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By the Book: Catching Fire Predictions for Chapter 7

It’s time for our Chapter 7 installment of By the Book, where the staff predicts what parts of ‘Catching Fire’ will make it from the book and into the film, what scenes we’re afraid might get cut, and what quotes we hope to hear included in the script.

By the Book contains spoilers for Catching Fire, so if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to ruin any surprises, stop reading right now!

After returning from the Victory Tour and seeing the uprising in District 8 on the mayor’s TV, Katniss meets Gale by the lake in the woods. She tells him about President Snow’s threats and asks him to run away with her. Gale agrees and tells Katniss that he loves her. When she replies with ʺI knowʺ and reveals that she wants to take Haymitch and Peeta with them when they escape, Gale becomes angry. But when Katniss mentions seeing the uprising, Gale decides that he has to stay and help form an uprising in District 12. On her way home, Katniss meets Peeta. He agrees to run away with her, but tells her that he doesn’t believe that she’ll actually leave. They hear a strange sound coming from the square and find a large group of people watching something. Peeta tries to make her go home, but Katniss forces her way through the crowd and finds an unconscious Gale bound to a post and being whipped by an unknown Head Peacekeeper.


Since Madge wasn’t in the first movie, I think the part about Katniss and Madge talking is not going to be in Catching Fire. I hope the scene between Katniss and Gale will be in the movie, because the fact that Gale learns about the rebellion and tells Katniss that he loves her are both important. Later, I hope we will see how Peeta is willing to give up everything and follow Katniss into the woods, and that he tried to protect her by telling her to go home so she doesn’t see the whipping. I loved Peeta in this scene so I hope it will be in the movie.

Lines I Hope Make It
Gale: “I love you.”
Peeta: “Sure, Katniss, I’ll go.”
Peeta: “Go home, Katniss! I’ll be there in a minute, I swear!”


I’ve been waiting for us to get to this chapter because I’ve actually come to think that this will be their best chance to write Madge back in. I was never one of the people that thought she was super important to the story in THG, but I’ve become quite convinced that she will be back as a nod towards fans. I predict that after Katniss sees the rebellion on the tv, she’ll try to leave and then the mayor will run into her with Madge and introduce the two of them and thus introducing her to audiences that haven’t read the books. I don’t think she’ll have any ties to the pin, though. She’ll simply be introduced as the mayor’s daughter and have a scene long enough where we’ll remember her a bit better in the next chapter.

I think for the most part we’ll get all of Gale and Katniss’ argument at the cabin, though I don’t think it’ll necessarily be at the lake cabin. They’ll probably also cement the love triangle with Gale’s love declaration. I do want them to keep the part where he leaves and throws the gloves back at her. Since the casting calls seem to indicate Bonnie & Twill, I’ll go ahead and say that they’ll be filmed, but I don’t know if they’ll make it into the final cut. Francis might want to keep District 13 a secret until the end. As for the whipping, I’m predicting it definitely makes it in.

Lines I Hope Make It
Gale: “You could do so much.”
Gale: “I changed my mind. I don’t want anything they made in the Capitol.”


I’m really hoping that the little house by the lake makes it in to the movie. Even if they don’t want to explain why it’s a special place for Katniss, I want her conversation with Gale to take happen there. While I have always been a Katniss-and-Peeta-Together-Forever fan, Gale is still one of my favorite characters, and I don’t want a single line to be cut from this scene. When Katniss asks him to run away with her, I want to *feel* his excitement just by seeing the expression on his face. And when he picks her up, swings her around, rests his forehead against hers and tells her ʺI love youʺ, I want that moment to be so perfect that we can’t help but feel all of Gale’s pain, disappointment, and anger that follows. I want to be exhausted by the emotions in this scene.

Once Katniss is back in town, talking to Peeta, I want us to really see the difference between the two boys, and how he’s so gentle in his response and is willing to go with her without question. And then they come across the crowd in the square. I hope they keep the camera close to Katniss as Peeta tries to push her back and tells her to go home, and that it stays with her while she pushes her way through the crowd. I know it’s PG-13, and I don’t want it to be overly gross, but I want Gale’s whipping to be brutal. The sound of the whip, the sight of his blood– but I want Gale to be awake when they get instead of unconscious. I want their eyes to meet right before the whip hits his back again, and I want to see his pain reflected in Katniss’ eyes.

Lines I Hope Make It
Gale: ʺI love you.ʺ
Gale: ʺIt can’t be about just saving us anymore. Not if the rebellion’s begun!ʺ


In the book Chapter 7 gives readers a slight breather from the action before the conversation with Gale heats up, and I see no reason the film will be any different. I’m going to stick with my prediction from last chapter that Madge won’t make an appearance (sorry Madge fans), leaving Katniss to slip into the woods to meet Gale as soon as the victory tour concludes. Whilst the whole conversation will of course no doubt be truncated and changed, I believe the key elements will remain; Katniss revealing all, including her pretenses with Peeta, Katniss wanting to run, Gale telling Katniss he loves her and Katniss revealing the uprising. It’s also very important that Gale flies into a rage after Katniss’ reaction to a rebellion, it’s as much a display of enormous hurt after Katniss does not return his ʺI love youʺ as it is his burning desire for change. It also, of course, leads to later events causing Katniss to realise the extent of her feelings.

Peeta also gets a look in toward the end of the chapter and I hope he does bump into Katniss afterwards as well, in the book I think it served as a contrast between the boys, and as the pair walk closer to the square, we’re shown that Peeta is continuing to protect Katniss. The square, of course, puts us right back in the action and brings back the barbarism of the Capitol, and has already been a subject of conjecture – will we meet Romulus Thread? I think he will be cast, but not named, so only book readers will understand who he is. I don’t think that will change the effect of Gale’s whipping, and I think the audience will put the pieces together just as Katniss does, the whistling sound and the sound of impact, then moving closer we see a whip coming down and probably cutting back to Katniss’ face (as I think showing the full effect may be too much to get past the censors for the PG-13 rating) as she realises what is happening.

Lines I Hope Make It
Gale: ʺI love you.ʺ
Katniss: ʺI know.ʺ
Gale: ʺYou could do so much.ʺ
Gale: ʺI don’t want anything they made in the Capitol.ʺ

What parts of Chapter 7 do you hope make it into the movie?

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