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The Air Acolytes will eventually give birth to airbenders
Word of God
says that the reason all the Air Nomads were airbenders was because their way of life was so spiritual. The acolytes are dedicated to recreating their culture, even if they can't bend the element. So after some generations of reliving the old ways, they will start having airbender children.
- Half-jossed, half-confirmed. Harmonic Convergence created a whole new generation of Airbenders, so it's likely at least some are going to be Air Acolytes. However, it won't be because of any sort of innate spirituality.
Legend of Korra is only the second series in the Avatar storyline, there will be several more
The "Avatar Saga" will continue as a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
-esc Generational Saga
. We'll have about 3 more series and it will all conclude with a Massive Multiplayer Crossover
with all the Avatars.
- Furthermore, each new series will move up a level on the punk scale. The series after Korra will be Raygun Gothic/Atom Punk, with a Cold War theme, while the one after that will have a futuristic Cyber Punk theme, and so on.
- This, oh god THIS.
- If there is three more series, it will go; Steam/Cattle Punk, a modern-day one and then Cyber Punk. Don't tell me that wouldn't be awesome.
- Isn't Korra already Steam Punk? Or am I getting my tropes mixed up? A theoretical next series would probably go straight to modern-day, otherwise we'd be subjecting Korra to dying really young, considering how long Avatars typically live. After that would be Cyber Punk, and then there would be a Bio Punk one.
Just so that the show can poke fun at all the fanfiction out there that transplant the Gaang into school. The school play will also resemble the Ember Island Players.
- Alternatively, either Mako or Bolin will be students at United Republic High School (or something along those lines) — Korra is sixteen, school-aged, and the brothers don't seem too much older than her. While she's training with Tenzin, they will be in class anxiously watching the clock and tearing out to meet Korra as soon as the bell rings. Also, Mako will constantly complain that fighting the Equalists takes away from his study time and Bolin will have groupies.
- Not so sure about this. Bolin is 19, and Mako is older. They could probably be in University though.
- Wait, where did you get this? I never heard Mako and Bolin's ages confirmed...
- Confirmed as of yesterday on Nick's website, Mako is 18 while Bolin is 16.
Right now, we assume
Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo would be safe because of the trope, but Amon has shown he is willing to going to more pragmatic means to achieve his goal to end bending.
- TLoK is still a kids' show, no way are they gonna have the villain to kill innocent kids. Amon didn't even kill Tarrlok, another villain, even though he had the opportunity and reason to do it.
- The Infant Immortality was to the fact we doubt they'll get de-bended by Amon rather than die.
- Then it's the wrong term to use. Change the words from "infant immortality" to something more accurate and clean up these comments, and this WMG will look nicer.
- I think you missed what this WMG is trying to say. Immortality doesn't only refer to "life" it refers to power and more. The Infant Immortality definitely works here and nothing needs to change, even though the WMG is jossed in Season 1. The kids were pretty badass though.
- As far as all 4 books are concerned, there were a few instances where the kids' lives were put in danger, Jinora more so than Ikki or Meelo because she becomes a more important character to the whole story, but after 52 episodes, the WMG is officially Jossed. All the kids are alive and doing fine at the end of TLOK, as are the other main characters. So Infant Immortality is played straight.
The new Team Avatar will watch a black-and-white silent film adaptation of "The Boy in the Iceberg."
It will be the perfect way for the creators to ridicule the live-action movie.
Bolin: Why are they dancing? Real bending doesn't look like that! And how do you keep Earthbenders prisoner with all that earth under them? Why is..
Mako: Bolin. Shut up.
One of the main characters will die.
The series is said to be Darker and Edgier
after all, and while the Last Airbender killed off recurring characters they never axed a lead. My money's one of the Bending Brothers. Killing either Bolin or Mako would send the remaining brother into either a Heroic BSOD
or a Roaring Rampage of Revenge
, shake up the status quo with characters like Tenzin and Asami, and could be a serious Kick the Dog
moment for the anti-benders in terms of their popularity within the Republic. Besides, what better way to send Korra into her Avatar State than killing her best friend/boyfriend in front of her eyes?
- The Welcome to Republic City game had this rather...ominous thing to say for the Mako/Bolin description: "either would willingly sacrifice their live for the other". So that's more evidence for this theory.
- My guess is that Bolin is going to die. Mako's death, while sad, would not have the Emotional Torque Bolin's death would. Allow me to present a scenario that will give him a Heroic Sacrifice even as they Kill the Cutie: The Krew is running away from the bad guys and all but Bolin make it through the Slow Doors. Mako and Korra try to find a way to get him out but Bolin insists that they run away while they still can. Mako will reply with a Big "NO!". Bolin will calmly thank Mako for always looking out for him and say that it's time to return the favor. Rocks fall from the ceiling, cueing Korra to pull a BSOD Mako away to safety. Bolin's last request will be that look after Pabu as he gives them a thumb's up and Go Out with a Smile. Once Mako and Korra are gone, he'll go back into Game Face mode when the bad guys finally catch up and kill him off-screen (because it's still a kid show). If he doesn't die, at the very least he'll become Brainwashed and Crazy. If anyone can think of a more heartbreaking plausible death scene for Mako, I'm all ears.
- I doubt they would go that dark. Despite all of the things they've done (terrorist attacks, scenes that have rape undertones), this is still a kids show. Killing off a main character like Bolin wouldn't sit well with a lot of people.
- I think killing off Bolin would be too easy for the series, like killing the human torch in the fantastic four. The in universe consequences seem to be easily avoided, not to mention it would make room for the Makorra shippers, practically confirming it. Mako dying on the other hand could be character development for Bolin, who would become more serious, as well as reducing the tensions between Asami and Korra.
- Jossed. All of the main characters are still alive at series' end.
The first series started off with Aang
was added in the second season, and Zuko
popped in by the third season. Since Korra is a Composite Character
of Toph, Suki and Katara, Mako is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute
for Zuko, and Bolin is a more Aang-like Toph, there's some added credence in assuming that they'll get at least two more members.
- It's possible at least one of those two will be a Badass Normal who either knows chi-blocking either from being an ex-Equalist or through other means. Sokka was an amazing non-bender in the previous series, so why not have someone who can give Equalists and other enemies a run for their money in the Krew?
- I think we're going to have a Sixth Ranger who has had/will have their bending removed. Personal headcanon is that s/he was a waterbender, preferably not Southern Tribe because we have Korra representing that, maybe Swampbender? Reasoning behind this is that if many benders lose their powers, at least some will want to get back at Amon. Hopefully s/he learns to be Badass Normal, maybe wih the help of the above non-bender.
- Bolin struck me more as a Earthbending Sokka.
Because the Final Battle
in TLA was an apocalyptic battle against an Evil Overlord
. Only one way to go from there.
- Working with the chi-powered mech theory below, it could be a giant war machine instead that rampages through Republic City like a Kaiju and is driven by Amon.
- Alternatively, Amon's Energy Bending will backfire somehow, just as it almost did with Aang and the fire lord, resulting in him becoming this Eldritch Abomination.
- Is it really a backfire ... or completely intentional from the very beginning?
- This is actually what Korra will prepare for in Book 2. There is an episode called "Harmonic Convergence", an event where the ultimate battle between good and evil will occur. This is where an Eldritch Abomination, Vaatu, does indeed threaten the world.
- Giant war machine, you said? That is indeed the case for the Book 4/series finale, but it's driven by metalbender Kuvira, who is the final antagonist of the series. And it's powered by the spirit vines of the Banyan Grove, which are similar to the Republic City vines Vaatu left behind at the end of Book 2, where the WMG's scenario pans out.
Something about the series will go unanswered by the end.
Hey, at the end of the day Mike and Brian are sitting on one Hell of a cash cow, and if they can keep it going through suspense and a rabid fanbase more power to them. Besides, we all want to see that Mad-Max style earthbender series, right? They have plenty of unanswered questions aren't necessary to the plot to choose from already:
- 1. Who's Lin's Daddy?
- 2. Who killed Mako & Bolin's parents?
- 3. What happened to Hasook?
- 4. How did Korra tame Naga?
- 5. Who gave Sato his once-in-a-lifetime loan?
- 6. Who the Hell is Yakone?
- 7. How is Amon taking away people's ability to bend?
- 8. AND WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ZUKO'S MOM? WE DEMAND ANSWERS!
- Well, two of the last three have been answered as of the Book 1 finale. The last, Zuko's Mom, was answered in the second trilogy of graphic novels.
- Confirmed. Questions 2, 4, and 5 were never answered in The Legend of Korra. The answer to Question 1 was some guy called Kanto, and it was answered in the Book 4 episode "Operation Beifong." And Hasook reappears as part of a wedding band in the final minutes of the series finale.
The show will run four seasons
The book names will be Air, Metal, Blood, and Spirit, each chronicling a style of bending Korra has yet to learn.
- Jossed since Mike & Bryan made it clear they're only doing two seasons.
- Not just yet...there's that option to renew.
- They said they're discussing plans past the second season if they get renewed again.
- Metal and blood are specific forms of earth and water bending respectively. They don't count as separate styles. This leaves Air and Spirit, which is exactly as long as the show has been confirmed to continue.
- Sort of confirmed as of San Diego Comic Con 2012: Book 2 is "Spirits". Book 3 was eventually called "Change", and Book 4 has been named "Balance".
The mayor (or president) of Republic city will be a main character.
Only instead of being predictably evil or corrupt he'll be on Korra's side in wanting the anti-bending revolt to die down. He'll either be comically ineffective at all but passing laws or a tough military man who deeply cares about his city
, or maybe both. Is it too late to guess Meelo will be his son?
- Meelo has already been confirmed to be Tenzin's son.
- Considering 1920s China really did have a president who was so corrupt and incompetent he triggered a Communist revolution, it's not really farfetched at all to have Republic City's leader (or her) turn out to be a President Evil. It's too early to tell, but Lin Beifong's metalbending force could easily be far more dictatorial and oppressive than it appears. Clearly, the city isn't doing so well, what with all the homelessness.
- If the requirement for employment as an officer of the law is that you must be a metalbender, that's an institutionalized Fantastic Caste System right there, unintended consequence or not.
- We've seen plenty of policemen who aren't the metalbending cops. Those appear do the the equivalent of a SWAT team.
- Confirmed. President Raiko of Republic City is introduced in Book 2 episode "Peacekeepers."
As it's been stated in other WMG sections (even by myself), the Lieutenant still believes in the cause in spite of Amon's treachery, and he wasn't killed or captured. He may gather up the remaining Equalists and move their operations underground so they can have time to recover. Since he, unlike Amon, has no reason to keep benders alive, he'll shift their goal from de-powering benders to eradicating them entirely
. And, with their numbers and strength drastically reduced, his plan for vengeance will be one of secrecy and subterfuge, rather than open war— they'll infiltrate every branch of the United Republic's government
, aiming to destroy their enemy from within.
- Bonus points if he takes several levels in badass between seasons (no more getting launched skyward in every encounter!) and, to denote both the severance of his ties to Amon and his new status as leader, he changes his title from "the Lieutenant" to "the Captain".
The unbalance between benders and non-benders is not over and it will still be a major problem.
Amon is defeated. Yay. But the benders really got lucky with the fact that he was a bender to demoralize the revolution. And some equalists can point that as a reason to keep fighting: ("Even a bender said that your powers are evil, and his story proves it!"). And many of them can become even more resentfull for being manipulated by a bender (see above guess). The theme will be the discussion of the place of nonbenders in the world since a bender can do everything they can and more. Korra will have to search the answer for this and it is possible that the equalists try to search for a power accessible only to non-benders
, maybe if a Deal with the Devil
in the worst scenario.
Korra cannot bend elements other than air outside the Avatar State.
- Considering that she is fully capable of restoring other people's bending without hitch, it seems really unlikely that she couldn't restore her own.
- But she was in the Avatar State when she restored Beifong's bending, so that says nothing about whether she can bend water, earth, fire or energy outside the Avatar State.
- Why wouldn't she then go into the Avatar State, which she can apparently consciously control now, and restore her own bending?
There is a group of airbenders who got away from the Fire Nation extermination and they've turned into assassins.
Basically, they're ninjas. Really fast and mastered in the art of lethal airbending (which includes sucking air out of lungs, bending the pressure around someone to crush them, etc.) Almost no one knows about them. The people who do are usually killed immediately. They're cold and ruthless people. At first they were fueled by revenge and targeted firebenders, but then they just got used to the act of murder. Korra will eventually meet them in season 2 and have to find a way to escape them and possibly take them down.
- I like this idea, except... who do they assassinate? And if they can crush someone with pressure, wouldn't that leave some pretty weird evidence?
- There are probably a very select few trusted clients who know about them. They're paid to assassinate certain targets. And the pressure would probably be used only in certain situations where there is no choice. Lungs would be a better alternative because that way, there's almost no evidence of a struggle.
- Why would the Clients know that their Airbenders? They would just need to know that these assasians are very good at their job, not all the details of how they kill.
Korra will wow her friends with her unexpected baby-handling skills.
Common sense says that Tenzin and Pema went to the South Pole to visit his mother and Korra several times over the years. It is not far off to think that Korra would have developed skills in dealing with babies and children seeing as she is a full seven years older than the oldest child and probably helped Pema with the first three. Mako, Bolin and Asami, not expecting someone like Korra to be so skilled with kids, will be very surprised when they see how expertly she handles baby Rohan.
Alternately to an above theory, the Equalists will rise again, more ruthless and dark than ever, under a new leader: Hiroshi Sato.
Alright, during the fight with Asami, Hiroshi seriously reminded me of Azula. As Asami correctly states, his hatred for benders has overshadowed his love for his late wife and their daughter. He also seemed to have a high rank within with Equalists. From how he tried to murder Asami, he might start lumping in non-benders with any kind of affliction with benders into the mesh of enemies, sort of a 'a blood-traitor is just as bad as a mudblood' type mentality. He would probably take the reigns of the Equalists because his hatred runs so deep and because he's insane, so he wouldn't let go so easily. He will grow further disgusted with Asami upon leaning of her break-up with Mako and Mako and Korra's relationship, that she stays by will because not only did her boyfriend 'dump' her (for a bender, not less), he 'dumped' her for the Avatar.
- Wouldn't he have been arrested by now?
- One properly executed jailbreak would take care of that.
- Alternate Theory: An Enemy Civil War between hardline pro-Sato Equalists that see anyone bender or not (especially not) with less than a feverish hatred of benders as fair game and pro-Lieutenent Equalists that are relatively more moderate and targeting only benders while using similar politicking as Amon to separate themselves from the "barbarians" as the "true friends/champions of non-benders seeking freedom from oppression." Just imagine The Lieutenant giving a Rousing Speech about he and his fellow true Equalists being bamboozled and hoodwinked by a traitorous bender and he being the true leader of the people, hearing the spirits on a sabbatical, etc.
- Going off the above, one faction would be the "true" Equalists who actually are about equal treatment and stopping oppression, and the other would be the "Satoists" who are more concerned with the genocide of benders and anyone who supports them. At some point, someone on the "equality" side would have the thought of equalizing society not by removing bending, but by spreading it. Knowing of Korra's ability to restore bending, the equalists would approach her to see if it would be possible. Without knowing enough to say it isn't, she would be inspired to try, setting up her efforts to be the first true spiritbending master.
- Whether or not the Equalists ever present a threat to the world again, Hiroshi Sato won't be leading them. He remained in prison from the end of Book One all the way to the series finale, and he was killed while cutting a hole in Kuvira's mech for New Team Avatar to get in and defeat her.
The Earthbending Avatar won't have a series but rather a TV Movie
It would be an easier way to wrap things up.
- If they want do shows with all four types of Avatar, it would wrap up with a firebending Avatar, not an earthbender.
The Earthbending-centric triad is the Dai Li.
We've heard of the Agni Kais (Firebender triad, obviously), the Red Monsoons (Waterbenders), and the Triple-Threat (multicultural)... but what's the Earthbending triad? The Dai Li. After the Hundred Year War ended, Earth King Kuei declared that the Dai Li is to be disbanded and its members are declared traitors to the kingdom. Many manage to escape and regroup in the newly formed Republic, and turned to a life of organized crime.
- Jossed. They were able to remain together in Ba Sing Se, and had returned to power by Book 3, where they were allied with Earth Queen Hou-Ting, Kuei's ruthless daughter.
Lightningbenders aren't the only source of electricity.
Handling the power load of the entire city would in all likelihood be a great strain on the lightning benders hired by the power company. A conventional steam turbine-driven dynamo system is used to handle the city's base power load, while the lightningbenders handle spikes and peak time.
- In ATLA the Earthbenders had to move the mail and packages all day and night(I'm pretty sure mail doesn't stop) and they handled the front gates. If they could handle that I'm sure the Lightening benders can handle their responsibilities.
- Well then the citizenry will not be happy at all with the Equalists causing a complete blackout during their short period of control of the city.
Korra and Mako are the reincarnation of the Zutara fans wanted, and this trend will continue...
Thus, the next avatar, a male genderbend of Toph, will get with a female genderbend of Aang, thus Taang realised, and finally, another Zukoesque clone, will of course, get with Sokka, cos that will be awesome!
We'll get to see the Avaverse version of the Afterlife.
This may or may not involve cast teaming up with an army of the dead to beat down the villains. Bonus points if Dead characters from the previous series make prominent appearances.
The third and fourth seasons will have an inter-connected story.
Both were ordered at the same time, unlike the previous two seasons. As such, the the main Story Arc
will be plotted to cover both seasons, similar to what the previous series did.
- Somewhat confirmed. The fallout of the Red Lotus's antics in Book 3 leave the Earth Kingdom in chaos, and Korra crippled. The quelling of the Earth Kingdom's chaos is done by the villain of Book 4, which also largely takes place in the Earth Kingdom. Korra's recovery is also a theme in Book 4.
Korra will join the Metalbending Academy with Bolin
Given that Korra has all of her bending back, she would probably take up subsets like Metalbending under Lin. But not just her. After getting stuck in that cell with Iroh II and Asami, Bolin takes up learning it too. This would gel with the idea that the next season's villain will be a Metalbender, maybe the new leader of the Triple Threat Triad since Zolt
lost his bending. He would probably be a Yakone-esqe villain. It would also be a good opportunity to focus on the underbelly of Republic City that oppress non-benders, as well as elaborate on Bolin and Mako's past in the Triple Threats. And we would have Cadet!Korra and Cadet!Bolin. It could also give Bolin some character development, making him more responsible.
- Probably jossed. Bolin is a lavabender rather than a metalbender by the end of Book 3, and Korra gets good enough at metalbending to take down a a master metalbender in the Book 4/series finale by herself.
Bolin will NOT learn Metal Bending
His role is more of being intentionally "underpowered" in comparison to Korra (freaking Avatar) and Mako (exceedingly skilled Firebender). Bolin is more of the "master of basics" type, especially as the primary non-Metal Earthbender. It wouldn't make sense for him to gain Metalbending when there are other ways to show that he is an effective team member.
- Confirmed! He learns LAVABENDING instead, which is much more unique, and is the sole practitioner by the end of Book 3.
The next season, book 2: Spirits, will negate
the happy ending of book 1: Air
- Confirmed. Korra loses the link with the previous Avatars that she had gained at the end of Book 1.
Tahno is descended from the Foggy Swamp waterbenders
And it's something of which he is deeply ashamed. It would explain his lighter complextion
If we ever get a third series, the Official Couple
will be a lesbian relationship between Korra's successor/reincarnation and a badass non-bending girl.
Some fans believe that Korra/Mako is the Official Couple
because it superficially resembles Zutara, and therefore draws in the Zutara fangirls. As of this writing, the Fan-Preferred Couple
for Legend of Korra is Korra/Asami. If we assume that these fans are correct, that we will see a third Avatar series and that Korra/Asami will remain the most popular ship for the rest of the series, then the logical conclusion is that the next Official Couple
will superficially resemble Korra/Asami.
- We won't have to wait that long. Korra's series finale already gave us Korrasami.
A future main villain will be a ridiculously powerful self-trained Airbender who hates the fire nation for the genocide of the air nomads.
- Come on, there had to be more survivors than just Aang. The new villain could be descended from them. He might want to cause a mass genocide of the fire nation. For added interest, he might just be a teenager like the main cast.
- Confirmed, somewhat. Zaheer, the main antagonist of Book 3, is an airbending villain who hates Fire Lord Sozin he abused his power as a leader, becoming a tyrant who called for the genocide of the Air Nomads. However, Zaheer is not a teenager, instead he looks to be in his 30s at least.
