Hello everybody and welcome to the next installment of our Through the Pages series! The movie is FINALLY opening in theaters next week, and we are really excited to finally get to the conclusion of this editorial series. Because we’re at the end, you’re getting a two-fer this time around: we’re doing both chapter 27 and the Epilogue together! Prepare your tissues, folks, because we all know how emotional these two are.
In anticipation for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, we will break down the second half of Mockingjay with our predictions on what will make it to the big screen and what will be left behind on the cutting room floor. Don’t forget to comment with your own predictions and speculation so that we can come back and examine who got what right or wrong!
Spoiler warning! Through the Pages involves a lot of book discussion, so if you haven’t yet read Mockingjay then proceed with caution, particularly now that we’re entering the true climax of the story. Or, better yet, go read the book and then come back and join in!
After Katniss executes Coin, she tries to kill herself by taking her nightlock pill, but Peeta stops her. She cries out for Gale to put her out of her misery, but he doesn’t come through. She is handcuffed and taken back to her Capitol apartment in the Training Center, where she has nothing but a bare mattress and an empty closet. She remains there for weeks, going on a hunger strike and trying to make herself into a drug-addicted morphling so she can waste away and die slowly. Eventually, Haymitch comes to collect her, telling her that her trial is over and that they’re going home. They board a hovercraft to District 12 with Plutarch, who babbles on about what happened after the execution, how Paylor is now president, how he’s secretary of communications, how Katniss is to remain in District 12 until further notice. He even invites her to take part in a singing competition he’s putting together in District 3.
When Katniss arrives in Victor’s Village, Greasy Sae comes to take care of her, bringing her granddaughter along with her. She comes to cook for her twice a day, and one day after Katniss awakes from a nightmare, she runs outside to find Peeta digging in the dirt, planting primrose bushes outside her house. Her healing begins to take a turn for the better. One afternoon, Katniss has to be escorted home by one of Gale’s old crewmates, Thom, and when she wakes, Buttercup is there hissing at her. After crying with the cat, he seems to understand, and stands guard over her as she sleeps. Peeta and Katniss begin to work on a book paying tribute to all the dead they knew, and eventually Haymitch joins them and adds in forty-six tributes that he mentored over the years. Katniss and Peeta slowly grow back together, eventually falling in love.
The epilogue takes place twenty years after the war, and Katniss sits in the meadow watching her daughter and son play, reflecting back upon the struggle that she and Peeta have had to endure over the years trying to recover. The epilogue contains the full lyrics to Deep in the Meadow, and while it’s not specified whether she sings it to her children in this particular scene, she certainly has sung it to them many times before. The book concludes with Katniss reflecting on how she plays a little game in her head listing every good thing she’s ever seen anyone do, but that there are much worse games to play.
Chapter 27 is one of those chapters where so much stuff happens that it’s really difficult to say what will make it in because it seems like everything is so important, yet you can’t help but think most of it won’t make it in. We’ve already seen the look on Katniss’ face (presumably) as she’s pulled away after the execution, but I’m honestly not sure what they’ll do to her afterwards. Maybe lock her up, but only for a few hours? I used to think they’d show parts of her trial, but after re-reading the chapter, that seems like a waste of time. I feel like they’ll cut between scenes of her waiting, maybe showing her crying, but nothing very long in terms of screen time. I don’t think they’ll have any of her hunger strike or suicidal thoughts.
I think Haymitch and Effie will escort Katniss home, Effie mostly because I suspect the hovercraft scene is the now-infamous scene that Philip Seymour Hoffman was never able to complete. I don’t think Effie will stay in 12, but there might be some Hayffie for fans. No Greasy Sae, and I think Peeta will return home much faster or will even already be there to fill that gap. Before they reconcile fully, I think the Buttercup scene makes it, though probably changed. I don’t think there’s any way they can ignore the growing back together, but I jinxed myself by saying on camera what I wanted to see the most in The Hunger Games and NONE OF IT MADE IT, so we’ll see. I stand by my thoughts that the surprise is a D12-style toast wedding. I think they’ll keep the Real Or Not Real scene, but it won’t necessarily be after they have sex for the first time, just them falling in love in general.
I have no predictions for the epilogue. “I want to be surprised.”
Lines I hope make it:
“She’s dead, you stupid cat. She’s dead.”
“You love me, real or not real?”
There is a lot to take in between Chapter 27 and the epilogue, so part of me is hoping that they take just a bit more time with the film as the book always felt a little rushed to me. Although there is a fine line between dragging things out vs speeding through. I’m interested in seeing the aftermath of Coin’s demise before the return to District 12. We know that the nightlock pill moment makes it in, however I don’t think we will see Katniss lingering for long. Like the book, I expect that Haymitch will fill her in on the events since, which also makes me wonder about Plutarch and how his character is fare-welled on-screen.
