The final film in The Hunger Games Franchise is due to be released in just under three months now, on the 20th November 2015. The highly anticipated conclusion to the massively popular franchise has a lot of living up to do if it's going to end the series on a high, especially given the bittersweet ending of the books.
Director Francis Lawrence has dropped a few hints about what we can expect to see and, alongside the teaser trailers and promo art, it looks like it's shaping up to be one hell of a conclusion.
A Different Katniss
Katniss character in The Hunger Games is an extremely effective demonstration of how propaganda works. The repeating problem that the various characters in the upper echelons face is getting her to play to her role, as the Star-Crossed Lover/Victor in [The Hunger Games: Catching Fire](tag:303520) and as the Mockingjay in [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](tag:446261). The importance of her character is that she doesn't choose any of these titles, rather has them forced upon her as a result of her actions and the meanings that others give to them.
Unlike other volunteer tributes Katniss doesn't enter the games for glory nor money, nor even with the intention of overthrowing the Capitol, but in a moment of split decision-making she volunteers to save the life of her sister.
Everything that happens after the initial Hunger Games is a result of Katniss being pulled along and manipulated by people who require her, not as a sister or tribute, but as an image to be used for their case. That's why it's so traumatic for her during Catching Fire when she learns that she's to be sent back into the Games.
By the time Mockingjay rolls round it's become a lot more personal for Katniss, but still she initially rejects President Coin's request to become the Mockingjay. It isn't until after she witnesses the Capital using Peeta that she changes her mind, using her position to wager the safe return of Peeta and the other captives.
"Katniss is still messed up from [Peeta attacking her], and Peeta is definitely still messed up. But because of all of this, Katniss is now fired up in a new way. In 'Mockingjay – Part 1' she was at a real low point. She was in hiding, and sidelined a bit, and being manipulated by others. This is like, she’s taking charge again." - Francis Lawrence.
The crux of The Hunger Games is about a girl trying to save the people she loves, and now that she's seen what the Capitol have done to Peeta and her District Katniss is more fired up than ever before, and going after them with a vengeance.
All Out War: If We Burn, You Burn With Us!
"It’s thematically very different. 'Mockingjay – Part 1' was about the manipulation of media and propaganda, and this one is a real war movie. Very quickly, we’re getting out from the confines of District 13 and back out into the rest of Panem, including the Capitol. It’s a very different kind of landscape." - Francis Lawrence
In keeping with this spirit, Lawrence has promised that the next film will be less of a psychological propaganda based film and more focused on the all out war to ensue between the Resistance and the Capitol.
It gets to this point where Katniss is sick of being traumatised and beaten down, of having her friends and family threatened and hurt, and she starts to fight back in a big way - encompassing even that which she has done before.
[The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) will be more focused on the action of the war, making up for the lack in Mockingjay - Part 1. It's all leading up to an explosive conclusion which will end up changing the lives of all involved and - depending on how close to the book they play things - could shatter Katniss's life irrevocably.