At some point Korra will be in a 3 on 1 exhibition match
Korra can bend all 4 elements and it would make a good charity event
One of the main or supporting characters will die by the series' end
Place your bets people, your guess is as good as mine.
- Korra: Likely a Heroic Sacrifice to protect her loved ones. This could also play into a new series in the franchise with another timeskip (possibly a 1940s setting or even a 1990s setting for second 70 year Time Skip).
- Tenzin: Very poetically sad as he and his father won't have a chance to see their children grow up. Likely a heroic sacrifice like Korra above.
- Katara: Is pretty old, will be the biggest Tear Jerker in the show.
- If anyone remembers The Fortune Teller, she stated that Katara will pass away quietly in her sleep after seeing the birth of her third great-grandchild. Given that all of Aunt Wu's predictions are true, that's why Katara is still alive in the present. Plus, the part about her third great-grandchild is many years away and won't happen any time soon.
- Mako: Another heroic sacrifice, he will die trying to protect Bolin (or possibly Asami). This would bring sad, but much needed Character Development for Bolin. Could be Inverted...
- Jossed on the main characters, including the ones above this sentence; they all survive the series. For supporting characters, Hiroshi Sato DOES die in the series finale helping the team against Kuvira, the Big Bad of Book 4.
The series will end with the Avatar Cycle being broken forever
Because Korra will succeed where the other Avatars failed and bring true lasting balance to the world, to the point that the world won't need the Avatar to maintain balance anymore. Wan and Raava will finally be able to rest, having atoned for their past mistakes.
- Jossed by both Word of God and that despite two brushes with this in Books 2 & 3, the Avatar is still alive, albeit minus the link to the prior Avatars starting with Aang.
The topic of dragons is going to come up.
In the first show, there were only two dragons left. Even if they're still alive in Korra's time, the species would probably be functionally extinct anyway. The topic will be brought up, perhaps with Korra going to the spirit world to see if there's a way to bring the dragons back.
- Remember that egg-shaped stone from The Firebending Masters? The one Aang picked up and said it was really warm, almost as if it's alive? It's likely hatched by Korra's time. And who knows? Like how Appa was assumed to be the last Sky Bison but was later proven otherwise, maybe Ran and Shaw aren't The Last of Their Kind.
- Kinda confirmed. Zuko has a dragon named Druk in Book 3.
We haven't seen the last of Amon or Tarrlok.
Yes, they're confirmed to be dead, but it can't be a coincidence that they're from the Northern Water Tribe, Korra is from the Southern Water Tribe, and there's tension between the two tribes.
The North is more spiritual and traditional than the South. More Waterbenders are Northern than Southern, so perhaps that's where Tarrlok got his anti-non-bender attitudes from (and didn't really show them until he went all fascist on the non-benders in Republic City). The Air Nomads, after all, were all Airbenders because they were the most spiritual; it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the North had loads of waterbenders because of their spirituality. On the other hand, the South lost almost all of its waterbenders in the Hundred Years War, and an otherwise powerful tribe was reduced to a tiny village led by the teenage children of the chief who had left the tribe to fight in the war. That's not very conducive to spirituality. And well, look at the attitude toward bending and spirituality Sokka had early on in ATLA. It's probably still present in the South.
Mako will die in a later season
Korra will hold herself responsible
and it'll inform the rest of the season's plot
. She may take to wearing his scarf in memory
. Bolin will get lots of Character Development
- If he is thrown off a bridge, take a sip of your drink.
- If his neck is snapped by the whiplash of Korra using a metalbent cable to catch him, down your drink.
- Jossed. He comes close to death in the series finale, but Bolin saves him in time.
If Mako survives, Tenzin
will die in a later season
Korra will let out a Big "NO!"
- But...but so will I!
- Two words: Disney Death
- Jossed. He's alive and well at series' end.
The fire bender who killed Bolin and Mako's parents Asami's mother and burnt Amon's face will be revealed as Azula
Who is still crazy
Air Temple Island is actually a lion turtle
Because, hey, the creators love to throw in giant lion turtles out of nowhere!
Because he's just that damn memorable
whether he really has something to do with Amon (this troper likes the theories of Amon being his Dragon ala Slade
) or Korra comes across him in the Spirit World unintentionally or otherwise. The creators are pretty good at listening to the fans (Jun's return in season 3 of the original series, skipping "The Great Divide," etc.
) just as this troper expects at least a nod to Tahno and HOWL
as Ensemble Darkhorses (not even counting a return of "Schooltime Shipping.")
We'll get a "Tales of Ba Sing Se" episode.
Just an episode of stand-alone stories featuring the cast going through their everyday lives and doing stuff.
Eventually, Korra's going to get called out on her conduct in book 2.
She opened the portal, unleashing a horror that threatened to destroy the world. Why? Because Unalaaq threatened to kill (or something) Jinora. Hey Avatar! It's great that you're protecting one of the last airbenders, but is one human life really worth risking the safety of the entire world? It may sound cynical, but realistically someone should make this point.
Airbenders will return.
At some point before the series is over they will find the air lion turtle and it will give the air acolytes the power to air bend.
- Confirmed, but not in this manner. Harmonic Convergence gave Airbending to random people at the start of Book 3, including Bumi and Zaheer.
Pema will airbend.
We know that bending has a spiritual component. We know that Pema left her family to become an Air Acolyte, and has been living the highly spiritual Air Nomad lifestyle for at least 16 years (Jinora's age plus nine months of pregnancy). Also her husband and at least three (likely all four) of her children are airbenders. So in short, she's pretty darn spiritual. And if someone as unspiritual as Ryu
can get airbending from Harmonic Convergence...
Katara, Zuko, and Toph will reunite.
Most likely during the Earth Empire's inevitable attack on Republic City. The three will fight off a massive Earth Empire assault, and when thousands of corpses lie at their feet, one (likely Toph) will declare "Don't mess with the original Team Avatar".
- Maybe in any future comics, but not in the show proper. No two of them ever share a scene together, much less all three.
There will be a TV movie or miniseries involving time travel.
So that Korra can team up with Aang.
Book 1: Air
Tensions in the United Republic Council will come to a head, and directly stem from issues of representation
The Council is a Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering
that will soon become A House Divided
, perhaps even to the point of Blood on the Debate Floor
. Lets see what complaints we could theoretically level at the Five-Person Council, the sort of issues they and those they serve might snipe about behind closed doors. At least three of the Council Members are Benders, once again marginalizing a majority nonbender populace and stoking Equalist suspicions of a Fantastic Caste System
. The Four Nations are represented, but what about Republic City as an entitity unto itself? Tenzin has too much influence as head of a micronation only four (soon-to-be-five) people strong, plus some acolytes. Though the Council represents four
nations, the Water Tribes exert undue influence by insisting on two-person representation when the much more heterogenous, (and inferentially populous) Earth Kingdom should receive extra consideration. Wait just a moment, gentlemen, ladies, what is our representative system? Proportional or equal?(*Insert gavel banging here*)
- Five seats on the council with representation based on the nations, so both water tribes get a seat. It's really extremely undemocratic
- Republic City was never billed as a democracy though. So accusations of "undemocratic" practices aren't all that relevant.
A Bender with Equalist parents will be introduced.
This character (who will come later and be part of the main cast) grew up with Equalist parents and was always forced to repress their abilities. The parents were always upset at having a bender child and the other anti-benders treated them poorly for it. The character will be upset and make a failed attempt at murdering Korra to prove that they're loyal to the Equalist cause. Korra will eventually tell them that being a bender is part of who you are and you shouldn't lie to yourself or hate yourself. This sets the character on the right path, while still being doubtful, and spends the rest of the series trying to accept themself. By the finale they will have not only accepted but embraced their bending abilities.
- You Can't Fight Fate as an Aesop in a children's show?
- More like Be True To Yourself And Don't Let People Tell You What You Are. A pretty common aesop for children (Harry Potter and the Dursleys for example).
- Or it could be a person who disapproves of the way non-benders are treated and happens to be a bender themselves, or maybe just a Boomerang Bigot.
Korra is unsuccessful, and there's a shocker ending.
Korra works incredibly hard to master airbending and the avatar state leading up to a huge battle with the Equalists on the scale of Aang's battle against Ozai, but when she goes into the Avatar state - BOOM. Someone kills her with a gun, a bomb, or some other sort of man-made weapon that even bending can't adequately counter. The Avatar cycle is broken, and the Equalists take power, somehow, leading to bending eventually dying out, and humans becoming much more focused on industrializing instead. And then... it becomes the world as we know it today.
- Going further (and preventing this from being a TOTAL downer ending) many years later a young earthbender is told about the old Avatar cycle by his master, an old Earthbender who's gone into hiding since Korra's time. He tells the young earthbender that the world is dying as a result of the death of the cycle and somehow it must be restored. He then tells the boy (Or girl, it doesn't really matter at this point) about a mysterious lion-turtle who may know how to restore the cycle that's been spotted in the waters outside of Republic City and reluctantly asks his pupil to go find it. Thus begins a new series about an earth-bending Avatar focusing on how bending originated and how the cycle of the avatar began.
- Jossed for book 1.
Korra will undergo a slow Face-Heel Turn
, her powers will increase anti-bender sentiment, and once she goes into the avatar state, she'll be killed by a descendant of the cabbage man in a Mini-Mecha in a hail of missiles
will be discovered, and weaponized, and the elitist benders, fearing extinction will initiate a police state
. Muggles will devolve into Morlocks
, and all will not be well.
- And then Bryke wake up with the worst hangover ever and decide never to chug half-a-keg of beer each ever again. ;P
Three forces, the pro-bending league, Tenzin's family and his acolytes, and what remains of the genuinely progressive arm of the Equalists will begin teaching not only bender culture, but bending forms to non benders. The pro-benders will see monetary potential in new non-bender athletic leagues that both open up entertainment avenues and get low-income kids off the streets and into their gyms. The Equalists will like the utility of these...these "martial arts" both for self defense (Turns out, with some disciplines, if you make a bending form rapidly and accurately enough with your bare fists and it connects, it can really hurt somebody! Go figure!) and exercise, and Tenzin will, after some nudging from his family, the Avatar and his associates, begin letting his acolytes have a go at the training gates, if he hasn't been at least teaching them meditation already. After all, having just a handful of Airbenders puts the nations out of balance, and the forms should be spread even if the innate capacity is lacking. Even the Spirit World might decide that Tenzin's line simply isn't enough to revitalize the Air Nation into counterbalancing the other three, so eventually, sufficiently dedicated, culturally reverant nonbender Air Novices will be stunned to find they can make the gates spin, all on their own...possibly after having vivid dreams about Sky Bison, a Lion Turtle or an Airbender man who wants to teach them a neat trick where you make a marble spin in midair.
Team Avatar will find a way to counter Chi-Blocking techniques from the Gaang's muggle pupils. A cure for Amon's Energybending will also be found
Actually this has already been discovered by the last series and might even be a Chekov's Gun, if not this time round than maybe Season 2. Sokka's frequent Face Palming
made his head immune to Chi Blocking by Ty Lee, not to mention how he managed to dodge all her moves at Ba Sing Sae. And Suki's clearly developed the martial arts technique to fend of Ty lee's chi blocking attacks. Nothing has worked better against the Chi Blockers close quarters style of combat. Now here's how it goes. Ty Lee joining the Kyoshi warriors would have taught them all about Chi-Blocking's secrets, but Suki and co. would have also gone on counter attacks to render the Chi blocking ineffective. Surely they must have taught the art to their students.
And while we're at that, I'm guessing that Aang's son Bumi has learnt how to Energybend from Aang and might actually know how to restore a person's bending, because it appears that the secret to being able to bend or not is all about manipulating the energies in people's systems. He'll probably make and appearance sooner or later to help Tenzin and Team Avatar out. Bonus points if he also learnt from Sokka and Suki and knows how to make the body immune to Chi Blocking.
- Yes please! Is not fair that Lin gets forever de-bended.
- Korra learned Energybending from Aang himself and re-powered Lin in book 1's finale. So partly confirmed.
Korra will learn from Spirit Aang that fighting in this case is not the answer.
Her attitude is obviously a fight first, talk later one. Once she finally establishes spiritual communication with Aang (and come on, she will) he will teach her that fighting won't solve everything, and she'll make massive diplomatic progress towards true bender/non-bender equality like putting a non-bender on the council or something. Of course, the finale needs an epic fight, so once this completely undermines Amon's extremist policies and he loses support, he'll go berserk and we'll see him one-on-one against Korra. Or maybe he'll pilot that giant mecha and the City's only hope is Korra going into the Avatar state.
- Half-jossed. She learned from Aang, but it wasn't about "fighting isn't everything", and it was after Amon's defeat.
Amon doesn't actually have the ability to permanently take bending away.
No one's actually seen the long-term effects of Amon's chi-blocking. For all we know, he just temporarily takes bending away and the gang members at the demonstration were killed soon afterwards. The result is a city full of benders who fear the Equalists.
- It's entirely possible. When Aang utilized Spiritbending in the series finale of TLA, he pressed upon two specific chakra on Ozai's body: his heart and his head. The heart chakra deals with love and is blocked by one's guilt. In accessing Ozai's spirit through that chakra, Aang could have made him feel guilt from the hurt he and his forefathers put upon the world with their war(this could be why Ozai seems to be brooding the whole time afterward). This act then sealed Ozai's Air chakra, while Aang's simultaneous sealing of his Thought chakra ultimately removed his ability to bend through actual manipulation of Ozai's soul. As for Amon, his method of bending removal involves him deliberately(seen with how he methodically turns Zolt around to access his neck) paralyzing his opponent through a pressure point strike and then simply sealing their Thought chakra. The difference here is that Amon's method merely blocks bending, meaning that such attacks could be healed if Korra ever learns Spiritbending herself, while Aang's method outright removes one's ability to bend.
- Partly jossed. The pro-bending champions who Amon debended were still depowered the next day. It is conceivable though that the process can be reversed.
- What about a few weeks of months?
- Korra can re-power them, as of the book 1 finale. She hasn't been shown doing so, but she could do it.
The statue of Aang will get blown up at some point.
Most likely during the Darkest Hour
before the season/series finale.
- Possible that Korra's Destructive Saviour tendencies will play in that destroying a good portion of Republic City and restoring it from scratch might be what they need too. Perhaps Aang's rebuilt statue will include one for Korra too.
- That statue is the size of a Skyscraper. It would take something huge to blow it up. Any ideas?
- A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the first episode implies Amon is working on a giant steampunk robot.
- A clip of the season finale reveals that Amon has decided to vandalize the statue instead of destroying it.
- It doesn't get blown up, but it is torn down by a Dark Avatar State Unalaq in Season 2. Do we want to call it close enough for a "Confirmed"?
- Maybe not. It's back where it was AGAIN by Book 3, which, by the way, takes place only a few weeks later.
Tahno will have his bending taken away by Amon...
Then he will go through a Heroic BSOD
(Or Villanous?) and then join Korra's Krew.
- Partially confirmed. Tahno is shown to lose his bending.
- Confirmed as of And The Winner Is...
Team Avatar will fight the Metalbender Cops in order to protect the Equalists.
Our heroes will come to learn that not every Equalists is an Amon-level creep, just like there were good people fighting under Ozai's banner. Afterward there will come a point where Chief Beifong's officers will attempt to crack down on the Equalists, and their overly wide net is going to round up some people who don't deserve to be arrested. Korra will attempt to stand up to this injustice, at first non-violently, having learned from her first run-in with the law, but after something bad happens — the cops get too rough, someone throws a punch, whatever — the situation will escalate. At that point Korra will jump in and forcibly defend the Equalists, but end up at the center of a battle royale where extremists on both
sides try to attack her. It'll be a special moment in Republic City's history: bender and non-bender band together to take on the Big 'A'. It'll also earn Korra some street cred with the Equalist rank-and-file.
- I was setting an episode to record and the description talked about Korra getting pulled into a violent scheme to get rid of the Equalists.
- Not exactly, but "When Extremes Meet" has Korra oppose the police force to defend non-benders being illegally imprisoned under Tarrlok's orders. It's not much of a stretch that Tarrlok's MUCH more extreme methods lead to Korra actually having an Enemy Mine situation with Amon.
There will be a battle/chase on a motorcycle
Why? Because it would be AWESOME
, that's why! I mean who doesn't want to see bending on motorcycles?!
- I...wow. This...needs to happen. It just...it just does.
- I support this theory. So much.
- BENDING ON MOTORCYCLES!!!
- It'd be weird if they didn't do that.
- And it was amazing. I wonder, are they called Satocycles? Did we ever hear them refer to them as "motorcycles"?
- A massive, dark-skinned, middle aged soldier with a shaven head.
- A scrawny little gearhead
- A female tattooed Badass Normal with paired dao and a visible Axe Crazy streak.
- A mild mannered guy who looks and acts like a petty clerk from Ba Sing Se.
Part of Asami's role in the group is to provide additional transportation.
She gives the group a Cool Car
so everyone doesn't have to rely on Naga for getting around.
- Incidentally, wasn't that the same extravagant car Tarrlok had sent to Korra to curry favor with her? Nice Chekhov's Car, if that's so.
- It's Asami's car, not Korra's. Proof: she turns on the crime scanner and says that now she knows why one was installed in every family car.
Korra will take off Amon's mask while they're fighting
In "The Voice in the Night" she'll unmask Amon mid-battle. It would make really bad Nightmare Fuel
, especially if Amon's face really is disfigured because of a firebender
- Or it will turn out that all those theories about Koh being responsible for Amon losing his face were right...
- Partly confirmed! He's not disfigured - it's just makeup. His mask actually comes off twice - first when he removes it himself, second after Korra blasts him into the water and it comes off, along with the makeup.
The Reason why Tarrlock and Noatak look like their father's post operation face is because:
His face wasn't just completely made up. It took physical aspects of deceased and or unknown relatives like grandparents or even parents. Those physical treats just happened to be passed on.
The cure for Amon's style of de-bending is....
...Bloodbending. It's considered a very dark, taboo art, and bloodbenders are considered Always Chaotic Evil
. One of the major themes of the show is that Equalists think bending is always bad, when it isn't. Bloodbending will get the same treatment: Someone will figure out that it can, in fact, be used for good. Since Amon used bloodbending to take away other people's powers, the only option to re-gain bending is bloodbending. Why couldn't Tahno regain his bending, despite being treated by the best healers in the city? None of the healers were bloodbenders. Why couldn't Katara restore Korra's bending despite being a bloodbender herself? Because Katara was the person who outlawed bloodbending in Republic City, and believes it is inherently harmful. In one of the later seasons, Korra (or another sympathetic waterbender) will discover how to use bloodbending to heal, and possibly restore bending.
- Jossed. It's not shown whether or not Katara could bloodbend Korra's bending back, but it seems unlikely she'd try after her prior experience with Hama in TLA's Book 3. Also, a Deus ex Machina in the form of the awakened Avatar State restores Korra's bending, which allows her to use Energybending to restore Lin's bending, presumably doing it for Amon's other victims except the Triad members, who are still bendingless by Book 2
Amon did not die but is truly scarred now.
Both physically and mentally.
Amon will debend Zuko.
Zuko will sacrifice his bending as a plan
of some sort. Crowning Moment of Funny
/ Crowning Moment of Awesome
for when he doesn't care and attacks Amon with swords immediately after.
- Jossed. Zuko doesn't appear until Book 3.
Amon didn't actually care about where Korra was when he depowered Lin
, he only wanted to break her in some way, shape, or form.
Amon didn't even react in the slightest when Lin said no. He just went "ok" and took her bending away.
It seems like his intent wasn't to get information, but rather to just make her turn on her friends, to take away her spirit. When he couldn't do that, well...
Aang's attempt to play back his own memories wasn't just to warn Korra about Tarrlok's true nature.
- What does Korra see in those flashbacks? Of course, she sees how Yakone had the power to bloodbend without need for augmentation from optimal lunar phases, cluing her in on Tarrlok's true nature. But what else does she see? Aang's debending technique. Which is distinctly different from Amon's. Aang was also attempting to show Korra that something is off about Amon's debending technique.
The whole Yakone/Bloodbending situation isn't done yet. It will come back in the season finale as a major plot point
In fact, it could very well open a plot entrance for Season 2.
