The Hunger Games has been all about killing, war, oppression, division of class, and everything else you can name when it comes to a bleak dystopian future. However, Katniss and Peeta's relationship gives us a beacon of hope when it comes to something a little bit more on the loving side. Their love reaches a peak with the Mockingjay sex scene between Peeta and Katniss — or, to clarify, the lack thereof. The two don't have sex on screen. It's only implied that they get it on via snuggling and other affectionate acts in close quarters — but if you have read the book, they really imply that they took their relationship to the next level. Plus, in the epilogue, they have two kids. So unless Katniss is capable of immaculate conception, they definitely had sex.
Let's face it, there are many fans who wanted to see a sex scene on screen. It's similar to that time when everyone lost their minds over seeing Edward and Bella knock the boots for the first time in Twilight. Except with Katniss and Peeta, there is no threat of unintentional domestic abuse.
In any case, fans who want to see Katniss and Peeta's "scene of love" are not perverted. They just want to see it happen... OK, maybe it's a little perverted, but to each their own, right? I, for one, am fine without seeing it. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't give the satisfaction to those who were craving it.
To see Katniss and Peeta get it on is the payoff for the question of "will they or won't they?" It's for those who don't really care about the war, the action, the explosions and the metaphorical politics of The Hunger Games. It's these kind of people who want to make love, not war.
It makes sense. Throughout the entire franchise, the relationship between Katniss and Peeta was the most interesting and the most dynamic. If you look at them, they are essentially the result of something very similar to an arranged marriage and to see how that plays out is fascinating.
In The Hunger Games, they barely know each other and are thrown into a situation where they are forced to be partners. They need to learn about each other so that they could survive and help each other in a deadly environment. It's like a blind date, but instead of meeting at a coffee shop, they are thrown into an arena where they have to fight for their lives against others.
It's not until the end of the first movie, when they are about to make a suicide pact that their feelings start to show. At that moment, a certain trust sparks between the two of them and they think, "Hey, this person was about to die with me. That's pretty cool" — but they don't admit it.
They play their cards close to their chest, but President Snow forces them to put on a facade of a relationship that continues in Catching Fire. They act as a loving couple to the masses, but the more they "play" the more it becomes a reality — they just don't want to admit it. If they admit it, they show that they gave into Snow and he is responsible for their relationship. There's also the reality that neither of them may be ready for a relationship. So there's that.
When Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 come along, it's clear that there are feelings there. At this point, they both know, it's a waiting game on who is willing to admit first. My money was on Peeta because Katniss definitely has walls built around her. But in the end, the kind of say it at the same time in a game of "Real or not real" at the end of Part 2.
When their admission of love is made, they are in bed together, snuggling. There may have been spooning involved too. Either way, something happened because that's when they flash forward to them playing with their children in a meadow.
Fans may not have seen Katniss and Peeta have sex on screen, but perhaps the best things about a relationship need to remain unseen. Plus, Katniss lost her sister and Peeta was severely messed up by being brainwashed. They also suffered through two Hunger Games and a war. The least we could do is respect their privacy.
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