WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, available now.

Last month, The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, gave readers a new look at the world of Panem. This time, readers follow a young Coriolanus Snow who becomes a mentor to the female tribute from District 12 during the tenth Hunger Games. Fans learn a lot about Coriolanus and the beginnings of the Hunger Games, but Ballad also leaves readers with a lot of questions.

Ballad introduces readers to Lucy Gray Baird, District 12's female tribute and first victor, who Coriolanus falls in love with, and he even helps her cheat, so she can win the games. Since she's more rebel than Capitol, it comes as no surprise when Coriolanus turns on her, but despite firing several shots, he never finds Lucy Gray. Just like her namesake song, she disappears and is presumed dead; however, there is no body. It is possible that she died in the woods, either from Coriolanus' spray of bullets or while trying to survive on her own in the forest. On the other hand, maybe she found people living outside of Panem and forged a new life for herself. Readers may never know, but Lucy Gray's return would be a great slap in the face to Snow

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While there are quite a few familiar names in Ballad, Katniss is not one of them; however, many fans believe that Katniss may be descended from one of the members of the Covey. She does have a few things in common with the troupe, like her talent for singing, her connection to mockingjays and her home in the Seam. Currently, this theory remains unconfirmed, but it would provide an interesting connection to the original trilogy and add another dimension to Snow's antagonism toward Katniss.

At one point in Ballad, a group of District 12 rebels plan to leave 12 and escape into the woods. They believe that there are people living north, outside of Panem, but Coriolanus dismisses this idea and insists that there's nothing beyond Panem, which isn't entirely true. As discovered in the original trilogy, District 13 survived the war and has been living underground ever since. They are allowed to operate independently of the Capitol because they have nuclear weapons. If they can exist outside of the Capitol's influence, maybe there could be other communities living outside of Panem.

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Ballad gives reader the shocking revelation that Tigris is Coriolanus' cousin, both orphaned at a young age and taken in by the their grandmother. As a young woman, Tigris cares for her cousin and works hard to make a name for herself in fashion. When fans meet her in Mockingjay, she's a shopkeeper who hides Katniss and the other rebels and rejoices when Katniss tells her that she's going to kill Coriolanus, despite their past. It becomes clear in Ballad that Tigris hates the Hunger Games while Coriolanus sees them as necessary, but they are still on good terms at the end of the book. Since Tigris does become a stylist for the Games, she likely kept her views to herself for a while, but at some point, she snapped. Whatever happened, she and Coriolanus must've had quite the falling out.

Before Ballad even came out, Lionsgate confirmed that a film adaptation was in the works. Currently, there's been no mention of any more prequel books, but as evidenced by this list, there's still plenty of story left to tell. After all, Snow is still a teenager at the end of Ballad. He's already well on his way to becoming the president readers all know and hate, so perhaps other prequels could focus on other characters like Tigris or the Covey. Alternatively, other books could introduce fans to even more new characters and new, unexplored parts of Panem's history.

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