- CONFIRMED! Amon turns out to be a bloodbender named Noatak, Yakone's son, and that's how he was able to take away bending and take on literally every bender without fear of being defeated.
Amon's plan and possible next season
Since "The Avatar" is the incaration the planet, I think when Amon tries to spirit bend Korra, he'll try to remove all the bending abillity in the world. I think he will be successfull, with Korra the only bender left. The next season (Book 2: Spirit) would be Korra learning the spiritual side to being the Avatar, trying to find a way to reverse the damage, while Equalists around the world grab power. When bending is restored, it will cause some Nonbenders to become Airbenders, making it easier for the revival of the Air Nomads.
- The Equalists did not return for Book 2, and most of the good guys' bending was already restored by then. However, strange true prediction on the Airbenders, since the events of Book 2 gives Airbending to many people, including Book 3's Big Bad and Aang's oldest son, Bumi.
Being energybent is fatal for the Avatar.
Korra's fear of Amon is a deep instinctual response to his abilities. While it merely removes the bending for ordinary people, it would kill the Avatar instantly. This may be the real reason it was so dangerous for Aang to do.
Characers like Gommu, Shiro Shinobi, Tahno, Lin
, and Cabbage Corp Merchant. Shiro is already Memetic Badass
and Gommu and Lin are/
is former military, and Tahno and Lin have scores to settle
so it would fit.
Gommu: Took me a while to procure a club this beauteous. *whack*
- The most recent preview clip for "Skeletons in the Closet" shows Team Avatar hiding underground with Gommu, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him get a brief cameo in the climactic battle.
Amon has been sparing Korra so that he can kill her in the Avatar State.
The real reason why Amon has spared Korra's life so far is not what he said in "The Voice in the Night". Regardless of what Amon's ultimate goal is, the existence of the Avatar is a threat to it. killing Korra would solve that problem for now, but within 16 years or so a new Avatar would come back to bother Amon. However, Amon has somehow learned that killing the Avatar while she's in the Avatar State would completely end the Avatar reincarnation cycle. Amon is waiting for Korra to enter the AS for the first time, so he can kill her then. That's also the reason why he didn't debend Korra when he had the chance: doing that would stop Korra from ever going into the AS. The attacks Amon has made against Korra have been attempts to scare Korra into entering the Avatar State, but so far it hasn't worked. In the preview for the season 1 finale we see Amon about to debend Korra: this is probably his final attempt to intimidate Korra enough for her to go into the AS.
- I've held this theory to be Amon's ultimate plan since the beginning. Think about it: According to the Lion Turtle, there was a time "before the Avatar" in which the people "bent not the elements, but the energy within ourselves." If that's anything to go off of, the Avatar and the Cycle could be the Cosmic Keystone for bending upon the entire world! If that's true, then that means debending Korra in the Avatar State and then killing her would completely eradicate bending as a whole.
- As further support for the theory, consider that Zhao's attack on the moon in ATLA had precisely that effect on waterbenders.
Amon Will Try To De-bend Korra in the final and It Will Backfire horrendously
Korra will fight Amon, where he nearly defeats her and tries to energybend her. Now remember how the Lion Turtle said that Energy Bending can cause the Energy Bender's spirit to be taken over or destroyed? Korra's going to go into the Avatar State just as he's about to de-bend her and the interruption will either obliterate Amon or give Korra time to defeat him.
- Or Aang will teach Korra about energybending or assure her that the previous avatars know the art and will come to her help if Amon takes her down. Amon's attempt to debend Korra will be the only one that won't go as per plan, and it will be his last.
- Confirmed, but not as the original guesser planned it. De-bending Korra unlocks her airbending powers.
Everyone close to Korra on Team Avatar will have their bending removed by Amon. Except when he tries it on Korra.
The damn climax. From what little we've seen of the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
in the Lin-Tenzin clip of episode 10, Lin will be the next one to be taken out by Amon, possibly with a Dying Moment of Awesome equivalent, maybe Defiant to the End
(It's LIN we are talking about).
- CONFIRMED. Lin got de-bended by Amon.
Tenzin may be the next (though that raises the question of how Korra will learn Airbending then). I doubt if Amon will be able to capture the children because of Infant Immortality
(here it means not having their bending removed), they'll probably escape on the sky bisons when Amon attacks the island. The Council of the city will be taken down. The rest of the police force, including Saikhan will be out as well.
Next up may be Republic City's benders, all arrested by the equalists and brought to Amon for debending. Then the Order of the White Lotus (they do live on that island). Bolin may be next (if that finale promo clip is any hint), then Mako and Korra alone will be left to go after Amon.
The forces of the other nations (or the United republic's own armed forces, if they have an army), will be called out to help (well, you do call out the army if it's a national emergency). Korra may contact Aang again and learn the secret of Energybending or at least an assurance that the past avatars know it and will use it if needed, or maybe deduce it herself. Finally Amon's location may be discovered, a plan will be hatched out for the Avatar to infiltrate and attack his base.
A plan that usually goes on the lines of the Armed forces attacking the Equalists (that's when we actually see the sheer size and power of Amon's forces), hoping to distract Amon and co.'s attention. If that happens, Amon may capture their generals and strip them of their bending as well, perhaps defeating them with his planes (Bonus points if they are called SATOPLANES or similar) and the mechs. If the amry too gets into a losing battle, it's all going to be a matter of buying time for Korra (and Mako and even Asami probably) to track and fight Amon in a Death Match.
Mako, Korra and Asami will disguise themselves as Equalists (probably using some Mook disguises - (did you their clothes in the finale promo) to infiltrate the base, find out Amon's latest plans and hopefully take out the next big ass stuff he wants to unleash on the city, if it exists. Eventually only Amon and Korra will be left standing - Amon will take out Mako and eventually corner Korra, before using his energybending on her...
Then it all goes wrong for him. Either the Avatar state kicks in or the past Avatars will turn his energybending against him, or Asami might do a sneak electrocution on him...Amon's attempt at debending the Avatar will go horribly wrong because of something no one anticipated and the rest of the plot will be all about how he's defeated probably with some epic ass kicking if the Avatar state is involved. His forces, mecha...whatever. The whole city will see the power of the Avatar in full blast if that happens. Maybe eventually Amon will be stripped of his energybending and will definitely be unmasked, which may hold even more surprises. It will end with most of Republic city in rubble or flames.
He reminds me too much of Zuko who hasn't learned humility or restraint. I'm not saying that he's a bad guy, but he seems like someone who has more courage than sense, someone who was promoted for PR reasons, and is itching to prove himself in a real conflict. Amon is likely to manipulate him into doing something stupid, like bombing at his blimps when they are in front of civilian targets, or something like that.
- Given that he's likely the Crown Prince or second prince, it would be more nepotism than PR.
- I said PR rather than nepotism, since the United Forces don't belong to the Fire Nation, and any VI Ps from the Four Nations working in the UF are likely to be there as a symbol of international cooperation.
Korra will learn energybending and use it to restore all the bending Amon's taken.
I honestly just don't believe they have the balls to leave Lin de-bent for good. Mike and Bryan are good, but that seems daring even for them. They obviously have a ton of love for the character, she's very much a fan favorite, she has a really unique fighting style, and I'm just not buying it for now. That more than anything leads me to believe Amon's damage will eventually be undone.
- Partially confirmed. Lin's actually the first person who Korra restores bending. Whether she can restore everybody's bending is still left to be shown in the next season.
- From the looks of it, she did so for all of Amon's victims, minus the Triad thugs.
Korra will counter Amon's Energybending by finally understanding the Airbender mindset
Over the next few episodes, she'll start trying to get in touch with Aang, who will let her know how Energybending works, namely that it requires an unbendable will. When Amon goes to Debend her, she focuses on this, instead of fear or anger, calming herself down, clearing her mind, and fighting back with her own will power. Amon, not used
to having to struggle with energybending, will lose his head
and fail to debend her. Because she's got the moves down but not the spiritual side of Airbending, this will also give her the key to finally utilizing Airbending, which she will use to take down Amon, as the Equalist's anti-bender fighting style has repeatedly shown to be nearly useless against Airbending.
Tarrlok's de-Bending was a scam.
I got no idea what the purposes or motivations behind it might be, but the whole scene seems to be built to hide something vital. Note how Tarrlok bloodbends the Equalists, forcing them into ground with no clear line of sight, and then the camera pans away just
when Amon is about to take his Bending away. And if this wasn't emphasized enough, right afterwards Korra uses a deception, pretending to scream in pain when the Lieutnant electrocutes her cage, just like Tarrlok screamed off-screen right before that. It all feels far too convenient, when you stop to think about it. For some reason Amon spared Tarrlok who joined the act.
Korra will have to fight Amon with nothing but Airbending in the Avatar State
Based on a promo, it looked like Amon was about to take Korra's bending
. For unknown reasons, she still has her airbending powers and has to rely on those to defeat Amon and the Equalists.
- Alternatively, Amon can only take Bending powers away that his victim has already mastered at least to some degree. Amon will take Korra's bending powers before she has learned Airbending, and so she will still be able to learn it afterwards.
- Completely confirmed(except for the Avatar state).
Remember when Korra protected the nonbenders from Tarrlok's men? Amon will seemingly unbend
Korra or otherwise capture her and present her to the masses. To his surprise, instead of cheers, he gets stunned silence and boos. Leading to this:
Amon: She's the Avatar! She's everything we should be against! She's their Avatar! Why do you support her?!
Random Nonbender (or the same nonbender from "When Extremes Meet"): She's their Avatar!...But she's our Avatar too!
Cue the crowd turning against Amon and the Equalists. If he appeared to Debend Korra, it'll be revealed she took precautions to prevent him from doing so or was otherwise uneffected and was pretending to be effected.
Amon loses his cool and Korra defeats him in his enraged state.
- I so want to see this happen. Bonus points if Amon tries to de-bend Korra again, but it backfires and physically breaks him apart.
- I was guessing either this or a bridge will be dropped on Amon, seeing as he can't be stripped of bending like Yakone or Ozai.
- Energybending is still bending - Korra could still (possibly) take Amon's powers away, unless Amon really isn't energybending...
Korra will gain the peace of mind needed to accomplish airbending at the same time that Amon loses his cool
Airbending requires peace of mind and a spiritual connection. Korra will finally get it when Amon loses it, resulting in the normally calm Amon falling into Unstoppable Rage
and the normally Boisterous Bruiser
Korra fighting with Tranquil Fury
Korra will order Tenzin and his family to evacuate the city before things really go down.
Realizing that when Amon starts his endgame plan, the Airbenders would be his first target due to their small numbers and get them out of his reach before he can.
Tarrlok's secretary is an Equalist spy.
Why she didn't inform Tenzin and the police earlier? Because she wanted to hand Korra over to Amon. She followed them to the hideout, and then went to make her report, before appearing to give her testimony to the authorities just the right time — the right time for Amon to get to the hideout first, wait for Tarrlok who would most likely retreat there after being outed, and capture Korra with one fell swoop. The timing is too good, especially since Amon appears to know exactly where Tarrlok's cabin is, and when he would get there, even though it's far from the city and any other habitation.
The series finale.
It turns out Amon is Korra's true father, the waterbenders he grew up with were just foster parents. The reason Korra wasn't told this was because Amon had been corrupted by Ozai. Ozai taught Amon energybending, which he had learned by osmosis when Aang used it on him. It turns out Ozai is still alive, and Amon is The Dragon
. Ozai wants to rid the world of bending, because if he can't do it anymore, why should anyone else? So he uses Amon and the Equalists as a tool to achieve this. At some point in the series, during a heated fight between the two, Korra learns the truth from Amon, who tells her he is her father. This obviously leaves Korra confused and conflicted. In the series finale Korra faces Ozai and Amon, and she tries appeal to his father's better nature, but Amon appears to be untouched by her pleas. Ozai and Amon defeat Korra in a battle, and Ozai is about to energybend Korra's powers away, when all of a sudden Amon interrupts the process, saving his daughter. This interruption causes Ozai's energybending to backfire, killing him and mortally damaging Amon. Just before he dies, Amon asks Korra to remove his mask, so she will finally see the real face of her father. Amon then dies in peace.
Oh, and Mark Hamill will obviously return to play Ozai.
Koh taught Amon Energybending
So Koh who showed up one time for five minutes in the Season 1 Finale, and brought up again in webcomics will return. He told Aang they would meet again, but this could easily mean in the next reincarnation. Besides what spirt besides Wa Shi Tong wants to get back at the Avatar? Wa Shi Tong is cool and knows 10,000 definately including Energybending but I am going to focus on Koh. Koh is mad that the last Water Tribe Avatar Kuruk wants to kill him, so who will have to take up his mantle the next Water Tribe Avatar Korra, which will be really hard due to the loss of bending in the Spirit world. But i think somehow Amon found his way into the Spirit World and was taught energybending by Koh, what is Koh's modus operandi, stealing faces! Man behind mask is so lying about the firebenders burning his face five bucks!!! Its to gather sympathy and to blame a familiar enemy firebenders. So Amon once showed emotion in front of Koh who took his face or it was the price to learn energybending. And about how he can operate in real life, i don"t know about breathing and eating, but he just be fighting blind like Toph, hell he could just be an earthbender whose whole Equalist movement is facade to gather power. And we have only seen Amon's eyes on posters and not when he shows up, and even on the posters they look like sequins that are part of a inner layer of the mask. And thats how you wild mass guess.
- Jossed. He was using Bloodbending.
Korra will use the Avatar State.
With disastrous results
and massive colateral damage to Republic City.
Mako will use his past to undermine Amon.
Mako is a firebender who lost his parents to firebending. His bending allowed nim to earn a decent living and survive
along with Bolin. He's realized that it wasn't the bending itself that was evil and that it's no different than a sword in someone's hands, and will make this clear to the anti-bending activists and supporters.
The resolution of Korra's apparent lack of spirituality will undoubtedly be one of the key plot elements, but interwoven with her overall development will be many of the same difficulties Aang faced. Throughout the show, Korra is going to be faced with situations which generate those negative emotions which block the chakras. Let's run down the list: her fear of Amon and his abilities will prevent her earth chakra from functioning; her guilt for putting her friends in jeopardy will block her water chakra; her shame over not living up to everyone's expectations will block her fire chakra; she will grieve for the loss of one of her friends, sealing her air chakra; she will lie during the inevitable relationship struggle, thus blocking her sound chakra; she will have to dispel the illusion surrounding Amon and his abilities to unlock her light chakra; and the thought chakra will be her biggest hurdle, much as it was for Aang.
These are, of course, only guesses, but similar situations could easily arise over the course of the show's run, and Korra's tackling of these issues in her life will cause her to grow as a person, and will ultimately allow her to fulfill her destiny as the Avatar.
- "The Voice in the Night" dealt specifically with Korra's fear, and we learned in "The Guru" that fear is what blocks the first chakra. So that's one bit of indirect evidence in favor of this WMG.
- ...an evil bending supremicist.
- ...an Anti-Villain who made friends with Tenzin before his defeat.
- ...an early Anti-Bender.
- ...Amon's father.
- As of Episode 8, Tarrlok's father. Seeing as how they look similar and are both blood benders.
- As of the finale, yes.
In Order to defeat Amon...
- Korra will have to master fighting without bending. If Amon turns out to be a master chi-blocking fighter besides a Diabolical Mastermind, then he is a master at dodging ranged attacks, which most bending is based on. And what better way to out-perforr the villain than the heroine defeating him on his own specialty? Besides, the show already borrows a lot from martial arts movies, this would be an even more direct homage.
Related to Hahn.
- Hopefully this means that he too will end up getting thrown off a boat.
Mako and Amon's stories are congruent and one of them is a lie
- Amon is the villain and may well be an unreliable narrator, Mako's story has been done time and time again and seems oddly vague as though he intentionally left a part out to conceal something; both stories cannot be true for the sake of having an interesting plot. The two accounts also have the same factor of a rampaging firebender and may well be part of the same story, again in the name of a good plot.
- Not necessarily. Sometimes, the interesting thing is the difference in how both the Hero and Villain dealt with the same situation. On the other hand, you may have a point, and the truth of the matter could be (see next WMG)...
- Confirmed. One of them is a lie: Amon's. He made it all up as an appeal to sympathy, playing on the residual distrust of firebenders due to the Hundred Year War.
Amon is a bender
- Specifically, he's the firebender who killed Mako's parents. He came to feel immense guilt over what he had done, and blamed it on his bending, then from there came to see all bending as evil.
- Half right. Amon is a bender, but a waterbender not a firebender. Also he sees bending as evil because of the bloodbending which he was taught by his father Yakone and forced to use.
Who says Energybending can only take away bending?
- Korra will enter the Avatar State in her final battle with Amon and, perhaps by accessing some of Aang's memories, use energybending to give him bending powers- probably firebending. What would destroy a man who so fervently hates bending more than becoming that which he hates the most. It's also a nice bit of karmic justice, and as much of a psychological mind rape as his mind games with Korra. He will probably echo the "what have you done to me?" line upon discovering his new abilities, just for a nice bit of synchronicity.
- Yeah, I think this ties in with the idea that the second season will be Book Two: Energy. Before elemental bending existed, Energybending was the only sort of bending that existed; it could make sense than benders only came into existence from people energybending themselves and others; but somewhere along the way they lost the knack. So I think at the end of the first season every major bending character will have lost their abilities, and Korra slowly begins to give them back as she masters Energybending.
- Partly Confirmed: Energybending can give powers back, as of the Season Finale; not necessarily "give" bending powers. Everything else is jossed. Amon is a waterbender already.
- Very much confirmed in "Beginnings". Energybending can be used to give bending abilities to people.
Korra will have her first spiritual encounter with Avatar Aang very soon and he will assist her in conquering her fear of Amon.
The ending of Voices In The Night
sort of foreshadows that Korra will encounter Aang's spirit soon. Not only does her vision show Aang, but as Tenzin rushes to help her, she even mistakes him for Aang and whispers his name. It seems that her encounter with Amon has left Korra with her predecessor on her mind, perhaps wondering how the great peacemaker Avatar Aang would have dealt with Amon and the Equalists, and this will result in a dream sequence where she meets Aang in the spirit world so he can help her deal with her fear of Amon; after all, he went through a similar situation himself in Nightmares and Daydreams
with his fear of confronting Ozai. He'd probably pass on a few words of wisdom about that which will help Korra start to learn how to deal with her fear of Amon.
- In the Winner is, Korra has another vision of Aang, Toph and possibly Yakone.
- In the Season Finale, the opposite actually happens. She mistakes Aang for Tenzin.
There will be a flash-forward episode to the return of Sozin's Comet
Although I think it's unlikely, it would be interesting to see how its arrival would affect the world when there is no war.
Tahno will join the Gaang/Krew in a future episode.
The way I figure it, when Amon invades the Championship tournament
, he will attempt to take Tahno's bending away and Korra will begrudgingly rescue him. If the leaked episode title Tahno's Love Triad
is legit, it will have something to do with him thanking her somehow.
- Jossed. He never joins Team Avatar at all in Korra. As a matter of fact, he doesn't appear again until the third to last episode of the series, Kuvira's Gambit, and that and the series finale were non-speaking cameos.
An Airbender will join the Krew
Similarities between the original Gaang and the Krew have been drawn, such as there being an initial trio (Aang, Katara, Sokka to Korra, Mako, Bolin) and having Benders of all nations present. Currently, the only Airbenders are Tenzin and his children, with no one in Korra's age group represented (excluding herself). However, a young man or woman from an isolated village will come to Republic City hoping to learn Earthbending. He/she is not very good, and the Krew will soon realize that he/she is actually Airbending dirt and that one of his/her parents was the child of an Air Nomad who went into hiding. This will allow Korra to have a peer in Airbending who is equal in ability to her (instead of a master or a young child) and more hope that the Air Nomad culture is still growing strong.
After The Legend of Korra is over, there will be a spinoff set in the early days of the Republic City.
It will star the adult Gaang and their children, and revolve around their conflict with Yakone. Come on, who doesn't want to see teenaged Tenzin and Lin, among others, or what members of the Gaang are like, all grown up?
Yakone and whatever he did will end up having some actual relevance to the plot
- All the flashbacks of the adult Gaang look as though they were getting ready for something big,like Yakone, and said flashbacks must be relevant to something.
Lightningbenders will be called to serve in the Republic City Police en masse, and Mako will join in.
