When "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" was released over a year ago, the most newsworthy words coming out of Donald Trump's mouth were "you're fired" and One Direction's Zayn Malick and Louis Tomlinson were best buds. It has been a long year. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," the final installment in the popular franchise, hits theaters on Friday and fans might need a little refresher on where we last left off with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Panem.
"Mockingjay Part 1" begins with Katniss waking up in District 13 after being rescued from the destroyed arena at the last Hunger Games in "Catching Fire" -- Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is still in the capitol's custody. In District 13, Katniss is reunited with her mother (Paula Malcomson) and sister Prim (Willow Shields) and meets the leader of the rebellion, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Coin wants Katniss to participate in the filming of propaganda films for the rebellion as the symbol of their cause: the Mockingjay. At first, Katniss refuses, but after witnessing the remains of her home, District 12, which was bombed when Katniss went missing from the games, she decides to take action.
A film crew, led by Cressida (Natalie Dormer), films Katniss in the various districts, taking advantage of her penchant for spontaneous emotion when, for example, touring a hospital of victims wounded in the capitol's bombings. Katniss' video inspire the rebellion.
Back at District 13, Katniss watches Peeta being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci). Suddenly, Peeta shouts a warning into the cameras that the Capitol is about to bomb District 13. Everyone flees into the bomb shelter beneath District 13 and survives the attack, but when Katniss exits to the surface she finds that the ground has been covered with white roses -- a taunt from President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss believes that Snow is about to kill Peeta and, since Peeta risked his life to save to District 13, Coin dispatches a team, led by Gale (Liam Hemsworth), to rescue him, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson), and the remaining victors. The rescue is successful. However, when Katniss goes to meet Peeta, he lunges to attack her and strangles her unconscious before a guard knocks him off of her.
Katniss wakes up in the medical facility and is informed that Peeta has been "hijacked" -- a form of brainwashing in which Tracker Jacker venom is used to turn a victim into a unwitting assassin. That is why the Capitol allowed Gale's team to escape, they wanted Peeta to kill Katniss. Coin's medical staff works with Peeta, but Katniss is left horrified at what the Capitol is willing to do to win.
"Mockingjay Part 2" premieres in theaters Friday. Watch the trailer below: