The 75th Hunger Games, also known as the third Quarter Quell, was the final Hunger Games ever held in Panem. Since this was a Quarter Quell, an extra twist was introduced. In this case, to remind all the districts that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the Capitol, each district reaped their tributes from their existing pool of victors (59 in total). For these Hunger Games, Plutarch Heavensbee replaced Seneca Crane as head Gamemaker. This was the last Hunger Games held in Panem, but it ended with no victor.
While preparing for the Games, the tributes all seemed to like each other, even publicly joining hands as a symbol of sorrow and defiance towards the Capitol. However, when they went into the arena, the killing resumed as usual.
In this year's Games, the tributes from Districts 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 11 had varying degrees of knowledge about the plan to break the tributes out of the arena. They also agreed to die in order to keep Katniss alive, because she was the symbol of the rebellion and while she lived, the revolution lived.
All 24 tributes were previous victors. Additionally, the games were unique as it was the first time that two tributes from the same district (Katniss and Peeta) both scored a 12 out of 12 in training.
In the film, Katniss jumped of her pedestial and dove into the water. She climbed up a rocky wedge, spotting Brutus to her right. She raced Brutus to the Cornucopia and was neck and neck with Gloss in a dash to the Cornucopia until he slips and falls onto his spoke. She finally reached the Cornucopia and acquired a bow and quiver of arrows. She aims at Gloss and shoots him in the calf, and he promptly falls into the water. She then fires at Enobaria, who dives back into the water, avoiding the arrow. Katniss hears a noise behind her, only to see Finnick Odair with his trident. He reveals the gold band, indicating to Katniss she is meant to align herself with him. The District 5 male approaches her with a spear, but Finnick swiftly impales him. He orders Katniss not to trust 1 and 2 and that he will find Peeta. Finnick tells Katniss that Mags found Peeta and they both rush to Mags' rocky wedge only to find Peeta and the District 9 male grappling. Finnick dives in to try and help Peeta, but they both pull each other into the water. Seconds later the cannon booms, and a body floats to the surface. Katniss is startled until Peeta comes up for air. She turns to see the Careers have staked out the Cornucopia, and she leaves with her allies for the jungle. Before Peeta killed the district 9 male, the 6 male has arrived in the Cornucopia but was killed by Gloss after he tried to brawl him. Woof was there also but was killed by Brutus. The district 10 female fights Johanna over a tomahawk and manages to win it. She runs just as Johanna throws an axe to her which she ducks. Seeder is then killed Cashmere with a knife to the neck. Cecilia and Enobaria fight over a sword and fight over it until Enobaria stabs Cecilia at the abdomen instantly killing her. District 10 female attacks Wiress and runs to Enobaria who slashes her stomach open killing her. The district 9 female, after getting into brief fights with some tributes runs to Brutus with her knife but was spotted and speared which kills her. Her body was seen by Chaff floating on the water. She was the last person to die in the bloodbath.
Katniss's alliance seek shelter in the jungle. However Peeta strikes a force field causing his heart to stop. Fortunately, he is revived by Finnick. Haymitch sends the alliance a sponsors gift of a spile (though it takes them a while to figure it out). Katniss hears the 12 gongs which signal the beginning of the hourly horrors
District 5 Male, Seeder, Cecelia, Woof, District 6 Male, District 10 Female, Both from District 9.
Following a lightning storm and rain which doesn't seem to move closer to the alliance a cannon is heard (signalling Blights demise). Katniss then notices the uniformity of approaching mist and rouses the others. After fleeing through the jungle Katniss and the others find their motor controls failing along with burns appearing. In order for Finnick to save Peeta, Mags sacrifices herself by walking into the fog.
The remaining members collapse in the jungle and notice monkeys lining the trees. They crawl to the pond(Movie)/Centre lake(Book) and purge themselves of the fog poison. Peeta tries to tap a tree for water upon which the monkeys are again noticed by Katniss and Finnick. The monkey's attack the trio. When Katniss runs out of arrows she beckons to Peeta for more momentarily distracting him. However, when a monkey attacks him the female morphling appears from behind the foliage and sacrifices herself to save Peeta, putting herself in between him and the monkey. She dies while being comforted by Peeta in the water.
Katniss and the alliance rest whilst Finnick remains on watch whilst grieving for Mags. In the morning they receive a sponsors gift of ointment for their skin. Finnick and Katniss scare Peeta awake and receive another gift of bread from district 4. The 10 o'clock wave occurs and a cannon is heard (D5F death).
Katniss notices three individuals appearing out of the jungle: Johanna, Wiress and Beetee. Beetee is badly injured and Wiress keeps mumbling "Tick tock". This leads Katniss to the revelation that the arena is set up like a giant clock. The alliance heads to the cornucopia to resupply and Wiress is killed by Gloss. In retaliation Katniss shoots Gloss and Johanna kills Cashmere. The cornucopia starts to spin distorting the alliances ability to tell time.
Finnick and Katniss become trapped in the Jabberjays section and are forced to listen to artificial sounds of their loved ones being tortured. Another cannon sounds in the nearby wedge (D10M) causing a tribute to be collected in pieces.