The Equalists have established electricity as their primary weapon against Benders. The police force will need effective ways to counter this weapon, and turn it against its wielders. Lightningbenders can absorb and redirect the current, making it a liability for the Equalists. We've seen that Mako can do Lightningbending, and he's going to need a new job, now that the Championship Tournament has been lost, and Pro-Bending Arena is likely to remain closed for the time being, due to a national crisis. Plus, he definately wants to help Korra against Amon. Bolin might try and learn Metalbending too, for the same purpose.
Well they did say he will be replaced in the 2nd season...
Tahno will learn Chi-Blocking.
Eager for revenge for losing his Waterbending, Tahno learns that Chi-Blocking can also be used to inflict paralysis, and this aspect also works on nonbenders. He studies the art, and when/if he becomes part of Team Avatar, this is how he keeps up with the heavy-hitting Benders.
Lin Beifong will learn how to bend platinum
Because 1) it will be awesome and 2) The fastest way to get your ass kicked by a Beifong is to tell them they can't do something, only for them to go ahead and do it.
- 3) it will make for a delicious Ironic Echo. "Even your Reowned Mother couldn't bend platinum." Imagine her crunching Sato's mecha and replying, "Yes, she could."
The masters of the Order Of The White Lotus will help Korra and the Krew against Amon
This is more me hoping they can show of their skills and power for pure awesomeness
Asami is Mako and Bolin's sister.
The Firbender that killed Mako and Bolin's parents, Amon's family, and Hiroshi Sato's mother are the same person.
They've said "A Firebender killed this person" too many times for this to be a coincidence. It's the same person, and will be the Big Bad
of the next season.
- Forget Amon. His backstory about a firebender killing his family was completely bogus. The firebender murderer also never appears in the show.
In the finale of the first season Korra will take compensated chi-blockers from the metalbenders, and distribute them to the non-benders of Republic City.
It would be the perfect way to get them on her side: Show them she understands that there are times when people need to defend themselves, and they have a right to bear arms. She'll likewise get many people to turn against Amon by apologizing for her attacks against non-violent protesters, and addressing the entire city on the importance of absolute free speech. Of course this will lead to...
The series will end with Korra helping to author a new Constitution for the Republic.
...strongly modeled on the US Constitution.
- That would be rather heavy handed. Even Ridley Scott couldn't make that kind of development anything but corny. Though it is likely that non-Benders will get proper representation before everything is said and done.
- Korra's universe is sino-centric. That would make no sense.
Amon will take Korra's bending.
However, this will trigger the Avatar state, revealing that Amon can't truly take bending away. His supporters will turn on him and then the final battle will begin.
- Alternately, he will take her bending, and she will need to master spiritbending to get her powers back.
- Partly Confirmed. He did take her powers away(the one's she had unlocked)
The last two episodes of Book 1 will act similarly to The Siege of the North episodes.
Korra will enter the spirit realm and search for Aang and the spirits Amon supposedly gained his de-bending power from. While this is going on, the Equalists make their way to Air Temple Island and fight through White Lotus Guards, Air Acoylte Monks, and the Krew. The second half will involve the fully-developed mechas (and one giant one piloted by Amon), wrecked havoc, even targeting the statue of Avatar Aang. Once Korra comes back and sees the devastation, she'll go into the Avatar State and show Amon how severely outclassed his entire group is by curb-stomping the mechas. The difference is where his movement is crushed when Korra informs everybody what she found out while roaming the Spirit World.
- Jossed. Jossed. Jossed. Jossed. and Very slightly confirmed. He did go to the air temple and she does enter the Avatar State, but she never fights in it.
Amon was the firebender who killed Bolin/Mako's parents and Hiroshi's Wife.
Adding to my above theory of a single "Evil Firebender Murderer" in the pasts of Amon, Mako/Bolin and Asami/Hisoshi, could it not also be possible that Amon was simply using the story of a crime he inflicted on someone else as his cover?
Close ups of his eyes in Episode 4 show him to have the amber colored fire nation eyes that are the mark of a firebender, and of course it would have the value of both
a) Dark Irony, given both the revolution is motivated by evil benders, and that Sato is a loyal follower due to the "Evil Firebender Murderer" killing his wife
b) Making Amon a truly evil villain due both to his crimes, and due to his using the Revolution against his own crimes to further his own power
- But Koh could be involved in knowing the details about Amon's doings and the spirit(s) he conversed with.
- Jossed. He's a waterbender/bloodbender.
The Equalists, Amon especially, will be reminded how much the Avatar is out of their league when Korra enters the Avatar State.
The previous Avatar demolished entire naval fleets and made a master firebender charged by a comet flee. Giant mechas made of platinum aren't going to fare any better.
- Ozai never fled. The only time he fled was during the Eclipse, when he didn't have any power at all.
Theories of Out Of The Past...
- ... will involve Korra going to the Spirit World She will meet Aang there. Also, I remember a trailer saying we will learn why bending is not possible in the Spirit World. I hope the last sentence happens in this episode.
- From what we saw with Aang, being in the Spirit World makes the Avatar pretty much comatose in the real world. Amon would take advantage of this. Also, I don't think she'll meet with Aang yet, but maybe someone else from ATLA.
- ...will clear up some questions of what happened between Aang's time and Korra's. There was The Promise, but there's still more that we don't know, like how Sokka and the rest died. We also haven't seen Zuko or the new Fire Lord yet. We don't know what happened to Ursa. We don't know about Azula's fate. We'll find out in Out of the Past. Or at least some of it.
- Since Tarrlok forced her out of Republic City, Korra will be be forced to think and look within herself long to get in touch with the spiritual side she was struggling with. And she will be able to airbend, unlock the Avatar State, and return back to the city to set balance. In other words, Nice Job Fixing It, Villain.
- Remember how Korra left Naga outside to wait for her? I suspect Naga will get anxious about Korra and go look for her. Not only that, but since she's a very large animal, Tarrlok won't be able to blood bend her effectively, so Korra can go back and rescue everyone.
- On a similar note, it's also possible that Tahno, who was just walking by, comes across her and the two go on the mission together, eventually becoming really close buddies.
The war goes Three-Way
With the events of "When Extremes Meet", neither side is looking particularly good. It is quite possible that all these events are leading up to a third faction forming... one made of a mix of benders and non-benders working together and pooling resources to combat the extremes of both sides while trying to make meaningful changes. Tarlok is feeding Amon political ammo and Amon is well... Amon
, so eventually people sick with both sides will start to find each other and eventually a third faction forms, likely with Korra, a rescued Krew, Tenzin, Beifong (from what we know, she applied the laws as equally as possible), and some non-Equalist non-bender leaders and characters. Then the war ends up going three way, Amon calling the third faction Bender manipulation, Tarlok calling them renegades, and the third faction basically telling both that they are too extreme. Maybe even some foreign support for the third faction; IE, the Earth Kingdom, Water Tribes, and Fire Nation all agree that both sides have gone over the top and they need to work quickly to restore order. Not neccesarily troops as politics may not allow it, but supplies, training, etc.
Korra will end up joining the Equalists
After the events of Episode 8, having witnessed the horrific abuse of non-benders by benders, Korra will approach Amon and ask to help the Equalist's cause. She may either refuse to bend, or even voluntarily have
her bending taken away, or she may act as a bridge between benders and non-benders, as the Avatar is the bridge between the physical and spirit worlds. Team Avatar may reject her for this, seeing her as a traitor, or they may join with her, having experienced the oppression non-benders are facing first-hand. Tenzin will probably not approve, however.
Korra's flashbacks were a warning about Tarrlok, not Amon
The three flashbacks Korra has experienced so far all took place during episodes where Tarrlok made some sort of political power play. And we now know that Tarrlok and Yakone are both bloodbenders
. So many of the flashbacks take place in the Council chamber that they must have something to do with politics in Republic City. There has to be some connection there...
- Combine this with the other WMGs of Tarrlok possibly being the head of the Red Monsoons and Yakone's son, it could be that Yakone was the previous head of the Monsoons and presented a very lethal threat, and his death at the hands of the Gaang led to his son's grudge and lust for power and vengeance.
- This is the conclusion Korra came to in episode 9. However, as of the finale, it seems like Aang really was trying to warn her about Amon after all since he was also a bloodbender and Yakone's son, Tarrlok's brother. Perhaps Aang was trying to warn her about both of them.
Tarrlok plans to hand Korra out to Amon.
If this wasn't a children's show, the implications of Episode 8's ending would be that he intends to take Korra to a quiet spot in the countryside and kill her. But since murder is off the table in this series, he does the next worse thing: try and get Korra de-Bended forever, and left as a prisoner of the Equalists. This way he can both get rid of a dangerous rival, and use her as a martyr to justify his extreme methods. His Bloodbending should keep the Chi-blockers and Amon himself at bay, and let him make a safe retreat, even if he can't make a brief truce with them using Korra as a bartering chip.
- Alternate theory: Amon is legitimately disgusted when Tarrlok tries this, saying he won't accept it and later has Chi-blockers get him by surprise to de-bend him. It'll be a Kick the Son of a Bitch moment to end all Kick the Son of a Bitch moments when he strips Tarrlok of his bending.
- Jossed. Tarrlok intended to take Korra with him as a hostage, but Amon finds his safehouse. And Tarrlok is able to incapacitate the Chi-Blockers, but not Amon, who was also a Bloodbender. Amon debends him, and Korra escapes.
Tarlok and the metal benders are Meredith and the Templars, The Equalists are the mages, Tenzin is the Viscount: a Reasonable Authority Figure
who tries to mediate with nominal power but no political base and hence no real power. Team avatar is team Hawke: a team of powerful individuals who try to find a way to make peace between the factions only to fail time and again until ultimately the situation falls apart entirely leading to a worldwide revolution.
- So who will be the Arishok analogue that will kill Tenzin and, in the process, pave Korra's rise to power and exacerbate the conflict?
Tarrlok will dump Korra/Korra will escape into the countryside
We know that the village from The Fortuneteller is near Republic City. Its a nice piece of trivia, but why else would they bother revealing it if Korra doesn't end up there?
- Korra did escape, but she returns to Republic City.
Chief Beifong will save Korra.
She's pretty much announced that she will become Batman to protect the city from the Equalists. It would make sense for her to patrol near the Council building just in case. She might first assume that the Equalists have kidnapped Tarrlok, but will soon figure out what's actually going on after she runs into Naga.
- Jossed. Amon locates the house that Tarrlok took Korra to and takes his bending, and Korra escapes in the aftermath and makes it back to Republic City.
Korra's first successful use of airbending will happen during a climactic fight with Tarrlok.
Narrative convention says that it must happen in the most awesome way possible. As for why Tarrlok, just for the irony of it. After all, Tarrlok is the one who really pointed out Korra's inadequacies through her inability to airbend. (Amon is a possible alternative, granted. But Amon never brought up Korra's inability to airbend, nor does he really seem to care.)
- Jossed. She doesn't get airbending until Amon debends her in the Book 1 finale, and that unlocks her airbending, which she promptly uses to defeat Amon.
Naga's Undying Loyalty
and dogged (no pun intended) determination are what gets Korra out of her kidnapping predicament
She did ride Naga there, and Naga was probably witness to the 'napping.
Tarrlok and Amon are both pawns of a Bigger Bad
who wishes to use the chaos and conflict the two create for his/her own ends, and has been planning this since Aang's Era
First of all (and kinda unrelated, but bear with me) when the "Evil Flashback guy" (or EFG for short) was seen in the "everybody gets bloodbent" flashback, despite near the entire court getting disabled including Toph, Sokka and Aang, the EFG merely remained standing without moving at all. Also, notice the time of day it seems to be.
It seems likely from what was seen in the flashback that
a) EFG was not doing the bloodbending
b) there were multiple bloodbenders striking (as it is unlikely any one person could bloodbend a room packed with powerful benders)
c) these bloodbenders were able to do this during the daytime, which suggests they may have been specially trained to do so
However, EFG was still clearly in on this attack, given he merely kept standing and evilly laughing as it happened, so he was likely the one who ordered it. However, EFG was also likely a firebender given his eye colour, which would mean that whatever faction/organisation he is a part of is also a multi bender one if he was able to get a number of elite waterbenders to rescue him.
Now, several decades later when Tarrlok uses it on Korra, she gets this flashback, and he seems to enigmatically hint he was linked to it, and thus likely part of this same Faction. However, he also revealed that he REALLY hates Amon as shown by his reaction as when Korra compared the two and his quick psychotic breakdown afterwards. This hints at a deeper and more complex relationship between the two than merely Tarrlok using Amon's attacks for his own political advantage.
My theory is that they both were once in EFG's faction/organisation, and Tarrlok for unknown reasons utterly despised Amon. Not only that, but whomever was in charge of this faction decided to set them both against each other and ensured both were placed in powerful circles within the prototypical Equalists, or the City Council, so that they would ensure a vicious cycle of conflict and repression between Benders and Non Benders. This would be an Ideal way for whomever is working behind the scenes to seize power after Benders and Non Benders had nearly annihilated each other.
- Confirmed. Their antics were spurred on by their childhood with Yakone, the deceased Bigger Bad.
This is completely a guess, but judging from the fact that the guy the original Team Avatar is fighting in Korra's flashback in "When Extremes Meet" looks suspiciously like Tarrlok, and the fact that Tarrlok is crazy powerful and can bloodbend even when it's not a full moon, he's either somehow part-spirit or has somehow given himself extended life/made himself immortal.
- Jossed. He's Yakone's son, and had a childhood. And he dies at the end of Book 1.
Think about it: what was the last major thing the Avatar did before her mysterious disappearance? She challenged the most powerful member of the Council and tried to defend a group of innocent non-bending civilians from his unjust actions. It's the kind of press that is the complete opposite of what Amon is trying to sell about benders in general. And he said he wants to save her for last: Tarrlok has upset his plans in that regard. So he finds out where Tarrlok took her, rescues her and de-powers Tarrlok for good measure. Bonus points if Tarrlok takes Korra somewhere remote, and Amon finds them easily: it'll show that Amon's message is not just confined to Republic City anymore, and the Equalist sentiment has spread far and wide.
- Confirmed. This is exactly what happens.
We'll have some reference evil Airbenders impact the story at some point in the show
Most likely in a flashback but in the show we've already gone through the gamut of evil Firebenders (much of the Fire Nation in the old series, the assorted Triads), Earthbenders (Dai Li, assorted Triads), Waterbenders (assorted Triads, Tarrlok). Might as well go for broke. Maybe they'll bring in that traitor dude from the card game.
- Legally confirmed, but not until Book 3, when a newly awakened airbender named Zaheer is the Big Bad.
We've already seen the Red Monsoons
They were Tarrlok's "task force" in the fourth episode. Note that the members of the task force were referred to as "deputies", implying that they weren't regular law enforcement officers. Tarrlok is likely the leader of this Triad, which is the most dangerous because they seek political power in Republic City rather than simply extorting money from small businesses. The Earthbenders on the task force may have been borrowed from another Triad, and the other members of the City Council may also be bribed or threatened into supporting Tarrlok. And think about the timing: Tarrlok launches an attack on Amon right after he depowers the leaders of the other Triads. He's going after Amon because he feels personally threatened. Not only that, but with the power vacuum at the top of the Triads following Amon's "revelation", Tarrlok will be in a position to be Republic City's cappo di tutti capi
, leader of all
the gangs as well as the city council. Total power in the legitimate world *and* the underworld.
Tarrlok didn't do anything to get the new Chief of Police on his side.
The Chief was already on his side, and Tarrlok just hooked up one of his supporters with the job as soon as there was an opening, in order to secure his control over the police force.
- Or, in the same vein, the majority of the police actually already support Tarlok. We already know that even Beifong considered Tenzin a coward for the way he was handling the equalists, the rest of the cops don't have her personal reasons to sympathize with Tenzin or to oppose Tarlok so they probably see Tarlok as someone who is standing up to the equalists while Tenzin is an appeaser.
- Plus Cheif Saikhan send metalbender cops after Tarrlok after finding out he's a bloodbender and seemed non-corrupt before his capture in Turning the Tides.
Zuko will be called upon in Out of the Past to hunt the Avatar
Think about it: he has the most experience in the Avatar Tracking department, and he probably has a not-insignificant amount of authority in the city due to the whole 'original founder' thing. He would be the perfect candidate to find Korra and give Tarrlok a stern talking to about the ups and downs of running an oppressive regime. And he would knock some sense into the other council members too(the firebender comes to mind)
- Bonus points if he wears the Blue Spirit mask while freeing Korra, or says some variation on "I'm getting too old for this."
- This needs to happen. If not in show, then in fanfic.
- Zuko will rescue Korra and give Tarrlok the pwning he deserves. He will then fail at giving Korra advice and they will do the Dancing Dragon. And Tenzin will say "Uncle Zuko!"
- Jossed. Zuko doesn't even appear until Book 3.
Yakone is the reason why the Equalist Movement exists.
Whatever he was on trial for, it was something bad enough to tick off the Gaang, and potentially bad enough to kill Sokka and/or Toph, if those WMGs are proven to be correct. Anyway, Yakone's crimes were mostly directed towards non-benders, possibly out of a sense of superiority. It's possible then, that Yakone was a Fire Kingdom national bent on trying to bring down Republic City, and the Agni Kai gang were/are his supporters. They wreaked havoc in the city, ruining who knows how many lives in the process, Amon and his family among them.
- The theory is wrong, but the exact words of the WMG are true. Yakone was Amon's father. His abuse towards Amon/Noatak regarding bloodbending is what fueled Amon/Noatak's hatred for benders (despite the fact that he is one.) So he is the reason why the Equalist movement exists, both literally since Amon wouldn't have been born without him and figuratively since he was the evil bender, or ex-bender, that made Amon so angry.
Out of the Past will end with a She's Back
moment for Korra.
Turning the Tides will be a Mêlée à Trois
between Team Avatar and friends, the Equlaists, and Tarrlok's forces.
- This is what should have happened, that would have been awesome.
Tenzin finds Korra.
Tarrlok stashed Korra away somewhere where no one would find her... No one except someone who knows the "Everything Is Connected" technique that Aang learned from Huu. Aang taught it to Tenzin, and then Tenzin uses it to divine Korra's location.
- Jossed. Amon finds Korra instead. He takes Tarrlok's bending, but Korra is able to get away.
In the finale, there will be a huge windstorm during the Equalists' attack to foreshadow Korra's arrival to Republic City
And it will foreshadow her ability to airbend too.
- O_o How can something that already happened be foreshadowed. She's already in Republic City.
It's a great Shout-Out
and downright awesome.
Tarrlok's Bloodbending and skill with Waterbending will even the playing field and the battle will end with the two evenly matched and in a draw, but Amon, being the Magnificent Bastard
he is, uses this to reveal Tarrlok to Republic City.
- And break his concentration long enough to close a gap and chi-block him, followed by de-bending.
- Oh, they had their confrontation in Episode 9, but it wasn't much of a fight...Amon proved to be immune to bloodbending, and proceeded to easily defeat and de-bend Tarrlok.
Korra will finally access the Avatar State in the Season Finale and actually meet Aang.
As the promos have shown, Amon is
going to try and take Korra's bending in the season finale at some point. What better way for her to access the Avatar State for the first time than Aang, who is supposed to be her mentor to the job in this series, coming to her as he tries and using it to save her the same way Roku used it to save Aang the first time they met?
The Southern Water Tribe will recall their representative.
The chief of the Southern Water Tribe is Tenzin's cousin (assuming, of course, that Sokka had kids, otherwise the chief would be Kya or Bumi). It's unlikely that he's pleased with the SWT's Councilwoman voting in lockstep with Tarrlok on every issue. Time to appoint someone who is more sympathetic to non-benders, or at least more considerate of the concerns of the Southern Water Tribe. Someone like Kya or Bumi.
- Actually, I think the SWT representative is male. The councilwoman looks like she's from the Fire Nation.
- The chief of the Southern Water Tribe isn't necessarily Tenzin's cousin: nowhere in the original series is it stated that the position of the chief is inherited. It's possible that the chief is chosen by a tribal meeting, or by some other process that doesn't involve inheritance.
The Gaang statues around Republic City are a secret defense mechanism.
We've seen three so far - Aang's, Toph's and Zuko's. Statues that large are almost certainly made from metal rather than stone. And what is the City police force known for controlling? That's right...
