It’s fair to say that Katniss Everdeen’s journey throughout the Hunger Games series has been a dramatic one. Going from frightened young tribute to revolutionary figurehead, Mockingjay: Part 2 will see Katniss take the fight to President Snow and the Capitol, all the while trying to keep her friends Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) safe, marking the culmination of an incredible journey for the character
For fans, it’s been fascinating watching Katniss transform. For Jennifer Lawrence herself, who has seen her star rise as the series has progressed, the final film will see Katniss pull together everything she has learned throughout the course of the series.
“At the beginning of Katniss’s story, she was trying to save her sister and she was trying to save herself, and then Peeta and waking up at District 13 changed things,” says Lawrence. “Losing Peeta changed things, and I believe that she kind of grows into her position and takes control of her destiny and the revolution, because it was a growing, developing thing. She was a young girl and was just trying to survive, and was scared and I don’t think that she really wanted it. I think that it was something that I really loved about the second movie. That’s when she takes power and decides that she does believe in this cause.”
Backing this up, producer Nina Jacobson, has a similar view of Katniss’s ultimate trajectory. “There’s a difference between being a warrior and being a symbol of a revolution, that character that wants to take action and do what needs to be done… I think she might be willing to give up the Mockingjay, but not give up the revolutionary. I think also that once you disrupt the story the establishment wants to tell, anything can happen, and change becomes possible if people are brave enough to pursue it.
“The Capitol has complete control over the media in the first movie. Katniss begins to break that at the end of the first movie, and over the course of this revolution. Who is in charge of the media and what they do with it becomes enormously important to the outcome. And it is only through the pursuit of truth and just the defiance of the system that our characters ultimately do create change.”