What Happened to Cinna? Before Seeing ‘Mockingjay,’ Remind Yourself What Goes Down
If you haven't read the Hunger Games books or watched the newest movie, you should hit the BACK button on your browser now. You know, in case you decide to dive into the series one day. That's right, there are Mockingjay spoilers ahead. You have been warned. In Mockingjay—Part 1, the latest installment of the Hunger Games film franchise, Katniss Everdeen is informed that Cinna—the stylist who crafted her spectacular pre-Games ceremony gowns, designed her Games uniforms, dubbed her The Girl On Fire, acted as one of her greatest pillars of support, and was a critical part of the rebellion—is dead. The movie leaves it at that. If it’s been a hot minute since you’ve read the trilogy (or if you haven’t read the trilogy at all), your memory of what exactly happened to Cinna might be foggy. (I mean, it's understandable— a lot of intense stuff goes down in that final book.) So, what did happen to the selfless and beloved designer?
The answer is devastating, so prep your heart accordingly: In both the Catching Fire book and the movie, the last thing Katniss sees before she’s dropped into the Quarter Quell arena is a trio of Peacekeepers beating Cinna. That is the last time she sees him. In the third book, Plutarch Heavensbee tells Katniss he's been led to believe Cinna was later executed during an interrogation.
Before his death, Cinna designed Katniss's Mockingjay uniform in secret. Underneath a sketch of the Mockingjay pin, he'd written, "I'm still betting on you."
Like a knife in the gut. Every. Single. Time.
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