Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers for the final Hunger Games book. They start below this awesome photo of Katniss.
“Nothing good is safe while he’s alive. Snow has to pay for what he’s done.”
That’s what Katniss says in the new full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the very last movie in the franchise. In between all those explosions, crazy liquid attacks, that tiger lady (more on her below) and shots of Jennifer Lawrence looking awesome, there may have been a hint about how this movie is going to handle the slightly controversial/incredibly depressing ending to the series (we were really serious about those spoilers, after the rebels have defeated the Capitol, Katniss is kind of a wreck, because her younger sister Prim (who she started this whole thing to protect) was killed in the final battle (also she’s been through a heck of a lot in the course of her life, she’s allowed to be a little messed up). Katniss had demanded, when she signed on to the rebellion, that at the end of it all she got be the one to actually kill President Snow. So the now-victorious rebels set up a public execution for Snow, who Katniss is supposed to kill with a bow and arrow. Only she doesn’t kill him. Instead she aims her bow at President Coin, the leader from District 13 who she’s clashed with ever since they met.
Katniss figures that Coin is just as bad as Snow, and that if she takes over, Panem will be just as bad as it was before (oh and Snow just kind of…dies in the hubub afterwards). What follows is Katniss going through a personal psychological battle (read: she goes kind of insane and lives in a drug-addled and mildly catatonic state for awhile), is somehow not locked up for the crime and eventually she goes back to District 12 to live a quiet life with Peeta and their kids (that’s problematic in a bunch of ways we won’t get into right now). It’s an ending that isn’t really the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of.
We’ve been wondering about how the movie was going to tackle this aspect of the story for a while, and back in Mockingjay Part 1 when Katniss did NOT demand to kill President Snow, we thought they might go in different direction entirely. But now it doesn’t seem like that’s the case.
The new trailer focuses on the theme that President Snow has to die, and Katniss has to be the one specifically to kill him. At one point Peeta — yes docile Peeta — says, “Our lives were never ours. They belong to Snow and our deaths do too. But if you kill him Katniss, if you end this, all those deaths, they mean something.” But no pressure, girl.
Based on this, it seems like like Katniss has plans in this movie to kill evil rose-wearing tyrant herself. Further evidence is at the beginning of the trailer, where we see Katniss walking to a snow-covered greenhouse. In the book, Katniss has her final confrontation with Snow there, and it’s pretty much where she decides to kill Coin instead of Snow.
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