The Hunger Games is a wonderful series of a post-apocalyptic world overrun by war, secrets, uprisings, hunger, corruption and death (in case you had no idea what I'm talking about). So, if there's going to be a spinoff of any kind, we need those elements in it, maybe not all but most.
All of those - minus my idea for District 12 - has a direct inspiration from events within the books. We know what happens to District 13 in the books. We know about District 12, but hardly anything that I had in mind. And we know Haymitch's story. We know about what happens after Mockingjay according to the epilogue in the book. So my plots that I came up with aren't terribly far-fetched.
What I have in mind as the plot I really really really want to happen has about one line from the book that will make this possible. Why do I want this to happen? I like change.
She said the C word!
Yes, I did say change. All of the previous plots are kind of already done. They've already been delved into and are very similar, possibly too similar, to the original series. I want something new. Just like how the Harry Potter spinoff will follow Newt Scamander in [Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them](movie:1112558). I want the Hunger Games spinoff to stray from the original series to an extent. To follow someone not in the books, except for that one line I mentioned. And that one line is in the end of the final installment, Mockingjay.
So who am I talking about?
If you have no idea who this lovely little girl is, let me fill you in. This is President Snow's granddaughter.
Yeah, that one.
Now why did I choose her? Why would I choose someone so insignificant to the plot of the series to front run the spinoff?
Well, one, she's young enough to start a series of her own. Right now, she's 13, she'll be 14 in the summer. Based on how long it takes for a movie to be made, she'll be 15 or 16, maybe even 17, when the spinoff is released (assuming that the spinoff is instantly put in place at the end of the series). That's about the right age to really get a series going. Katniss - not Jennifer Lawrence - is 17 when the series starts off. It could work.
Snow's granddaughter is also a character we know nothing about. In the books we know nothing about her. In the movies, we just see that she really likes Katniss, like most of the other young people in Panem do. She isn't known well enough for fans to be annoyed with how her character is portrayed. She could also show enough insight into the Capitol's inner workings and President Snow's life to make for people to be drawn to it.
How could this work?
Now, what I wanted to see originally was a view on the Games from the Capitol. But we kind of already have that with the interviews and the Victory Tour. It's barely there, but we're given an idea. We understand how insane these people are.
So that's when I started thinking (a dangerous past time, I know). There's gotta be something more interesting to the Capitol. Maybe something that could shed some light on the Hunger Games a little more. Maybe on President Snow himself.
And BAM! Idea!
There's so much exploration that could be done with this story. First off, what's her name? Is her last name Snow or was he her mother's father so she has a different last name? How old is she? She looks about 12 - which seems right - but since she'll be much older when the spinoff hopefully comes out, how old will she actually be? What's her favorite color? Does she have any skills other than unknowingly poking at her grandfather's hatred towards Katniss? And most importantly, how much of her beloved grandfather's evilness does she know about?
Personally, I'd think it'd be awesome to see his granddaughter knowing much more than we think. She could know about the sores in his mouth, what he did to Finnick, and that he could stop the Games if he wanted to. She might even know that he hates Katniss, whom she appears to idolize.
So here's where my mind might be too far fetched for this possibility, but I think it'd be cool to see.
We start the series off with the explosion that destroys the arena in Catching Fire. And Snow's granddaughter is at her home, maybe even his. She's watching the show hoping her favorite survives, makes it home. All the while, some hidden resentment has been building up inside of her.
As far as she knows, her grandfather has the power to end the Games forever, but chooses not to. Katniss, her favorite tribute and victor ever, is pregnant. These Games could not only kill her, but her child. As far as she's concerned, that's illegal. That's murder, by her grandfather. Knowingly sending an unborn child into the Games with the explicit intent of ending Katniss Everdeen's life (if a pro-life pro-choice battle ensues in the comments over this, I apologize to the rest of the world). That's just not right. Peeta almost died once and that almost destroyed Katniss.
Now, the arena explodes. As expected, this comes as a shock to the girl. She goes to her grandfather and begs him to save Katniss and the baby because he wouldn't do it before. But instead, he grabs Peeta. We as the audience know that it's because Katniss was already gone, but she doesn't. She could feel betrayed. Almost like her grandfather, her doting grandfather who would spend lunches solely with her and invites her to important televised events, turned his back on her intentionally and disregarded her wishes.
