The last week has been very exciting. Getting all the Capitol portraits and catching glimpses of what The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be like makes us anxious for November. And one detail that ran through several of the portraits didn’t escape our attention: the white rose.
Right away, we picked up on the fact that the tribute-victors (althought Haymitch is a victor, he isn’t a tribute-victor) are all holding roses and of course President Snow has one as a boutonniere. Curiously, Gale has one in his hand as well.
To the outsider, the roses may just be purely decorative – a white rose traditionally meaning purity and innocence – but to the Hunger Games fan who has read the books, white roses instill a quiet terror in us all. The tribute-victors who will be caught up in The Capitol and Snow’s Game all hold them with varying expressions, but mostly those of reluctance and defiance. And Gale holding a rose is intriguing, but very foreshadowing of what his role in the series becomes. While not in the Quarter Quell, he is still caught up in the Game.
The white roses are a nice touch to have in these earlier promotions. Along with the Capitol portraits, the Victory Tour posters also feature Katniss holding a bouquet of them, both echoing Snow’s roses and foreshadowing the charade that is her and Peeta’s “wedding”. It carries over from their early introduction from the first film with the addition of the scenes in President Snow’s garden.
We’re curious to see how the roses will be handled from here on out; since the horrifying nature of the roses are very much told in Katniss’s head throughout the books, they will need to be presented a differently in the movies. For how that’s done, we’ll just have to wait.
First Jack and now Rose