- Combining this with the designs for a humongous mecha present in a Freeze-Frame Bonus here◊, an important episode, perhaps even the finale, will have an Equalist Humongous Mecha threatening an important part of the city (but avoid harming civilians). The animated statues will attempt to hold it off, but it's too powerful and can only be stopped by Korra entering the Avatar state, forming a Kaiju-like monster like in the episode "The Siege of the North". She'll have difficulty triggering it, either because she's Chi-blocked or perhaps even energy-bended, or just because the Avatar state is difficult to trigger. However, once she's entered that state, she's not in full control of her actions, so she causes excessive damage to the city while battling the Equalist mecha. The Equalists are defeated temporarily, but Amon will escape, and Korra will have caused enough damage that the Equalists actually gain popular support, perhaps even taking control of the city. Korra may be exiled, setting the stage for a second season where she learns energybending, or if she was energy-bended herself, she may be Depowered permanently and search for a way to regain her powers. If the latter is the case, the lack of an existing Avatar may cause an unbalance in the world, allowing spirits to cross over into the physical world, with Amon revealed to be Koh's agent, and the final battle will be between Korra and Koh/Amon.
- Perhaps Korra can spiritually link to one of the statues (most likely Aang's) and we can have something similar to Koizilla, except with a giant statue.
Tarrlok will join the Equalists
What other options, other than life in a prison or on the streets? Amon has taken him as his prisoner and might probably point out his current position and convince him he has nowhere else to go, and that he has an opportunity to take revenge on Team Avatar and the Council.
- You know, we never actually see Amon debend Tarrlok. What if he can still bloodbend and joins the Equalists anyway?
Republic City will face World War 1 (with plenty of elements from WW2
) followed by a Great Depression
Just how does Amon plan to debend the whole world? The easiest option would be to gather most of the world's benders in one place - a World War would be just the kind of mass participation scenario he would need. We've had a Roaring Twenties
scenario without the WWI that came before it, so it's probably what will happen soon. I guess when the Equalists attack with all their fancy toys, if the season finale promo gives us any hint, biplanes
, then Republic City will become the center of a World Conflict - Equalists vs rest of the world (cue Fire Nation battle destroyers, Earth Kingdom tanks and vehicles and what not). The Aang statue might be replaced by Amon's or would have to be repaired after the fight is over.
Even the order of the white lotus will join in the fight, but all will be defeated one after another. Until Amon gets beaten by Korra in the Avatar state, followed by some epic One Woman Army
ass kicking against all the Equalists' military. The city will be mostly brought to the ground, along with mass de-bending by Amon of all his POWs in the process. Since Sato, the biggest industrialist is on the side of the enemy, his empire will collapse in the process. Unless the Krew can find a solution to Amon's energybending, the whole industry whose backbone is benders (most of whom might have lost their bending), would fall next and the city enters a Great Depression, with criminal gangs loose everywhere, forcing the Krew for some mass clean-up in Season 2. A scenario like the one in the Deus Angst Machina
page might set in if natural disasters and earthquakes set in, and we have the City's Darkest Hour
- Was there a Chinese equivalent to the Great Depression? As far as this Troper can tell, Korra is pretty much based squarely on Chinese history. The Great Depression is American.
- Um... what? The Depression was global and affected virtually every country.
Amon accidentally unlocks the chakra on Korra's forehead
In a sense of Irony
, Korra unwittingly unlocked six of the seven chakras with the front head one still locked/clogged. Amon, unaware of this, accidentally helps him unlocks it and she goes into the Avatar State for the first time.
- This would work quite well, especially if it turns into a battle of wills like what happened between Aang and Ozai.
- OR It turns into a battle of wills, and Korra INTENTIONALLY loses it, restoring the bending abilities to everyone around her in exchange for giving up being the Avatar (and her bending with it). Basically, Korra would shatter the Avatar spirit and use it to restore the bending to everyone else.
- A possible variation on the above: Amon absorbs part of the Avatar Spirit with his energybending, and in addition to getting its power, he also gets its knowledge and spirituality, leading him to a My God, What Have I Done? moment. He then uses the Avatar powers he took to give bending to all non-benders in Republic City (or even the entire world), and in doing so, he uses up all of his chi and dies.
- It is also possible that Korra intentionally loses, and her acceptance of her fate activates the Avatar State in a one-time-only Wave Motion Gun blast of energy that takes out Amon, leaves Korra out cold, and creates a pretty pillar of light similar to what happened when Aang was freed from the iceberg. Book Two will then focus on Korra achieving the Avatar State at will in order to restore people's bending.
Korra will not defeat Amon by going into the Avatar State.
There have already been plenty of speculation (see the WMG above, for example) that Korra will finally enter the Avatar State in the season 1 finale, and will thus defeat Amon. There was even some slight foreshadowing
of this in "Out of the Past", when Aang was able defeat the otherwise undefeatable Yakone in the Avatar State. However, throughout the first season Amon has been depicted as a Crazy-Prepared
villain. The existence of the Avatar State is not a secret; plenty of people have witnessed it, and there are even some (like the Earth Nation general in the AtLA episode "The Avatar State") who have learned how it works. Therefore, it's perfectly possible Amon knows about the Avatar State, and has prepared a way to counterattack it. On a more meta level, the Avatar State has already been used as a Deus ex Machina
in the season 1 and season 3 finales of the original series. To use it in a similar manner in TLoK would be a bit anticlimactic, and the writers probably know this. It's possible that Korra will
enter the Avatar State just as Amon is about to kill/energybend her, and everyone (including the audience) will expect this to turn the tables against Amon, only to find out Amon has found a way to counter it.
Korra will then have to figure out another way to defeat Amon, and to season 1 will have a more satisfying conlusion
than a totally predictable Deus ex Machina
- I'm pretty sure, considering there's a second season in the works, that it won't be over in the season 1 finale if Korra goes into the Avatar State to stave off Amon's Spiritbending. And while it is "predictable", there's a point to the Avatar State's ability to kick in at the most opportune time. Roku did say that it's a "defense mechanism designed to empower [The Avatar] with the knowledge of their past lives." You say Deus ex Machina, I say "It only makes sense, considering that the first book is about Korra's spiritual journey to connect with her past lives." Plus, you mind telling me how Amon is going to have a plan for the Avatar State? We've already seen it completely curbstomp Yakone, who was a powerful bloodbender capable of bending without the use of his hands, as well as Firelord Ozai, the strongest firebender in the world who was ALSO superpowered thanks to Sozin's Comet.
- From what I've gathered, the second season was commissioned so late that the first season had already been animated, hence the Amon arc will end with this season... But if that's not the case, and Korra will defeat Amon with the Avatar State but not completely, and Amon will be back for season 2, then I guess that'll be more satisfying than merely seeing a reprise of "The Siege of the North" and "Sozin's Comet". As for how Amon might be able to counter the Avatar State... From what we know, the AS is nothing more than a form of "super-bending": the Avatar using the knowledge and experience of past Avatars to make his bending extraordinarily powerful. Aang was able to curbstomp Ozai and Yakone because they fought with bending, and Aang's bending was stronger than theirs in the Avatar State. But there are some strong implications that Amon is a totally different beast, that his power doesn't come from (regular) bending. In episode 6 huge firebending blasts didn't bother him at all, and in episode 9 he was able to shake off Tarrlok's bloodbending. If Amon's power is (as it has been speculated) that he can neutralize/counter any form of bending, then possibly this applies to the super-bending of the Avatar State as well, and that's how he'll be able to fight Korra even though she's in the AS.
- Amon's ability to stave off Tarrlok's bloodbending could very well just be him counterbloodbending Tarrlok. After all, Amon could still be a bender(it would add onto the Hitler parallel), and the only people we've seen able to resist Bloodbending were Katara, herself a bloodbender, and Aang, who simply went mega-overpowered to overwhelm Yakone.
- The Avatar State theory is confirmed. She doesn't even access it until after Amon is driven away.
"Skeleton in the Closet" will reveal Amon's backstory and the fact that he is actually capable of bending
Well what else has he to be ashamed of?
Korra will show off her newly acquired Guile Hero
traits by blocking Amon's energybending...
By simply placing something in the collar of her armor to prevent him from accessing her Amon pressure point.
We'll see what the consequences for failing to energybend will be.
In the Season Finale preview, we see Amon is about to attempt to de-bend Korra. While it seems obvious she will have her bending anyways, there will be an instance where either the first (to see how spiritual Korra got) or the second (she gets it back somehow and he tries it again) will fail and it affects his body or soul. The Lion Turtle mentioned it was possible the person's spirit could fact heavy damage for it, which either means it will be shown or it has happened before. In fact, the Turtle never said it was immediate
destruction, so we could see it occur throughout the remainder of the finale and be a leading cause to his plans falling apart.
Attempting to remove Korra's bending will trigger the Avatar state.
And then Amon will be on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle
for the first time in the series.
Book 2: Spirits
Season 2 will be called Energy or Spirit. There will probably be a small time skip between the seasons
Well what else can we possibly name it? It appears that Korra hasn't had sufficient time to complete her spiritual development yet with more than half of season 1 over. And villains don't pop out of thin air. It takes some time for them to come up with their plans and start operations. And we might expect to see Tenzin's 4th child by then, who might turn out to be a non-bender.
- Metal. She takes up Metalbending under the tutelage of Lin.
- It's "Spirits", as of San Diego Comic Con 2012.
Season 2 involve a Time Skip
with a complete overhaul to the law system
It will be a 6-18 month skip in where Korra is sufficiently advanced in Airbending, a change in the council with Tenzin the only one to still be in his position, and Amon's legacy had some notable effects in that there is an extra seat for a non-bender or two. Not only the time skip justifies how they changed (repairing buildings, restoring order, fixing broken livelihoods), but gives time for a new Big Bad
to get ready.
- That would be confirmed on all accounts. Book 2 takes place 6 months after Book 1, during which the council was dissolved in favor of a president who happened to be a nonbender. Also, the Big Bad's goal was meant to be played at this particular point in time.
Season 2 will feature an analogue to the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake.
It's the right time period for the Korra Era, and Mike and Bryan love their historical parallels. Perhaps there will even be a "race against the clock" for Korra to master the Avatar State as a series of tremors grow in strength, so she can use her godlike powers to avert a city-shattering disaster. Or the city will simply be devastated and, in the wake of the failed Equalist Insurrection, fragment into a warring No Man's Land
that Korra and her allies have to unify with block-by-block street-fighting and negotiation.
- Or maybe in season 1, an Earthquake will give the Equalists the break they need to attack the city.
There will be between-scenes timeskip reveals at some point in the show.
While the somewhat erratic pacing of TLoK may and will likely be chalked up to the writers, etc., being unused to maintaining all desired threads in such a short span of episodes—in contrast to AtLA's expansive 61 episodes, where the exploration of characters, plot, and so on could gradually be accomplished—it could also be possible that later episodes will reveal that there were moments in between the sudden change of scene, or moments before a discreet flashforward, that the audience (and most likely, Korra) had not been privy to, divulging crucial information or hints about Amon or another character's out-of-character behavior that would've been too obvious to reveal early on.
Korra will spend season 2 mastering energybending.
After she defeats Amon in the season 1 finale, she will realize she is capable of energybending. She will spend season 2 practicing the lost art (as well as trying to make Republic City a better place for non-benders) mostly in an attempt to find if bending powers can be returned to those who lost them. After all, if they can be taken away, surely they can be given as well. People will expect her to use her powers to take away bending from benders who abuse their powers but she would have issues with the idea, due to the trauma Amon put her through.
The next Books will deal with Korra learning the spiritual side of bending
It's stated she never got the spiritual side of the Elements. Air is one that can't
be learned without spirituality, after realizing how little about the spiritual side she actually knows, she'll travel and learn the spiritual side while facing new villains.
The next season will have a Metalbender main villain, and the third season will have a Combustion Man esque villain
Now it has been shown that Amon was a Water/Bloodbender
I realised that a possible parralel to the original series may not be in what Korra learns, but in whom she faces. Book 1 of ATLA was water, and the main villain of season 1 was a unique waterbender, Book 2 was Earth and thus a villain of season 2 will be a metalbender (one of the police maybe?) and season 3 will have our old friend "Evil firebender Murderer" (although we can cross Amon's parent's from his offscreen death tally now) who has combustion man like powers.
- Jossed on the Metalbender villain (at least until Book 4)), confirmed on the Combustion Man villain.
The second season will begin with Korra waking up in the South Pole compound...
Still unable to bend three elements, because the last scene was All Just a Dream
. Korra will regain her bending for real
over the next twelve episodes, as it has been traditionally done—by traveling the world. This will help her overcome her spiritual block, and be a little less Deus ex Machina
- I would so watch that. Here's hoping! The only problem is that that might be difficult to do properly over only 14 episodes...still, it almost seems like the most logical choice, since Korra finished out the first season looking for all the world like a fully-realised Avatar. How else could there possibly be any kind of conflict for her?
- How about the conflict of being a fully-realized Avatar? Having to deal with the responsibility of it all now that she doesn't have her old excuse of, "Well, I'm only in training." The Avatar's ultimate task isn't just learning the four elements. They're only a means to an end. Her bottom-line job is maintaining balance in the world, and that's still a tremendous task. And, meanwhile, she's still only a teenager who just got her first tiny tastes of airbending and the Avatar State. There's still a long road ahead of her.
- Or, possibly, able to bend the three elements but only while in the Avatar State, which was all she was shown to do in the last scenes, and she will have to remaster bending those elements while in her normal state. Similarly, Lin Beifong will have to spend time early in season 2 relearning metal bending.
- Eh, Jossed. The end results of Book 1 were very real.
There will be moral conflict in the second season about restoring the bending of certain people Amon debended.
So we've firmly established that Korra is capable of restoring the bending of those who've had it taken away by Amon. This is absolutely excellent news, since we can give Lin Beifong back her earthbending! Oh, wait, remember that most of the people Amon started with were corrupt jerks
like Tahno or Triad kingpins
like Lightning Bolt Zolt? Remember, Korra is their Avatar too - what right does she have to refuse to restore their bending? On the other hand, it's very likely if she does
restore their bending, they'll return to the exploitative, criminal lifestyles they used to live. What to do?
- Tahno has shown some humbling and it is likely that Lin and the metalbenders will automatically arrest the criminals. Cue a potential funny moment such as this:
Zolt: *kisses Korra's shoes. Thank you, Avatar. Thank you so mu- *gets subdued by metal coils*
Zolt: I'm still going to jail, aren't I?
- Since Korra expressed her sympathy to Tahno already, I picture her requiring a "no more cheating ever" promise from the Wolfbats before she restores them, which will probably be a good enough redemption for the Jerk Jocks. Zolt and the other criminals are a tougher case that could well be played for some drama, but maybe they could be arrested and serve their time, with a promise from the Avatar to come back and restore their bending when they get out. The prison guards would probably appreciate that arrangement.
- Because it would be amazingly ironic for the values of the airbenders to be twisted into something sinister. Obviously, the group of air acolytes will most likely be a cult, and Tenzin will attempt to disown the group so that he and his family doesn't get lumped in with them.
- And it can show how even Air Nomads aren't immune to having their dark side.
- Jossed, at least as far as season 2 goes. Season 3, however, features someone with a surprising amount of knowledge about Air Nomad culture and gained air bending to boot, and he's one of the most dangerous villains we've seen.
The Big Bad
of Book 2 will be a spiritually attuned individual, if not a spirit himself. Alternatively, there will be two opposing forces, industrial and natural, fighting each other.
We've been told that the theme of The Legend of Korra
is tradition vs. modernity. With Amon we were teased about the possibility that someone might challenge the Avatar as the world's spiritual representative. In Book 2, which most likely will focus on Korra's energybending, she will have to face the spiritual imbalance produced by the modern society, and the suffering of nature that results from it. Think Hei Bai from the original series, and imagine a whole army of them with similar grievances. I expect that the story will work out in a manner similar to Princess Mononoke
, where humans are genuinely building a better life to themselves, opposing tyranny, poverty and disease with their technology, but at the same time unwittingly trampling the natural world under their heels, and causing themselves harm in the long run. This time the enemy isn't something that Korra can outright defeat, but she must mediate peace between the two worlds, as her duty as the Avatar requires, and providing the Aesop
that while protecting nature is important, that doesn't make technology and progress evil in themselves.
- Partially supported by information given at Comic Con 2012 — the second season will be called Spirits, and it's strongly implied that the Big Bad will be a spirit of some sort.
- Confirmed big-time. Not only was the villain, Unalaq, spiritually attuned, he was in league with the ultimate dark spirit, Vaatu.
Some time in Season 2, a villain will try to turn Asami against Korra and Mako, expecting to take advantage of her jealousy.
- The attempt will fail, spectacularly, and will end with another patented Asami close-quarters curb-stomp.
Tahno will become a member of Team Avatar next season
He's very popular with some fans, and there should be a full-time waterbender on the team.
- Jossed. Tahno doesn't even physically return until the final three episodes of Book 4, and those were non-speaking cameos.
The next season of Korra (or the next series of Avatar) will be entitled 'Tales of Republic City
It will be a collection of stories showing the old and new Team Avatar, and others like Lin and Tenzin, set in Republic City, showing the development of and life in Republic City through different years.
- This will also give Korra a chance to show the non-bending population of Republic City that she's their Avatar, too.
There will be a 3-5 year Time Skip
between Book 1 and Book 2, during which time Jinora will have earned her Airbending Master Tattoos.
- There isn't a really need for a Time Skip for that plot development to happen; Aang got his when he was twelve. Jinora just needs to invent a new airbending technique to qualify. And personally I'd much rather see it in the show itself than have it happen during a time skip.
- In addition, Jinora will join Team Avatar, which would be cool because, A) the Team would have a female member who isn't involved in the boring love triangle/dodecahedron with Mako, and, B) the Team would then neatly have one of each four bender types plus a a Badass Normal, just like Aang's team had.
- What if they had to deal with one of the Airbabies not wanting the tattoos? What if Jinora rejected that? I think if would be interesting if they had to deal with modern Airbenders conflicting with traditions of Air Nomad culture.
- Jossed. It takes place 6 months later. The multi-year Time Skip along with Jinora getting her tattoos do come at the end of Book 3.
The Next Season will involve the bending triads returning
- After Amon's downfall, any bending criminals are free to commit atrocities without the fear of getting de-bended. There will probably be remnants of the Equalists waring with them while Korra and the others try to stop the two factions from destroying everything.
- Without fear of getting de-bended? Did you forget what happened to Yakone? Spiritbending still exists, and with the avatar around and well, the city council may even introduce this as an official punishment for the most serious bending crimes (like bloodbending).
- Maybe but theirs only one Korra and most of the benders don't even know what she's capable of. If she just decides to round up all the bending criminals and energybend them, she wouldn't be much different from Amon.
- If Korra chooses to come out to public with the technique, and she pretty much has to if she wants to restore the bending of the people Amon crippled, the Council could set up a law specifically to de-bend the most dangerous bender criminals for the good of the society. Unlike Amon, Korra would respect the due process. It's the difference between a prison and a concentration camp.
- Confirmed! In "Peacekeepers," members of the Agni Kais were shown bombing a building during a Southern Water Tribe peace march, but they seem to be on somebody's payroll.
Season 2 will involved Korra learning the special bending skills
She'll be visited by the spirit of Aang who explains that with the new bending styles the Avatar needs to learn them in order to be able to continue to keep the balance. Therefore he'll instruct Korra to learn Plantbending (possibly from a descendant from the Swamp), Metalbending (possibly from Lin), Lightning (most likely from Mako or Iroh or Zuko), and then Tenzin will teach her the special style of Air (possibly Sound) after she's mastered enough of Airbending.
- I actually thought about this myself. But you forgot one....Blood. She would(have to) learn bloodbending and it would create a whole new set of problems, since everyone sees it as evil. Ultimately resulting in bloodbending being used for good.
- She does learn how to calm dark spirits from her Uncle, Unalaq. This comes in really good use in the finale for the ultimate dark spirit.
Season 2 will be about Korra learning the Cultural and Political skills needed to be a modern Avatar
Mako's knowledge of the underworld will help him to become one of the most effective and respected new recruits on the force.
But once someone learns of his past association with the Triads, it will cost him his job.
- Used in "The Guide" where the two corrupt cops cite Mako being a former Triad when arresting him in their frame up.
Book 2 will involve Koh the Facestealer
Korra is similar to Avatar Kuruk (both are from the Water Tribe, combative and prideful) the last Avatar to engage Koh before Aang. These similarities will possibly make Koh decide to do steal the face of one of her friends (most likely Mako or Tenzin) to punish her for her pride like he did with Ummi. The book will end with Korra either doing something to redeem herself to Koh so he'll give the faces back (assuming he can do it) or finding some way to return the faces to her friends without killing Koh.
