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"Squad Four-Five-One, you have been selected for a special mission. We have numerous sharpshooters, but rather a dearth of camera crews. Therefore, we've handpicked the eight of you to be what we call our "Star Squad." You will be the on-screen faces of the invasion."
Plutarch Heavensbee explaining the purpose of the squad[src]

Squad 451, also known as the "Star Squad," was formed to assassinate President Snow by traversing through the pod-ridden Capitol, and to film propos. The squad consisted of Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, Finnick Odair, Jackson, Boggs, Homes, Leeg 1, Leeg 2, Mitchell, and later, Peeta Mellark,[1] who still had issues with his previous hijacking whilst the Squad was on its missions, ultimately leading to him killing a member of the squad.[2]

Squad 451

Squad members

The Squad consisted of 10 members. Most members did not make it out alive.

Camera crew

Along with the ten soldiers, Squad 451 was accompanied by Katniss's camera crew, including:

History

During the filming of a propo, Boggs stepped on a pod, blowing off his legs.[3] Mitchell tackled Peeta, and when Peeta threw him off, Mitchell triggered a second pod, getting caught in a net made of barbs and starting a wave of a tar-like substance. The team went into a nearby apartment, where Boggs transferred the Holo's voice recognition to Katniss before dying. This angered Jackson, who first demanded that Katniss transfer it to her.[2]

They moved through the Capitol and eventually found their way into the sewers and to the Transfer, where Pollux had worked as an Avox.[4] When they awoke from a night in the sewers, white lizard mutts, which Katniss says smelled like blood and roses (like Coriolanus Snow), chased them through the sewers. Messalla was killed by a pod which melted his skin like candle wax while Jackson and Leeg 1 were killed in the "Meat Grinder", a pod with dangerous, spinning blades. Finnick, Homes, and Castor were killed by the mutts. During Finnick's death, Katniss said the keyword "nightlock" thrice to the Holo, activating the self-destruct mode, before throwing the Holo into the sewers. This killed the mutts and ending Finnick's suffering.[5]

Cressida led the remaining five members into the house of her old friend Tigris, who owns a fur store. They hid in the basement, and while Pollux and Cressida mourned the crew's death, Gale and Peeta talked about which of the two of them Katniss would choose.[6] They left disguised as Capitol citizens, when a rush of Peacekeepers separated them all and captured Gale. He asked Katniss to shoot him, but she failed to hear the request in time.[7] The group never reunited, but Pollux and Cressida did survive the attack on President Snow's mansion. In a staged Capitol bombing, Prim, Katniss's sister, was killed, leaving Katniss distraught.[8]

References

  1. Mockingjay, Chapter 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mockingjay, Chapter 20
  3. Mockingjay, Chapter 19
  4. Mockingjay, Chapter 21
  5. Mockingjay, Chapter 22
  6. Mockingjay, Chapter 23
  7. Mockingjay, Chapter 24
  8. Mockingjay, Chapter 25
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