The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 brought an end to one of the most popular movie series of the 2010s. While it had an extreme amount of hype to live up to, I think it was an excellently executed conclusion to both the movies and the books. The Hunger Games will always be one of my favorite series of all time, and the final movie installment is one of the main reasons for that.
At the time Mockingjay Part 2 was released in theaters, I had not yet read the books. So, while I unfortunately heard a few spoilers already, I was able to watch it for the first time without fully knowing how it ended. Therefore, there were multiple moments when I was completely engrossed, shocked, and anxious for what would would happen next!
Here are 5 times that Mockingjay Part 2 had me on the edge of my seat.
1. Boggs’ Death
Boggs’ death came out of nowhere to me, and I was completely shocked to see him gone from the storyline so soon. While he was still a relatively new character when he died, he had become a close ally to Katniss. She trusted him and he trusted her. He even gave her controls to his special pod-tracking device, the holo, because he knew she had her own special plans in mind, and he trusted that she would do the right thing. His death was a surprisingly emotional scene, and I was sad to see him go.
2. Finnick’s Death
The death of Finnick Odair nearly destroyed thirteen-year-old me. He was my favorite character, and he deserved so much better. He had a wife, and a son on the way, and it was heartbreaking to discover that he would never get to see his family ever again. Of all the victor’s from the past Hunger Games, Finnick was one of the ones who most deserved a happy ending. Not only did he have to survive the 65th Hunger Games at the young age of 14, but he also was forced into prostitution by President Snow after his victory. The way he met his untimely demise was awful to witness, and it left me stunned.
3. The Bombing of the Capital and Prim’s Death
Of course, one of the most important scenes of the movie is when all of the Capitol children are told to be brought to President Snow’s mansion for shelter from the rebels. It was devastating to see hundreds of children, who thought they were being led to safety, led to their deaths in the bombing that followed.
As we all know, Prim was among the medics from District 13 who were sent in to help after the bombing. When the second bombing occurred, Prim was killed, along with many others. This was understandably devastating for Katniss, especially since her own journey to becoming a rebel against the Capitol started with her volunteering for the Hunger Games, specifically in order to save her sister Prim.
4. Katniss Voting for the Symbolic Hunger Games
As someone who had not yet read the books, I was shocked and on the edge of my seat when Katniss voted yes to President Coin’s proposed symbolic Hunger Games, using the Children of Capitol leaders as revenge. Katniss’ one condition was that she would be able to execute Snow herself. I couldn’t believe she would vote on the side of continuing the violence and murder that had plagued Panem for so long, even in the name of a “symbolic” end. Enobaria and Johanna voting yes was no surprise, but I couldn’t understand why Katniss would choose not to side with reason and mercy. That is, until I saw what she really had planned.
5. Katniss Killing President Coin
Out of all the the many twists present in the final Hunger Games installment, by far the most shocking, is when Katniss, who was meant to execute President Snow, changed her bow’s aim at the last second and killed the newly instituted interim President Coin instead.
At first, I couldn’t believe what was happening. Why wouldn’t she have killed President Snow? However, Katniss was playing a different game. She knew Snow would die sooner or later anyway. If she let Coin live, she was convinced that she would corrupt Panem every bit as much as Snow had, and she only had one shot of her bow and arrow to end Coin’s rule before it was able to begin. And in true Katniss Everdeen fashion, she didn’t miss.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was an exciting and climactic way to end such a colossal series. Its twist and turns, while sometimes heartbreaking, certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.
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