Last week, our dear Gale (fact: sometimes I find myself typing “Gale” instead of “Liam Hemsworth” and it’s NOT on purpose… except for this time) was in the Philippines promoting clothing brand Bench/, and during a press event, he talked very briefly about filming the infamous whipping scene in Catching Fire.
Did we seriously think they were going to leave that scene out? No. But is it nice to hear confirmation that it’s in there? Sure.
Fact is, the whipping scene and the aftermath of it is the majority of Gale’s involvement in Catching Fire the book. Except for a couple of scenes here and there (including a kiss and the ULTIMATE cliffhanger line at the very end, which of course are major), but he is mainly back in District 12 slaving away in the mines while Katniss and Peeta are being victors and victor-tributes and all that entails. We kind of have to leave Gale in the mines for most of the book, but since Gale is one of the three major characters in the series, his whipping scene is what reminds us that Liam Hemsworth is in this trilogy and has a huge part in it. That and maybe some cutaways to his character during the Quarter Quell (let’s limit those this time, eh Francis Lawrence?).
Now, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will need to be PG-13, so don’t expect any Passion of the Christ-esque scenes. We’re guessing it will mostly be done off screen or shown very quickly and briefly. Katniss and Peeta do come in at the end of it. But it’ll be there, and Katniss will be in hysterics (will she get hit with the whip though?) and so will we, or at least wince and screw up our faces a little.
So rest easy. We know of one horrific scene that will definitely be in the movie. Now for all the others…
When a problem comes along…
I’m sorry, but the Devo song got stuck in my head halfway through this post.