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Divergent star Shailene Woodley speaks about Veronica Roth’s surprise Allegiant ending, which greatly affected her character, in a new interview. Spoiler warning!

Tris dies at the end of Allegiant, and the plot twist upset a lot of fans. Even Roth ended up explaining the death further on her blog.

Entertainment Weekly asked Woodley about the death, and the star was impressed by it. “I was stoked. I thought that it was such a badass decision of Veronica Roth, and so incredibly powerful,” she says. “I love that she didn’t sort of buy into the breakdown of what most young adult books, like, the outline of what’s happened in previous young adult books. Men die all the time in films – heroes do. But a lot of sweet heroines don’t. And so I thought it was a very powerful, profound decision on her part. And I really love that she had the courage and the bravery to do that.”

Woodley was also asked about the recent announcement that Divergent director Neil Burger won’t return to helm the sequel Insurgent. “Yeah, it was a bit of a shock,” she admits. “We were actually doing reshoots when I found out. It’s kind of strange to think that it’s his baby, and it’s going to be passed on to the next person – and I guess this happens all the time in franchises – but I’ve never been a part of a franchise, and I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was shocking. This entire movie has been about Neil’s vision, and one of the reasons I did it was because I thought his vision was so beautiful and so strong. So yeah, it was just more shocking than anything.”

A search is currently underway for a director to helm Insurgent. When the announcement was made several weeks ago, Summit said that Burger is departing because he can’t finish Divergent while starting preproduction on the sequel.

Divergent starring Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet will hit theaters March 21, 2014. After that, Woodley will star as Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars on June 6.

Thanks to EW for the interview bit.

  • laura

    i could not agree more if i tried. the amount of hate that it is getting is so annoying! it broke the mold and i liked that :)

    • Colin

      It broke the mold if you’ve read, like, four books outside of the Divergent series.

  • Ananya

    Allegiant didn’t break the mold in any way. Her death didn’t make any sense to the story. Its almost as if Roth looked at other YA series conclusions and thought ‘what can I do to be different’ and just wrote the first thing that came to her mind. Happy endings are great, sad endings are good and even inconclusive endings are fine too, if the MAKE SENSE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE STORY, but, here we have an ending that was done purely for shock value and nothing substantial.

  • Poppy

    I thought the ending fit with the character of Tris. I pretty much saw it coming from the beginning of the book. My dislike is for the whole book overall. I just found the explanation of why they were classified as Divergent was lame and underwhelming. I was expecting some big WOW moment. It was really just a let down to the whole series.

    • Samma

      I agree with you 100%. I wasn’t shocked at all that Tris died, I figured that either she or Four wouldn’t make it to the end just from the way everything was going. I also wasn’t a fan of how the book went overall.

      • luna97381

        agree with all of this – i literally don’t care that she died at all, as it fit for her character. but it was pretty much a dead giveaway that one or the other wouldn’t make it after the revelation of the dual-perspective. just generally, in terms of characterization and plotlines, the book was atrocious. instead of tying up plotlines, she just created new, confusing ones.

  • tessa

    As someone who went into this book as a fan of the previous two I wasn’t a fan of this book at all, in fact I was really disappointed. But I’ve got to say, I didnt hate the ending, given her character of course Tris would sacrifice herself. In that sense it was a fitting conclusion to the series.

  • ff501998

    I didn’t have a problem with the ending as much as I had a problem with the entire story of the book, or lack thereof. The whole GP/GD plot was just idiotic and the dual perspective was not very well carved out. Very disappointing book. The ending is about the only redeeming thing about the entire book.

    • Caroline J.

      it also seems like Roth became more interested in writing for Four than
      she did Tris, even though they were written nearly identically. i often
      found myself in the middle of a chapter suddenly realizing i didn’t know whose POV i was reading. it probably would have worked better if the whole series had had a dual POV but hindsight’s 20/20.

      • ff501998

        Very true, I got lost in the narration and a lot of times while reading Four’s POV … I kept thinking I was reading Tris’!

  • Sarah

    Of course she supports Allegiant, you can’t bad mouth the author of the movie your in! Allegient was crap all around. Perhaps the director ditched the movies cause the series end is terrible! Who would want to figure out how to make Allegient a good film?

    • Guy

      Yeah, let’s speculate to try to make a point.

  • zara

    shailene didn’t read allegiant, only reason she is supporting this ending is because it breaks the YA mold. I want to know if she will feel differently when she finally reads the book.