- Quite plausible, given how book 2 is "Spirits" and Koh was surprisingly popular. If this happens it'd be more likely Mako than Tenzin, just to draw another parallel with Kuruk. Then at least one or two episodes could be devoted to getting Mako's face back; if Koh won't do it, maybe they could figure out some variant of energy bending to do it.
- Jossed. Koh isn't even mentioned in the program, never mind appearing.
The Dark Spirit is unnatural to the Spirit World.
During the Korra Comic-Con panel, art and screenshots of season 2 were shown, including a new antagonist, the Dark Spirit. Now, most of the spirits we've seen resemble animals in some way, but the Dark Spirit is this smoke/sludge/blob thing. My theory is that the Dark Spirit is something unnatural to the spirit world, something that came about through unconventional means. Either it was a spirit created from darkness, or it was a regular spirit that was corrupted, similar to the polluted river spirit from Spirited Away
. After all, the creators of Korra do take a lot of inspiration from the works of Hayao Miyazaki
- Then again, Hei Bai looked like an unnatural monster too, when he first appeared.
- But Hei Bai's true form resembled a huge panda. Hei Bai took the monster form when he was really, really angry.
- If you didn't know that Hei Bai was a Panda, you'd never be able to guess from his angry form. He had six legs and his body porportions were compleatly different from a regular panda. About the only thing that was the same was the coloring.
- That still doesn't change the fact that Hei Bei's regular form was a panda.
- Who's to say that the Dark Spirit doesn't have a similar angry Game Face on in the previews as Hei Bai did?
Having discovered that that the entire revolution was founded on a lie, he will finally question his own anti-bender sentiment. I'm pretty sure he's hit his lowest point, making him open to the greatest change.
- Jossed. The Lieutenant never appears again in the program after Book 1.
Amon's style of debending will reappear in the next season.
We're still not even sure whether Amon was actually using bloodbending to take bending away from others. Korra speculates so, but Tarrlok says he has no idea how Amon could do what he did. And even Katara, the most powerful waterhealer in the world, couldn't reverse the effect of Amon's debending; only the Avatar was able to do that, with energybending. All this leads to the conclusion that Amon was not
just using a specialized form of bloodbending. If it was only bloodbending, why didn't the writers explain it as such in the finale? The reason why Amon's technique of debending, as well as where and how he learned it, still remains such a mystery is probably because the writers intend to use it in future episodes. In season 2 we will learn who taught the technique to Amon, and we will meet others who are able to debend in the same manner too.
- But where's the ethereal glow associated with energybending? Obviously the eye/mouth light show is gone, but the contact points glow when the Lion Turtle imparts the knowledge to Aang, and when Aang debends Yakone and rebends Korra, and when Korra rebends Lin. None of that with Amon. Plus, observation of Amon's debending technique shows that he presses down slightly on the forehead. It's probably a combo of Chi-blocking to do a total-body block, and then bloodbending to make it permanent.
- There was no glow on Yakone when Aang energybent him— it was localised entirely to Aang, which we know was a result of him using the Avatar State. If it was really supposed to be some kind of weird chi-blocking/bloodbending combination, it would have been nice to get some kind of concrete explanation within the episode, but all we got was Korra suggesting it and Tarrlok half-heartedly dismissing it, admitting that he doesn't get it either. Honestly, if that ends up being the actual reason, it would reek of Voodoo Shark.
- A lot of people have been asking how season 2 can provide any credible threat to Korra, now that she knows how to bend all four elements, can access the Avatar State, and can use it to restore bending to those who have been debent... If get to meet Amon's "debending master", the one who taught him how to take away bending, it's quite possible he is more powerful than Amon ever was. What if this master can take away one's bending permanently, so that even the powers of the Avatar can't restore it? That would certainly up the stakes for the second season.
- I really hope not. Debending was the big threat of the Season 1, but having the same thing as the focus of Season 2 would be just rehashing the old thing. The threat of Season 2 needs to be something new and original. Preferrably something that simply can't be dealt with through strength alone — as indeed was the case with Amon, as well.
- Season 2 is apparently going to be about the Spirit World and have a spirit as the villain. Bending cannot be used in the Spirit World so it's not something Korra would be able to solve with fighting. It should also be noted that things that cannot be dealt with through strength, it's pretty much a given that Korra would need to learn that eventually. The Avatar's job doesn't just involve defending, it involves keeping the peace, which can't always be done through shooting fire.
Grey De Lisle
will voice Korra's female cousin
And her nickname is 'The Dark Spirit', owing to her personality and appearance.
Korra's ability to Energybend has something to do with the Spirits in Book 2
According this link
, Korra wondered what she did to piss the spirits off. It could be possible that with her ability to Energybender, she's been abusing her powers such as temporarily giving non-benders an ability to bend since we never know what will happen if the Avatar energybends a non-bender. Or giving benders another element to bend.
Aang's death will be a revealed as a major Plot Point
over the course of the series.
Besides being responsible for Korra's creation, I like to think that Aang's death will not only have been a symbolic passing (the transition into Republic City) but will also have a major plot relation to the rest of the series. Perhaps the main series villain or next Azula will be responsible for killing Aang at 66. Or maybe his death will be partially responsible for creation of the equalists. Either way, the passing of the new nation's heroic savior will at least
be revealed as a major plot note
over the course of the show.
There will be two more series afer this.
The first will be about the next earthbending avatar in the avatarveres's equivalent of modern times.
the second will be about the firebending avatar in the future and will bring back alot of the ideas the creators came up with back when the original show was supposed to be more Sci-Fi and futuristic.
This brings the franchise back full circle both element-wise and time-wise.
Book 2's plot will involved the Spirit World or aspects of it "leaking" out into the physical world.
Nicked this idea off of the Republic City Dispatch podcast on Tumblr— it would work as an explanation for why the Dark Spirit (or what we assume to be it, anyway) is running around in the real world, and the idea seems to tie in with some of the weird, ethereal imagery seen in the South Pole concept art at SDCC.
The Dark Spirit is an avatar that died without letting go.
Or several of them considering that when we saw the previous avatars on screen they were all mixed up after Kuruk's row meaning they could have been the avatars that achieved full control of avatar state but what of the ones that didn't? Their collective consciousnesses were pulled together as their fear, shame, guilt, and regrets took them over becoming the Dark Spirit. Korra will have to ease their souls in order to free them.
- Jossed. There are several dark spirits, all of them nature related, with one, Vaatu, being the Avatarverse's Satan.
The Dark Spirit is instead Yakone or his sons
We don't know the full side effects of removing someone's bending with energy bending.
- Jossed. They are forces of nature and/or darkness. Their master, Vaatu, has no connections whatsoever to Amon, Tarrlok, or Yakone.
The Dark Spirit is the reason for the avatar
While I do believe that the avatar was the way for planet's spirit to experience human life there could have another reason long ago. Before the first avatar the human and spirit realms were one and humans lived in fear of malevolent spirits. Eventually the planet's spirit decided to help mankind by creating the first avatar who's greatest success was separating the two realms but keeping them close at the same time.
- Confirmed thanks to the events of the Beginnings episodes.
Book 2 's plot will involve the Winter Solstice
The winter solstice is when the lines become the physical world and the spirit world become blurred. Book 2 will correspond to winter, the Krew will be at a festival, and Book 2 is called Spirits.
- Confirmed. It's when a spirit portal is opened as part of a plot to release the dark spirit Vaatu.
Season 2 will be two parts, Korra in the Spirit World, and the post-Equalist affairs in Republic City
We know Korra will be off having ghostly adventures and dealing with the weird shadow-blob monster mentioned above, but what about the aftermath of what has happened in Republic City? That will be getting attention (with Lin back as police chief perhaps), and maybe give us a look at Bolin and Mako working separately, Bolin in the City, Mako off helping Korra (or causing hilarity in the South Pole).
There will be a Water Tribe Civil War in Book 2, and Korra will struggle with which — if any — side to take.
Unalaq's Northern faction will want to make the Water Tribes more united than ever. They'll go about this in a few ways: bring ancient Water Tribe spiritual beliefs to the fore to strengthen their people's national character, forces businessmen like Verrick to invest in fellow Water Tribe companies rather than in foreign ventures like Future Industries, plus end foreign influence and certain "modern" practices. This will also have the air of the elitist, urban North Pole lording it over their rustic Southern cousins. Meanwhile, the Southern faction under Tonraq will fight for the SWT's independence. Perhaps even wishing to form a republican chieftainship verses the hereditary one of the North. For Avatar's usual historical parallel, think Yuan Shikai's short-lived bid to create a modern Chinese Empire verses the Republic of China in the 1910s.
Korra, meanwhile, will be torn for three reasons. First, she actually likes her mentor uncle and believes he's honestly trying to do the right thing. He's no Sozin or Amon. Second, the Water Tribe's civil war will be a strictly internal affair. Unlike how Amon's attack on the balance of the world via anti-benderism made her an Avatar problem, this won't strictly fall under the Avatar's purview. Like with certain past Avatars, she could feel the need to stay away from internal political disputes so long as nobody is trying to attack her position as Avatar, like when Chin tried to conquer Koyshi's home village or the Earth King tried to order Kyoshi around. Third and finally, Korra could be indecisive because she can't decide what's best for the world: a unified Water Tribe, or a further divided one that could set a dangerous precedent for separatism.
Varrick is ultimately going to be a good guy.
It's a fake-out. The creators are counting on us to remember the example of Hiroshi Sato and be wary of the charismatic businessman with incredible resources. When we first meet him, the show will emphasize his greed and his lack of scruples, and several characters will be wary of him and question which side he's on. In the end, Varrick's inner goodness will shine through and he'll help Team Avatar when they need it most. He's not a bad guy, just an Unscrupulous Hero
in the vein of Han Solo.
- As of "Civil Wars, Part 2" this is looking to be confirmed. There are still ten more episodes until the end of the season, however, so he's not in the clear yet.
- As of "The Sting," this is pretty much Jossed.
- As of Book 4, this is confirmed.
Korra's trusting Unalaq is going to be a huge mistake.
It'll turn out that he's a fanatic who's idea of balance and what the spirits want is as off as the Equalists' idea of Equality. He'll manipulate Korra throughout the season. Eventually she'll have a "my god what have I done" moment and turn on him, but in the next two books will have to deal with the loss of trust from both her friends and the world in general.
- Confirmed. She breaks off from Unalaq rather early in the Book when he incarcerates her father, and eventually discovers that he manipulated her into opening the southern portal in order to free Vaatu
The Dark Spirit is somehow related to Azula
They have the same voice actress (Grey DeLisle) and the spirit's fighting style, according to Avatar Wiki, is Fire.
- DeLisle has confirmed that she's going to be playing three distinct characters in Book 2. I sincerely hope that at least one of them is either Azula herself, or somehow related to her.
The conflict between the More Spiritual Than Thou
North and non-spiritual
South may well have spilled over into Republic City, dividing Northern and Southern immigrants there. And that's how we got Yakone, Amon, and Tarrlok. And boy, does Korra have a lot of cleaning up to do.
Asami will ask Korra to be an advertising spokesperson for Future Industries.
"I'm Avatar Korra, and this is my favorite company in Republic City."
The remaining television seasons will go through the cycle of seasons again, just more subtly.
(I didn't come up with this one, I'm just posting it.)
All the previous seasons in the Avatar franchise have followed the cycle pattern: water, earth, fire and air. We know that Book Two of Korra will focus on the Spirit World, but the Water Tribes will also play an important role. Furthermore, Word of God
is that Book Three will have Lin Beifong and the Earth Kingdom in the spotlight. If this pattern continues, Book Four will give focus to the Fire Nation. Basically, Korra will restart the cycle of seasons present in the past, but it won't be the primary focus of each story.
- Originally confirmed with the airdate patterns that the Books are following so far. Book 1 aired during the Spring of 2012, Book 2 during the Fall of 2013, and Book 3 during the Summer of 2014. Book 4 breaks the pattern altogether by airing/streaming during the Fall of 2014, a month and a half after Book 3 and one year after Book 2.
A possible look into Unalaq's motives and the training.
At least part of the reason Unalaq is so eager to have Korra under his wing is to use her to hurt Tonraq. From what little we saw in the preview, Unalaq seems to be the type who would rather heckle those he considers beneath him than converse with them, sort of a like a downplayed internet troll. Being so spiritual, he's likely envious, maybe even embarrassed, that his less-spiritual 'rube' of a brother sired the ultimate spiritual being (The Avatar) and he seems more concerned with criticizing Korra's instructors than praising her for her progress. It seems that his teaching Korra is more Activist Fundamentalist Antics
than anything else. Also, by Desna and Eska's introverted personalities, it isn't likely that Unalaq is very loving with them, so why should Korra be different?
At first, things will be going good but will soon go sour as Unalaq begins to showcase his true nature: a huge bastard. Korra will silently endure the insults about her friends, her family and Tenzin, but it will come to a breaking point when, with the return of Chakras, Unalaq goes about the final unblocking the wrong way and tries to force Korra to abandon her loved ones rather than making it her choice as Aang was allowed to do. He cite's Aang's reluctance to let go of Katara as one of his many failures, revealing that he has a low opinion of the Avatar and deliberately praying on Korra's insecurities as a bad Avatar.
Am I insinuating that Unalaq will be a villain? No. More that he'll just be a troublesome creep, sort of like Tarrlok was seen before 'When Extremes Meet', clearly a shady dude, but seems pretty harmless. Sorry, but I just can't see him being a likable character.
- So far he has seemed like a Tarrlok Mk. 2. The Northern Water Tribe seems to be overcrowded with these guys.
- Well, he turned out to be a latter day Ozai, plus his motives were much darker than what was listed here.
Tonraq's behavior towards Korra (and Unalaq to a lesser extent) is his attempt to compensate for what happened in the previous season.
Let's recap: Korra went through hell last season. She was repeatedly attacked by dangerous terrorists trying to kill her, kidnappped by an unstable bloodbender who planned to keep her as a hostage, and went into a serious depression after Amon temporarily took her bending-the thing that Korra defines herself by.
And Tonraq blames himself. He was the one who set up the compound; he was the one who was supposed to protect her. But when Korra decided to leave for Republic City, he didn't stop her. He decided to take a leap of faith and trust that his daughter was ready for the outside world. And as a result, he had to go through every parent's nightmare: his child was in terrible danger and there was nothing he could do to stop it.
Fast forward to now. Now Korra's dealing with a conflict that's not only much closer to home, but it's dealing with things that Tonraq has experience in. He can help now; he can make sure Korra doesn't have to go through that again. But thanks to Unalaq, he's screwing up before he can even get started.
But not all that evil
. She was told to follow what she thought was right and she will believe in what Unalaq and follow him all the way to his goal. Her past selves will completely disaprove of this and cause serious conflict, Mako and Bolin will be unwilling pawns constantly telling her what she's doing is wrong, but she won't listen. She will then face My God, What Have I Done?
moment and seek to atone for it.
- Jossed, Korra has become a much darker Anti-Hero, but she has left Unalaq and stayed good.
- Second theory, none of the above will happen.
Unalaq's pacification skill can be learned by any bender, not just waterbenders.
Because waterbending is getting a little too broken.
- The Sun Warriors probably had a technique for it. Return of the Dancing Dragon?
Unalaq's powers can be used to shut down the Avatar State.
As in, he can forcibly prevent Korra from using it. Seems like a logical extension of the powers, and if Unalaq does turn out to be the bad guy, this serves as a way to level the playing field a bit.
Koh will steal Tonraq`s face in order to punish Korra:
Similar to how Koh punished Avatar Kuruk for his action Korra`s arrogance will cause her to lose her father and realize how badly she screwed up
- Jossed. No Koh, I'm afraid.
Unalaq will be revealed as a villain...
but only acting under the control of the Spirits, much like The Illusive Man in Mass Effect 3
. For all we know the show will have its own version of At the Mountains of Madness
going on due to the spirit world creatures resembling Eldritch Abominations
and the season being in the water tribe nations.
Confirmed. He is a villain, but willingly serves one dark spirit: Vaatu.
The Ancient Spirit Portal was anything but...
There is no way that such a macguffin would be introduced and unambigously be a good thing. It has to be a valve or a vault of some sort that allows spirits into or out of the native reality, or keep malevolent ones locked away, and cracking it open will have dire consequences. Just as planned.
Korra is not herself after cracking open the portal
Something dark probably snuck into her flesh and is starting to influence her actions.
Unalaq is 'just' a Well-Intentioned Extremist
He does use...some form of bending (apparently waterbending, looks and perhaps functions like a form of spiritbending) to pacify spirits and he does
see the Southern Tribe as threatened by spirits. And that's it. He'll go ahead with his forceful (i.e militaristic) way of imposing his methods upon his brother's tribe, and naturally he will meet resistance. But while Unalaq acknowledges the importance of the spirit world more than his brother does, he's also seriously underestimated the threat it poses, and overestimated the efficacy of his counter-measures. This heavy-handed approach is misguided, and will backfire. What looks like, and what Korra initially takes to be the perfect solution, isn't as simple as it first appears.
- Jossed. He's much more than that, and it gets dark when we discover who he's been working with.
Unalaq's "spiritbending" is actually a form of bloodbending
He is forcing the spirits to calm down and go back to the spirit world against their will.
- But the water Unalaq is bending is definitely from outside the spirits, which don't seem to have any blood to bend...
Unalaq is controlling the spirits.
Whenever you see spirits appear, attack, or cause mischief Unalaq has an involvement in it. Everything is planned by Unalaq.
- And he's the one pissed at Tonraq for destroying the spirit forest at the North Pole. The angry spirits at the South Pole have nothing to do with it, they just cut a deal with Unalaq.
- Yes he is, indeed.
Unalaq isn't evil, but he is wrong.
It'll turn out he genuinely is trying to restore balance. But his methods are actually the wrong way to do it and will actually create worse inbalance. For one thing you can't force people to be spiritual.
Unalaq is being misguided by a Spirit.
Corollary to the above WMG and a bit long winded so bare with me.
More specifically the oldest one in the universe, the Spirit of the Void.
The Void is what existed before every other being. When the Earth Spirit created the other Spirits and beings, they consumed much of the Void’s territory and power.
The Void tried to starting a war between humans and Spirits by creating a Void in the humans, taking away their ability to bend energy and causing things like greed, power lust, and distrust and in the Spirits making Dark Spirits that attacked the humans and demanded sacrifices, hoping they would destroy each other and allow the Void to reclaim what, after all, belonged to it in the first place.
The first Avatar managed to stop the war with the bending arts and seal the Void in the North Pole’s Spiritual Nexus. Until Tonraq invaded the Spirit forest and weaken the seals that kept the Void in place. The Void knew that only the Avatar could release the seals and that Tonraq would father the new Avatar. But the Void didn’t have form enough to force him to do anything and Tonraq wasn’t the type to believe a spirit who appeared to him. But Unalaq’s religious devotion allowed it to be manipulated; Pretending to be a water spirit and giving him the Spirit Calming ability by controlling the Void in Unalaq’s heart. Creating the Dark Spirits to attack the Water Tribes, getting Tonraq banished and making Unalaq Chief, letting him believe that he was chosen by the Spirits to unite the water tribes and correct the balance of the World, all the while trying to get Unalaq to release the rest of its seals and allow it to escape and restart the war between humans and Spirits.
- Related to the above, it could be that if Unalaq is being manipulated by a Spirit, it may have used his pathological envy of his older brother - a brute of a warrior who somehow fathered the Avatar of all people - to consume him.
- In a manner of speaking, he is working for one, Vaatu.
Bolin and Eska's breakup is going to be explosive...mostly on Bolin's end.
Basically, Eska decides to Kick the Dog
in a major way that Bolin cannot ignore or rationalize. Unable to take it anymore, Bolin reaches his breaking point and explodes, calling out Eska for her behavior and generally being a terrible girlfriend.
Of the twins, Desna is the nicest.
Comparatively speaking, anyway. Based solely on one thing: when Bolin carting the twins around, Pabu is sitting in Desna's lap. I trust Pabu's judgement in such matters.
- Also in the Peacekeepers, he seems confused at Unaloq's conflicting messages regarding the portal and it doesn't seem to have occurred the to that his father could have been lying. Eska, on the other hand, doesn't even bat an eye. Actually, Unaloq is often compared to Ozai, Eska is similar in many ways to Azula, and there is never mention of the twins' mother. Keeping all this in mind, Desna actually becomes a very fascinating character. He's what could have become of Zuko had he never been banished and escaped his father's clutches!
