Peeta Mellark
District 12 symbol

Peeta Mellark

Josh Hutcherson

AGE

16-17

POSITION

Co-victor of the 74th Games, then volunteer in place of Haymitch Abernathy for the Third Quarter Quell; Squad 451 soldier

STORY STATUS

Survived the Mockingjay revolution

APPEARS IN

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Katniss and Peta
Peeta risks his mother’s abuse to throw bread to Katniss, the starving girl in the street he doesn’t know until they meet at the Capitol. Reaped as a tribute for the 74th Games, Peeta acknowledges his chances of surviving are slim to none.

Peeta wins over the audience by giving them a love story to root for as the “star-crossed lovers” from District 12. 

When Katniss’ berry trick earns them co-victor status, Peeta struggles to accept that what they shared in the arena was just an act. In the Quarter Quell, Peeta and Katniss reunite in the arena but are separated during Beetee’s final plan. Kidnapped by the Capitol, Peeta is brainwashed into viewing Katniss as a threat.
Peta Mellark with a bruised face
Peta Mellark painting his arm

Rescued, Peeta comes to District 13 traumatized and disoriented. Just as Katniss helps him keep going, Peeta in turn reminds her why she needs to continue her mission. In the wake of their triumph, Peeta and Katniss reunite to start a family, finally free from the oppression and violence of the Capitol.