The newest season of Survivor premieres in just nine days - on Sept 18 on CBS - and it may be considered one of the more ambitious seasons yet. Unexpected twists and different themes from season to season over the years have kept fans and contestants on their toes and has kept the game an ongoing social experiment. Now entering its 27th season, the newest edition - called "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" - looks to introduce several new strategic factors that could reinvigorate the game, or it could turn Survivor into a massive train wreck. So what are the new twists and how do these changes work?
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