The Hunger Games Franchise is one those properties that makes people ask just how it can end. The premise of a totalitarian state forcing young people into an all out fight for the death can only end two ways. With an all out fight to the death that claims everyone or... well, not. That's why I'm continually impressed with Suzanne Collins in her creation of Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It siphons surprise and intrigue from a series that had seemingly used it all up.
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Fans who only follow the Hunger Games movies might be questioning to themselves right now just how the Hunger Games movies might end. I'll make clear right now that this article isn't for people who don't want this movie spoiled for them. For them, I'll simply leave the awesome trailer that hints at some of the events to come in Mockingjay Part 2!
That trailer does a good job of not giving away too many specifics. Aside from there being black goo that chases our heroes, not much can be said for sure. Many fans grew more than a little emotional upon seeing this trailer, so for those of us who know where this story is going, it's interesting to speculate just what a mass fan reaction might be to some of the more tragic beats in the story. If I hadn't made it clear yet, there are some downright celestial spoilers to follow. This is your last chance if you don't want anything ruined. I'll leave a picture of Buttercup just to be safe!
Finnick and the lizard people
Aside from being an excellent name for the new band I'm starting, Finnick and the lizard people will no doubt be an interesting point the movie when it comes to Mockingjay part two. The issue won't be so much that Finnick meets his demise in a raid on the Capitol at the hands of mutts similar to those in the first film, but that he meets it in such a gruesome way.
He essentially gets his head pulled off while remembering the few good things he knew in his life. That's harsh, and undignified to boot! What with how much of a woobie Finnick became in [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](tag:446261)[The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](tag:446261), I'm sure many fans will find his death hard to handle. The only question is whether the filmmakers will adapt this moment with gory detail with which Collins wrote it.
Prim and the fire bombing
The death of Katniss' younger sister Prim in Mockingjay is arguably more disturbing than Finnick's in that it doesn't have that fantastical element. Death by fire in a warfare situation is a very real thing, and Prim's demise is designed to feel all too raw and immediate. Will this moment be adapted exactly? It's hard to say.
The Hunger Games movies have a history of pasting over a lot of the violence from Suzanne Collins' source material, and the image of a young girl on fire might be too much for general audiences. And no, just because cool kid Game of Thrones did it doesn't mean everyone else has to follow suit.
Katniss and President Coin
What's impressive about Mockingjay as a story is that characters aren't killed off just to bestow weight to the finale. Death actually motivates and influences further points in the narrative. Prim's death for example leads to Katniss realizing the ultimate lengths the rebellion will go to in order to slander the name of President Snow. Snow is hardly painted as an ally from that point, but a degree of ambiguity is introduced to Katniss' outlook on the world.
This ultimately results in Katniss loosing an arrow at President Coin instead of snow, throwing the entire rebellion effort into chaos. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 will likely adapt this narrative beat exactly, as a certain sinister air surrounding Julian Moore's turn as Coin had already been established in the previous movie.
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