"NO FIRE MAKING, HEIDI": Survivor 44 fans slam Heidi for choosing to make fire after winning immunity in season finale

Heidi chooses to make fire in Survivor finale
Heidi chooses to make fire in Survivor finale (Image via heidilagares/Instagram)

Popular reality competition series Survivor season 44 aired its finale episode on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 8 pm ET on CBS. It documented the Top 5 finalists competing in a seris of challenges and giving it their all to ensure they keep moving forward until one of them wins the coveted title and the grand cash prize of $1 million. Viewers witnessed many incredible twists and turns.

On this week's episode of Survivor, Heidi won the immunity challenge and guaranteed herself a spot in the final three. However, she decided to risk her game and play the fire, which might potentially send her home. Fans slammed Heidi for her poor decision. One tweeted:

No, no, NO - you don't need to prove anything. Take the idol. No, no NO FIRE MAKING, HEIDI. Geez. Don't even put that out there. #Survivor

Heidi chooses to make fire on Survivor 44 finale

The season 44 finale episode of Survivor saw the remaining cast members - Lauren Harpe, Carson Garrett, Carolyn Wiger, Yam Yam Arocho, and Heidi Lageres-Greenblatt - arriving on a new beach after the Tribal Council. The castaways began looking for an all-important immunity idol.

The official synopsis of the episode, titled Absolute Banger Season, reads:

"After a gruelling, accelerated 26-day season filled with new twists and advantages, castaways skilfully navigate their way to the final three, with one crowned the Sole Survivor; Jeff Probst hosts the after show."

For the final immunity challenge on Survivor, the finalists had to race through a three-part obstacle course. They had to collect keys, use that to open a chest, release the ladder and then solve the puzzle.

Our jury sure does clean up nice!? #Survivor

While almost all of them gave their best shot, Carson, who has been known to have practiced puzzles with a 3D printer back home and has also won a puzzle challenge previously, earned his win and a visit to the sanctuary. He chose to take Yam Yam along with him.

At the Survivor sanctuary, both Carson and Yam Yam talked strategy for the next elimination. The latter felt that their ally and fellow Tika member Carolyn was a threat to the game. However, Carson wasn't on board with the idea. He wanted Lauren to be voted out next as he felt she was friends with the jury. While Yam Yam didn't agree, he felt there was nothing he could do to change his ally's mind.

Back at camp, Lauren warned Carolyn about the potential of her allies targeting her. There was a lot of tension as some began to find the idol, while others planned to betray their alliances. Before the Tribal Council, the edit on the show looked like Lauren found the immunity idol.


However, it wasn't the case. At the first elimination round of the finale, Lauren got extremely emotional while talking about the game. She initially felt that no one came to speak to her and she might be the next person voted out.

When Carolyn and Heidi expressed that they did speak to her, Lauren felt that no concrete plan was made with her. She started crying while talking about how proud she was about playing the game and reaching this far.

By the end of the vote read, Lauren received three votes and was eliminated ahead of the finale. She became the seventh member of the jury. The castaways proceeded to the final immunity challenge of the season, where the final four - Carson, Yam Yam, Carolyn, and Heidi - had to go through another rough task.

However, Heidi won the most crucial game of the Survivor season and took the Top 3 spot by winning immunity. However, she decided to still risk her game and play fire alongside the three remaining contestants.

Fans slam Heidi for choosing to make fire on Survivor

Fans were disappointed with Heidi making fire when she already had the immunity to reach the final 3 and convince jury. Check it out.

Is heidi really considering putting herself in the fire making challenge… girl #survivor
I will never understand why people think giving up immunity to make fire is a big resume move. It's a basic survival skill that you SHOULD know by that point. That being said, I hope Heidi does it and loses. #Survivor
Heidi considering making fire when she's guaranteed a spot in the final 3 is ridiculous. #Survivor
Heidi, the move you make is sending your biggest threat to fire and ensuring they go home. Not going to risk your game and go to fire yourself. #Survivor
When Heidi said that she would be willing to give up final immunity to make fire. ? #Survivor
"If I win the fire I think I have the best case to win the whole thing" -- Sorry, Heidi, but no. Making fire one time is *not* a reason to vote for someone as the winner, no matter who that person is.#Survivor44 #Survivor #SurvivorFinale

Some fans felt that the immunity winner shouldn't be allowed to make fire. Check it out.

"Unless I make fire." - Heidi "That'd be a big move." - Jeff But this shouldn't even be a consideration!!! #survivor
What is with these players and wanting to make fire?!!?? #survivor #survivor44
Building a fire should not be how you build your resume. #Survivor
After all that fight to guarantee yourself a spot at final three just to give it up HOPING to win fire is so stupid. The jury won’t care about that! #Survivor
i will go on the record saying that i would never vote for someone to win the game if they won the final four immunity and chose to make fire. #survivor #survivor44
Throwing yourself in fire to win the game should not be considered a big move it’s dumb. It’s like giving up a veto in bb?Underwood was in a very unique position so it made sense for him and he was the first to pull it off so it was extra flashy lol #Survivor

Season 44 of the series packed intense challenges, twists, advantages and drama in the course of the past two months. With the season coming to an end, the remaining contestants will do their best to ensure they take the title and the cash prize home. Viewers will have to wait and see how it all pans out.

Survivor aired every Wednesday at 8 pm ET on CBS.

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Edited by Varsha Narayanan
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