The Hunger Games saga comes to an end this fall with the release of Mockingjay — Part 2, so the mood in Hall H during the film's panel at San Diego Comic-Con was more than a little bittersweet. For fans, it means saying good-bye to Katniss Everdeen and one of the biggest YA franchises in recent memory. But the same goes for the stars — and particularly for Jennifer Lawrence, who has become a beloved household name largely on the strength of the series. The Comic-Con panel was the beginning of the end of the tour for Lawrence and the cast, but it was also a chance for the Hunger Games crew to put up their feet and look back at their journey. Naturally, things got a little weird.
Conan O'Brien moderated the panel, which included Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Willow Shields, as well as director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson. The mood was a little tired, a little delirious, and definitely ready to cut loose, and the whole panel felt like a visit with an awkwardly close family.
The Jennifer Lawrence Charming Awkwardness Machine was easily the highlight — unlike most actresses who easily spout platitudes about how great a journey their film was, Lawrence simply could not seem to get the words out. She tried, but she fumbled. Otherwise she seemed distracted by literally anything.
Jennifer Lawrence's nose itches.— Trilldris Elba (@kwameopam) July 9, 2015
But when she was on, she was on. "Nothing about me and Katniss is similar, because she's brave and I'm ... an actress," she said at one point, easily the best line of the panel.
Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth played off her battiness with aplomb. Hemsworth got plenty of screams from adoring fans, leaning right into his role as the sexy, spurned love interest. But it was Hutcherson and Lawrence who had the most bizarre, endearing onstage repartee. At one point Lawrence touched his face when he seemed a little overcome by the fans.
So Jennifer Lawrence's fingers smell weird?— Trilldris Elba (@kwameopam) July 9, 2015
It remains to be seen what kind of note Mockingjay — Part 2 ends the series on. But among the grateful, adoring fans at Comic-Con, it was clear the stars left things on a hilarious positive note.