"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" opens with new twists

The 20 survivors separate into their respected tribes during the premiere episode of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water." CBS

Ten returning players will compete alongside their loved ones when "Survivor" returns for its 27th season on Wednesday.

When "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" kicks off, the 10 pairs are being dropped off in 10 separate locations. What they don't know is that they'll all be spending their first night alone with their loved ones.

This "Day Zero" twist means the game is starting earlier than normal, making it 39.5 days instead of the usual 39.

Another thing the pairs don't know is they'll be competing against one another. The loved ones will be split into separate tribes, pitting parents against children, husbands against wives and, in one case, brother against brother.

This season's cast includes "Survivor" alumni like Rupert Boneham, Tina Wesson, and Colton Cumbie, who had to be medically evacuated during "Survivor: One World." There's also Kat Edorsson, who is competing along with her boyfriend, "Big Brother" winner Hayden Moss.

"It is the most important thing in my entire life to beat Hayden Moss," Edorsson confesses in the premiere.

She's not the only one viewing her loved one as competition.

"There is just one winner and there's two of us, and that poses a very difficult situation," says Wesson's daughter, Katie Collins. "I would love to beat my mother at her own game."

"Blood vs. Water" will also feature the return of Redemption Island, where eliminated castaways get a chance to return to the game for another shot at the $1 million prize. But this time around, castaways will have the option to "save" their partner and take his or her place, allowing the loved one to immediately re-enter the game, or leave that person in exile to survive on their own.

If you can't wait until the 90-minute episode airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, you can watch the first seven minutes below.

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  • Jessica Derschowitz

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