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How A "Mockingjay – Part 1" Deleted Scene Nearly Drove "Hunger Games" Fans Insane

Lionsgate promoted the scene with binary code, some HTML excavation, and an #UnlockMockingjay hashtag — and then it leaked on Tumblr. UPDATED with a second deleted scene featuring Jennifer Lawrence.

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On Monday, Lionsgate sent fans of The Hunger Games on a wild goose chase through the internet for a deleted scene from Mockingjay – Part 1. You can watch the scene below:

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The scene, which leaked early on Tumblr, features President Snow (Donald Sutherland) explaining to Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) why he needs to be the Capitol's "voice of reason."

It's certainly a strong scene, but one can also see why director Francis Lawrence chose to cut it from the film and put the audience in the same place as Katniss — unsure as to what was happening to Peeta beyond what the Capitol was letting her see.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Lionsgate also released this hilarious deleted scene of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) undergoing some unconventional makeup.

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The release of the first deleted scene on Monday, meanwhile, followed what has become a standard playbook for working fans into a lather.

Step one: Get everyone marking their calendars.

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On Sunday, a message was posted to The Hunger Games' official Facebook profile promoting "an important message" from President Snow.

Yet again, Lionsgate seems to be treating the real world like it's Panem — and specifically, the Capitol.

Not creepy at all!

Almost immediately, the hashtag indeed started trending.

“You're still trying to #UnlockMockingjay. Real or not real?" "Real, because that's what the fandom does, unlocking things.”

anna | scarlet@hijackeverlarkFollow

“You're still trying to #UnlockMockingjay. Real or not real?"
"Real, because that's what the fandom does, unlocking things.”

9:08 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And although some were skeptical…

i bet they have a specific time they are going to release the scene no matter what, like last time #UnlockMockingjay

abby@fearlessmellarkFollow

i bet they have a specific time they are going to release the scene no matter what, like last time #UnlockMockingjay

9:30 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

…others were committed to making this exercise in fan engagement work.

We're all in this together 🔥 #UnlockMockingjay

perla@cumheremalikFollow

We're all in this together #UnlockMockingjay

9:38 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

AW REMEMBER THE OLD DAYS WHEN WE HAD TO UNLOCK CATCHING FIRE STILLA USING THAT ONE HASHTAG AW THEYRE BRINGING IT BACK #UnlockMockingjay

➳rip lawrencebooboo@siIverIiningFollow

AW REMEMBER THE OLD DAYS WHEN WE HAD TO UNLOCK CATCHING FIRE STILLA USING THAT ONE HASHTAG AW THEYRE BRINGING IT BACK #UnlockMockingjay

9:39 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#UnlockMockingjay DO IT FOR FINNICK IN HIS UNDERWEAR

.@everlarklovingFollow

#UnlockMockingjay DO IT FOR FINNICK IN HIS UNDERWEAR

9:45 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eventually fatigue set in.

Step four: Tantalize fans with evidence of excruciatingly slow progress to a seemingly attainable goal.

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Eventually, fans discovered a site that seemed to mark the progress of the hashtag…very, very, very slowly.

And that progress revealed the Capitol logo being burned away by the Mockingjay logo.

This GIF, by the way, is roughly 30 times faster than the actual progress.

Roughly two hours after the promotion first started, fans grew impatient.

We're only at 11% omfg it's gunna be a long day #UnlockMockingjay

.@everlarklovingFollow

We're only at 11% omfg it's gunna be a long day #UnlockMockingjay

10:01 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#UnlockMockingjay ugh i wanna SEE MORE THEN THE CAPITOL LOGO

sarah ll ONELASTTIME@moranfttronlerFollow

#UnlockMockingjay ugh i wanna SEE MORE THEN THE CAPITOL LOGO

10:03 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

FALTAAAA POOCOOO #UnlockMockingjay

But then the video leaked (or, perhaps, "leaked") on Tumblr.

Whether this was a covert step five — whet fans' appetite with a low-res "leaked" version — or an actual breakdown of the system remains unclear.

…those fans commenced flailing anyway.

PEETA LOVES KATNISS SO MUCH #UnlockMockingjay

My tl right now -why was that scene cut!!!!!!! -fuck snow -peeta baby -still tweet #UnlockMockingjay -peeta didn't deserve this -crying

.@everlarklovingFollow

My tl right now
-why was that scene cut!!!!!!!
-fuck snow
-peeta baby
-still tweet #UnlockMockingjay
-peeta didn't deserve this
-crying

10:52 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#UnlockMockingjay It was right before the HIJACKING!!!! Poor Peeta!! #mockingjay 💔

M7md@M7md_BuhindiFollow

#UnlockMockingjay
It was right before the HIJACKING!!!! Poor Peeta!! #mockingjay

11:16 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I AM SOBBING OMG PEETA BABY 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 @TheHungerGames #UnlockMockingjay

Erin Bacon@erinbaconxxFollow

I AM SOBBING OMG PEETA BABY @TheHungerGames #UnlockMockingjay

11:15 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is available for digital download on Feb. 17.

This post has been updated to include the second deleted scene of Katniss getting bad makeup.

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