The fourth and final installment of “The Hunger Games” debuts Nov. 20. “Mockingjay: Part 2” is the movie we’ve all been waiting for. And based on the promos we’ve seen so far, we’re in for a treat.
Katniss Everdeen wows audiences with her accuracy and high-pressure shooting. She’s a spokeswoman for Capitol vengeance and, in our minds, the archery community. People want to be like Katniss. They want to shoot a bow like Katniss, and they want to stand for a cause like Katniss. So if anyone deserves the three-finger salute (District 12’s gesture of thanks and admiration), it’s Miss Mockingjay.
All eyes are on our bow-wielding heroine as three years of excitement culminate in a final fight to the death. Will Katniss unite the districts against the Capitol? Let’s review what we know so far.
Where “Mockingjay: Part 1” Ends
In “Part 1,” Katniss, Gale, Finnick and others embark on a propaganda campaign to unite the districts and prepare for Part 2’s rebellion. They visit the districts and defeat peacekeepers and Capitol air-bombers with explosive arrows, solidifying Katniss as the face of the rebellion. But before heading into battle, they must do one thing: Rescue Peeta and his fellow tributes from Capitol imprisonment.
Gale, Finnick and others succeed in their rescue mission. Unfortunately, Peeta returns hostile and brainwashed. Tortured by the Capitol and under the influence of “tracker jacker” venom, he chokes Katniss within inches of her life.
Where “Part 2” Begins
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Part 2” opens with Katniss in a neck brace, recovering from Peeta’s attack, and contemplating how she will take revenge on President Snow. The “rebels” – including Gale and Finnick – are making final preparations to overtake the Capitol.
According to the trailers, Katniss is again equipped with a recurve bow and explosive arrows. And Gale shoots a crossbow! Although most promos feature Katniss clad in black leather, a few show her in red garb, a deep contrast to Snow’s white roses and the peacekeepers’ white armor.
In the video below, District 13 performs an exhibition drill while Katniss emerges in red, urging viewers to #unite against the Capitol.
The main goal of “Mockingjay: Part 2” is to liberate Panem’s citizens and try to assassinate Snow, who is increasingly obsessed with destroying Katniss.
Katniss, Finnick and Gale are on Squad 451, the “star squad,” from District 13. Although they all have elite combat expertise, they’re most effective at motivating the masses as the rebellion’s onscreen faces. The “star squad,“ therefore, is a noncombat unit.
But this doesn’t mean “Part 2” lacks action. President Snow booby-trapped the Capitol with a series of pods to trigger bombs, traps and mutts – a reptilian-humanoid breed. The traps, enemies and moral choices awaiting Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she has faced in “The Hunger Games.”
Watch the exclusive clip below.
The Final Scene
Each installment before “Part 2” helped set the stage for an epic ending. This is the scene moviegoers and book readers have been waiting for since Katniss volunteered as a tribute. Even Jennifer Lawrence is excited about the final scene.
“When I was doing my archery training at age 20, that was always the scene I pictured,” Lawrence said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Five years ago I used to look at a stack of hay and pretend that it was this moment, and now it is here.”
A lot happens between the opening scene and the credits. Arrows fly and so do flames. Buildings crumble, black tar floods the streets, and Everdeen and her comrades battle muttations in the fiery sewers. And then there’s the mysterious parachutes. Book readers know what to expect, but the rest of us must wait patiently.
“Mockingjay: Part 2” is poised to perform well. And so is Katniss Everdeen. We’re looking forward to seeing her in all her archery glory Nov. 20.
Katniss Everdeen, we salute you!