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Hunger Games fans rejoice! The first half of the final installment of the trilogy will be in theaters on November 21. We couldn’t be more excited about Mockingjay Part 1, but it’s the sort of sorrowful excitement that you feel when any great series comes to a close. We’re “sadcited”, or “depressediastic”. You get the idea.

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The inner workings of the nation of Panem are crumbling in the wake of an unexpected rebellion lead by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). After turning the Capitol on its head during the Quarter Quell of the annual Hunger Games, the 17-year old must come to grips with her status as a symbol of hope and opportunity—as the Mockingjay—for the 13 Districts of the crippled nation. With the advice of her friends, Katniss sets out to find her co-tribute, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). She also tries to forge a relationship with President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).

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The film was directed by Francis Lawrence, who also directed Catching Fire, and is directing Mockingjay Part 2. “It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss,” Lawrence said. “Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.”

 

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The Hunger Games was published in 2008, followed by Catching Fire in 2009, and Mockingjay in 2010. Each book in Suzanne Collins’s trilogy made it to the top of US bestseller lists. Part two of Mockingjay is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015, so we’ve still got a year to speculate about how the last installment will turn out. Plus, a year is plenty of time to enjoy this awesome fan art, and maybe even create some of your own!

 

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