|73rd Hunger Games|
|Winning District||District 2|
|Preceeded by||72nd Hunger Games|
|Followed by||74th Hunger Games|
The 73rd Hunger Games was considered, at least by Capitol standards, one of the more boring Arenas staged in recent years. Unfortunately, it was considered "boring", even unpopular, for many reasons. The biggest reason was that many Tributes died due to exposure to the elements, as opposed to in close combat or even any combat. As a result, the Capitol instituted new changes in the rule of the Games, which required the supplying of firewood and other fire-starting supplies in the Arena for the Tributes' use by the Game makers. In spite of that, Caesar Flickerman states that the 73rd Hunger Games were his favorite. It is unknown why.
The Arena Edit
According to Katniss in canon, it took place in a winter setting. In fact it took place in the ruins of a rock-cut city surrounded by barren mountains, with the cathedral square hosting the Cornucopia. There was little shelter from the bitter cold and snow, as most of the buildings were collapsed or simply closed off.Tributes; those buildings that were accessible had holes in them which prevented proper insulation. There was little in the ways of food and water; it was too cold to heat anything without fire-making supplies in order to turn snow and ice into water, for example. Even the mutations were largely aerial, bat-like creatures that fared slightly better in the elements than the Tributes. Most of the supplies at the Cornucopia were apparently weapons or winter apparel.
The already-high rate of quick deaths among the Tributes, as well as the difficulty of the terrain outside of the city and the temperature making it impossible to go far outside of the city, likely made this year's Games relatively short, perhaps even less that a week to ten days. Another hint that this was a short competition was that there were no stated Game maker-engineered ploys used in the Arena on the final Tributes, unlike in the Games in the year before or the year after. Although the arena is said to be a tundra,the film tells us the 73rd Hunger Games was a wasteland of rubbish, and a boy won by smashing a tributes skull with a brick. It is presumed that he is from District 2, because in the 74th Hunger Games, a year when Seneca Crane was also Head Gamemaker, the jacket was red for Clove and Cato
- Had the Capitol not intervened when they did, the 73rd Hunger Games would have been the first Hunger Games without a Victor. It would be the first time direct Capitol intervention prevented this Pyrrhic scenario; it would not be the last.
- The Victor was most likely from District 2.