So I went and saw The Hunger Games again last week (seriously not much decent playing at my local theater) and a I kept thinking something felt off about one of the film's coolest moments. You know that really awesome scene when Katniss shoots the apple out of the roasted pig's mouth because none of the gamemakers are paying any attention to her, despite the fact that she just hit a perfect bullseye from a gazillion yards away? I just have to know, are the gamemakers psychic?
Let's review: in an earlier scene, Peeta falls while climbing a rope and Katniss convinces him to throw a heavy metal thing because the Career Tributes are looking at him like he's "a meal." At first Peeta argues with her, stating that their mentor, the drunken Haymitch, told them not to show off their skills in the training sessions. Though the film doesn't elaborate, Haymitch didn't want the other tributes knowing Katniss and Peeta's true strengths, so they couldn't be used against them in the arena, at least not right away. However, once they have their one-on-one sessions with the gamemakers, they're free to show off their mad skillz, in order to gain a high score, which may guarantee them sponsors in the arena.
However, when Katniss enters the training room, which was full many weapons during the actual training sessions, suddenly there is nothing but a bow, a few arrows and target dummies. How convenient for our heroine! The gamemakers never saw her pick up the bow once during training, and I'm pretty sure they don't know about her highly illegal hunting in District 12. And yet they provide her the only tools she needs to get the highest score of any tribute.
SO RIDDLE ME THIS:
1. How did the gamemakers know that Katniss would want to use her archery skills to show off for her one-on-one session.
2. Why would they clear the room of all the other weapons, anyway? What if a tribute was talented at several different weapons, like the Careers who were trained in many areas?