The long-anticipated conclusion of The Hunger Games movie saga, Mockingjay Part 2, comes out on November 20.
The bow-wielding heroine Katniss Everdeen is certainly responsible for a large part of the recent spike in popularity of archery, especially among the youth. Whether they shoot one of the specially designed youth or small-frame bows from popular manufacturers such as Mathews and Bear, or one of the popular toy bows like the NERF Rebelle “Heartbreaker”, Everdeen has inspired kids everywhere to take up the sport of archery.
In the final movie, the rebellion against the Capitol will come to a head, and the fate of Panem will be decided. Fans will remember that the start of this war comes down to Katniss’s voluntary entrance into the Hunger Games in order to protect her younger sister Prim, and in the official Mockingjay Part 2 trailer that was published on September 16, the bond between the sisters is the primary focus:
A silhouette of Katniss as the icon “The Mockingjay” appears in various places of the trailer, the outline of a quiver behind her head and a bow in her hand. There are few images so powerful as this in the movies, and it is sure to inspire yet another wave of youth archers.
We are also excited to see which bow Katniss will wield in the final installment; in Catching Fire, she uses a custom-made Hoyt Buffalo, while in Mockingjay Part 1, she switches to a Savannah bow from Martin Archery. Both were chosen for their traditional look, as well as their light draw weight, since actress Jennifer Lawrence is one of the few pop culture archers who does not shoot computer-generated arrows. Her coach for the movies was archer Khatuna Lorig, competitor in five Olympic games and winner of six medals in various tournaments (including a bronze Olympic medal).
However The Hunger Games series ends, Katniss Everdeen will remain one of the most well-known archers in pop culture, alongside characters such as Hawkeye from Marvel and Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead.
We hope that even after the conclusion of The Hunger Games, archery will continue to rise in popularity, as it is both rewarding and challenging for athletes of all ages and skill levels.