Can you believe it’s only FOUR WEEKS until the World Premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in London!? Which means it’s only about five weeks and three days or so until the rest of us will get to see it!
Today is the Chapter 25 installment of our By the Book editorial, where the Mockingjay.net 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!
Katniss wakes up and decides that it’s time for her and Peeta to leave their alliance, but Peeta convinces her to wait until after the District 2 Careers are dead. Beetee explains his plan about using his wire to electrocute Brutus and Enobaria, and their group heads to the lightning tree so Beetee can exam it. For dinner, they have a feast of seafood, and Peeta finds a pearl in one of the oysters. He gives it to Katniss and they wait for midnight.
The shipper in me really wants to see the peace in Katniss’s face when she wakes up at the beginning of this chapter. It’d only take one soft look from Jennifer Lawrence to convey so much more meaning as far as her feelings for Peeta go. Just one look. It would take virtually no screentime. Please, Francis Lawrence?
This chapter is comparatively quieter than the past few have been, mostly a lot of exposition. It’s where Beetee’s plan is explained at length, but I think the explanation will go really fast in the movie, to keep things from getting boring or heavy for the audience. On the other hand, there’s a lot of small details that are great as foreshadowing for both what’s coming in the climax of the movie, and for Mockingjay. The care they take with the force field, for example, and of course Peeta’s pearl, which I hope is kept in because it’s Katniss’s (and our) link to him while he’s in Snow’s clutches. Even if the coal joke gets left out (which I think is highly possible), I hope the pearl itself makes it in somehow.
Line I Hope Makes It
Beetee: “Force fields are nothing to play around with.”
The only thing I really hope they keep out of this chapter is Beetee’s explanation of attaching the wire to the lightning tree. Katniss won’t be taking Peeta down to the water to teach him to swim, since that change has been made and Peeta can already swim. Hopefully they’ll add the conversation about Katniss wanting to leave the alliance and Peeta convincing her to stay. I’m pretty confident that the pearl will stay in the story, since it will take us such little time and it comes in to play in Mockingjay. Other than that, this chapter is just one deep breath before the finale, but by this part of the film I don’t think they’ll be slowing down too much.
I can’t believe we are so close to the end! I think the end of Catching Fire is going to be like the express train, just powering right on through to the final stop. Chapter 25 is another vital one in the story as it sets up the ending as the rebellion plan, unbeknownst to Katniss and Peeta, kicks into gear. I’m really looking forward to Beetee’s explanation of electrifying the beach and killing the remaining hostile tributes, especially when he informs the gang that the wire is his invention. I’m sure they will include all of the reconnaissance and getting ready to action the plan before sharing their last meal in the arena together. I also think that Katniss and Peeta’s exchange about the locket will make it. It’s such a touching and heartbreaking moment, even more so when you later discover that it is also one of their last conversations for some time. It’s also important that the pearl makes it in so that its meaning is established for the Mockingjay films.
Lines I Hope Make It
Beetee: “Because I invented it.”
Peeta: “The locket didn’t work, did it?”
Katniss: “It worked.”
Peeta: “But not the way I wanted it to.”
Chapter 25 is such a pivotal part of the story in my opinion. It’s where we as readers finally learn what the wire that Beetee has been obsessing about actually has a meaning and it has a BIG meaning. It’s a short chapter but still very important. The scenes that I hope stay in the film from this chapter have to be the one where they go and let Beetee check out the tree that is going to be the source to his plan, and the one where they get all the fish from the water and Peeta finds the pearl in the oyster, gives it to Katniss and then they all feast together on the fish they have gotten.
Lines I Hope Make It
Finnick: “Wait, let me get Johanna up, she’ll be rabid if she thinks she missed something this important.” Beetee: “Don’t worry about the wire, it will do just what I say.”