With “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” rapidly approaching theaters to finish the four movie-long franchise, many book readers already know how the epic saga ends. Now, many fans of Suzanne Collins’ book are simply waiting to see how the movie will adapt some of their favorite scenes.
The ending to the gritty dystopian drama was revealed in 2010 with the release of “Mockingjay.” As fans know, the first half of the final book in the series was presented last year in “Mockingjay Part 1.” However, the movie ended on a cliffhanger with a lot of loose ends that still need to be tied up, not the least of which being Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her vow to kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The upcoming movie promises to bring all those plotlines to fruition, but will they satisfy fans the same way the controversial book did?
To help make sure book readers remember what the movie is setting out to do, below is a rundown of the top scenes from the books that the film has to adapt:
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will freely discuss the end of the “Mockingjay” book.]
1. Coin vs. Katniss
In the books, Katniss Everdeen is the symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol. However, she is not the one that will inherit all of President Snow’s power once he’s taken down. That “honor” goes to District 13 leader, President Coin, played in the movies by Julianna Moore. While Coin is overthrowing an oppressive government, she’s not doing it with the most benevolent of intentions, which becomes clear at the end of the book. When the odds of victory dip in favor of the rebels, Coin starts subtly sabotaging Katniss’ chances for survival in the final battle. She even goes as far as to stick Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on Katniss’ final assault team knowing full well that he’s been brainwashed to try and kill her. It becomes clear very quickly that Katniss has become too powerful as a symbol and is the only thing that will stand in the way of Coin taking the same amount of power that Snow has. So, she has to be eliminated.
2. District 2 Scuffle
For a while, the main theater of the war is in the always-loyal District 2. They’re still feeding supplies to the Capitol and the rebels know they need to take them out in order to weaken Snow enough to make a final offensive. In the book, Gale (Liam Hemsworth) devises a trap for the remaining enemy soldiers in the area. However, it sparks a massive scuffle in which Katniss gets shot. Her armor protects her, but it brings her unchecked march on the Capitol to a screeching halt as the rebels see the Mockingjay cut down for the first time.
3. Finnick’s Heroic Stand
The character Finnick (Sam Claflin) stole the hearts of fans, District 13 and many members of the Capitol during his time in the series since “Catching Fire.” The latest teaser trailer for the film already gave fans their first look at his lavish wedding, but the real tough moment in the book occurs when he is killed by a group of mutants. The group retreats into the sewers while on their final assault against Snow, but are ambushed by a pack of monsters similar to those created for The Hunger Games. Katniss and her team narrowly escape only to look back and discover that Finnick has been holding the beasts off for them. Eventually, they overwhelm him and Katniss is forced to set off a bomb just to put him out of his misery.
4. Gale Captured
A lot happens as the rebels draw closer to President Snow’s mansion. Characters start to fall left and right and Katniss is only halfawake for most of the surreal events unfolding in the battle’s final moments. However, when she and Gale make their way to the mansion ahead of the other soldiers, one of Snow’s traps almost kills them. Fortunately, they escape, but Peacekeepers surround Gale and take him into custody. It’s a tough moment for the hero as she’s been stripped of everything she loves. From that point on, she has only the fight to keep her going.
It simply wouldn’t be a finale without extraordinarily high stakes. Gale proves himself adept at setting traps, and the military leaders of District 13 take one of his designs and use it to help them during their final assault on the Capitol. Unfortunately, they thought nothing of sending in their own medical teams to bait the trap. Among the brave volunteers that unknowingly offered to patch up wounded soldiers is none other than Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields). The death is tragic and takes any real happy ending away from the main character. However, it sets the tone for the rest of the book in which Katniss has to come to terms with the fact that she was never fighting for normalcy, but rather what’s right for human beings.
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