They cross each other's paths while hunting in the woods outside of District 12.
Katniss Everdeen is the main protagonist and the narrator of the Hunger Games trilogy.
During the pre-games, President Snow welcomes all the tributes during the parade in a high balcony above the chariots and gives a speech about the Hunger Games.
Gale Hawthorne is Katniss Everdeen's best friend and hunting partner, one of the series' main characters.
Even though he took antidotes, the poison caused permanent sores inside his mouth that never healed.
As a result, he always wears a genetically-engineered rose, which covers the scent of blood stained on his breath.
After his father's death, Gale struggles to provide for his family with help from his mother, Hazelle.
To help feed his family, he hunted illegally in the forest adjacent to District 12, and he applied for tesserae many times. At 14 years old, he meets Katniss, who also lost her father in the same mine explosion.
He has no qualms about using intimidation in pursuit of his agenda, such as when he threatened to kill Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, Peeta Mellark, and their families.
Although carrying the title of President, it is unknown if he was elected to the position democratically.
Snow possesses total power in Panem's government and has proven to be a cruel and manipulative dictator, ruling over the Capitol and its contained districts.
Her mother tries to explain to Katniss that she was ill, but Katniss still makes her promise to take care of Prim, and she finally complies.
Madge Undersee comes in to say her final goodbye to her by giving her the mockingjay pin.