ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Hunger Games fans who've read the book are used to spotting little easter eggs and spoilers for the finale within the movies - but what about after the movie has ended?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 followed in Marvel's footsteps and included a post-credits scene, which hints symbolically at the massive breakthrough Katniss will experience in the final chapter of The Hunger Games franchise.

WARNING: Unless you've read ALL of the books, this article will contain massive spoilers for Mockingjay: Part 2. You've been warned!

The post-credits scene of Hunger Games 3 shows a burning Mockingjay on a black background. Obviously the fire is a motif we're used to seeing, echoing Katniss' threat to The Capitol: 'If we burn, you burn with us.'

The transition of the Mockingjay in the post-credits scene shows Katniss' journey. We have to think of the Mockingjay symbol as representing Katniss - she is, after all, District 13's 'Mockingjay' - the symbol of the revolution.

First, the Mockingjay is bowed down

This is the Mockingjay image used for the first movie, when Katniss is still bowed and trapped by the cruel system imposed by President Snow.

Then the Mockingjay raises its head

This is Katniss beginning to realize the power she has - fires are catching, and she figures out that the resistance against the Capitol's regime is greater than she ever dreamed of.

The third stance: the Mockingjay spreads its wings

By the third movie, Katniss is all-out opposing the Capitol. Notice, however, that the Mockingjay is still encircled, still constricted.

Finally, the Mockingjay breaks free completely

In Mockingjay: Part 2, Katniss will break free from those trying to control her - and this includes the District 13 President, Alma Coin, who Katniss kills near the end of her journey. The circle is the representative of both a coin, and a never-ending cycle of oppression, providing some more nice symbolism for Katniss' rebellion, both political and personal.

Did you guys stick around for the post-credits scene in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? If so, what do you think it means?

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