The Hunger Games – Team Peeta vs. Team Gale

Team Peeta vs. Team Gale

Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy, comes out in less than a month (August 24th!), and Jose and I are both super excited. Seriously, we haven’t anticipated a book this much since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In preparation for Mockingjay, we thought we would address the one question burning through the Hunger Games fandom: Who should Katniss end up with–Gale or Peeta?

Jose is Team Peeta and Kristen is Team Gale.

Jose: I think that Katniss should end up with Peeta, he’s gone into a death match with her twice, and was still trying to save her instead of his own skin. That’s true love.

Kristen: Well, he was trying to save himself too. He’s so good at lying and playing to the cameras that I just don’t trust him. And I don’t think Katniss trusts her feelings for him either. On the other hand, she grew up with Gale and they get each other. They both know what it’s like to have to support their family and hunt in order to put food on the table. Plus Gale looked out for her mom and sister while she was away at the games.

Jose: Well, that makes Gale a good candidate for brother of the year, but my man Peeta has been in love with Katniss since they were 5 years old, and she didn’t even realize it.

Kristen: But Gale calls her Catnip! How cute is that?

Jose: That and a dollar will buy you a cup of coffee. I’ll admit that it’s cute, and better than what Peeta has brought to the table in the “cute” department, though Peeta has done lots of paintings of Katniss.

Kristen: Do you think Katniss has feelings for Peeta? Because when she’s at the Hunger Games she thinks about Gale a lot and wonders what he’s going to think of her relationship with Peeta.

Jose: I think that she has feelings for Peeta, but it’s hard for those feelings to come to anything because the majority of their history together has been either (a) fighting to the death in an arena (not exactly romantic hideaway) or (b) having to act as if they are already in love / engaged because if they dont the government will kill them. That’s not exactly the best situation for building up a new love relationship. Do you think she has feelings for Gale?

Kristen: Yes! She was willing to run away with Gale at the beginning of Catching Fire. She trusts him and know he will always have her back.

Jose: Gale had her back on running until she added Peeta to the “lets get out of District 12” guest list, then he didn’t seem too keen on going on the lam. Plus, when he finds out there’s been an uprising in the other districts, Katniss drops to second place on his priority list. Meanwhile, Peeta’s been pretty much a Katniss first guy.

Kristen: Why didn’t Peeta help her all those years she lived in the Seam? He threw her a chunk of bread once. Big deal.

Jose: Okay, granted that Peeta wasn’t exactly there at the beginning, but it’s one of those “we’re from different sides of the tracks” kind of things, like in Pretty in Pink or Some Kind of Wonderful – without the hip 80’s soundtrack. Let’s be honest, Gale doesn’t help Katniss too much in Catching Fire, he’s part of the reason she’s in deep with the Capitol.

Kristen: Of course, we are assuming Katniss, Peeta, and Gale all survive. I’ll be heartbroken if any of them die in Mockingjay.

Jose: Well it’s a dystopian novel, so knowing our luck, she ends up alone by herself. Or maybe attacked by rabid mockingjays that escaped from the Hunger Games arena. I think while we can’t agree on who Katniss should end up with, we are all better off for having such a great book series to read.

Kristen: I agree! The thing I love about Katniss is that, unlike many other YA heroines, she’s very strong and I could see her ending up without a boyfriend. In fact, if she ends up leading the rebellion and doesn’t choose either boy, I’d be very happy.

So what do you think? Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? Or are you Team Katniss– i.e. you think she should choose no one. Vote in our poll below and then leave a comment explaining your choice!

UPDATE 8/22: We’re approximately 24 hours away from the official release of Mockingjay! Since we are a little worried about spoilers, we’re going to temporarily disable commenting on this post. We took Suzanne Collin’s message to fans to heart and we want to give everyone time to read Mockingjay before we discuss any spoilers. Thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion so far! You guys made some really convincing arguments for your teams.

The plan is to reopen the comments on Friday and we really are looking forward to some more great discussion!

UPDATE 8/29: The comments have been reopened!

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