I really like the theme of “controlling the narrative” that runs through THG. There’s a constant struggle between the story the Capitol wants to tell and the story that’s actually unfolding.
In ch 4…
“The commentators are not sure what to say about the crowd’s refusal to applaud. The silent salute. One says that District 12 has always been a bit backward but that local customs can be charming.”
They know that D12 has gone off-script and they have to rescue the narrative. Sanitize it. Rob it of its impact and power. Keep the Capitol in control, feeling superior.