‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2′: What We Know So Far

Yesterday, Lionsgate Films released the first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final installment of their ridiculously successful franchise. And within a matter of hours, it seems like it was all the Internet could talk about. It was the number one trending topic on Twitter, and gained hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube within three hours.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years and don’t know anything about The Hunger Games, here’s what you’ve missed:  Panem is an oppressive, post-apocalyptic society where the impoverished citizens are separated into 12 Districts. Every year, two children from each district are forced to fight to the death in a televised spectacle called The Hunger Games.

When District 12’s Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to fight in the Hunger Games to save her little sister Prim (Willow Shields), everything changes for Panem.  Her fierce performance inspires a defiant streak in the nation’s citizens, and before long, a full-scale rebellion is in the works. All of this makes President Snow (Donald Sutherland) more than a little angry at the girl they call the Mockingjay – and he’ll stop at nothing to make her pay for the spark she ignited.

That’s where we left off. And the trailer gives fans more than a few exciting hints at what they can expect next.  But Mockingjay — Part 2 doesn’t hit theaters until November, so why all the fuss right now? Here are the moments that fans are buzzing about — and what you should look out for when you watch the trailer for yourself.

A Little Something For Everyone

One of the things that’s made The Hunger Games franchise so successful is its ability to appeal to multiple audiences. It has equal parts drama, romance, coming of age story and action and adventure. Also, even though it’s a series aimed at teens, it features some pretty impressive political commentary, which helps it appeal to older audiences as well. With our first glimpse at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, we saw all those themes coming to a head in a major way, which should be enough to excite fans of just about any genre.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

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Major Characters’ Fates Are Revealed

Spoiler alert: When the credits rolled in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the fate of one of the franchise’s most beloved characters was pretty uncertain: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Katniss’ fellow District 12 victor, ally and on-again, off-again love interest, had tried to kill Katniss after being brainwashed into believing she’s his biggest enemy. That revelation was devastating for Katniss and fangirls alike. In the Mockingjay — Part 2 trailer Peeta is embracing Katniss in one scene and appears to be attacking her in another. Does that mean they’ll end up as friends, lovers or foes?

All this occurs amidst glimpses of other beloved characters like mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), escort Effie (Elizabeth Banks) and fellow victor Finnick (Sam Claflin) — and sometimes, not always in the safest or happiest of situations. Fans of the books know that not everyone will survive — but those who don’t know the ending yet are all wondering who will be left standing.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2.'

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Katniss Embraces Her Destiny

Throughout the entire series, Katniss has been a reluctant symbol for the revolution. Her willingness to stand with the people of Panem hit an all-time low in Mockingjay — Part 1, as she struggled through the trauma of fighting through two Hunger Games. But in the Mockingjay — Part 2 trailer, we see her leading the charge against the Capitol, her bow raised and her voice loud and defiant as she calls on Panem to unite. Seeing Katniss take a deliberate stand against the society that’s oppressed her is a moment fans have waited three movies for — and their obvious enthusiasm at this first sneak peek shows just how ready they are for the film to hit theaters this winter.

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