Australian Survivor is finally back, but this time they’re battling their loved ones in Blood V Water! This review will contain spoilers, so if you have not seen the episode you have been warned.

This season features 24 castaways who will be forced to go against their loved ones in what is being claimed as one of the most brutal seasons the Australian version has ever seen. That is saying something considering the Australian version is known to be the most physical version of the game. The game consists of 47 and was filmed in Charters Towers, Queensland.

The season features 4 returning players, one of them being a two-time winner of the US version of Survivor, Sandra Diaz-Twine, playing with her daughter, Nina, who is competing for the first time. Other returning players include married couple, Mark Wales and Sam Gash, who met on the show back in 2017. Lastly, Andy Meldrum is returning from Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders II with his sister Kate.

Australian Survivor: Blood V Water Episode 1 Review - Loved Ones Battle It Out In An Action Packed Premiere - The Illuminerdi

The episode started off with a recap of last season and then moved into a montage showing off some of the new and returning castaways for this season. We later see the cast fully meet up with each other and the Australian Survivor’s host Jonathan LaPaglia. Jonathan tells the cast to always expect the unexpected and then two-time US Survivor winner, Sandra Diaz-Twine, flys in by chopper with her daughter Nina, an Accounts Clerk.

The loved ones are then split up into two different tribes and are forced to compete against each other in the season’s first reward challenge, By Any Means Necessary. In this challenge, the loved ones are to race down a water slide to a ring. They are then supposed to get the ring to their tribe’s respective pole to win their tribe a fire pit that has already been built for them.

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The Blue tribe wins the reward and the two tribes are then set to go off to their respective camps. The two tribes then introduce each other and start setting up what will be their homes for the next 47 days.

Australian Survivor: Blood V Water Episode 1 Review - Loved Ones Battle It Out In An Action Packed Premiere - The Illuminerdi

Most of the action in this episode happens on the Blue tribe where there are two clues to the Hidden Immunity Idol found. One clue was found by Shayelle, a Bio-Medical Student, and Briana, a Digital Producer. The other clue is found by Chrissy, a teacher who has been shown to know very little about the game of Survivor. The clue states that the clue is hidden at Tribal Council next to Jonathan and someone has to be brave enough to be the first one to grab it.

The only thing that really happens at the Red Tribe is people talking about Sandra and how big of a threat she is. It will be interesting to see how far she will be able to make it in this game considering the huge target on her back going in.

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