After a long, loooong wait, the odds of 2012 were ever in our favor...of finally getting a look at "The Hunger Games" on the big screen. Nearly a full year of casting news, set photos, cast interviews, and internet brouhaha had fans in a frothing frenzy by the time January rolled around, with nothing left to do but await the arrival of the theatrical release in March. How'd it all go down? We've got it covered, gif-style, from anticipation to climax to denouement.
At the start of the year, the movie's buzz machine was in full swing—including lots and lots of pre-release excitement for an unlikely star.
Meanwhile, the cast of "The Hunger Games" went on the road to promote the film and shared the inside scoop on how they achieved some of the "special" effects we'd see on the big screen.
And just before the movie hit theaters, there was final, full-length trailer just to get us extra-pumped.
Then, finally, it was March 23rd.
Someone asked if anyone wanted their extra ticket to the midnight showing, and we were all:
Except fans of Gale, who were disappointed to see that he was only in the movie for about five minutes.
Meanwhile, the tributes got busy with training.
We thoroughly enjoyed a sit-down interview with Caesar Flickerman.
And, of course, we met Rue.
And then, it was time for some ARENA ACTION.
The career tributes were all:
But the others knew what was coming.
Rue's death hit us pretty hard.
But Katniss and Peeta nailed their cave-based romance.
And when they came to the end of the Games, they wanted to end it just one way.
PSYCHE! Just kidding: at the very last minute, they were all:
Leaving us free to leave the theater and call our friends.
Now, we've got nothing to do but express mild enthusiasm when someone says, "Hey, want to watch the 'Hunger Games' DVD?"...
...and level judgment on the casting announcements...
...and of course, mourn the loss of a noble, unsung hero from the first film.
But hey, only 11 months til "Catching Fire"!
What was your favorite "Hunger Games" moment from 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!