As Crystal has mentioned, I also believe that the hovercraft scenes are what Philip Seymour Hoffman did not get to film, however the messaging is still incredibly important and I hope that this dialogue was adjusted for Haymitch. I don’t expect to see Effie play housekeeper, rather Katniss keeps to herself upon her return to District 12, but I am very curious to see where she ends up. Ditto for many of the characters, particularly Gale and Johanna. There’s also Buttercup, who I’m sure will make me get the tissues out again!
However, Peeta is who I am most excited to see here as he and Katniss reconcile. From planting the primroses, to bringing bread, to starting to create the book, I want it all. But I will be happy with whatever has made it. And of course, the ‘you love me’ scene is crucial, regardless of whether they are intimate or not, though I think like the book sex will be implied (As a side note, if it is, how hysterical must that have been to film!!)
This then leads to the epilogue, and from the tidbits we have heard it is beautiful and a fitting end to the film and series. I won’t make any predictions other than to say I think what is in the book will be there, because I want to be surprised by what they have done with it and what has been added. Bring on the release!
Lines I hope make it:
“We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction. Although who knows? Maybe this will be it, Katniss…Maybe we are witnessing the evolution of the human race.” – Plutarch (though, of course, by someone else on-screen *sniffle*)
“You love me. Real or not real?” – Peeta / “Real.” – Katniss
A lot of things happen in chapter 27, but first things first: the “Let me go” / “I can’t” moment MUST be in the movie or I will kill something. I don’t care if the nightlock pill itself is there or if they switch things around, I just want Katniss to be there, and Peeta to be there, and for them to say their lines so I can screech like the dying fangirl I will be and then die happy. That is all.
Ac-hem. Now, as for the rest of the chapter, I definitely think they’ll include the immediate aftermath of Katniss shooting Coin; I’m particularly interested in seeing Snow’s laughter right before he disappears into the crowd, I’m sure Donald Sutherland is going to give me chills in that moment. We’ll see them take Katniss away, but I don’t think we’ll see much of her “imprisonment” because watching her sit there and contemplate suicide isn’t terribly cinematic. I hope we get to see some of her trial, but considering how critics and my fellow Jabberjays alike have told us that the movie mostly follows Katniss, I don’t think that we will.
They’ll have Haymitch come take her to D12 and he will probably be the one explaining what all happened while she was locked up. I think their conversation in the hovercraft will be kept short, but there will be a mention of how her mother isn’t going to be in D12, at least. I don’t think we’ll see Greasy Sae; I still maintain that it will be Effie who’s tending to Katniss in Twelve, although she might not be the one doing the cooking, hahaha. We’ve seen her in her hunting gear in at least one of the promos, so that’s definitely going to be there. Peeta planting the primroses is something I also hope they keep in. We probably won’t see much more than a glimpse of the reconstruction in town, definitely no mention of the Mayor’s family or Madge. She might visit the meadow but I would hope that it would be destroyed or at least partially affected by the bombing at that point; it would be a stark contrast to see it back to blooming when the epilogue scene comes.
The Buttercup scene will most definitely be included, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s verbatim. That is the emotional crux of the ending, the moment when Katniss can finally externalize her pain about everything that happened to her, particularly Prim’s death. Leaving it out would be the worse possible crime committed against this fandom, and I trust that Francis, Nina & co. understand the importance of that moment. I can’t wait to see it. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!
I don’t think the memory book will make it in, but as I’m sure I’ve repeatedly mentioned, I hope they do expand the “growing back together” period a bit. It’s one of the few flaws I found with the book ending, the fact that Suzanne told us instead of showing us. I want to know how it happened. And of course, the last “Real or not Real” moment, which I actually don’t doubt will be in the movie because otherwise the fangirls will revolt. It might be slightly different (not after sex, like Crystal said above, but just in some other moment), but the dialogue will be there. Hopefully with a kiss right after, because they can. Francis knows more than anyone that is a NON-NEGOTIABLE scene. I’m not worried about that one.
For the epilogue, I expect it to be pretty faithful to the book, except maybe with the change that Jennifer’s nephews are both boys, rather than the boy and girl we have in canon. I don’t mind. I do think they have to find a way to verbalize what in the book was mainly in Katniss’ head; maybe she’ll have a short conversation with Peeta while they watch over their children… I think that could be really beautiful. And with “Deep in the Meadow” playing in the background and continuing onto the end credits. Perfect ending for a perfect saga.
Lines I hope make it:
Katniss: “Let me go!”
Peeta: “I can’t.”
“She’s dead, you stupid cat. She’s dead.” -Katniss
Peeta: “You love me. Real or not real?”