Recap: The Legend Of Korra S 1 E 11 Skeletonsinthe Closet
The first episode of the one-hour season finale, first aired along with "Endgame" June 23, 2012.
The new Team Avatar (Korra, Mako, Bolin and Asami) are holed up underground in Republic City, doing recon of Amon's forces and preparing for the arrival of General Iroh, Fire Lord Zuko's grandson at the head of a liberation fleet. Unfortunately, Hiroshi Sato has managed to create biplanes, and the fleet is sunk, although Korra manages to save the general. Iroh pinpoints the Equalists' airfield as their next objective, and leads a commando raid to destroy it. However, Korra insists on staying behind to confront Amon directly, and Mako backs her up.
The two sneak onto Air Temple Island with the intent of ambushing Amon. The place is practically deserted, though, save for the depowered
Tarrlok in a prison cell. He provides a whole-act flashback after he reveals that he is actually Amon's brother. Tarrlok says that after Yakone was stripped of his bending by Avatar Aang, he had plastic surgery and went to live in the Northern Water Tribe under a new identity. His two sons, Noatak and Tarrlok, were both waterbenders, and Yakone taught them his bloodbending skills, shaping them to seek revenge on the Avatar. As a final test, the brothers have to bloodbend each other. Tarrlok refuses to bloodbend his brother, and Noatak bloodbends his father, then asks Tarrlok to run away with him. Tarrlok refuses and Noatak leaves, and Tarrlok and his parents assumed Noatak died in the storm. Since then, Amon (that is, Noatak) has somehow figured out how to use bloodbending to revoke people's bending ability. Tarrlok says he thinks Amon truly believes that bending is the source of all evil in the world, despite being a bender himself.
Korra and Mako discuss their options. A direct attack is suicidal. Amon, an impossibly powerful bloodbender, would hold all the cards. Instead Korra decides to tries to expose Amon as a bender in front of his Equalist followers, in hopes that the support for him will dissolve on the spot. Korra and Mako sally forth to try this new angle with Tarrlok's blessing.
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