this season is "Totally Glyphic."[25]
  • This is the first season to not have the full opening sequence shown in any of the episodes.
  • This is the second season to see the rock drawing tiebreaker being utilized, following Survivor: Marquesas.
  • This is the first season since Survivor: One World to have a second runner-up, since Lisa Whelchel and Michael Skupin, and Dawn Meehan and Sherri Biethman, ended up tying for runners-up in Philippines and Caramoan.
  • This is the first season with both new players and returning players in which one of these groups makes up the entire final four.
  • This is the first season where two castaways entered the merge with only one challenge win.
  • This season had more players survive at least one Redemption Island duel than any other season, with 7 (Candice, Marissa, John, Brad, Laura M., Vytas, and Tina).
  • Interestingly, the highest ranking returnees were paired with the three lowest ranking loved ones.
  • This is the only season to feature a castaway being voted out more than once pre-merge. All other seasons with in-game returnees did not allow such an occurrence.
  • This season has the most amount of combined Reward/Immunity Challenges, with ten.


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