It's a little rote to say that [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](tag:446261) was simply biding time before the real action goes down in the final movie. It's an understandable qualm, given that the movie was essentially a few establishing chapters stretched into two and a half hours. The image of Peeta writhing around on his bed doesn't quite hold up to the finite poetry of the first The Hunger Games, or the intense, Empire Strikes Back-esque ending of Catching Fire.
With all that slow, tempered pacing, it's hard not to ask, are Lionsgate building up to something huge for [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866)? Those who read the books know what's to come, and that most recent trailer did an amazing job of hinting at the challenges awaiting Katniss Everdeen.
There's a lot going on in that trailer! There's Gwendoline Christie as Commander Lyme of District 2. There's Katniss and Gale fighting precariously alongside each other. Katniss even steps up with her bow raised at some kind of ceremony. I won't speculate on what that is just yet. The film looks set to hit its mark on every major plot point in the books, but what if the finale we've all been waiting for chooses not to? What if Mockingjay Part 2 makes the bold move of completely diverting from the source material? SPOILERS AHEAD!
How does The Hunger Games End?
The ending to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as Suzanne Collins constructs it may be the very definition of bittersweet. After losing major players like Finnick and her own sister, Primm, in an assault on the Capitol, Katniss finds out from a captured President Snow that their deaths were a ploy by Gale to rouse the rebel cause. Appalled, Katniss is summoned to execute Snow by order of President Coin, who wishes to reinstate the Hunger Games, using only Capitol children. Katniss takes this chance to kill Coin instead of Snow, getting herself banished to the wrecked District 12 as punishment. The revolution goes on, the Hunger Games are continued, and Katniss ends the book as an older woman, distracting herself with a mental game that forces her to see the good in the world, yet knowing that "there are worse games to play".
Pretty dark, wouldn't you say? It's an ending that has poignancy both in terms of the themes building up to it, and the character involved. That said, it's unsure whether this ending will resonate with a mass audience. What changes could The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 make upon its release?
Katniss stays true to the rebellion
If you ask me, this ending would be even darker than the one in the book. Assuming that every detail is the same, what with the orchestrated death of Prim and the revelation from President Snow, Katniss is essentially faced with the same choice. If she stays true to the cause, and executes Snow as commanded, it would see her character accept the practices of Gale, Coin and District 13 as necessary for building a new world. That's a dark implication, given that it was in an effort to protect Primm that Katniss became involved in the Hunger Games, and it was the death of a child, Rue, that spurned Katniss' vendetta against the Capitol in the first place. This ending would paint Katniss as the ultimate corrupted hero.
Katniss in the Hunger Games once more
Let's take the ending a little further. Katniss finds out the methods used by District 13, she is summoned to execute President Snow, yet fires her arrow at President Coin instead. Rather than be deemed insane upon her trial, and sent to District 12 to live out her days, Katniss is labelled a traitor, and as punishment, is made an honorary tribute in the continued Hunger Games. She is readied to contend, takes her position, and just before the games are allowed to begin, the trilogy ends. We never find out the true fate of Katniss, but know that she is trapped once again with a system of self perpetuating violence. This ending could be considered even darker, and would certainly show District 13 to be more overtly evil than before.
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