The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and the Snakes Director Francis Lawrence gives his opinion on whether Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) and Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) are in love. In the film, Snow and Baird develop a friendship as a mentor and tribute after Lucy Gray saves Snow’s life during an attack on Panem. After being sent to District 12 as a peacekeeper following the Tenth Hunger Games, Snow begins to deepen his relationship with Lucy Gray, which develops in a more romantic light.
In an interview with People, Lawrence responds to the attraction between Snow and Baird. After first explaining that they’re both a bit of a songbird and snake person, the filmmaker admits that he doesn’t know if they’re really in love, even if they’re attracted to each other. Check out what he had to say on the matter below:
[Producer] little girl [Jacobson] He often says that not everyone is a songbird and not everyone is a snake. And I think that’s true. They both have a little bit of both. He needs her to survive and win the prize. She needs him to survive. Are they attracted? Sure. Do they really love each other? I don’t know.
How Snow and Lucy Gray’s relationship is different from the original book
Although the film adaptation of the work of Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes It retains the central plot of the original book and the relationship between Snow and Lucy Gray, but addresses it much further than what is covered in the film. For example, one of the biggest details the film doesn’t explore is Lucy Gray’s relationship with Billy Taupe (Dakota Shapiro). The character appears in the film, but too briefly for his relationship with Lucy Gray to affect Snow psychologically.
In the book, Snow becomes jealous of Billy Taupe and wonders if his love for Lucy Gray is real. In the film, Snow brutally attacks Taupe when he tries to win back Lucy Gray while she sings on stage, but the character development stops there. Snow and Lucy Gray are unconcerned about their feelings, although it is revealed that the two, along with Sejanus Plinth (Josh Andrés Rivera) and a group of District 12 rebels, are planning to escape.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and the Snakes It takes place 64 years before the events of the original. The Hunger Games book and chronicles the psychological transformation of Coriolanus Snow as the future president of Panem.
Taupe is eventually killed by one of the rebels, while Sejanus is hanged for treason. Snow and Lucy Gray escape from District 12, but their relationship begins to falter, making him wonder if they were really in love or if it was all a ruse by Lucy Gray. However, even with slight changes from the book, their relationship ends the same way Collins wrote it, making it a largely faithful adaptation of her prequel book. The audience can see the changes Lawrence made for himself, such as The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes It is now showing in cinemas.