Catching Fire, the intense second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, hits theaters this week, and we can barely contain our excitement. Fans of the book will remember that Peeta and Katniss are back in the arena for the Quarter Quell, and this time around, the Hunger Games are more dangerous than ever. Every tribute has already won a previous Hunger Games, meaning they've all killed before and are prepared to kill again. On top of the participants, the arena is filled with terrifying and treacherous dangers every step of the way. We're looking at the most gut-wrenching parts of the book and why we can't wait to see them come to life. But for those who haven't read the book, beware: some of the spoilers ahead may not be in your favor.
That Awful Moment Where Katniss Gets Chosen Again
For the celebrated benchmark of the Quarter Quell, the tributes for each district are selected from the existing pool of victors. This is bad news for District 12, since it means that Katniss absolutely has to go into the arena again. For the men, it's either Peeta or Haymitch. We can already tell it's going to be a tough scene to watch.
More Fiery Fashion From Cinna
The only thing better than Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is the amazing clothing Cinna makes. There are going to be so many outfits, between all the stops on the victory tour and the preparation for the Quarter Quell. It's going to be dazzling. But that will the last positive thing that happens for Cinna; this is the book in which he gets beaten and dragged away by peacekeepers after seeing Katniss off.
The Mockingjay Wedding Dress
Speaking of Cinna, during her interviews, Katniss wears the wedding dress for her nuptials with Peeta, except Cinna has added a little flair of his own. Katniss literally flips the bird to President Snow when she spins and the dress burns up, revealing the symbol of the revolution, the Mockingjay, underneath. Don't forget that in the novel, Peeta tells everyone Katniss is pregnant, and all the tributes join hands as a signal of rebellion. It's going to be incredibly emotional and moving, to say the least.
A Different Effie Trinket
This time around, Effie doesn't seem so enthusiastic about the Hunger Games. She's grown to care deeply for Peeta and Katniss and doesn't want to send them back into the arena. And don't forget: Effie's supposed to get arrested at the end of this installment, so it's going to really shift the context of her character.
The Flirtatious Finnick Odair
In the book, Finnick is incredibly handsome and charismatic. One might recall that in the scene we first meet him, he's almost completely naked and flirting up a storm with Katniss. Finnick also proves to be an incredible ally to Katniss in the arena and, eventually, a crucial component of the rebellion. That being said, we're really more excited for all the gratuitous body shots.
Check out the rest of the moments we're holding our breath for when you read on.