Now that it’s confirmed that Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, will be released as two films (November 2014 and November 2015 release dates are set), it leaves the fans wondering: Where will the split be? At what part of the story will Lionsgate to choose to leave us for a YEAR until the next film is put out in theaters?
Next Movie had a few recommendations. MAJOR SPOILERS!
Deadly Rescue Mission
Katniss takes a hit on one of her propos missions for District 13, and when she wakes up in the hospital, she gets some troubling news: Gale and others have been sent on a rescue mission to retrieve Peeta and Finnick Odair‘s love Annie. It’s a dangerous ordeal. Katniss faces the reality that she may lose not one but both of the boys she cares about, and there’s nothing she can do to stop it … Scary, scary!
Peeta Returns … Sort Of
There’s another split potential moment when Gale and team do return successfully from their rescue mission. They’ve saved Peeta and some of the others from the Capitol, and she’s relieved about that. When she goes to see him and he rushes over to her, though, and rather than the warm loving embrace she was expecting, he lunges for her throat.
This is not the same Peeta she’s always known. All bets are off now. Splitting the two films at this point would give the filmmakers an opportunity to really play up Peeta’s dramatic rescue and the consequences of Katniss’ acceptance of the role of the Mockingjay. Not only would this be a frightening and intense moment to end with, but it would also set the stage well for the later events to come between them and for the revolution at large.
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In addition, EW.com weighed in with a few of their thoughts. Again SPOILERS ahead!
SPLIT POINT #1: District 13 is attacked
Catching Fire ends with Peeta falling into the clutches of the Capitol as Katniss, Gale, and Haymitch hole up in the underground, mysterious District 13, and Katniss begrudgingly lets the rebellion transform her into the symbol of their struggle: the Mockingjay. During a propaganda broadcast by the Capitol, Peeta manages to warn District 13 that an attack is eminent, giving everyone enough time to prepare.
The climax: In the book, District 13 is basically a giant bunker, but Mockingjay Part 1 could fudge things and allow for a Helm’s Deep-like battle in which District 13 emerges the victor.
The cliffhanger: Afterwards, Katniss realizes that whatever she does as the Mockingjay to rally support will only be taken out on Peeta by the Capitol. She has a nervous breakdown, and is sedated. When she comes to, Haymitch tells her a rescue mission has been launched to save Peeta. Its leader: Gale. OMG! She could lose them both!
SPLIT POINT #2: Peeta is rescued
With Katniss nervously waiting back in District 13, Gale leads a small force inside the Capitol to rescue Peeta, and a few other prisoners.
The climax: Collins lets Gale’s rescue mission to save Peeta unfold offscreen, as it were, but Mockingjay Part 1 could depict the rescue with a major action sequence — possibly involving Katniss herself, though some fans would find that sacrilege.
The cliffhanger: Peeta is saved, and Katniss races to his hospital bed for their long awaited reunion. As Katniss puts it in the book, “My lips are just forming [Peeta's] name when his fingers lock around my throat.” OMG! Peeta’s been brainwashed into a sleeper assassin!
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