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Korra's non-relationship with Mako is meant as character development.At first, Korra is everything short of spoiled and didn't seem to take other's feelings seriously (Disobeying and not listening to Tenzin, pushily giving herself a spot on the Fire Ferrets' team, ect.). Since The Spirit Of Competition, however, there has been a gradual shift in her behavior (though it's equally possible that it has more to do with her encounter with Amon). Korra is obviously used to getting whatever she wants, but she allows Mako to be with Asami, even after he said that he liked her (Korra) as well as Asami. Korra sees that her advances and the resulting tension left them all unhappy and jeopardized the Fire Ferrets' reputation, and she agrees to be friends with Mako, even though it's not what she wants. Since then, she had quietly and sorrowfully watched Mako and his girlfriend from afar and has been acting more mature than earlier episodes. Korra's realizing that she can't always get what she wants, which is actually a big lesson for her.
Mako will spurn Korra's unwanted advances.Sure, she kisses him. A body like that, a face like his, that Troubled, but Cute demeanor? What young waterbender girl wouldn't want a boy like that? But does he want her back? Maybe he will, in the future... but imagine that someone you consider as a buddy, or a rival, suddenly up and kissed you... his rejection, and Korra's reaction to it, might be Mike and Bryan's commentary on that particular section of the fandom that didn't get what they wanted, and couldn't understand why. There will be heavy metacommentary from Korra, herself a slightly spoiled, sheltered, immature young lady, used to getting what she wants, unaware of how the real world works, and heavily influenced by media cliches and her own romantic fantasies: "We were supposed to end up together! We made the perfect couple! All the gossip magazines said so!" However, unlike The Ember Island Players, the pairing, and the pain of rejection, will not be played for laughs for long.
Korra will have a non-bending love interest.A mechanic perhaps?
Korra will be similar to Katara, and her love interest will be related to Zuko/a firebenderKorra won't be an expy of Katara, but will be similar enough that when her love interest is a firebender, or even related to Zuko, all the Zutara shippers will be able to latch onto them instead.
Korra will not end up in a love triangle with Mako and Bolin.Bryke have said that TLOK is going to have "cheesy teen romance", and it's pretty much a given that the main characters are therefore going to be dragged into drama. However, the currently fandom-accepted theory is that there is going to be a love triangle between the Krew. This is not going to happen. Bryke have proven themselves to be major trolls when it comes to shipping. It seems rather... unlike them to hint at a love triangle and then introduce Korra's companions as a pair of brothers when they KNOW this fandom is going to start the shipping immediately, as many fans have. (Despite, y'know, not knowing a damn thing about the characters. Come on, people.) Having Korra choose between the brothers seems too obvious for such master shipper trolls. My money's on the cheesy romance being between Korra and a character with a more minor role, or ONE of the brothers at most.
Bolin, with his woman-wooing ways, will see Asami Sato as the ultimate prize.Shippers, Start your engines!
Mako and Korra will start dating, but will break up before the end of Season 1.Because Bryke are like "You want a waterbender and a firebender to have a steamy romance? Sure. Here you go. One pseudo-Zutara romance. Only it'll end messily, they'll both come to think of their fling as a mistake, and then they'll both end up dating other people."
Asami and Korra will get togetherNo reason, really. People are already shipping them, though.
Korra will have vague unacknowledged romantic tension with a morally ambiguous but sympathetic firebenderWhich will then be brutally ship-sunk when he turns out to be engaged to his childhood sweetheart, a girl in disguise (not that this would bother some of the fandom), secretly her half-brother, or otherwise unsuitable. Because Bryke like trolling the shippers just that much.
Tahno will fall in love with KorraCausing even more shipping confusion and wars.
Asami is going to find out about Korra kissing Mako at the worst possible time with the groupSimilar to the orignal series having high tension when looking for Appa in the desert and being chased for days by Azula in the tank, just when the Krew and especially between Korra and Asami are being at an especially buddy-buddy at the beginning of an ep, something involving the Equalists wearing them out has a moment where either Korra (in frustration) or Bolin (bad-timing with a comparison) accidentally blabs about the kiss with Asami giving a "I thought we were friends/you love me?!" with Mako giving a quiet shame face before admitting it. Asami is especially frustrated that she sided with them against her father even though she's still down for the cause, but things a talk with Tenzin about The Power of Love, forgiveness and/or his own Love Triangle with Pema and Lin and/or Korra explaining about how sheltered life has affected her interactions with people especially romance that Asami can relate to. Things are better for it with the girls being more sisterly and even joking about "keeping an eye out for any ''more'' girls Mako could fall for."
