Evil? I don’t think Snow is evil. He’s an oligarch. Lyndon Johnson didn’t think he was evil. He’s a war criminal. Putin absolutely doesn’t think he’s evil. He thinks the United States is evil. Nobody thinks [of themselves as] evil.
—  Donald Sutherland talks about President Snow on Empire Magazine’s December issue.

“Such a young man when he rose to power. Such a clever one to keep it. How, you must ask yourself, did he do it? One word. That’s all you really need to know. Poison." Finnick goes back to Snow’s political ascension, which I know nothing of, and works his way up to the present, pointing out case after case of the mysterious deaths of Snow’s adversaries or, even worse, his allies who had the potential to become threats. People dropping dead at a feast or slowly, inexplicably declining into shadows over a period of months. Blamed on bad shellfish, elusive viruses, or an overlooked weakness in the aorta. Snow drinking from the poisoned cup himself to deflect suspicion. But antidotes don’t always work. They say that’s why he wears the roses that reek of perfume. They say it’s to cover the scent of blood from the mouth sores that will never heal.

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Here is an exclusive clip that IGN has released of President Snow and Seneca Crane, in the rose garden. This part is not in the book, so watch at your own risk.