If you’re like me, you have a large gap somewhere in between your soul and your mind where Breaking Bad once lived, and while the show has moved on into the memory banks, that void persists. This hunger I have for it is no game. And The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director found his love of the show to be so insatiable that he marathoned nearly the entire series as they were filming the highly anticipated sequel, and part of it rubbed off on him. And, spoiler alert, that’s why the last half of Catching Fire involves a methamphetamine lab and a drug cartel. No, rather than the subject matter itself, Lawrence was inspired by the storytelling methods used by the AMC series, which often ended in cliffhangers. Actual mini-spoiler alert, Catching Fire ends in a cliffhanger.
Talking with The Huffington Post, Lawrence said:
The more I watched those episodes, I just became sort of convinced that you can do that kind of stuff with movies, too. I know it’s weird because TV people used to always look at movies for inspiration, and now, suddenly, we’re looking at some great TV shows as inspiration.