Gamemakers have complete control over the arena and the entire forest. If the action lulls, they can add anything from a weather phenomenon to mutant monsters. Gamemakers are in charge of entertaining the Capitol and keeping the televised action exciting. The central control room is a high-tech, futuristic production room that can virtually shift, shape, and create reality in the arena.
Gamemakers can make it day or night in the arena. They can change the flow of water, which means life or death to a tribute. Gamemakers can even kill a tribute at will.
Really Gale, Really?
When Gale talks about running away into the forest, this time around, Katniss says that it is futile. Later, she thinks it’s a good idea, but by then he is bit by the rebellion bug, ready to sacrifice life and limb to take down the Capitol.
They are discussing the impending horrific event. It needs to stop, Gale says. Everybody is watching their favorite tribute getting killed, everyone is crying. Answer? Just stop watching it. Katniss tells him that a boycott of the Games will never happen.
Who Wants to Go to the Hunger Games?
The Careers. Careers come from Districts 1 and 2. In the book, District 4 is a career district, home to Mags, Finnick, and Glimmer. These are the wealthiest areas of Panem and entering the Hunger Games pageant is a great honor, akin to going to the Olympic Games.
Careers train their entire lives, some since birth, so they are generally the strongest, fastest, and most dexterous players. They usually wait until they are 18 before going to battle, another advantage. The annual victor is almost always a Career.
You Know the Drill
Wait 60 seconds before leaving the platform. Or... Poof. The tribute is exploded to death. We all know they were warned. The Gamemakers said tributes must wait while land mines are deactivated before stepping off the platform.
Katniss said once that one player had to be scraped off the ground after accidentally making a wrong move.
Go Ahead, Underestimate Katniss
What? They weren’t paying attention. To be fair, Katniss missed her first shot, laughably. She got the attention of the Gamemakers who rate the tributes by skewering an apple that was in the mouth of a roasted pig, laid out on an overabundant buffet table.
She aims, shoots, and threads the arrow through the oblivious conversations of the soiree, stabbing the apple to the wall. It was a bold move. They noticed. Katniss takes a bow and says, “Thank you for your consideration.”