AKA the chapter which we don't like to speak of. I don't know what evil I did to end up writing about this chapter, but here I am. The first time I read it I didn't even realize what happened until it was too late and I had to go back and experience the horror that is Finnick's death.
I've been terrified by the mutts since the first book, these ones by far freaked me out the worst. The whole Star Squad is startled by the echoing of the mutts hissing "Katniss" and even more discouraged by Peeta joining in. They're flee for their lives through the tunnels when Katniss is overwhelmed by the smell the mutts are giving off.
One of my favorite things about the horror of President Snow is his collection of roses. The films have even added to this terror by constantly assaulting the viewer with images of the rose gardens and making sure that we associate roses with Snow. I hope that they could bring this scent association to life even though we won't (thankfully!) be subjected to it during the film. Unless some jerk decides to bring some roses in the theater.
The mutts that follow Katniss and crew are reptilian and reeking of roses. The mutts surround them and Katniss and friends have no way out except to go to street level. Two of the Star Squad stay back to cover them, thus sacrificing themselves for Katniss' safety. As they climb to safety, the mutts catch Finnick and start to tear at him. Katniss uses her Holo for one last time as she says the passcode to make it explode and offers Finnick a quick death.
I am excited and anxious to see this scene play out. I hope that like with most of the deaths in the movies, we will not get a glorified show, but instead a fast paced realistic death. On the other hand I really want them to say "Screw Canon!" and let Finnick live out the rest of his days with Annie and now I'm starting to cry... WHY SUZANNE, WHY???
At the end, they are down to just five. Pollux, Cressida, Gale, Peeta and Katniss. They climb into someone's house right as the owner opens the door to investigate the noise. The owner is about to cry for help when Katniss guns her down. I WANT THIS SCENE TO HAPPEN SO BADLY. I think it's by far one of the most interesting scenes, that even though that person is just a random citizen, Katniss does not hesitate to be the soldier that she has become and keep her friends safe. I feel like this is a far cry from the Katniss of the first book, who would have never killed anyone in cold blood like this.
And now I'm going to cry over Finnick some more and pretend it never happened.
BTW- Have you bought your ticket for Mockingjay yet????? I did!!! Can't wait for the final chapter!