Beware of spoilers for The Hunger Games sequel if you haven’t read the book!
1. Gale’s public whipping
After being caught hunting by the new Head Peacekeeper, Gale is whipped in the town square, and Katniss realises there’s no way she can run and leave her family.
2. Haymitch and Katniss’ night in
Upon discovering the victors are headed straight back into the arena, Haymitch and Katniss drown their sorrows. Peeta is not best pleased come the morning, and steals all their alcohol.
3. The 50th Hunger Games
We get to find out how Haymitch really became a victor of the 50th Hunger Games, and it turns out his plan was just as dastardly as Katniss’, using the force field as a weapon. The Capitol wouldn’t have expected that.
4. Want a sugar cube?
Finnick’s flirtatious introduction – offering Katniss a sugar cube meant for the horses wearing a strategically placed net – has got to be in the film, or feel the wrath of his trident.
5. Mags’ farewell
As the deadly fog tries to consume them, Katniss can no longer carry Mags on her back. The old lady plants a kiss on Finnick’s lips and willingly walks to her death in a touching moment of self-sacrifice.
6. Monkey muttations
If the special effects team pull this off, the monkey mutations will be frightening, rabid and gory as they bite and claw a morphling to death. It’s then Peeta’s turn to ease a victim into death by talking about his paintings.
7. Peeta’s gift
To try and stop Katniss from risking her life for him, Peeta gives her a pearl and a locket with her family on one side and a picture of Gale on the other. The love triangle is stepped up a gear in this book and hopefully the movie will reflect that.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released 22 November 2013.