Thar be spoilers ahead! Tread carefully!
Lionsgate and Hunger Games released their most recent [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) trailer today and it is wonderful. For those of you who haven't read the books, it leaves just enough unsaid and just waiting for questions. And for those of you who have read the books, there's a slight chance you had a mini panic attack when the reality hit you that this was ending. I know I did.
So instead of ignoring it and moving on with my life pretending that it's not ending this November, I decided to watch the entire trailer and try and figure out how much of the movie was actually telegraphed through the trailer. And I'm gonna be honest, there was a lot.
If the title and my warning at the top wasn't enough of an indication of the article I'm writing here, I'll just inform you now. There will be spoilers. So make the first legal U-turn to get out of here if your destination is not Spoilerville, Panem.
Still with me? Beautiful, let's get right into it.
The first and most obvious spoiler from the trailer is that Peeta is cured of his hijacking. He's talking to Katniss and telling her she has to kill Snow. He's fighting alongside her. He's not in chains (like he is in the books). He doesn't seem the slightest bit insane (like he does in the books). And Katniss both hugs and kisses him during the trailer.
For anyone who hadn't read the books, this was probably a shock. The movie ended with him trying to kill Katniss and then later having to be restrained because he wasn't safe to be around other people. But now he's on the front lines and making out with Katniss? Okay.
The mutts are another obvious spoiler. These mutts were created specifically to terrify Katniss. They were designed to smell like roses and hissed her name in the dark. And just mentioning them should make you shudder remembering what they did to certain people we all wanted to live forever.
Yeah, I don't think it was a coincidence that line was said while dancing with Prim at Finnick and Annie's wedding. Foreshadowing, much?
This one's a little blurry, but we've got those wanted posters in the background there that show all of their faces. I am curious as to what those other posters are. All I can make out is the letter "A" written in red on a black background, but I'm not sure what that means.
And it's pretty safe to assume that Katniss and Gale are the two people walking around under those hoods. During the book, the group had to go into hiding and found themselves under the aid of none of than...
Tigris! The strange cat lady who never spoke much, but hated Snow with almost as much fury as Katniss. She was one of the stylists for the Games before she was kicked out by Snow and forced to make ends meet with a fur clothing store in an alley in the Capitol. She somehow managed even with her sunny disposition and intriguing conversations (I'm sorry, my cynicism and sarcasm are part of my coping mechanism for the fact this series is coming to an end).
The attack on District 2 is shown here. At first, I thought this might have been the Capitol, but the mountain in the background shows that this is in fact District 2. And it is this fight that is the turning point in the war. When the mountain falls, the Capitol's military supply is cut off and Katniss and her team are finally able to infiltrate the Capitol.
Then you've got this scene. And for those of you who've read the book, if you felt a sudden pain in your chest, that is grief from remembering what happens here. This scene is near the end and one of the biggest spoilers contained in the trailer. Again, tread carefully.
The people gathered before the Capitol building is the body shield Snow used as a last ditch effort to stay alive. Those parachutes are bombs. But that's not bad enough. No, after the first bombs go off, medics rush in to help the wounded. And who's among them? Prim.
And this is the really heart-wrenching part. The hovercrafts circle back around and bomb the medics who rushed in to help.
That person near the edge of the explosion, if our assumptions about the hooded people are correct, is in fact Katniss. But that's not really the spoilery part about this image. No, it's what this explosion is a result of. Note the warning before last spoiler. Now you may continue.
This is the explosion that killed Prim. In the books, it disfigures Katniss terribly turning her into a severely burned victim, but I think this trailer proves they went a different route.
I believe this image here is at the very end of the movie and the books. This is where Katniss is told to shoot President Snow, but instead goes ahead and shoots President Coin.
This is the last shot of the trailer, but it coincides with two other shots.
The first is here, with Katniss walking out near the training facility for the Games with a crowd following her out. Watching this scene, you see these blue and gold banners hanging about the place signifying the end of the war. The symbol on it is one we have yet to see in the movies and shows a new, unified Panem. They can also be seen...
Behind President Coin who aims to be the new leader of Panem. That is until Katniss kills her and President Snow dies choking on his own blood.
Pretty gruesome, I know. But the story doesn't end there. No, we end here:
With Katniss surviving the Games and the War, but being deemed insane (because she kind of is). She lives in the remnants of District 12 with Peeta, Greasy Sae, Greasy Sae's grandchild, and eventually her own two children.
The trailer even threw in the somewhat happy ending we get during the epilogue of the series. It shows that there is still a light at the end of this dark and dismal tunnel. Even though they also foreshadow plenty of people dying. In fact, they even show the group's number slowly dwindling as the trailer goes along.
Spoilers are everywhere and this trailer is proof. I'm sorry to anyone if I ruined the movie for you, but you were warned. And for those you who knew what was happening and I've now just made you incredibly sad, I'm sorry, but you knew this was coming anyways.
As a way to make amends for making you upset, here's a gif of a baby otter completely enthralled in a set of keys: