Australian Survivor Takes On Blood vs. Water Theme in 2022

Is blood thicker than water?

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Australian Survivor is preparing to take on another popular theme previously used in the US version of the series, and it could make for the most intense season yet.

Inside Survivor can confirm that the upcoming seventh season of the successful reality show will be Blood vs. Water themed, which sees former castaways playing with (and against) their loved ones. It’s a concept that has been used twice before in the US, in seasons 27 and 29.

The Australian version will include a mix of past players and new contestants; however, unlike in the US, where each pair was made up of a returnee and a newcomer, it’s believed some of the pairs will be made up of two returnees.

Speculation of the Blood vs. Water theme was first reported back in July by TVBlackBox, who also revealed that the season will film in the Charters Towers region of Queensland. The most recent season, Brains vs. Brawn (also a previous US theme), was filmed at Cloncurry in rural Queensland.

Speaking to TV Tonight last week, host Jonathan LaPaglia hinted at the new theme and location but didn’t reveal outright. “We are shooting again in Australia. I can’t reveal the location yet. And I can’t reveal what the theme is yet,” he said. “But it is a theme that has been done in the past in the US, I can tell you that much. But I can’t say what it is yet.”

Network 10 has yet to confirm the location or theme but did release an official teaser for the season after Sunday’s Brains vs. Brawn finale. The new season is set to premiere in February 2022. Filming is expected to begin later this month.


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Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.


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