*** BIG HUGE SPOILERS for the ending of Hunger Games: Mockingjay. You have been warned ***
A The Hunger Games spin off? Surely not?
It might seem like a strange concept to fans who have followed the series, be it via the books or films. After all, the trilogy charts the journey of the figurehead of the resistance - Katniss - and her friends and family. From her beginnings as the District 12 tribute to her end as the Mockingjay, Katniss has always been the centrepiece of the trilogy. Those who have read Mockingjay will know that her narrative ties up pretty neatly, if bittersweetly, and doing a sequel or spin off might be tricky.
However, The Hunger Games has grown to become an incredibly lucrative franchise, one that has seen Jennifer Lawrence becoming the highest-paid female actress in Hollywood (earning $52 million in one year - and she's only 25!)
As a result Lionsgate head Jon Feltheimer has remarked that the studio is seriously considering spinoffs for both the Hunger Games and Divergent franchises:
"[Lionsgate] is actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities. We’re always looking for ways to extend all of our intellectual property. We’ve seen that’s what happened with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. So we’re always looking for worlds within the IP that we haven’t explored yet."
The First Rebellion
A prequel would make a lot of sense given that we pick up the narrative of Panem with Katniss entering the Hunger Games, following through her unwilling part in the rebellion to the narrative conclusion with the storming of the Capitol.
But if you remember the history we're told, the Hunger Games only exist to keep the Districts in check as a result of a previous failed rebellion nearly 75 years before the start of the series. The Games function as a manner of control - to keep the spirits of the populace low and warn them against what will happen to their children should they attempt to rise up again.
A potential sequel could chart this first war; the crushed rebellion, new characters, new threats. We could see the genetic experiments which led to the Muttations: the Jabberjays and the Tracker Jackers and how they were created and used in the war.
Of course this would involve crafting an entirely new narrative and if done incorrectly could be a pretty terrible blight on the series. But if done well it could be a nice piece of background and would give us an opportunity to explore just how Panem reached the breaking point where we find Katniss and the rebellion.
A spin-off might be a bit tricker, but there's a host of great characters that are largely unexplored in the films and could provide some great material for other films or even TV series.
What happened to Gale?
What was Gale Hawthorne up to whilst Katniss was in the arena? How did he get involved with the rebels? And what happens to him after Mockingjay?
We don't really get these questions fully explored even in the books as the narrative generally follows Katniss. During [The Hunger Games: Catching Fire](tag:303520) Gale manages to rescue 800 people from the District 12 fire-bombings, hiding them in the woods and feeding them all for three days before they are rescued by District 13, but again this is largely unexplored. He also has a central part in the final battle, but we've yet to see how that will play out on-screen.
At the conclusion of Mockingjay Katniss knows that she'll never be able to love Gale because of his part in creating the the bombs that killed Primm. In the final chapter there's a reference to him, after Katniss returns to District 12 Greasy Sae tells her that Gale has gotten a "fancy job" over in District Two, but that's about it. Katniss believes that Gale will forget about her after everything that has happened and, that's kinda it.
Gale, portrayed by Liam Hemsworth, has a pretty big section of the fanbase on his side so there could certainly be scope to further explore and develop his character outwit his relationship to Katniss.
Though he comes across as a bit of a creepy, cocky character and we're initially untrustworthy of him due to his status as a career tribute, Finnick actually got a pretty good deal of development and quickly became a fan favourite when he first appeared in Catching Fire and later when we learned the particulars of his sad backstory and romance with fellow victor Annie Cresta.
Sadly he doesn't make it through Mockingjay, decapitated by mutts in the tunnels beneath Snow's mansion. But it would be interesting to explore his backstory, particularly his victory in the 65th Hunger Games and the fallout he has to deal with as an unwilling darling of the Capital.
An aggressive and strong-willed character, Johanna initially comes across as very antagonistic towards Katniss. She's taken and tortured by the Capital at the end of Catching Fire along with Peeta and Annie, but is rescued by the rebellion and eventually grows close with Katniss during their time training together in District 13.
We don't know what happens to Johanna after the uprising, it is presumed that she returns home to District 7. Like Finnick, it would be interesting to see her in a prequel charting how she made it through the 71st Hunger Games and the role she took in the rebellion leading up to the final assault on the Capitol.