Haymitch Abernathy was the only living Hunger Games victor from District 12 before Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the 74th Hunger Games, and works as a mentor to subsequent tributes from the district.
Haymitch Abernathy was the only living tribute from District 12 up until the 74th Hunger Games. A survivor from the 50th Hunger Games, Haymitch participated in the second Quarter Quell at the age of sixteen. During the Games, he formed a temporary alliance with Maysilee Donner, his fellow District 12 tribute. Near the end of the Games, when there were only a few tributes left alive, she broke up the alliance not wanting to kill him herself. She died a few minutes later, killed by deadly pink birds which speared her throat with their beaks (reminding Katniss, rewatching the game with Peeta Mellark, of Rue's tragic death). Haymitch won the 50th Hunger Games less than a day later by using the arena's force field to repel an axe thrown by the other remaining tribute, which buried itself in her head and killed her. After winning the Games, Haymitch became an alcoholic due to the mental and physical torture the Games inflicted on him. In Mockingjay,...