When Lionsgate first started seriously looking for its Finnick Odair, there was all this high-minded talk about which parts of the book they used for auditions, including the harrowing scene where Finnick hears jabberjays mimicking the screams of his beloved Annie Cresta. But now that Sam Claflin has been officially cast as Catching Fire‘s seafaring hunk, all I see on Tumblr is people losing their shit about the fact that he’s gonna “kiss” Josh Hutcherson.
Seriously, so many Tumblr users are posting “OVARIES” .gifs and other chatter about how technically Sam and Josh are gonna lock lips. And by that, I mean that (spoiler) in the Arena, Peeta runs into a forcefield and his heart stops, then Finnick performs CPR until he revives him. It’s certainly one of the more powerful parts of Catching Fire, because it makes Katniss realize simultaneously that she truly cares for Peeta, and that Finnick will do whatever is necessary to protect both of them. But the hormonal Tumblr response just cheapens it.
Here’s some of what Tumblr’s been saying:
infinityclato: i’m going to have to watch, Sam Claflin, put his lips on Josh Hutchersons whilst there wearing skin tight spandex… i am so greatfull i dont have man parts!
odairrieres: Watch Lionsgate make an announcement that Josh hacked the system and cast Finnick for them.
thornshaverosestoo: That awkward moment when you realize Sam and Josh will be kissing. I might get pregnant just by thinking of it.
And of course, it’s been expressed in meme form:
Sorry, Advice Peeta, but you don’t change the fact that people are obsessing over the dumbest thing. Yes, I know that fandom likes to slash characters—that is, to match up male characters who are usually straight in canon, through fanfiction and fan art. And the Finnick/Peeta pairing existed long before Sam was cast. And yeah, both boys are hot, so I can see why you’d concoct a little daydream about Finnick bringing Peeta back to life and Peeta deciding to ditch mean old Katniss who only fakes her love for him in front of the cameras and starting a life in a sleepy little fishermen village…
But that’s a silly diversion at most. The fact that it was the first reaction for all Hunger Games fans was just weird. What are we, a bunch of horny Fifty Shades of Grey readers? There’s so much else about Finnick we can obsess over!