“It begins at midnight.” – Plutarch Heavensbee
Plutarch Heavensbee is the Head Gamemaker of the 75th Annual Hunger Games in ‘Catching Fire‘, being that Seneca Crane was “let go” from the 74th Hunger Games.
While Katniss didn’t realize it was him at the time, she first encounters Plutarch as she shot an arrow through the pigs mouth during her training in ‘The Hunger Games‘. Out of surprise, Plutarch is thrown off balance and falls into a punch bowl. The two joke about this during their first formal meeting, while on the Victory Tour for the 74th Hunger Games.
“Plutarch has run his thumb across the crystal face of the watch and for just a moment an image appears, glowing as if lit by candlelight. It’s another mockingjay. Exactly like the pin on my dress.” – Plutarch, ‘Catching Fire’
At the final banquet for the Victory Tour, Plutarch asks Katniss to dance. In an attempt to earn her trust, he shows her his elaborate watch which flashes with a Gold Mockingjay. The Mockingjay had come to represent both Katniss and the Rebellion, but these are things she does not yet realize. Plutarch was actually intending on giving Katniss a hint about the Arena.
“We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.” – Plutarch, ‘Mockingjay’
When both Peeta and Katniss are reaped again for the Third Quarter Quell, Plutarch is shocked. But for the remainder of ‘Catching Fire‘ he lies low, treating them like any other tribute, and acting as shocked as the rest of the Gamemakers when they show signs of rebellion in their training. It isn’t until she’s rescued from the arena that Katniss realizes Plutarch was a main force behind the rebellion, in fact the Commander of the Rebel Forces.
“We had to save you because you’re the mockingjay, Katniss. While you live, the revolution lives.” – Plutarch, ‘Catching Fire’
Personality: Plutarch wants the rebellion to succeed, as well as good things for Katniss and all of the past victors. However, those things are mainly for his own gain. His upbringing in the Capitol and experience as a Gamemaker have put his main focus on producing a great show. He organizes the rebels’ image and is constantly pushing to make rebel propos, striving to make every thing the rebellion is doing look appealing – thereby making himself look good.
“Don’t get blown up. I’ve got enough on my plate without having to replace you.” – Plutarch, ‘Mockingjay’
Appearance: The only description of Plutarch’s appearance is that he is a “large man“, leaving casting decisions wide open.
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