Watch 'The Hunger Games' Sneak Peek!

We've nibbled on tiny morsels all week, but now it's time for the main course: the full "Hunger Games" EXCLUSIVE sneak peek, which debuted on tonight's MTV Video Music Awards! Click play on the video below to watch the entire clip in all its blazing glory.

The footage opens rather ambiguously on a wooded area—Is it the forest outside of District 12 where heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) hunted with friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)? Or the arena hosting the televised death match? Our questions are answered quickly as Katniss blazes into frame, running at a break neck pace in her Hunger Games uniform, complete with orange back pack. But Gale isn't far from her mind, as his words keep her surging forward: "Okay, listen. You're stronger than they are. They just want a good show. That's all they want. You know how to hunt. Show them how good you are."

But things get even hotter as Katniss' flight is brought to an abrupt halt as fireballs are flung in her direction. She turns on her heels, jumping over a fallen tree, grabbing for one of her trusty arrows and taking aim—setting fire to the iconic Mockingjay symbol.


I have to say, I like how director Gary Ross made fire a recurring theme in this first look. It's a symbol of Katniss' District 12 heritage (coal miners represent!) and a fitting through-line for our first official glimpse of "The Hunger Games."

We'll have plenty of analysis of this teaser trailer in the coming days, but for now, we want to know what you think. Leave your thoughts, theories and opinions in the comments below or on Twitter! And don't forget to send your video reactions via @MTVNews.