The 5 biggest ‘Mockingjay 2’ book-to-movie changes

Was this scene in the book or what.

The Girl Who Was On Fire has visited us one last time.

The Hunger Games franchise has finally come to an end with Mockingjay Part 2, which covers roughly the second half of the final book in the trilogy, Mockingjay. And while it’s a pretty faithful adaptation of the source material, there are some significant changes to the story. We outlined the five biggest differences between the book and the film (major spoilers for both the book and movie follow, obviously).

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5. There’s less Plutarch

Sadly, Phillip Seymour Hoffman died while filming the final installment in the series, and there was no way around the fact that his characters’ role had to be lessened. Specifically he was meant to be in the scene in the film with Katniss where instead Haymitch reads a letter to her from Plutarch. Here’s what director Francis Lawrence told USA TODAY about it:.

“When you actually have the person there and they appear in the scene, you make something of it — there would be more of (Hoffman’s) presence … The ideas for the scene were Phil’s, but he never got to say the lines.”

4. Effie and Haymitch kiss

Effie is a bigger presence in both Mockingjays in general, which was kind of expected given Elizabeth Banks’ performance (in the book, she is completely absent until the very end when she ushers Katniss to Snow’s execution, which is not much for Banks to do). But what was a surprise is the moment when Effie and Haymitch plant one on each other. No mention is made to a relationship at any other point, so potentially it was just a recognition of the chemistry Banks and Woody Harrelson have developed over four movies. Still, it’s a change we think most fans can get behind.

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3. Katniss and Johanna don’t train for the war

In the book, when Katniss wants to go to the Capitol to join the fight and end the revolution, Coin flatly denies her because she is not a trained soldier. So Katniss and Joanna go through basic training like all the other rebels (Katniss fights with a gun instead of her bow and arrow here, too). Katniss passes but Johanna’s physical condition doesn’t. Katniss is then sent to the Capitol with the PR squad.

But in the movie, Katniss actually sneaks away to the Capitol, and thus skips any kind of training. She only gets the PR squad when Coin decides to try to save face by pretending that this was the plan all along. Johanna’s involvement is never even discussed, although she does help Katniss sneak away.

2. Katniss doesn’t kill a Capitol civilian

This one is a slightly minor change that feels a little more major when you think about the themes of the series. Both the book and the movie hammer home the idea that the revolutionaries are not necessarily better than the Capitol. Katniss makes a huge case in the movie for the protection of civilians, especially as the rebels cause the avalanche in District 2 and Gale’s traps kill so many children (Priiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim!). But it leaves out a part in the book where Katniss, who is recognized by a Capitol citizen on the street after she and what’s left of her unit escape the sewers, kills that woman to protect her mission.

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1. The ending

On a pure plot level, the ending to the movie is quite faithful to the book. After Coin suggests doing another Hunger Games with the children of the Capitol, Katniss kills her instead of Snow, is locked up by the rebels, sent to exile back in 12 where she rehabilitates and eventually marries Peeta and has children. But big difference here is that in the book, Katniss is working through far more serious mental health issues than the movie portrays. In the book, her struggle with PTSD and other issues is more drawn out, and she even works with a therapist over the phone to help deal with everything that has happened to her. In the movie, her issues are far more implied. The change almost implies that Katniss is healed because of her marriage and family with Peeta. In the book, she is only able to get married and start a family once she puts the Hunger Games behind her.

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