The Hunger Games: why Snow laughs when Katniss kills Coin

When Katniss kills President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Snow laughs, but why? The scene comes as a shock to the citizens of Panem watching as the execution was meant to symbolize the official end of the tyranny of former President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the start of a new era for Panem. However, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) obviously disagreed.

The film resumes after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘Sending in progress in which Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) struggled in aggressive and brainwashed distress, which paved the way for the series’ conclusion. The rebellion against the Capitol, led by President Coin of District 13 (Julianne Moore), is finally gaining ground and achieving eventual success. Former President Snow is imprisoned and to be executed by none other than the Mocking Jay herself, Katniss Everdeen.


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Before Katniss lets her arrow fly, Coin tells her: “Mockingjay, may your goal be true as your heart is pure.Yet when Katniss lets go of her arrow, while her purpose is indeed true, it is not the way the leader expected. So why is Katniss killing Coin instead of Snow, who had become his greatest enemy throughout the Hunger games?

Why Katniss Kills Coin (and not Snow)

Katniss with bow and arrow in Mockingjay

Katniss kills Coin at the end of Mockingjay because she sees through the facade projected by the leader to want a better and free Panem. Katniss sees the truth: that Coin is just another dangerous person in power with his own agenda, selfishly seeking to capitalize on what a population wants by pretending that they share their exact ambitions and beliefs. Katniss realizes that while Snow must answer for his atrocities, Coin is poised to take his place and become another leader who perpetuates the darker and more self-serving elements of human nature. Not to mention that the new interim president was behind the death of Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields). In another act of rebellion – similar in some ways to his choice to eat the berries in The hunger Games, which brought her national fame over the course of the series – Katniss decides to kill the person who has become the new figurehead of evil.

Katniss kills Coin to show that Panem will no longer accept morally deprived, double-handed rulers. This act does a great job of layering an abundance of meaning into a fairly quick-paced scene. In the chaos that follows, a crowd of long oppressed and exploited people rush to Snow and kill him, an appropriate ending for his character. Yet, just before his death, after Katniss kills Coin, Snow bursts out laughing.

Why Snow Laughs In Mockingjay – Part 2

Hunger Games President Snow

Why is Snow laughing in this moment of shock and confusion? He knows he’s going to meet her demise again, but the turn seems to give him a lot of satisfaction. The moment seems strange. After all, he’s always lost and is going to die somehow, even if not by that specific arrow. The hunger Games the series rarely raises the curtain on President Snow’s inner spirit in the same way as many other characters do, but there are a handful of possibilities as to why Snow is laughing.

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First off, Snow is a main villain of The hunger Games franchise. He’s long been the ruler of a country that fiercely pits its teenagers against each other for sport, and he’s a blatant symbol of oppression in this class-driven series. The fact that he escapes death, even momentarily, gives him a brief sense of getting away with part of what he’s done, while his nemesis, whom he himself aided Katniss, takes the strongly symbolic arrow.

Snow laughs after Katniss kills Coin because he appreciates the irony of the situation. He avoided the official execution ceremony, though the citizens of Panem still take revenge on him, as Katniss ends up robbing him of the victory and the power Coin thinks he managed to achieve. Snow is a rather cerebral character and must have a healthy appreciation for powerful irony. Katniss was the Coin rebellion symbol in Mocking Jay – Part 2– the mythological and titular hero of the film who starred in propaganda films to fuel the fire of the effort. Coin had no choice but to work with Katniss, but in the end, the poster girl turns on her anyway in an unforeseen act of defiance. Snow’s character has always embodied a sort of calm, sinister presence, and it’s fitting that the last thing he does before his death is to laugh darkly and smugly at an act of violence.

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