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Dalton Ross
October 09, 2013 AT 11:50 AM EDT

Tonight features a Survivor first: spouses competing against each other in an individual competition. Thanks to this season’s Blood vs. Water twist (which features returning players playing with/against their loved ones) husband and wife John and Candice Cody will be competing against each other — as well as Marissa Peterson — with the last place finisher being eliminated from the game. We got some exclusive photos from tonight’s contest (at 8pm on CBS) for you right here, as well as a Q&A with the husband and wife themselves. What do they have to say about the big spouse smackdown? Read on to find out! (Click through all 5 pages to read the entire Q&A and see all the exclusive photos.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what was going through your mind, Candice, right before the competition as you thought about potentially sending your spouse home if you beat him in the duel, or “truel” as it were?

CANDICE CODY: John and I had talked about potentially competing against each other in challenges before we started the game. We had agreed to both fight our hardest no matter what happened. I think it was easier said than done though. I made sure we reiterated the plan to go hard or go home before leaving camp for the truel. I needed to hear confirmation from him that he was going to try his hardest and not just let me win because my own heart was feeling heavy knowing that he was counting on me to do the same. He kept trying to look at me and smile and encourage me leading up to the duel, but the more support he offered, the harder it was for me to put ice in my veins and focus solely on the task at hand. Walking into the duel, I had so many things on my mind: blowing up Brad for cutting my man, making sure John made it through, making sure I made it through, having to hope that Marissa, a young woman for whom I have the utmost respect, comes in last place. It was gut wrenching.

NEXT: Click here for more exclusive photos from tonight’s episode and more from Candice and John

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