This may seemed far fetched and a little childish, but she is kind of a child during these events, so it makes sense. So, she's now pissed at her grandfather. Who wouldn't be?
Being she'll be a lot older, most of this can be done as background that is touched upon in an argument between the two later on. But I would like to tie this movie to the original series in this way. With the explosion in Catching Fire. In order to make the explosion have a bigger impact to the overall plot, uprisings, rebellions, debates among officials, coverage by Caesar Flickerman and Claudius Templesmith can be used to propel the movie forward in short clips.
So, after the explosion and the initial shock, we'll flash forward to near the end of Mockingjay Part II. Now here's the part for those of you who haven't read the books should turn around if they don't want to see a spoiler.
In Mockingjay, the rebels make a run on Snow's house. They succeed and capture Snow. In the process, Katniss gets injured. Prim dies. Finnick dies. Boggs dies. Messalla dies. Peeta gets injured. And the integrity of District 13 gets put into question.
Before Katniss gets to kill Snow, his granddaughter might be able to come in and see him one last time. She may not be happy about it, but is convinced to, maybe by her mother. She goes there and talks to Snow and that's when they have a falling out.
To propel the movie, they could flash to his death which coincides with Coin's death. Snow's granddaughter, instead of crying, is shocked. Unable to respond at first. She goes home with her family who are all distraught. But she herself is unable to muster up any emotion over it.
And that's when it's revealed the last victors decided to send Capitol children into the Games. Including her.
And that, my friends is where Snow's granddaughter was only mentioned in the entire book series.
So, yes, that doesn't directly say she'll be in the Games. But the movie made it out that Plutarch changed the rule for the third Quarter Quell so Katniss would end up in the Games. They could make this fixed so she ends up in there.
What happens from there is most people from even the Capitol and the Districts believe that she belongs in the Games. After what Snow did, after those awful things that Finnick told them all about, she deserved it.
But clearly, she didn't. She is not her Grandfather. She's instantly the first to be assumed to be off. But she proves she's more powerful than imagined. Her secret skill I would hope wouldn't be archery. That would just . . . it'd be a bit cheesy. And annoying actually. She needs to be her own person. Maybe she can be randomly good with hand to hand combat for no apparent explanation. Or she has amazing aim with knives like Clove. Or she is awesome with a spear. Or she's like Foxface.
Whatever it is, she proves to be a worthy adversary. She avoids making allies and avoids killing anyone at all costs. But she does when need be. Now, I can see this ending one of two ways.
The granddaughter comes out victorious. Now, what will happen here is a damaged Peeta or Katniss come forward in the defense of the poor girl and donate their winnings as the tribute's sole sponsor.
The rest of Panem sees this grand gesture that gives the girl an entire feast of food with a note saying "I've been there. You can do this. -K" Or -P if Peeta sends it. Personally, I'd rather Peeta had sent it because he was a pitiful excuse for a Victor in the movies and books. This would make him seem a tad bit cooler. But Katniss sending the note would make a stronger point to the girl. She idolized her. Either way is a good choice.
So after that sponsor, more people are willing to realize who the girl really is. And she comes out victorious thanks to her awesome skill that she didn't know she had until entering the Games. When she comes out of the Games, however, she makes a speech. A brilliant speech about how the Games were not right in the first place. Instituting it a second time was ludicrous. Sure, she lived. Sure, she's not loved in Panem. But the means did not justify the ends.
Snow's granddaughter, in one final attempt to stop the Games and save her moral standing, could sacrifice herself for another tribute. She could do what Katniss could not. Protect the 12 year old little girl who can't protect herself (both Rue and Prim if we needed clarification).
In that one moment, she proves to everyone that she is not her grandfather. As she dies, as the little twelve year old is the only one left (because much like Katniss, the kid gets angry and kills the other tribute) she apologizes for her grandfather's mistakes. She says something along the lines of "I'm sorry for you being here. I'm sorry for what my grandfather did to you. And I'm sorry that you had to do suffer through any of this."
We flash to stunned victors, new government officials, and Panem citizens. They have a nice ceremony for her and the victor, the twelve year old, dedicates his or her life to preventing the Games from ever becoming a thing again.
What do you think? Was this good or too outlandish?