'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' has arrived! Bringing the worldwide phenomenon to a close and probably the last big YA franchise we'll see for a while. Unless you count the 'Divergent' series but let's be honest, they haven't been doing so well in comparison to 'Harry Potter' and 'The Hunger Games'.
All in all, the series - both the books and the movies - was pretty amazing, what started off as a story about a cruel futuristic reality TV turned into an epic about an entire nation fighting tyranny.
But as amazing as the story was, I noticed something. There were two main characters that caused the beginning of the revolution. Two people who, if it weren't for them, the events that occur in 'Catching Fire' and 'Mockingjay' would have never happened. Who are they? Well here's a look at why and how the story isn't (entirely) about Katniss.
SPOILERS FOR ALL THREE BOOKS/FOUR MOVIES! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
Ok, the first person I want to talk about who made the story happen...
The youngest out of the twenty-four tributes in the 74th Hunger Games, she seemed like an easy kill for the douchebag careers. Luckily, she made an alliance with Katniss which seemed to work out for both of them. Sadly *gets the feels* Rue was killed by Marvel. However, after Katniss makes a bed of flowers for her, she gives the three finger salute along with the famous whistle (I STILL get goosebumps every time I hear it). This sets in motion the uprising in District 11 and starting the rebellion.
'The Hunger Games' without Rue: Katniss would have gone at it alone until she was reunited with Peeta, they both win the games and everybody is happy. No alliance, no sad goodbye, no reason for citizens to start causing choas, and nobody getting shot for doing a three finger flip-off.
The baker/painter had to go through some pretty tough sh*t.He didn't have the courage to admit his love for Katniss until the Games, he lost his family to the bombings in 12, and to top it all off, his mind was hijacked. Someone give this guy a medal.
Sure they both got out alive by doing a classic Romeo and Juliet move, but then President Snow-dick and half of Panem get the wrong idea. Upon returning home, Katniss gets threatened by the old man himself, just as an uprising is starting up.
If Peeta wasn't chosen: Katniss would have waited the games out until everybody else was dead, gone back home to a life of luxury, and Snow would have been totally chill (pun intended). And then maybe Peeta would have the guts to tell Katniss about his feelings for her.
So two characters, both loved, both essential to the overall plot and without them, we wouldn't have the franchise that we know and love today.
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