Fans of Catching Fire will recognize that this scene marks a significant departure from the books. The Hunger Games novels were all told from Katniss’ present-tense perspective, and the various machinations of figures like President Snow was always kept distant and mysterious.
Here, though, we get a full scene between Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Gamemaker played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. “I agree she should die, but in the right way, at the right time,” says Plutarch. “We don’t have to destroy her. Just her image.”
It’s interesting to see that the movie is letting the audience in on their plan pretty early. “Show them that she is one of us now,” says Plutarch. “They’re gonna hate her so much they might just kill her for you.” And then the two evil rich guys laugh and laugh and throw caviar in each other’s faces.