The alliance settles down for the night again and Peeta attempts to persuade Katniss not to sacrifice her life for his.
Blight, Mags, District 6 female, District 5 female, Wiress, Gloss, Cashmere, District 10 male
Chaff and Brutus
The 75th Hunger Games was exceptionally unique as it was the only Games to have no victor. It also had the largest alliance consisting of fourteen members. This Hunger Games is also one of the shortest games, if not the shortest, lasting a total of 3 days.
Final 6 (in order by District)
- Enobaria (captured by the Capitol )
- Beetee Latier (rescued by District 13)
- Finnick Odair (rescued by District 13)
- Johanna Mason (captured by the Capitol)
- Katniss Everdeen (rescued by District 13)
- Peeta Mellark (captured by Capitol)
7th- Brutus- Day 3 (killed by Peeta)
8th - Chaff - Day 3 (killed by Brutus)
9th - District 10 male - Day 2 (ripped apart by unidentified mutt)
10th - Cashmere - Day 2 (killed by Johanna - struck in the chest with an axe)
11th - Gloss - Day 2 (killed by Katniss - shot in the chest with an arrow)
12th - Wiress - Day 2 (killed by Gloss - throat slit)
13th - District 5 female - Day 2 (killed by tidal wave)
14th - District 6 female - Day 2 (clawed in the chest by monkey muttations while saving Peeta, died in Peeta's arms)
15th - Mags Cohen - Day 2 (killed by poisonous fog - ran in the fog, committing suicide to save Peeta)
16th - Blight - Day 2 (blinded by the blood rain and ran head first into forcefield)
17th - District 9 female - Day 1 (speared by Brutus in chest)
18th District 10 female - Day 1 (killed by Enobaria - slashed her stomach open with sword) - (wounded by Seeder)
19th - Cecelia Sanchez - Day 1 (killed by Enobaria - stabbed with a sword after brief fight)
20th - Seeder - Day 1 (killed by Cashmere - knife thrown to her neck)
21st - District 9 male - Day 1 (presumably killed by Peeta - drowned in water surrounding Cornucopia)
22nd - Woof Casino - Day 1 (killed by Brutus)
23rd - District 6 male - Day 1 (killed by Gloss - knife thrown to his neck)
24th - District 5 male - Day 1 (killed by Finnick Odair - impaled with trident)
- Main article: 75th Hunger Games arena
The arena was designed to mimic a clock, which Wiress was the first to discover. For every hour, some form of torture designed by the Gamemakers would be activated in a specific section of the arena. It was split into 12 sections, each for a different hour of the day. The arena was shaped like a circle and was very small. The Cornucopia was on an island in a large, round pool of salt water. Encircling the water was a jungle. The only fresh water was rainwater stored inside the trees. There were various foods in the arena, including nuts, "tree rats," and shellfish that some of the tributes cooked by bouncing off the forcefield.
- 12-1: Bursts of lightning hit a single tree.
- 1-2: Blood rains down from the sky. Kills: Blight
- 2-3: Corrosive fog spreads through the jungle. Kills: Mags
- 3-4: Orange monkey muttations attack. Kills: District 6 female (75th HG)
- 4-5: Jabberjays torture the tributes with their loved ones' screams.
- 5-6: Unknown
- 6-7: Unspecified muttation; Peeta calls it the "Beast." Kills: District 10 male (75th HG)
- 7-8: Unknown
- 8-9: Unknown
- 9-10: Unknown
- 10-11: Huge tidal wave hits the beach. Kills: District 5 female (75th HG)
- 11-12: From the sound of clicking, Katniss guesses that it could be insect mutts with pincers.
This cycle was repeated periodically to match the time, with each hour triggering a new event. Each event therefore occurred twice a day. The cycle began on midnight of the second day, and the Quarter Quell ended just after midnight of the fourth day. Each event was triggered eight times except the lightning, which was triggered nine times.
The outfits in the book were fitted blue jumpsuits made of sheer, billowy material with zippers down the front. Each suit came with a six inch wide padded belt covered in purple plastic, which was filled with purple liquid and could be used as a flotation device. The shoes were nylon with rubber soles.
In the film, the Arena outfits were identical for all tributes (unlike the 74th Hunger Games), and were black with dark grey sections over the outer-thighs and chest, and light grey sections over the shoulders (non-black sections were patterned with hexagons in a honeycomb pattern). Elbow pads and knee pads were also provided, as were black nylon boots.
- This is the only Hunger Games in which the age restriction (12-18) is not followed, as past victors are selected as tributes, although two tributes (Katniss and Peeta) were still in the age limit, while others are not.
- The ending of the 75th Hunger Games marks the start of the Victors' purge.
- Snow also planned the 75th games as to have Katniss Everdeen killed in a way that would stop the rebellion in the districts. If she did not die, then she would have been discredited and lose her popularity by killing her allies, as shown in the film when Snow urged Katniss to kill Finnick.
- As Katniss runs on her spoke to the Cornucopia, you can catch a glimpse of a tribute at the shore slowly running to the jungle, you can also see one of the tributes falling of his plate.