Finnick (and Sam’s) Darkest Day

While Sam Claflin has been making the rounds to promote Love, Rosie, he’s left a few crumbs about Mockingjay Part 2. In particular, during a chat with Josh Horowitz of MTV, he mentioned his “worst day of filming” on the movie (around the 35 minute mark). We know what that means.

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Sam does’t say much other than to paint a picture that it was horrible for him as an actor, and that it was just him, all alone, all day (*sobs*). So if you were holding out hope that this was not gonna happen, sorry. It’s gonna happen. The question remains, how the scene will play out.

Some readers don’t like Finnick’s death scene because it’s so quick. Three mutts attack him, bite off his head, and then he’s dead, but not before these very poetic thoughts from Katniss,

It’s as if I’m Finnick, watching the images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee’s trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then it’s over.

And it is over. The remaining crew move on with the mission. There is no time to mourn while in battle. Suzanne Collins gives Finnick, through Katniss, a final goodbye to his life, but then Katniss has to move on quickly because the perils in the Capitol don’t give her time for a breather. Granted, in these books, it’s a scenario we see time and time again in the arena deaths. I suppose it is harder for fans because they feel more connected to Finnick and they want more time spent acknowledging the loss. Will they try to translate the “life flashing before his/her eyes” moment visually in the movie or will it stay grounded in the action at hand?

Come back all year as we wonder about the death scenes of so many other characters!

I know we say this about every one of these movies but this one is going to hurt.



  1. That is such a weird moment in the books. Like, what happened there – did Katniss have an actual psychic vision? Did she and Finnick connect on some sort of telepathic plane? Is she hallucinating from Lizard fumes. That passage always bugs me and really lessened the impact of Finnick’s death, because I was scratching my head and trying to figure out wtf that was.

    1. I always interpreted it as an out of body experience where time slows down and Katniss isn’t mentally present in that particular situation. It happens a lot to soldiers in war zones where they witness so something so tragic that that they can’t process what happened. It is basically a defense mechanism which allows your body to survive and not be mentally stressed out by guilt.

      Ofcourse this won’t happen in the movies because it would interrupt the flow and tension of a scene. The movie does need to acknowledge Finnick’s death more than the book did because it wouldn’t make sense cinematically. I really hope there is some type of funeral that honors the people lost during the war so the audience can grieve the loss as well.

  2. There’s absolutely no way Finnick’s death scene is only 35 minutes into the movie. Way too much plot to cover first: Katniss has to go to District 2, blow up the Nut, get shot, come back to 13, recover, go to the wedding, talk with Peeta, train for combat….then go to the Capitol with Squad 451 when people start dropping like flies.

    1. Oh, I didn’t mean his death scene is 35 minutes into the movie. Sam Claflin talks about the death scene at the 35 minute mark of the MTV interview.

  3. I think I’ve mentioned it in the post so far about how the rescue/propo scene in MJ1, but so far Finnick hasn’t really resonated enough (which has nothing to do with Claflin’s capabilities if the deleted scene is any indication) to make me feel like his impending death is going to be a gut punch.
    That it will probably be quick like the book (if only to preserve that rating considering what drawing it out would show…) doesn’t make me any more confident.
    Hopefully, they do flesh him out more in Part-2 and show his more lighthearted side. And perhaps they will succeed in cramming enough emotion into the scene itself.

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