The Hunger Games’ Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is finally in cinemas. As viewers are introduced to a younger version of Snow, you might be wondering whether to stay in the theaters to catch a glimpse of what’s to come. Does Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes have post-credit scenes? Keep reading to find out.
Based on Suzanne Collins’ 2019 novel, The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is set 64 years before the original Hunger Games films, which starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The dystopian prequel follows a young President Coriolanus Snow before he becomes the wicked leader of Panem. It’s directed by Francis Lawrence, who was involved in all but the first Hunger Games installment.
The movie centers on the relationship between 18-year-old Snow (Tom Blyth), who’s chosen as a mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games and paired with District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), a traveling musician. Throughout the film, we watch Snow as he undergoes a process of self-discovery, tussling between his emotions for Lucy Gray and a growing thirst for power. In the end, he ultimately evolves into the infamous President Snow we’ve come to recognize.
In an interview with MovieWeb, Blyth explained that Coriolanus was “not just one thing,” but rather the character transforms over time because of his relationship with Lucy Gray and the Capitol. “He ends up as a tyrant, but 64 years before that, he was something else entirely. And the interesting part is seeing what he goes through to get there,” Blyth said. “I keep saying, I hope that by the end of the film, you see three distinct Coriolanus’ — Coriolanus the boy, Coriolanus who’s becoming a man, and Coriolanus Snow, the future president. Hopefully, you see his body and his voice change with that.”
The film also stars Hunter Schafer as Snow’s cousin Tigris, Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, Peter Dinklage as Dean Casca Highbottom and Jason Schwartzman as Lucky Flickerman.
Without giving away too many spoilers, should you stick at the end of the showing for any post-credit scenes? Find out below.
Does Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes have a post-credits scene?
Does Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes have a post-credits scene? The answer is no, the Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes does not have a post-credits scene at the end of the movie.
The book the film is based on also doesn’t have a sequel, so it makes sense that there’s else nothing to tease regarding continuing Snow or Lucy Gray’s story. The decision not to have additional teasers at the end is not unusual for the franchise, as the original Hunger Games movies also did not have end-credits scenes.
However, the ending of Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes does make a reference to the OG Hunger Games films that fans will appreciate. (Warning: Spoilers ahead of the film’s ending.)
In the final shot, we see Coryo smiling, but we also hear a voiceover from his older self (played by Donald Sutherland), saying, “It’s the things we love most, that destroy us.” That’s the first line Snow told Katniss in Mockingjay Part 1.
The film’s director Francis Lawrence told People on Nov. 17 that the line was actually added after the fact when Lionsgate included it in a sizzle reel and the teaser trailer.
“I thought it was just perfect because there was something about that line, that even though it didn’t have that kind of history and intention in the original Mockingjay, suddenly you go, ‘Oh wow, there’s a new history to it. There’s a new context for this line,’ because part of the reason that he goes dark is this sort of betrayal of this relationship and this love that he had for this person,” he explained.
Lawrence continued, “It sums up, partly, the relationship, it gives context to that line in the other movie, but also you’re seeing Snow more formed, and then hearing Donald’s voice, it sort of connects the two,” he adds. “I just thought it was really powerful.”
Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is now playing in theaters.