Asami knows that Korra is in love with Mako.Just so you know, I'm Makorra endgame, I think they're soulmates. HOWEVER, I am also a fair judge and hold no grudge against Asami. Now, on to the theory: Asami is not stupid and Korra is not subtle. Asami mentions upon meeting Korra that Mako has told her a lot about her. This probably includes how eager Korra was to befriend and impress him when they first met, which is in sharp contrast to how cold Asami must have noticed Korra was to her when the two girls met. Asami is a very pretty girl and I doubt Mako is her first boyfriend, so she probably knows jealousy when she sees it. Korra is shown to display clear jealousy whenever Mako and Asami get overly cute, which I am sure Asami catches from time to time, as Korra seems to look out more for Mako than Asami. After Asami went to Mako after Korra asked him out, Korra was visibly depressed at his rejection and I seriously doubt Asami is thick enough to miss something as apparent as that. Asami seems like a good enough person to be concerned and inquire about Korra's mood and Mako probably told her. If this is true, Asami is probably mature enough to understand and accept that with a guy like Mako, of course he'd get attention from other girls. There's no evidence that Asami knows about Korra and Mako's kiss, but that doesn’t seem like the kind of thing Mako would keep from her. The biggest hint for me is when Asami congratulated Korra on her hat-trick and Korra spoke warmly to her for the first time. If you look at Asami's face, she seems a bit forlorn. Perhaps she feels guilty or that it is unfair that Korra should be forced to admit that Asami helped them because of her father's funding. After the finals (or at least what was supposed to be the finals), Asami seemed eager to try and befriend Korra, maybe in the hopes that things wouldn't be so awkward if they all became friends. Although it appears to have ultimately worked, both girls still hold these secrets from each other (Korra that she is in love with Asami's boyfriend, and Asami that she knows). I would like to think that if and when Mako and Asami split up for whatever reason, that they can remain friends and that Asami moves on. I like to think that she would eventually become a Shipper on Deck for Mako and Korra and give Korra better advice than jumping into volcanos or brewing freaky little Ikki-imagined love potions. If she didn't already know, she does as of Episode 8.
Asami will continue to grow jealous of Mako and Korra's friendship.And this will put stress on both her friendship with Korra and her relationship with Mako. Now technically living together, Mako and Korra will begin to grow closer as they spend time together and Asami will get jealous when she sees romantic undertones in their interactions. Just for the sake of it, these interactions will include the classic 'stand behind them to help them' tactic. I can see it happening.
Bolin will meet his real love interest in prisonHe's already in there after the events of Episode 8, and where else is he going to have the relative down-time to run into a romantic interest (outside of Korra). They could meet as Bolin helping protect said love-interest from being harassed by the guards. This would be especially interesting if the love interest had significant Equalist sentiments, leading to more defactors from the Equalist movement, as well as people (bender and non-bender alike) realizing that they are all in this together.
Korra will be the first to call out Mako on his behavior.Upon realizing that Mako's feelings for are getting in the way of his relationship with Asami, she'll call him out on putting Asami through that, then make it clear to Asami that while she is jealous and once did something she's not proud of because of it, she has no intention of stealing her boyfriend.
Mako will end the series single.Asami and Korra come to the conclusion that Mako shouldn't be making moves on them both at the same time, then abandon ship.
If Asami ends things with Mako, she will rebound temporarily to Bolin.
General Iroh and Korra.
Korra and Asami will gang up on Mako and tell him to make up his mind already.Korra's been trying to keep her distance, but Mako keeps gravitating to her. At the same time, we have poor Asami getting increasingly fed up with it. What he's doing is really not fair to either of them. The two gals will talk it out and then confront Mako over his polygamic indecisiveness and force him to make a choice.
The first season will end with a Maybe Ever After for Mako and KorraAnd the second season premiere will reveal that they didn't get together/stay together after all.
There will be hints of Mako and Korra, now in a relationship, are now sleeping together.Bryke got away with a Murder Suicide ON SCREEN! It's not to far out there to think they feel they could get away with this. At the most we'll probably be seeing some sloppily put on clothes, flushed faces and very messy hair. They might have the radar completely under their thumb, but it's still a daytime Nickelodeon show.
The Love Dodecahedron of Book 1 will affect Mako and Korra's relationship in some way during Book 2.Other than the Masami's ambiguous breakup and Endgame!Makorra, the show hasn't really touched the consequences of that messy love triangle. Mako and Korra facing and dealing with those consequences will be the stress test to their relationship.
Mai will have passed on too, and Zuko and Katara will find comfort in each other's arms in their old age.Just to finally satisfy the Zutarans.
I can't believe I'm saying this but . . .The Masami ship is a parody of Titanic. Here's the evidence:
Lin and Bumi will have a romance on the side.Because (1) both appear to be single, (2) it would be awesome, and (3) it would annoy Tenzin to no end (insert the mad cackling of fans here)
Bolin will be the subject of a love triangle
The Dark Spirit will be Bolin's new love interest.
Lin can't have kids.And that's the reason she and Tenzin grew apart, because of course Tenzin needed to pass on those airbender genes.
There is a secret reason why Mako is so bad with handling his relationship and women in general.He is voiced by Bud Bundy.
Bolin and Eska will get together.And their relationship will be very similar to April and Andy's relationship in Parksand Recreation, a nod to Aubrey Plaza who will be voicing Eska in the upcoming season.
