"I’ll say this, Katniss: You don’t disappoint." That simple line from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – 2 is the one that most startlingly rings true. It’s delivered towards the end of the movie by Woody Harrelson, in character as District 12 mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and it sums up how we’ve felt about series heroine Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence), ever since we first saw her shoot an arrow on the big screen in 2012.
The final Hunger Games film doesn’t officially open until Friday, Nov. 20, but InStyle attended an early screening to find out what you need to know before settling in to watch Katniss and co. take their last steps toward freedom for Panem. For one thing, the film does offer an escape from reality—but it’s a darker one than ever before, and there’s no way to sugarcoat thing with candies from the Capitol now that an all-out war has broken out in the dystopian society. Still, the film’s titular Mockingjay, Katniss, continues to prove that she’s ever the #girlboss. She goes with her gut while fighting for what she believes in, and—without giving away any spoilers—let’s just say that her journey from tribute to political power player is starting to pay off.
While Mockingjay – Part 2 may lack in the Capitol's flashy couture costumes and over-the-top beauty looks that we love, there’s no shortage of noteworthy moments throughout the film. The special effects used to hurl deadly obstacles at the rebels will still keep you on our toes. The love triangle between Josh Hutcherson's Peeta, Katniss, and Liam Hemsworth's Gale will tug at your heartstrings. And there are still enough surprises around each of Panem's crumbling corners to make you question what’s real or not real, just like the characters do throughout the film.
We're not going to give too much away before the movie hits theaters Friday (or tonight, for early cities), but here are 12 of the most noteworthy moments from Mockingjay – Part 2 that you won’t want to miss. Scroll down to check them out.
1. Within the first 15 minutes, you’ll see Gwendoline Christie—aka Game of Thrones’s Brienne of Tarth—in the role of Commander Lyme, a past victor who is now at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13.
2. The first time you see Prim (portrayed by Willow Shields), she is wearing a new hairstyle to honor her sister. Instead of her usual pigtail braids, she opts for one solo side braid like Katniss’s signature look, in a show of solidarity:
3. The host of the Hunger Games, Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), sports glittery purple eyebrows that will make you forget about everything that’s wrong with the Capitol (but just for a minute).
4. The face team of the rebel movement is called "The Star Squad,” and they serve up some major #squadgoals:
5. Pollux (Elden Henson) is the group’s resident Avox, and he rocks a pretty serious man bun before letting his wavy locks down later on in the film.
6. There’s plenty of gush-worthy dialogue between Katniss and Peeta, including one conversation that reveals Peeta’s favorite color to be orange—but not any old shade of the color. Peeta prefers “a soft orange, like the sunset."
7. PDA doesn’t always take place at the most appropriate times. But a kiss from Katniss may be enough to save a life.
8. President Coin (Julianne Moore) effortlessly pulls off a head-to-toe monochromatic look in the chilliest shade of gray, from her cape-style coat to her freshly trimmed lob:
9. Katniss has an emotional reunion with Prim’s cat, Buttercup.
10. A real-life tigress is living in the Capitol. At the urging of President Snow, a former stylist from the Games has transformed herself into a costume-worthy feline, whiskers included.
11. There’s a bromantic heart-to-heart between Peeta and Gale that shows how much they each truly love Katniss. Aw!
12. There’s a twist at the end for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character, Plutarch Heavensbee. The Gamemaker is written out in a powerful way, despite the fact that Hoffman passed away before filming his remaining scenes for what turned out to be his final role.
Watch a trailer for the film below, and catch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in theaters Nov. 20.