Hunger Games’ Lucy Gray May Have Connection To Mockingjay Character, Says Director

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Summary

  • Director Francis Lawrence shuts down theories that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Lucy Gray Baird is related to Katniss Everdeen.
  • Lawrence also teases that, while Lucy is not President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) from The Hunger Games, there could be a connection of some sort there. He prefers to leave the specifics a mystery, however.
  • The ambiguity and mystery regarding Lucy Gray is part of why she’s memorable as a character.


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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes director Francis Lawrence addresses theories regarding Lucy Gray, revealing that she could be connected to a Mockingjay character. Based on the book by author Suzanne Collins, the new prequel film takes place more than 60 years before the events of The Hunger Games, chronicling the doomed relationship between a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) and Rachel Zegler’s Lucy Gray Baird. Lucy remains a somewhat mysterious character in Collins’ novel, and theories have long swirled over whether she is related to other characters from The Hunger Games universe.

Now, as The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes releases in theaters, Lawrence addresses theories about Lucy in a recent interview with Insider. While a persistent theory is that Lucy is an ancestor of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence also comments on a popular theory positing that Lucy is somehow related to Julianne Moore’s President Alma Coin. Check out Lawrence’s full comment below:

“I’ve heard both theories. Lucy Gray, I can say, is definitely not a relative of Katniss. I can say without complete certainty that I do think that Maude Ivory is supposed to be sort of an ancestor. Without any sort of spoilers — because Lucy Gray sort of remains a mystery at the end — connections to 13, to Coin? Sure. I don’t think she is Coin, by any means. I don’t want to spoil it because obviously there’s mystery to Lucy Gray.”

Maude Ivory Baird (Vaughan Reilly) is a member of the Covey that eventually makes its way to District 12 in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and one theory posits that she is Katniss’ grandmother.

Why The Lucy Gray Baird Mystery Should Be Kept Alive

Lucy Gray standing in a crowd of people in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. 

Sometimes, part of why a character is so interesting or entertaining is because they maintain an aura of mystery. Without delving too far into spoiler territory for Collins’ source material, Lucy Gray’s connection to the original events and characters of The Hunger Games is left somewhat open-ended, and there is a degree of ambiguity to her The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes ending as well.

This sense of mystery is part of what makes Lucy a compelling protagonist. While Katniss’s story is mostly free from ambiguity and mystery, Lucy brings some shades of gray – no pun intended – to the larger Hunger Games story. This is especially true because a central element of the prequel’s story is her romantic relationship with Snow, who eventually goes on to become a ruthless dictator and the primary Hunger Games villain.

The fact that Lucy Gray may or not be related to existing Hunger Games characters is also good news for the franchise’s future. Zegler’s performance as Lucy has been highlighted in the reviews for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as a major high point, and it bodes well for future installments if new characters can come and go without necessarily being directly connected to existing ones.

Source: Insider

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    The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    Release Date:
    2023-11-17

    Director:
    Francis Lawrence

    Cast:
    Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, Josh Andrés, Josh Andrés Rivera, Viola Davis

    Rating:
    PG-13

    Runtime:
    157 Minutes

    Genres:
    Action, Adventure, Drama

    Writers:
    Michael Lesslie, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins

    Studio(s):
    Color Force, Lionsgate

    Distributor(s):
    Lionsgate

    Sequel(s):
    The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

    Franchise(s):
    The Hunger Games