Refresh Your Hunger Games Knowledge With This Handy Guide to the First Three Films
It's been almost four years since Katniss volunteered as tribute in the first Hunger Games film. Now, with only hours to go before the franchise's final movie hits theaters, we're providing a refresher on plot so far. After all, a lot has happened and chances are you may have forgotten a few key details. Never fear, there's no time like the present to brush up on the past three films.
Below, review the story highlights, plus watch the official trailers for each film.
The Hunger Games
A dystopian society called Panem holds a tournament every year called the Hunger Games. Each of the country's 12 districts must offer one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight to the death on live TV. Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from District 12, volunteers to take her younger sister Primrose's spot in the tournament, which she views as a death sentence. From her district, she's joined by Peeta Mellark. Ultimately, the two survive the tournament by creating a convincing love story and capturing the fascination of the nation.
- Katniss Everdeen is a badass who can shoot a bow and arrow like an Olympian.
- Peeta Mellark is the brains of the operation, and while Katniss may have faked her love for Peeta, he definitely has feelings for her.
- Their survival has sparked a rebellion in several of Panem's districts, which puts them in a very tricky position.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Katniss Everdeen may be back in District 12 safe and sound, but she's in more danger than ever. After winning the Hunger Games with Peeta Mellark, they've set off uprisings in many of the districts. President Snow warns Katniss that unless she can crush the sparks of rebellion, she'll be eliminated. When trouble still persists, he and the Gamemakers put together a special version of the Hunger Games called the Quarter Quell for its 75th anniversary that will put Katniss back in the arena. Once again, she survives, but at a great cost. Peeta is captured by the Capitol, while a badly injured Katniss is taken to District 13 (which was supposedly annihilated by the Capitol decades ago) after District 12 is destroyed.
- The love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Hawthorne heats up.
- Katniss's Mockingjay becomes the symbol for the uprising.
- District 13 exists, and is working with the rebels to infiltrate and overthrow the Capitol.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
A shell-shocked Katniss Everdeen has been relocated to District 13, where she's joined by the survivors of District 12. After much coercion, she agrees to become the face of the revolution and begins to film promotional videos in order to boost morale. Meanwhile, Peeta is being tortured and held captive by President Snow, who is making him denounce Katniss and the rebellion in a series of interviews. During one of his live broadcasts with Hunger Games host Caesar Flickerman, Peeta warns District 13 that they're going to be attacked, putting himself at great personal risk. This heroic act spurs District 13 to rescue Peeta from the Captiol, but when they bring him back he tries to strangle Katniss, whom he believes to be his mortal enemy thanks to a thorough brainwashing technique called "hijacking."
- Peeta may have been rescued, but he's changed forever after suffering extreme torture at the hands of the Capitol.
- Katniss has fully embraced her role as the face of the revolution, and is ready to end President Snow's regime once and for all.
- Gale has become an essential military leader in the ranks of District 13, which will be important in the next film.
Now, it's time for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2! Watch the trailer for the film below to get excited franchise's finale. Happy Hunger Games!