|Battle of the Bloodlines|
|Season Run||December 2, 2015 – February 17, 2016|
|No. of Episodes||16 (including reunion and two specials)|
|Winners||Cara Maria Sorbello|
|Previous||Battle of the Exes II|
Battle of the Bloodlines is the 27th season of The Challenge. This season features alumni from The Real World, Road Rules, Are You the One?, and The Challenge competing with and against their family members for a share of $350,000. This season was filmed in Turkey and Germany for the final from June to August 2015. It premiered on December 2, 2015 and concluded with the "S#!t They Should Have Shown" special on February 17, 2016.
Fourteen players from MTV series will travel to Bodrum, Turkey to join the people who know their toughest strengths, crippling weaknesses, and deepest fears better than anyone -- their own flesh and blood. In this unprecedented format, competitors will battle it out WITH and AGAINST their bloodlines, turning family into foe. This shake-up gets even more twisted when players learn that their fates are combined with their bloodlines’. It’s anyone’s game when family still means everything, because despite strong performances, competitors could still go home if their relatives fall short. With $350,000 on the line and family honor to defend, there will be blood.
Each team participates in numerous challenges which are followed by an elimination round — "The Pit." The winning team of each challenge earns immunity from entering The Pit, while the last-place finisher is automatically sent to The Pit. The winning team also earns the right of choosing the team that will face the last-place finisher in The Pit. There is, however, a condition in which if a same-gender team is automatically sent to The Pit, the winning team is required to send a team that has at least one player of the matching gender to compete in The Pit. The team who wins the elimination round returns to the game and has the opportunity to compete for a share of a $350,000 prize, while the losing team is eliminated from the game.
Host T. J. Lavin initially did not reveal any twists to the gameplay, however, beginning in Episode 3, a twist to the game occurred when players were forced to compete against their bloodlines. From then on, the two teams would compete against each other so that the winning team of a challenge was safe from elimination and could nominate one player from the losing team for "The Pit." The losing team is also required to nominate one of their players for "The Pit." Whichever player wins the elimination round returns to the game while the other is sent home along with their bloodline from the opposing team.
In Episode 10, the families were brought back together and competed as pairs for the remainder of the season.
Money for finalists is split as follows:
- First Place: $250,000 ($125,000 each)
- Second Place: $75,000 ($37,500 each)
- Third Place: $25,000 ($12,500 each)
- Red vs Blue: A Red and Blue Team were formed, chosen by Cara Maria and Jamie respectively, and were picked by alternating between the alumni and bloodline players so that the initial pairings were divided. Players fate in the game remained the same. The losing player of the elimination and their bloodline on the opposite team will be eliminated. The twist ended in Episode 10 and the game returned to its original format.
|Episode||Gender||Challenge winners||Pit contestants||Pit game||Pit outcome|
|#||Challenge||Last-place team||Winners' selection||Last-place player||Selected player||Winner||Loser||Eliminated|
|1||Water Battle||Female||Cohutta & Jill||Jenna & Brianna||Christina & Emily||Jenna||Christina||End Of My Rope||Jenna||Christina||Christina & Emily|
|2||Family Dinner||Male||Cara Maria & Jamie||Cohutta & Jill||Thomas & Stephen||Cohutta||Thomas||Squaring Off||Thomas||Cohutta||Cohutta & Jill|
|Challenge||Gender||Winners||N/A||Losers' pick||Winners' pick||Pit game||Winner||Loser||Eliminated|
|3/4||Meet Me Halfway||Female||Red Team||Larissa||Jenna||Door Slammer||Jenna||Larissa||Camila & Larissa|
|4/5||Air To The Throne||Male||Red Team||Raphy||Mitch||My Way or the Highway||Mitch||Raphy||Dario & Raphy|
|6||Family Connection||Female||Red Team||KellyAnne||Nany||Ring My Bell||KellyAnne||Nany||Nany & Nicole|
|7||Hand Me Down||Male||Red Team||Mike||Stephen||Home Wrecker||Mike||Stephen||Thomas & Stephen|
|8||Too Clingy||Female||Red Team||Jenna||KellyAnne||Spun Out||Jenna||KellyAnne||KellyAnne & Anthony|
|9||Air Pockets||Male||Red Team||Mike||Jamie||Hand it Over||Jamie||Mike||Abram & Mike|
|Challenge||Gender||Winners||Last-place team||Winners' selection||Last-place player||Selected player||Pit game||Winner||Loser||Eliminated|
|10||Weight for Me||Cory & Mitch||Cara Maria & Jamie||Bananas & Vince||Through Thick and Thin||Cara Maria & Jamie||Bananas & Vince|
|11||Truck Crossing||Female||Cory & Mitch||Aneesa & Rianna||Cara Maria & Jamie||Aneesa||Cara Maria||Mine Not Yours||Cara Maria||Aneesa||Aneesa & Rianna|
|12/13||Final Challenge||Cara Maria & Jamie||2nd place: Cory & Mitch; 3rd place: Jenna & Brianna|
- Candice initially suffered a busted lip at the "Meet Me Halfway" challenge in Episode 3, and when she returned to the house, she revealed that she also suffered a fractured toe. Prior to the third Pit elimination at the beginning of Episode 4, host T. J. Lavin delivered the news that Candice was medically unable to continue competing. Leroy was sent home as the result of being Candice's bloodline.