Bolin is getting together with Eska to make Korra jealous.Bolin made sure to make his intentions of going after Eska known only in the presence of Mako and Korra, who seem to be having some relationship issues. And just look at his face when Mako and Korra are feeding each other cotton candy. Methinks that poor Bo is not quite over the Avatar.
Bolin flirting with Eska is merely a fling, but Eska believes it is geniune love.Eska has never had any experience with a guy hitting on her, most likely because she and her brother scare off any potential suitors. But after Bolin flirts with her, Eska thinks that it might be a sign that Bolin has actual feelings for her. This would explain why she acted possessive of Bolin after he hugged Korra. At some point though, Eska discovers the truth and feels betrayed by Bolin for leading her on. Bolin eventually goes to formally apologize to her for the misunderstanding and after being forgiven by Eska, the two decide to still be friends.
Eska is not interested in Bolin romantically, and is putting him through a Secret Test of Character by acting otherwise.Because admit it, that would be the most hilarious thing ever.
Eska will break up with Bolin for an extremely superficial reason.
Bolin will wind up with Zhu Li.A nice, down-to-earth girl who knows how to deal with eccentricity.
Bryke is actively trying to redeem Mako's character.When they wrote Out Of The Past, they meant to get across that Mako cares deeply about Korra and would resort to aggression to protect her. This backfired, as the message that the fandom seemed to get was that this guy was an abusive, aggressive prick who was only ever cruel to both Asami and Korra and could never hope to be a decent person. If anyone's cared to notice, they've been treading lightly with Mako this season, making it clear that Korra is the one starting most of their fights and that he's making an honest effort to be a supportive boyfriend. Going behind Korra's back and breaking up with her were both shown to be tough choices on his part and he certainly doesn’t seem happy about it. For all who protest, Mako's behavior after the breakup is not typical of abusive boyfriends who dumb their girlfriends out of boredom.
Asami will not try to restart her relationship with Mako.When she kissed Mako in the warehouse, she was in an extremely vulnerable place. Even when she had given up on her company and herself, Mako refused to. But even though Asami kissed him, she immediately realized it was a mistake and apologized. Maybe she still does have feelings for Mako, but she knows that throwing herself at him is not a good idea, especially not now. ...And even without all that, Makorra is pretty clearly endgame, even with the blip that is their breakup. (Sadly, this troper thinks.)
Eska acted how she acted with Bolin to protect him from Unuraq.Seeing how ruthless he is with his own kids, it's likely they fear he'd do the same to anyone close to them, similar to how Azula used her 'friends' Mei and Ty Lee as her personal lackeys and how Sozen seemed to want to do with Roku. When Bolin met and immediately started hitting on Eska, she started being mean, intentionally trying to get him to leave and out of Unulaq's line of fire. This also explains why they're both so reserved, they don't want to make friends and grow attacked only to have those friends used as tools by Unulaq. All that said, Eska probably does see Bolin as an uncultured 'rube' unworthy of a princess like herself, but still far too Adorkable to be used by Unulaq, which is why she's so over-the-top in her meanness. On the same note, this might be the reason for their apathetic relationship with Korra; as they're cousin, they wanted to befriend her, but as the Avatar, she was probably doomed from the start to be used by their father and so they kept themselves distant from her to spare themselves the inedible pain of loosing their cousin.
Eska will have a Heel-Face Turn and get back together with Bolin.After seeing the way their father treated Desna, she no longer wants anything to do with him. She will also take a level in sanity.
Eventually they(Bolin and Eska) will get together for real.
Korra will not be together with Mako at the end of Season 4This is what the first half of season 2 seems to be building up to, showing that although they certainly have feelings toward each other, it isn't going to work out. It's part of her Character Development away from being so Hot-Blooded. We should have been more Genre Savvy and realised that there's no way that the Love Dodecahedron was going to be resolved with 3 seasons left. On a meta level, this is could be another difference between Korra and Aang; because Aang ended up with his first love interest, the writers are going to go the opposite direction with Korra.
The endgame ships at the end of the show will ultimately be Korra/Bolin and Mako/Asami.
Korra will get together with an Indiana Jones-like character.
Zhu Li isn't just Varrick's assistant; she's his wife.That's why he never goes anywhere without her.
Eska is going to be showing up in Bolin's life sooner than expected.Her father, and the Northern Water Tribe's chieften did just turn into a giant monster and try to level Republic City. That's going to be a diplomatic nightmare, and the Northern Tribe is going to need to send someone high profile to try a smooth things over. Like their princess. Who might as well look Bolin up while she's in town. Ship Tease or brief moments as done in ATLA) is not their strong suit (see also the limited interaction between Tenzin and Pema) and/or tired of trying to yank the fandom's chain when the fandom just keeps yanking back. The double breakups in the Book 2 finale are meant to acknowledge this, and, like Korra herself, the creators will increasingly focus on their original strengths (e.g. comedy, spiritual philosophy, martial arts, worldbuilding). As a corollary, we will never learn anything else about the pairings of the rest of the Gaang either.
Korra will get a new boyfriend on the rebound.Self-explanatory. Maybe the boyfriend is someone we know, maybe it's a completely new character. Either way, the relationship won't last very long.