The forbidden art of bloodbending will be used in the upcoming civil war.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Varrick, not Unalaq, is the real Big Bad
, apart from the dark spirits themselves.
Not only are there tensions between North and South, but there are also tensions within the Southern Water Tribe. Varrick is a Rebel Leader
of a more extremist faction that wants to push for war against Unalaq. Varrick was the one who wanted to rally the Southerners on his side. Varrick most likely ordered his inner circle to attack Unalaq, Korra would defeat the attackers, and they would get arrested. This would work in Varrick's favor, because when his men get arrested, Varrick would have the edge to convince the Southerners to go to war.
Plus, Tonraq getting arrested was most likely part of Varrick's plan, Unalaq first suspected Varrick, but Varrick pinned the blame on Tonraq to buy himself some time. By making Tonraq the fall guy, Varrick would divert Unalaq's attention away from him, so that Varrick could execute his real plan to overthrow the chief. Or, Unalaq suspected that Tonraq was in league with Varrick. Either way, Korra has been set up, seeing as her dad had nothing to do with that attack.
- Jossed. Unalaq is one of the main Big Bads. Varrick was just a supporting villain
There is no villain at all in the second season.
It seems that the main theme of The Spirits
is family, and all the conflicts and misunderstandings that can poison the relationships within it. The same process is seen happening on multiple levels, from Jinora and Ikki's arguments to the brewing war between the two Water Tribes. But not one of those situations can end happily if one side were to vanquish the other, regardless of who is in the right or wrong. Korra's test this time is to mediate and bring peace between people, not defeat the bad guy. The spirits are raging because of imbalance, all right, but not due to the lack of spirituality among the Southerners, but because of the conflict between people. Unalaq has the right idea in attempting to reunite the tribes to calm the spirits, but he's approaching the matter all wrong, failing to understand that he's escalating the conflict, not solving it.
- Jossed. There is definitely a villain in Book 2.
Unalaq is planning on using the portal he mentioned in episode 3 to send a massive army through it and conquer the southern tribe entirely
He seriously gives off that kind of self-righteous vibe, the sort that could very easily be a front for truly selfish actions, but even if they aren't, I don't see many redeeming qualities in him at all. He has shown nothing but contempt for everything the southern tribe stands for, its culture, its people, everything, and since he is willing to exert military might and occupy the place rather than have any kind of a discussion, it's clear that his plans for "reuniting" the two tribes using that portal are not
going to be remotely benevolent. Opening that portal is going to result in total military conquest.
- It ends up being used for another purpose entirely that is much worse.
As stated in earlier WMGs, "Spirits" is shaping up to be Good Vs Good
. Unalag wants to reunite the water tribes and calm the angry spirits, the spirits are angry because of imbalance, and the southerns are angry because of Unalag's aggressive methods. Furthermore, Unalag 'defeated' the spirit in the first episode peacefully.
Korra is caught in the middle of all of this and as of Episode 3 she supported Unalag because of his spiritual effectiveness and because he supported her. Evenutally she will break off from him as well and place herself above and apart from the water tribe to create a settlement that can please everyone. She will enforce this agreement with her status and that will be the last part of the season.
- Might be a good point about what Korra will come to learn in this Book, because is certainly coming across as (relatively) more diplomatic this time round. But as for Unalaq's intentions his spiritual side is looking far more doubtful as of episode 4, when it turns out his method of unification began years ago when he engineered Tonraq's banishment by having the Northern Tribe attacked. While his warning about the Dark Spirits yet appears to have some weight behind it (reacting violently to desecration of their land sounds about right), his method of - and motivation for - dealing with the more mundane side of this conflict is shown to be even worse than it appeared. Even if he's right about the spiritual 'deprivation' of the South having very real consequences. Korra sums it up by accusing her uncle of being power-hungry, but in some respects, he still has a point.
Korra will resolve the civil war by killing someone!
Think about it. It's pretty much the opposite of what Aang would do (even though he did technically kill Zhao), thereby taking Contrasting Sequel Main Character
to it's logical conclusion. There's also precedence for Avatars killing off tyrants and conquerors (we're looking at you, Kyoshi), so it's not completely
unreasonable to think this might happen. Korra also threatened to murder Judge Hotah twice in the same episode
, and has shown a willingness to kill in the past as demonstrated by her fight with Tarrlok. After all, it's highly unlikely that he would have survived Korra's firebending assault if he hadn't blocked it with his bloodbending.
- Confirmed, she defeats Vaatu by purifying Unalaq in his Dark Avatar state, killing him in the process.
- Somebody better pick up that phone, because I totally called it!
Unalaq will be overheard indirectly planning to kill Korra.
Because the Sozin parallels are not yet painful enough. It'll be something along the lines of "Sixteen years is plenty of time to take the South, and in the meantime, we can always prepare for the inevitable." For added drama, the eavesdropper could be someone who's already protective of Korra like Tonraq or Mako, or possibly both. Enraged beyond restraint at the threats against Korra, he/they would dramatically reveal himself/themselves and then Unulaq and The Shinning
twins proceed to have their ass cosmically handed to them. This will defiantly not be the big climatic battle, but it'll be fun to watch.
And just because it's the one line Bryke has yet to cross, there will be blood.
- "Peacekeepers" had Unalaq telling Eska and Desna to capture Korra alive, as he lied about not needing her to open the Northern portal. So it's likely Jossed. For now, at least.
Zhu Li is actually a spirit.
Albeit a new kind of spirit, born with the changing times and rise of industry. She works with Varrick partly because it gives her a chance to be where she belongs, and partly because he makes her laugh.
The Nuktuk film will involve...
- ...an Affectionate Parody of silent film, Franchise/Conan the Barabarian and the Superman Theatrical Cartoons.
- ...Eska appearing as an evil baroness character. Varrick included her mostly so Bolin could get some catharsis.
- ...a bunch of jabs at the live-action film. Like people protesting against it because the earthbender Bolin was cast as a Water Tribesman. "Stop whitewashing our culture!"
Varrick orchestrated the bombings
Seems like something he'd do to increase support for the Southern Water Tribe.
- Mako finds a link to a gang when he recognises the bomber's photo, and isn't there some suggestion (Word Of God, All There In the Manual?) thatVerrick's involved with gangsters? There's the entirely minor fact that the red coat worn by the bomber is the same style as Verrick's (long, white trimmings), and the gangsters we've seen before are colour-coded by national/gang affiliation). Which could just as easily be a visual Red Herring. Similarly with the fact that Verrick is quite blunt in stating that there is money to be made from war, and he's got his fingers in a lot of proverbial pies. Alternatively, he could just be entirely unscrupulous.
- Confirmed. Varrick did indeed plan these bombings as False Flag Operations.
The Dark Spirits are the good guys.
They've turned dark to obstruct Unalaq's plans.
- So... that gigantic Dark Spirit that showed up at the end of "Peace Keepers" ate Korra to save her from Eska and Desna? It looked like Korra was winning until he showed up.
Getting eaten by the giant Dark Spirit sent Korra into the Spirit World.
Korra will then spend most of the episode "The Sting" wandering around the Spirit World, trying to find an exit. Bonus points if she finds Wan Shi Tong's library as a set up for "Beginnings." Or better yet, she meets Avatar Wan himself.
- It didn't send her to the Spirit World. It instead contaminated her Avatar Spirit, setting off the Beginnings episodes
Whether or not Wan Shi Tong has mellowed out since we saw him last...
...He will use Sokka Style during a battle with someone.
- Or he'll at least have learnt something else about what humans are like...which either made him more receptive to those looking for help in mortal matters, or made him even worse. They're resourceful when they don't have power on their side, but once again they're coming to him with tales of war. Either way there's got to be some reference to the last people who did that...and bashed him in the head with a book.
Someone within Future Industries orchestrated the bombings.
The bomb detonator definitely looks reminiscent of Future Industries tech, Hiroshi was VERY GOOD at designing explosives as demonstrated during the Battle of Republic City, and the company desperately needs money. As Verrick pointed out, a war would be extremely profitable opportunity for F.I., and it's possible that someone in the company already had the same idea.
Korra will soon have to deal with the repercussions of her overly-headstrong attitude and rash decisions-making.
She'll also have to stop and think about why she acts like that, and will be forced to get some humility. Her upbringing and the negative effects it had on her will be addressed.
The whole series is an analogy to the American War of Independence
The Northern Water Tribe is England versus the Southern Water Tribe which is America.
After getting out of the Spirit World (where else would she end up after being swallowed by a spirit at the end of the episode before the episode before Beginnings?), Korra actually will make it to the Fire Nation and enlist their help.
It'll make a nice bookend/callback to the Fire Nation invading the South in At LA
- As of the end of "The Sting," Korra has apparently washed up on an island within the Fire Nation (or at least the guys who found her were wearing Fire Nation garb) with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Maybe she somehow lost her memory while traveling though the spirit world?
Desna and Eska already knew ahead of time that the dark spirit was coming after Korra, so they planned on what would happen to her at the end of "Peacekeepers."
When Desna and Eska began their journey to find Korra, they first found the dark spirit, and assumed it was trying to find the Avatar, too. So, they followed it. Once they found the Avatar, Desna and Eska fought her as a distraction, so that way, the spirit could get closer quicker. After they stopped, neither of them warned or helped Korra with the spirit right below - they just floated there, watch her get taken away, and headed back, to report to Unalaq that she will now no longer be a problem.
- Unalaq specifically instructed them to bring Korra back alive. Unless they can control dark spirits and use them as a method of transporting prisoners, it's unlikely they were planning on Korra getting eaten.
Because Actor Allusion
Theories for the next few episodes.
A dark spirit (known to be under manipulation by Unaloq) took her and the twins didn't exactly seem surprised, so it's a definite possibly that he has her. Leading into The Beginning, it might be a longer replay of Out Of The Past, possibly with more time lapsing, more time in the spirit world, more searching and maybe even a new member for the scrappy heap! This troper absolutely adored Out Of The Past, so she's eager! Oh, also, instead of Naga, Pokey will be the one to find Korra when she escapes, which is how she reunites and makes amends with Tenzin and his family. Hooray!
- The first part is jossed - "The Sting" shows that Unalaq definitely doesn't have Korra, and the twins think she was killed by the spirit.
The main aesop of this season is learning how to deal with betrayal and disappointment
It seems like everyone
this season is either betraying someone else or being a Broken Pedestal
. Tenzin and Korra's father disappoint Korra when it's revealed that they stuck her on the compound for most of her life. She in turn goes against them by snubbing them in favor of Unalaq after he flatters her. Unalaq turns out to be the Cain to his brother's Abel and an Evil Uncle Manipulative Bastard
to boot. Bolin ditches Eska at the wedding altar, though to be fair he had very good reasons to do so. Less sympathetically, Bolin blows off Mako, the older brother who has supported him his entire life, after getting a taste of fame as an actor. Mako betrays Korra in favor of his duty to Republic City and breaks up with her. Varriq turns out to be a Corrupt Corporate Executive
who is manipulating the Gaang and both sides of the Water Tribe civil war. The only character who doesn't seem to be betraying anyone else is Asami, and even she only barely avoids this since she kissed Mako after
he already broke up with Korra. Besides the Dark Spirits, Korra and the Gaang's main struggle through this season will be learning how to deal with broken trust.
Mako will get Bolin to go on a date with Zhu Li so he can search through Zhu Li's records in the meantime.
Unfortunately, he won't find anything because Varrick only has Zhu Li handle his legitimate operations.
Whatever is causing the Spirits to go nuts is affecting everyone's personalities, making them arrogant, amoral, irritable...
At this point it's the only explanation for the wildly fluctuating personalizes of the Krew and company.
- This seems to be heading towards being confirmed. It seems totally in character and within the capabilities of Vaatu.
Unalaq isn't really a bad guy
Well Intentioned Extremist? Unquestionable so, heavy on the extremist. But evil guy who set up his brothers fall in order to take the throne? That has been thrown into question now that Verrick's true character has come to light. Who's to say it wasn't him
that paid off the judge to not only play the part that he did, but to also feed Korra bad information when she questioned him? Who's to say he didn't pay one of his rebels to point the finger at Korra's parents and get them arrested in the first place? Only time will tell.
Ten to one she's Chekhov's Gunman
. (Seriously, we're expected ignore a Hypercompetent Sidekick
who manages to keep up with Varric with little trouble beyond the inherent grief of her role
?) It wouldn't be that much of a stretch for her to turn out far less meek and passive than she seems
and actually be pulling Varric's strings directly
The Korra that washed up on the beach is not the complete Korra
After being eaten by the spirit her soul was sent to the Spirit world and her body spat out. Her soul is currently trying to find a way back to it's body while the body wanders around, not knowing a thing about what it is or what's going on.
Zhu Li is an undercover cop
I got this theory from one of the comments on the Avatar V-Logs Doug Walker
did. It is rather odd how unquestionably loyal Zhu Li is towards Varrick, no matter how degrading the job is. He has always been suspected of shady activity, so Lin sent Zhu Li to keep an eye on him. The reason why Lin kept brushing Mako off was because she didn't want him to blow the plan.
- It would provide a reasonable justification for Lin turning into a straight example of Da Chief when Book 1 made it clear she's not quite like that when the situation demands another approach. Her ignoring a low-ranking newbie like Mako is one thing, but it appears she's not investigating any alternatives for the bombing other than the Northern Tribe being responsible.
- Given the Reveal of 'The Sting', if Zhu Li is an undercover cop, one might have to wonder about her safety as Varrick almost certainly knows Mako's onto him, and may have his own suspicions about his 'loyal' assistant.
Someone (most likely Unalaq) is possessed by Vaatu, giving him the power to unleash the dark spirits
Vaatu, having seen what Raava was able to accomplish when merged with Wan, decided to do the same and merge with another human. Vaatu doesn't grant the power of being able to wield the four elements as Raava and Wan got theirs from the Lion Turtles, but instead grants his human with the power induce his darkness over the spirits. In the case of it possibly being Unalaq, Unalaq's is not actually purifying the spirits but simply taking away the darkness he induced on them to make people think he's purifying them.
The old lady fire sage in "Beginnings"
Her real identity is Azula.
Not my theory. Saw it on IMDB. So after her time in the institution and finding the truth about her mother, she finds meditation as a means of keeping calm and follows the way of the sages.
Amon/Noatak was involved with the events of Book 2
His involvement more specifically is based on the fact that ever since he was raised by Yakone he realized that the Avatar was the most powerful being in the universe. Moreover, in "The Revelation" he said that he was able to contact with the spirits and they granted him the power to take people's bending away since the Avatar has failed humanity. However, it's possible that the whole "cover-up story" for Amon's rally wasn't so out of line. Perhaps Amon DID in fact contact with spirits about the issue to grant him such power. The spirit Amon had contacted with could have very well have been Vaatu. With his dark spiritual energy, Vaatu was able to strengthen Amon's bloodbending since it is considered a dark variant of waterbending
. After contacting with the spirit, Amon's bloodbending was now powerful enough to block bending. Taking this a step further, it could be possible that Noatak had a very strong spiritual connection with the dark spirits to the point of being Vaatu's first "Dark Avatar" subject like how Raava was to Wan
. With Noatak now physically dead, it's possible that he will play a spiritual role near the end of Book 2. Overall, perhaps there is somehow a deeper connection between Korra and Noatok than we thought there was.
Korra is so brash and violet because Vaatu is growing in power inside her
Raava did say that after the convergence, even if she won, Vaatu would grow in power and eventually come out of her, just in time for the next convergence. With the time so close at hand, and her always inside the Avatar, the current Avatar would naturally be negatively influenced by the power of chaos and destruction.
- This makes a lot of sense, however Wan sealed Vaatu into that tree in the spirit world. Would there be a two of Vaatu flying around?
- I would back OP up by saying it could be a possibility that Vaatu was freed sometime earlier by someone without us knowing about it. If true, perhaps Unalaq either knew or didn't knew about it. If it's the former, Unalaq could very well have been trying to prevent chaos and was misunderstood for being a villain. Only question is who was the one that freed Vaatu. This should probably be its own WMG, but whatever.
- Vaatu was imprisoned in a tree. Maybe when Tonraq destroyed the spirit forest in that flashback, Vaatu was released at that time.
Omashu is built on a dead lion turtle.
With the knowledge that in Wan's time all humans lived in cities built on top of lion turtles, Omashu's cone-like shape seems to give it all new connotations. It's even possible that Oma and Shu were indeed the first earthbenders, who were imbued with the power by the turtle and then
learned from the badgermoles to use it to build their intricate tunnels, not just chuck rocks, thus making the two stories consistent with each other.
At some point Tenzin's family and the Southern Air Temple will come under attack, but the attack will be thwarted by Captain Pokey of the lemur air force, under the command of Meelo.
He wants to open the spirit portals before the Harmonic Convergence in order to somehow release Raava from the Avatar Cycle and have her return to fight Vaatu in her full power, thus restoring what he perceives to be the true balance of the world. He might also be afraid that if Vaatu isn't released from his imprisonment before the Convergence, he will die and reincarnate from Raava, thus undoubtedly causing the Avatar to become a force of destruction rather than balance.
- Something along those lines seems very likely. Unalaq's explanation of the Dark Spirits seemed to be lacking something, too one-sided, and now it appears his good intentions are leading towards the very thing that Vaatu unleashed on the world 20,000 years ago; a chaotic merging of the physical and spiritual worlds.
The dark spirit attacked Korra so that she would be forced to confront her true nature
When the Fire Sages found Korra she didn't know even who she was. Then the spirits of past Avatars inform her that she has been separated from the Avatar Spirit. The fact that she has no
idea of her identity in this state emphasises just how fundamental that spirit is to Korra herself. It's not just a part of her, a role that she's trying to take responsibility for and grow into; it is very much who and what she is. By temporarily removing all of her personal conflicts and drive to solve things through force while ignoring or being ignorant of the true
influence of the spiritual realm on that of the physical world, she is in a position to finally understand how far the conflict goes and how she can deal with it. It's too convenient and too specific for it to be entirely down to chance. Perhaps there was some sort of spiritual influence that caused this event to happen. It wouldn't be the first time a spirit, or one connect to them, intervened at a critical moment.
Vaatu is Koh the Face Stealer.
- 1. Koh seems to love screwing with Avatars (Kuruk, anyone?).
- 2. Back in the original series when Aang went to see Koh, his lair was close to the Spirit Oasis, located in the North Pole. The Harmonic Convergence takes place where the poles meet in the Spirit World.
- 3. Koh lives in a tree. Where was Vaatu imprisoned? A tree that looks suspiciously like Koh's lair.
- 4. Referencing back to Kuruk, Koh is said to have lured his fiancee into the Spirit World, which could indicate him not being able to leave.
- 5. Koh steals faces. Some other WMGs have said that Vaatu probably has the ability to bond with a human like Raava did. What if he tried, but the person was unwilling? Maybe he just resorted to stealing faces. (Okay this one is unlikely, but this is WMG so whatever.)
- 6. He told Aang they would "meet again".
- 7. Let's face it. Wouldn't it be so freaking cool?!
- Is to merge with Vaatu and become a second avatar
- That actually makes a lot of sense. He's believes that only he can return the Southern Water Tribe to it's spiritual roots and he's power-hungry. He was willing to set loose angry spirits on his own city to get his brother out of the way, so he might not see merging with Vaatu as too big a sacrifice.
- At the end of The Sting, Unalaq is shown stepping out of the portal, and dismisses a question from his children if he was in the Spirit World. It's possible that if Vaatu isn't already released (as suggested above), he's manipulating Unalaq in the same way he manipulated Wan.
Origin of Bending.
In the original show we were told humans learned to bend by watching the moon, dragons, badger-moles and air bison, and many have called this into question after the episodes "Beginnings" were the lion-turtles were shown giving humans the abilty to bend. However in the same episode Raava says that more and more spirits have come to the physical world and have made the humans retreat to the Lion turtles for protection. The theory is humans had already learnt bending when the spirits drove them to the lion-turtles and the lion-turtles made them give up there bending while they lived on them and gave them back their bending when they left. This explains how both shows are correct.
- Maybe the lion-turtle did in fact gave humans bending but they needed the moon, dragins, badger moles and sky bisons to learn how to bend their respecive elements properly?
