Peeta And President Snow Stand Off In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Deleted Scene

Credit: Lionsgate

Lionsgate and the people behind the marketing for The Hunger Games franchise truly need to be commended as they once again have managed to stir up the fervor of their fan base leading them on an Internet wild goose chase to unlock a deleted scene from Mockingjay – Part 1.

The action all started on February 15 when a post on the film’s official Facebook page alerted fans that a special announcement from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) would be aired the next day.

Then through a process that involved cracking some binary code and the use of the hashtag #UnlockMockingjay, which Buzzfeed details here, fans were finally able to unlock the deleted scene, which incidentally, had just been “leaked” onto tumblr.

So was it worth the wait and hoop-jumping to see? Well there’s always a sense of accomplishment in cracking any code and beating out “the man,” and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the idea of getting the chance to be like Beetee “breaking into” The Capitol’s systems?!

As for the scene itself, it’s pretty apparent why it was cut from the film. While fans of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) would have been disappointed by his lack of screen time in the finale’s first part, the ambiguity of his character, which side he’s actually on, what is happening to him in the Capitol, all works in the telling of the story and keeping the audience’s suspense. This is especially important for the film’s conclusion as we have no idea what he’s likely to do when he confronts Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) again. However, having said that, I would have liked to have seen some sign of this defiant Peeta in the film and to be able to get some sense of the impossible situation he’s in, and this comes across perfectly in the deleted scene. Maybe we’ll get more of an explanation or rehash of what he’s been dealing with while in the Capitol at the beginning of Mockingjay – Part 2, but to see this Peeta and then remember the Peeta at the end of the film… that’s one heck of a journey.

Clare Sidoti
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