  • Colin

    Yeah, because she totally would have expressed any dissent to the ending of the trilogy that might make her one of the bigger news names in Hollywood over the next couple years. Strong emphasis on the might.

  • Jane

    Ditto to what zara said. Shailene didn’t actually read the book! She just asked someone (Veronica herself, I think) to tell her what happened. You know what? I thought that ending was awesome too when I first heard about it a week before the book came out. And then I actually read the book. Not so awesome when you have the idiotic context.

  • alexa

    **sighs** it’s like “Mockingjay” all over again. the last book in a series always get the most hate because there are so many ways a story like that could go that odds are 95% of readers aren’t going to get the ending they want. and that’s expected.
    it just sucks seeing sooo much hate. I’m so excited for all the movies. shai and theo look great

    • Jane

      The rest of Allegiant, apart from the ending, fit into the mold of Last Book Syndrome, being boring and plodding and not taking the story where people wanted it to go. But we’re talking about the actual ending. That just took it to a whole other level, but trust me when I say that this book deserves all the negative reviews and low star ratings it gets even without the ending.

  • Lauren Chapin

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I actually liked the last book the best out of the series. I found the first two enjoyable, but not great. The society set up made NO SENSE to me other than a dystopian Harry Potter fanfic. But then the last book came out and had actual reasons for the factions – ones that did make sense within the set up of the story. I thought it was a bold choice to have Tris die, especially when I thought Roth had basically made the character an invincible Mary Sue when Tris could beat even the death serum. I thought the end and overarching plot brought new and interesting meaning to the story that had something to say about our society – which is what I enjoy and look for in a dystopian.

    I know that’s just me, but I agree with Shailene.

    • Jane

      Did we read the same book? The explanation made no sense, scientifically or logically, and turned the already shaky premise into a bigger plot hole than it was already was.

      Killing Tris WAS a bold choice, certainly. Would have been nice if the situation had actually been necessary. I can’t really get on board taking such a major, series-defining moment and sticking it into a storyline so idiotic that it undermined the entire point.

  • Glaciusx

    How about no.

  • Carley

    I like the ending but I would also appreciate an alternative ending where she she doesnt get shot

  • Hannah

    I feel like there should be a plot twist. Like, Tris wakes up to her mom saying, “It’s choosing day.” So everything that happened was just her dream. I wasn’t suprised by the death, but Tris was one of my favorites. You just can’t kill her. You shouldn’t kill Tobias, nor Tris. I just wish that there was some sort of plot twist that wouldn’t make me bawl. Now onto The Fault In Our Stars. I already know who dies in that, so I’ll try not to get to involved with the character who dies. If only there was a plot twist… );

  • Rachel Wilson

    I can see how many people would be upset with the ending… a beloved character from the series that had become a friend to readers, died. But, at the same time, I agree with what Veronica said when she explained that it was needed to keep Tris true to who she was throughout the series. Countless times Tris put others before her… she was making sacrifices for the good of the people around her. Like when she went to the Erudite headquarters.

    I think that in that moment… when Tris was standing with her brother and he was about to enter that room… I think she had yet another choice to make. She could hold on to the bitterness towards Caleb for betraying her – or she could once again swallow her pride and be brave… be selfless.

    “I have a theory that bravery and selflessness aren’t all that different.” -Veronica Roth

    I believe that if Tris was to let Caleb go into that room… knowing that he would not make it out because of the serum… she would be choosing bitterness, hatred, selfishness. But instead, in choosing to enter herself she was being the character she was and was becoming the entire series. She knew (or had strong hope) that she could beat the serum, which she did, but she ended up being shot. I commend Veronica for choosing to write what she thought was true to the character and the story… some authors would be afraid to do that because of how readers will react.

    Now with all that being said… I am still “unhappy” or I guess sad is a better word… about the ending. About the fact that now Four must move with the love of his life. But the ending line of the book was simply beautiful…
    “Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other”
    As for the series as a whole… most definitely one of my favorites. I love reading books that evoke emotion and that is exactly what this series did for me! I didn’t want to put the books down once I started them. I throw myself into what I’m reading and imagine that I am there with them… and with Veronica’s writing, I felt like I was a part of the story as well! Great work!

  • Anna

    I just really really hope, they will change the ending for Allegiant in the film version. Since they kind of changed things in the film Divergent, maybe they will do it again… I really don’t want Tris to die…

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