Before we start, please keep in mind that this article will obviously contain spoilers from both the movie and the books, so if you want to avoid those you should stop reading right now.
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The Hunger Games has sadly come to an end, and it has left a bittersweet taste in our mouths. The books were masterfully adapted to the big screen, Jennifer Lawrence will always be remembered as the girl on fire, and fans will forever keep Panem in their hearts. The final installment of the successful franchise has been praised by many, and it definitely stayed true to the novels. But of course there will always be a few changes when a book is made into a movie, and Mockingjay - Part 2 is no exception. Some are pretty minor, while other parts have been altered quite a bit. Here is a list of eight things that are different from the books in Mockingjay - Part 2. Enjoy!
1. Peeta's cake
When Finnick and Annie got married, the talented painter Peeta actually decorates their wedding cake with waves and dolphins. This might seem like an insignificant detail, but for Katniss it's a sign that Peeta is recovering from being hijacked.
2. Prim didn't speak to Peeta
You know the scene when Prim is talking to Peeta in an attempt to help him recover? That never actually happened. In the books, a childhood friend from District 12 named Delly Cartwright enters the room and talks to him. It makes sense that they replaced Delly with Prim, you'd want to give Prim as much screen time as possible before...
her tragic death scene.
3. Katniss murdered a civilian
There's a scene in the book where Katniss and her team run into a Capitol woman who recognizes her as the Mockingjay. The startled woman is about to scream for help when Katniss swiftly launches an arrow at her. She doesn't think much about the murder afterwards, which goes to show that the war has changed Katniss a lot.
4. That kiss never happened
Haymitch and Effie never kiss in the books, but boy are we glad they did in the movie. Hayffie is canon y'all!
5. Johanna and Katniss are totally training buddies
In the books, Katniss doesn't just sneak her way into the Capitol. She actually gets permission from President Coin to go, as long as she is fit for for the job. Johanna wants to go as well, and the two end up training for the mission together. Unfortunately, Johanna doesn't make the cut, and Katniss goes on without her. I understand that they didn't include this as the movie is already very long, but I would have loved to see more interaction between Johanna and Katniss.
6. Katniss's trial
When Katniss kills President Coin, she had to face trial as a consequence. She is eventually acquitted due to insanity, which would have been an interesting detail to see on the screen. I do understand why they cut it though, we're already at the 130-minute mark by that point.
7. No Greasy Sae
When Katniss returns to District 12, a woman named Greasy Sae comes over to her house in the mornings and evenings, cooking and cleaning for her. Greasy Sae wasn't featured in the movie at all, and Katniss was very much taking care of herself until Peeta showed up.
8. Plutarch's Letter
Plutarch Heavensbee didn't send a letter to Katniss like we saw at the end of the movie. He was supposed to tell her this in person, but due to the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman this never made it onto the screen.