The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and the Snakes Producer Nina Jacobson analyzes the final scene between Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) and Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth). The film premiered on November 17 and serves as a prequel to The Hunger Games series. It follows a young Snow who is called upon to serve as a mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games and befriends District 12 tribute Baird. Initially, it seems like Baird could humanize Snow through their relationship, but his ending takes a rather unexpected turn.
In an interview with PeopleJacobson explained where Snow and Baird end up. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes half. Although a romance has blossomed between the couple, their relationship takes a sharp turn at the end of the film, with Baird attempting to flee and Snow shooting him. It’s unclear what happens to Baird, but Jacobson explained that the couple’s dark separation was the “final ingredient” in Snow’s transformation into the evil man he is in the original trilogy. See Jacobson’s statement below:
These are two characters who are survivors and she feels that their survival still requires a moral code. She believes that survival at any cost is ultimately justified. When she suddenly realizes that she sees him differently, that is the final ingredient of that transformation.
The meaning of Snow’s final scene with Lucy Gray
The ambiguous ending of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has generated many questions and even some criticism from viewers. However, the ending of the movie follows the ending of the book very closely. If anything, the ending of the book is a little more ambiguous since Baird’s sudden decision to leave wasn’t foreshadowed like in the movie. Still, the film captured the book’s main point: Baird’s discovery of Snow’s crimes and his subsequent paranoia was necessary to complete his transformation into evil.
When Snow betrayed Sejanus Plinth (Josh Rivera) in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, marked the beginning of his transformation, as it was an act of evil from which he simply could not return. However, it is not until Baird sees his true self and responds by wanting to kill the woman he once loved, that his transformation solidifies. Baird recognizes who she is and makes sure the haunting notes of the song she wrote, “The Hang Tree,” reach her through chatter to remind her that she is similar to the killer the song is about.
“The Hang Tree” would later be sung by Katniss Everdeen and become a rebel song, making it even more significant that Baird was the one who originally wrote it and used it to haunt Snow years before.
After this scene, Snow is completely transformed. He loses his last bit of humanity with Baird’s disappearance and wastes no time working to raise his status in a bold way. Baird was just the last piece of the puzzle to becoming the famous President Snow. He may seem a little sudden on the surface, but the story carefully builds up his villainous history, finding two main points that solidify his transformation. Baird may not have been part of Snow’s initial turn toward evil in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakesbut their fight was necessary to complete the transformation.