- Tony was sent to the hospital after he initially thought he suffered a back injury during the "Meet Me Halfway" challenge. When he returned to the house, he declined additional medical attention when producers and fellow contestants noticed that he appeared pale. As the cast and crew were headed to the third Pit elimination at the end of Episode 3, Tony fainted, and was rushed back to the hospital, where his bloodline Shane was summoned to be by Tony's side. Prior to the "Air To The Throne" challenge in Episode 4, T.J. Lavin announced that Tony & Shane were removed from the competition, with Abram and his brother Mike being brought into the competition as replacement players. It was later revealed during the aftershow that Tony suffered a ruptured spleen as well as internal bleeding, and underwent emergency surgery.
- Jamie and Mike were selected for The Pit in Episode 9. However, instead of facing each other, each player was met with a shocking twist when CT and Zach were brought into the game. Following a coin flip by T.J., each player was set up to face either CT or Zach in the "Hand it Over" pit elimination, in an endurance competition. Because Jamie lasted longer during the "Hand it Over" pit elimination, Mike was sent home.
- The contestant's team won the final challenge.
- The contestant's team lost the final challenge.
- The contestant's team won the mission and was safe.
- The contestant was safe from the Pit.
- The contestant was placed into the Pit and won.
- The contestant was placed into the Pit, and their bloodline won.
- The contestant's team won the mission and was safe, but their bloodline was placed into the Pit and won.
- The contestant was placed into the Pit and was eliminated.
- The contestant wasn't part of the elimination round, but got sent home due to their bloodline's loss.
- The contestant's team won the mission and was safe, but their bloodline was placed into the Pit and lost.
- The contestant was removed from the competition due to injury.
- The contestant was forced to leave the competition after their teammate was removed due to an injury.
|Cara Maria||Thomas & Stephen||Jenna||Mitch||Nany||Stephen||KellyAnne||Jamie|
|Cory||Jenna||Mike||Nany||Jamie||Aneesa||Jamie||Bananas & Vince||Cara Maria & Jamie|
|Cohutta||Christina & Emily|
|Episode||Air date||Viewers (in millions)|
|1||"There Will Be Blood"||December 2, 2015||0.55|
|2||"Bad Blood"||December 9, 2015||0.56|
|3||"Camilanator: Judgement Day"||December 16, 2015||0.68|
|4||"#Corneesa"||December 23, 2015||0.69|
|5||"A House Divided"||December 30, 2015||0.84|
|6||"Dirty Little Secret"||December 30, 2015||0.79|
|7||"Blood Brothers"||January 6, 2016||0.76|
|8||"Blood Is Thicker Than Mud"||January 13, 2016||0.88|
|9||"Blood Versus Love"||January 20, 2016||0.93|
|10||"Out for Blood"||January 27, 2016||0.72|
|11||"Tear Down This Wall"||February 3, 2016||0.79|
|12||"True Blood"||February 10, 2016||0.73|
|13||"Family Matters"||February 17, 2016||0.88|
- The villas that the contestants resided in was the same villa used for Battle of the Seasons (2012). The villa was redesigned to distinguish the two seasons.
|The Challenge Seasons|
Road Rules: All Stars • Real World/Road Rules Challenge • Challenge 2000 • Extreme Challenge • Battle of the Seasons (2002) • Battle of the Sexes • The Gauntlet • The Inferno • Battle of the Sexes 2 • The Inferno II • The Gauntlet 2 • Fresh Meat • The Duel • The Inferno 3 • The Gauntlet III • The Island • The Duel II • The Ruins • Fresh Meat II • Cutthroat • Rivals • Battle of the Exes • Battle of the Seasons (2012) • Rivals II • Free Agents • Battle of the Exes II • Battle of the Bloodlines • Rivals III • Invasion of the Champions • XXX: Dirty 30 • Vendettas • Final Reckoning • War of the Worlds • War of the Worlds 2 • Total Madness • Double Agents