Jeff Probst would officially welcome the 10 couples competing in Survivor: Blood vs. Water at sunrise on Sunday May 19, 2013 and set them on their way for a 39 day adventure. But for the players, the game actually began the night before, when the 10 couples were dropped off at sunset to fare for themselves overnight in 10 different spots along the beach or jungle. No food. No water. And soon, no light. The new twist was called Day Zero (you can get the official explanation from Jeff Probst about it right here) and EW.com was exclusively invited to tag along with one of the pairs as they began their 39-and-a-half day journey.
After seeing their lively interactions during our interview the day before, I decided to follow Gervase Peterson and his niece, Marissa Peterson. Unlike the other duos that couldn’t stop praising each other, Gervase and Marissa appeared to want to beat each other at the game as much as they wanted to defeat the other 18 players. There was a lot of smack talk and boasting. Plus, I was curious how Gervase — who played in the first ever season of the show and has not returned since — would fare after a 13 year layoff. Here’s a timeline of the evening. READ FULL STORY