- Maybe humans learned it first, and the lion turtles took it when they became their guardians. Its highly doubtful they'd want people doing that on their backs, and explains why they gave it back to whoever no matter what; its not theirs in the first place.
Vaatu will merge with a human since he realized how effective the combo was when Avatar Wan kicked his ass to create a "Dark Avatar".
And it will bite him in the ass when his host dies while he's using the "Dark Avatar" state. Vaatu will either be Killed Off for Real
or sealed forever instead of 10,000 years.
- All my yes.
- This is why Unalaq is trying so hard to open the portals before Harmonic Convergence. He wants power, and Vaatu will give it to him if it means being free and kill Raava for good.
- Confirmed. In "Darkness Falls" Vaatu merges with Unalaq during the Harmonic Convergence.
Lin Bei Fong is just playing the gullible lemming
Specifically ,she knows the two detectives are either full of shit or at least criminally incompetent. However, she is playing along in order to let them lull themselves into a false sense of security so whoever is pulling their strings gets cocky and drops something blatantly obvious. She is investigating Mako's claims, but is pretending to not do so in order to throw off suspicion. Then when the time is right, she's going to spring the trap. A similar tactic used by Cracken in the X-Wing Series
in regards to finding the mole in Rogue Squadron.
- as a possible part of that, President Raiko is in on it and the two are hoping to put Mako back into the Water Tribe Civil War so they have a man on the inside who can find out just exactly what is going on and Mako is in the perfect position to do so (friends of the Avatar, already familiar with one of the main suspects, etc.), potentially meaning the two are going to work together to get Mako released quietly and shipped to where he can do some good. Presumably, if true, Raiko and Lin have documentation of some sorts to make sure Mako's name gets cleared after it is all done, potentially with that promotion to detective that Mako mentioned back in Rebel Spirit.
- She may be trying to avoid another Cabbage Corps debacle.
- This makes sense. Lin is an Earthbender, after all - and the philosophy of Earthbending is neutral jing, watching and waiting for the right moment to strike.
- Partially confirmed - she had enough suspicions that as soon as she saw the fight break out between Bolin and the President's kidnappers, she took her metal-bending cops and went straight for Varrick. By the time Bolin got one of the kidnappers to confess that they were sent by Varrick, Lin was already standing in his VIP box waiting to arrest him.
Unalaq will capture Korra and somehow force her to open the Northern Portal
As of the end of The Guide
, Korra and Jinora aren't physically present in the Spirit World, leaving them unable to use their bending powers. Unalaq is at no such disadvantage.
- Can you gimme a Confirmed!
The spirit and mortal realms will be merged in the aftermath of the second season
Possibly as a consequence of opening the Portal. This will force Korra to find a way to make peace between the spirits and mortals once and for all as opposed to merely separating the two. It's basically what Aang and Zuko did with Republic City (proving that people from very different backgrounds can call the same place home and work together), but on a grander scale.
- Sorta confirmed. Korra decideds to leave the portals open after she defeats Vaatu.
Unalaq knows that Vaatu is evil, and is planning on betraying him
Variation on the "Dark Avatar" theory: Unalaq is planning on fusing with Vaatu so he can enter the Dark Avatar State...
...AND DESTROY VAATU PERMANENTLY BY COMMITTING SUICIDE!
Varrick is innocent
Varrick didn't do anything. He didn't attack his shipments, didn't set Asami up, and didn't frame Mako. He is absolutely the kind of character that all the evidence pointing to it could just be coincidences.
- There's still the question of the bombing, because the popular explanation makes no sense when one considers Mako's first-hand account, and if it's not Varrick protecting his interests (profiting from war) then someone has to be responsible and Unalaq is an unlikely candidate (it doesn't seem he wants or needs the backing of the Republic). Although Mako finding a case and connections when there are none would be a pretty cynical but simple explanation for Lin's apparent narrow-mindedness/incompetence over this. In the face of the evidence against Varrick, what does the OP think could be the explanation? Is it all gang activity, and Varrick has a shady past which just seems to implicate him?
We'll get to see Zuko meet Iroh again.
Tell me you don't want that.
- Expansion: Zuko meets Iroh again...and Zuko decides to ascend to the Spirit World as well.
Relating to the above, Unalaq wants to become the Anti-Avatar
...And then once he defeats Korra, he'll absorb the spirit of Raava inside him as well, meaning that the balance between the spiritual personas of good and evil will live in him, elevating him to some sort of godhood.
- The Anti-Avatar part is confirmed. And he does absorb Raava, by extracting her from Korra and beating her to death, taking the past Avatars with it. It doesn't last long.
Varrick is the mastermind behind the attack on the President.
Upcoming episode summaries show that Raiko is going to be attacked. This is Varrick's handiwork, as part of plan to force Republic City into the civil war by staging an assassination attempt and blaming it on Unalaq.
In the confrontation with Vaatu and/or Unalaq, Korra will use a four-element version of the pacification ritual.
Like Vaatu said: "To hate me is to give me breath. To fight me is to give me strength." Given that, the best option for Korra to win against Vaatu may well be Sheathe Your Sword
. A four-element version would be quite fitting for the avatar to use. And let's face it, taking down Unalaq using his own ritual would be beautifully ironic
- Part confirmed. She only uses water.
Korra will decide that the best way to keep Vaatu in line will be to absorb him and have Raava hold him back
- For all intents and purposes, this does happen.
Once Mako is proven Innocent, He'll become a Private Eye
- All but confirmed in "Night of A Thousand Stars." Beifong compliments him and says he'll make a great detective. Those Two Guys, confused, say there aren't any detective vacancies. She corrects them—there are now two vacancies.
Unalaq will use energy bending to turn a human into a dark spirit
Unalaq was seen using energy bending on Jinora with it slowly creeping up her body. When he uses light energy bending on a dark spirit, the spirit turns good. We haven't seen what happens when he uses dark energy bending. He'll use it on Jinora, causing her to go completely insane, and Korra will have to restrain from fighting to avoid hurting her. Korra and Jinora will most likely have a I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight
, and Korra will hopefully be victorious.
The events of Book 2 might lead into the events of Book 3.
The first season did not have any sort of cliffhanger because the creators of the show didn't know if there would be a second season to lead into. The show has been confirmed for at least two more seasons, so they very well could create some kind of cliff for the show to hang on at the end of season 2.
- Confirmed. It gives airbending to people in Book 3, including its villain.
The season will end with Korra and many other characters being trapped in the Spirit World.
And some, if not most or all, of the next season will be about the characters trying to find a way out.
The season will end with many parts of the material and Spirit worlds coming together.
And future episodes will focus on dealing with the implications of that and Korra trying to keep peace.
Vaatu will refuse to merge with Unalaq, and is most likely using him
I mean seriously, why on earth would the all powerful dark spirit would want to merge with a puny human in free will? It's clearly obvious that Vaatu is tricking Unalaq into freeing him just to betray his wish on becoming a dark avatar. However, that doesn't necessarily mean he won't merge with him, it's just that at first he will refuse to do it until some other force makes him to.
- Jossed. Though you do have a valid point. What could Vaatu have gotten from Unalaq that he couldn't have by being a 50-foot tall spirit? At least Raava had the excuse of being weakened.
- Maybe he wanted Unalaq's waterbending?
- The episode itself answered that question rather well : Vaatu is not powerful enough on his own to defeat the Avatar. He needed Unalaq's help to even the odds.
Furryfoot and the other Dragonfly Bunnies were working for Vaatu from the beginning.
Seriously, what if Tenzin's spirit cleansing ceremony drove them away because they were actually evil
the whole time? They could have been trying to lure Jinora to the meditation circle so Korra would enter the spirit world via meditation instead of being forced to use the Southern Portal, which would
have allowed her to fight Unalaq on even footing. Furryfoot also took Jinora straight to Wan Shi Tong, which was obviously a horrible, horrible idea even before The Reveal
that he was working with Unalaq.
The Northern and Southern Tribes are no longer enemies, but they won't become allies either.
The Southern Tribe plan to become independent. The Northern Tribe want nothing to do with them anymore.
Book 3: Change
Book 3 will introduce a Airbender villain
LOK will go through an edgier route of portraying Aang as a flawed father by introducing an illegitimate child, who will become the next Big Bad for season 3.
- Confirmed, though Zaheer got his powers through the Harmonic Convergence and is seemingly unrelated to Aang.
Zaheer and his crew murdered Aang.
This explains why they're in high level prisons, why the White Lotus is involved, why Zuko is managing this case
, and finally why Zuko
said that the villains individually can bring down any
bender. We might even see his death in this season.
- Likely Jossed. They were in those prisons for attempting to kidnap Korra, which would preclude Aang being alive at this point. They might have killed him, but it would probably have been in an untraceable manner indistinct from the ravages of age, since neither Korra nor Tenzin hint at any foul play.
Book 3 will focus on Korra trying to reconnect to her past lives.
Maybe she even has to do it one by one.
- On a related note... perhaps the Raava who was ripped from Korra's body is not permanently dead; merely shattered. Part of her was reborn through Vaatu, and book 3 will deal with Korra discovering that the other parts of Raava are scattered across both worlds and are slowly pulling together again; when the time comes, they will all reunite with the portion in Korra, restoring her access to all the past Avatars.
- I was thinking more along the lines of finding their spirits individually and reconnecting with them somehow.
- Jossed, regrettably.
Now that Vaatu's physical body/avatar have been destroyed and it's a given that he'll reappear, the logical conclusion would be a corruption that grows from within Raava and therefore Korra as well.
There is effectively a "Dark Avatar" Cycle now, and the darkness isn't inside Korra's Raava, but was reborn elsewhere
I mean, don't quote me on this, but Unalaq and Vaatu got fused just as Wan and Raava did. Therefor, they may be bonded "forever", for this lifetime and the next. As they were killed, with all the sparkles and stuff, it almost seemed the same as when Raava's left Wan's body and reincarnated into his next life.
However, it could very well be that the dark cycle got destroyed that very moment, as Unalaq was transformed into that dark giant and it may count as being in a "dark avatar state" of sorts, so anything goes...
If so, then the previous WMG could be a very disturbing possibility.
- Alternatively, there would have been a Dark Avatar cycle had Unalaq not been killed in the Dark Avatar State.
Bolin and Korra will get together for real.
- Sorry. Bolin gets together with Opal instead.
Book 3 will be about the world trying to adjust after the huge change.
Confirmed. The name was explicitly chosen for that, among others.
Book 3 will have some kind of religious/spiritual extremists as antagonists.
I mean, it would fit well within the Avatar-verse.
- Zaheer seems to fit the bill.
- Didn't we already have that with Unalaq?
- Confirmed with the Red Lotus that Zaheer leads, which Unalaq happened to be a part of.
Book 3 will be called Avatars.
As suggested above, it will involve Korra's attempt to reconnect with the avatars of the past.
- Jossed. It was called "Change."
Book 3 will have more spirit antagonists.
Since Korra decided not to close the portals it will be easier for the more malevolent spirits who are just naturally evil without Vaatu's influence to enter the world to mess with things. Just like how spirits dominated the world 10,000 years ago when humanity had to survive on the Lion Turtles until Wan ultimately changed things.
- Korra is going to eventually realize this, but as the Avatar, her biggest duty will be to prevent this sort of crap from happening. Or the Spirits are going to find out that with weapons and bending being a lot more commonplace, it's going to be a lot harder to hedge out the native humans.
- Jossed. The villains for the rest of the series were all mortal.
Book 3 will be called Metal
It's been said that Book 3 will focus on earthbending more. Maybe it will deal with the new technological world being one with the spiritual world again?
- Jossed. It was called "Change."
- Though Korra WILL start learning Metalbending. (And possibly Bolin as well.)
- Note on Bolin: He tries to metalbend, but can't. He does get a different power though.
Mako will be a detective in Book 3 and he will partner up with an older detective who will act as a mentor for him
Much of Book 3 will take place in Ba Sing Se
A lot of people are going to be very uncomfortable with spirits flowing into the world. These disgruntled and terrified masses will flock to Ba Sing Se, putting its massive walls (and considerable distance) between themselves and the spirit portals. Thus all the people who disagree with Korra's decision to open the portals will gather in one place, giving rise to an anti-Avatar movement. Korra, of course will have to confront these people and defend her actions.
The new villain will be the current Earth King. With democracy on the rise, the monarchy's been losing more and more power every year, and the Earth King is desperate to regain control of his kingdom. He sees opportunity in the anti-Avatar movement: by supporting them, he wins the people's favour, and convinces the Earth Kingdom's parliament to restore his executive power so he can protect the world from spirits. Using the loyal, reformed, metalbending Dai Li, he'll capture Korra and imprison her somewhere beneath the city. Thus the heroes of Book 3 will be Tenzin, Kya, Bumi, Jinora, Mako, and Bolin, as they strive to defeat the Earth King and save Korra. Korra, meanwhile, will have to teach herself the true meaning of earthbending: Wait, and Listen. Maybe she'll have a wise old mentor for a cellmate. Or maybe a badgermole.
- A season in Ba Sing Se will also allow us to revisit the Jasmine Dragon, which our heroes might use as a base of operations.
- Earth Queen, actually.
- Partly jossed. While a number of episodes are set in Ba Sing Se, much of the above guess didn't occur.
Book 3's big bad will be extra terrestrial in nature
That's the only way to make season 3 bigger that I can see
- We've still got a book 4 too. Lets leave the alien until then.
- Jossed. No aliens in Korra.
A villain this season will be called Lock
Unalaq and Tarrlok why not drop the pretense
- Jossed. Better luck next time.
Season 3 will take place 3 years after season 2
Jossed. It's actually a few weeks later. The 3 year timeskip does happen between Books 3 & 4, however.
One of the cast will end up getting into a relationship with a spirit.
Seems like a logical extension of the intermingling.
Aang's statue will be defaced somehow in the finale.
Well it's happened twice so far. Might as well make it a running gag.
- More than a Running Gag... First season finale the Equalists put a mask on it and defaced it. Second season finale, it was taken up and dropped, but still intact. Serial Escalation, perhaps? It'll be more and more attacked each season finale until it finally breaks completely in the season four finale.
- In Book 3, the statue does break... Revealing that Aang was inside all along, hibernating in suspended animation! (Ok, maybe that's more of an Epileptic Tree.)
- Jossed. They were nowhere near Republic City for the final battle. However, the Northern Air Temple is destroyed instead.
There will be a mass jailbreak at the Fog of Lost Souls.
No reason. I just want to see Zhao again. Zhao's fun.
Due to the events of the season 2 finale, the setting itself has become radically altered. Spirits will become more commonplace and the role of the Avatar has been redefined. Perhaps it'll take on the tone the original series had. More whimsical in a sense. Plus it won't have that annoying shipping angle since nearly all the romantic pairings have been sunk
The antagonist/s will not have anything to do with the Water Tribes
We've seen two somewhat similar versions of that already. It's time to find out what everything else
is like in this time-period, beyond Republic City and the world Korra knows.
- Jossed, though at least it's not solely them.
Tahno will come back for a few episodes, and by Book 4 will be part of the Krew
A La Suki.
- Jossed. Again, he doesn't return until the last episodes of Book 4, and those were cameos. He never joins the Krew.
Varrick will be the Big Bad
of the season
Now a criminal, he gathers the remaining members of the Equalists to form a terrorist organization. He will use his technology to create artificial bending, making himself an artificial Avatar. The conflict will basically be magic vs technology. Here's how the artificial bending will work:
- Fire: Using flamethrowers.
- Lightning: The Equalists already had electric weapons.
- Air: Powerful fans.
- Water: Tank packs with a hose to fire.
- Earth: Gauntlets that increase strength.
Got that last one right, at least.
- Jossed. He does appear in Zaofu, but his appearance was just for humor, and his gadgets were apparently not used, at least not in this Book. Also, the Big Bad was a foursome of extremist benders called the Red Lotus, with the Earth Queen and the Dai Li as additional antagonists
Korra will have to work with Unalaq's wife
It's been shown that Unalaq was rather influential and well-known amongst spirits, what if his wife had the same kind of connections and the Avatar needed her help to deal with some of the problems brought about by the presence of spirits in the same world as humans?
- Jossed. We don't even see Unalaq's wife.
Wan Shi Tong will bring back his library into the material world
Related to the above. Unalaq's wife will convince him to come back, that humans have changed since his last visit and that even if some will still try to abuse the library's knowledge, there are some humans who can be trusted with guarding and protecting the place.
Asami will be a villain in Book 3
She might be even the Big Bad
- Don't we have this guess every season?
- Well, technically not yet, but I'll fix that.
- Jossed. She's still one of the heroes.
Korra will be blackmailed into giving elemental bending powers to a non-bender Big Bad.
Running with the theory that the Avatar does not actually restore bending but rather creates bending anew, a non-bender villain will realize this and will find a bargaining chip to get Korra to give bending powers to the Big Bad.
- Confirmed. Well, there's always a chance for the next season...
The Humans will hate Korra because she let the Spirits back in.
Not only that, but she'll have to deal with the "everybody hates me" mentality that's a staple for Young Adult fiction. She'll also try to carry out her Avatar duties (which may or may not be very easy), and she'll have to guide the world through the growing pains between the Humans and Spirits.
- I Knew It.
- There is an element of this, but it's not something that Korra is especially bothered about (which she presumably would if this were being used in a 'YA fiction' manner). She is far more concerned with finding the best way to deal with the consequences of her choice, rather than improving her poll ratings. If she is bothered on a personal level, she has (wisely, both in-universe and as character writing) not taken the time to angst over it.
Book 3 will introduce a new opening
Now that Korra cannot connect to the past avatars they will be droped from the opening. And in for a Penny in for a Pound, they might as well make a new narration while their at it one narrted by Jinora.
- New Opening can go like this:
Air: One of Tenzins kids
Water: Korra still
Long ago the worlds of humans and spirits where separated, but the avatar has broken the barrier between worlds.
There will be an episode detailing Mako and Bolin's childhood
One of the leaked images for the season shows Mako missing his scarf. He will lose it somehow, which will lead to a flashback of how he got it, when his parents died, Mako and Bolin's lives as street kids, and how they became Pro-Benders.
- We have at least met their father's family, in the poorer region of Ba Sing Se. Mako gives his scarf to his grandmother. No flashbacks yet, just a photo of the brothers' parents and some comments about their dad's life before he left Ba Sing Se.
Non-benders will learn how to bend and benders will learn how to bend other elements
In the trailer, it looked like Bumi was airbending. The original source of bending came from spirits (the lion turtles), so with the portals open anything can happen.
- Partly confirmed. Harmonic Convergence apparently gave/awakened Airbending skills in some non-benders. No sign yet of this extending to benders learning more than one element, so for the moment that's Avatar-only.
- Jossed. She's completely absent from season 3. There's always season 4 though.
Zaheer's group have already tried to kill the Avatar
This was mentioned elsewhere, and is an interesting idea if one full of Nightmare Fuel. The basis for this was that the firebender woman has been imprisoned for (at least) 13 years, which was around the time when four year-old Korra was revealed to be the Avatar. The main problem with this idea is that Korra would have to have been in the Avatar State for any attempt on her life to work permenantly
. Anything else would simply continue the cycle. However, if we add the thought that Zaheer and friends were also members of the Order of the White Lotus (who had been tasked by that point with protecting Aang's successor) they may have found a way to make a credible attempt at ending the Avatar cycle.
- While we didn't know if they did try to kill Korra in the past, the whole 'trying to kill the Avatar permanently'is Confirmed. So this is very likely.
The Fire Bending prisoner is Mako/Bolin's mother
They share more than a passing resemblance, the timing matches up, and Mako's reaction when his grandmother went on about how perfect his mother must have been hints that he knows something about her that he doesn't want to admit. So it will probably be revealed that Bolin didn't
witness his parent's deaths and is just going off of what Mako told him. And Mako lied, either out of genuine denial, or because he felt the truth would be far harsher to share, that his mother
killed his father (remember, he did say the murderer was a firebender...)
The Earth Queen is not actually Kuei's daughter
She is Long Feng's daughter. She was either switched at birth with the actual daughter, or shortly thereafter. Kuei's daughter is either dead or being held captive. Hou-Ting is very
aware of this, which is why she is extremely hostile towards Korra as she knows what happened the last time an Avatar was in Ba Sing Se. This is also why she makes Korra go get the taxes for her, it makes her feel in control.
- I am fairly positive that while they weren't able to outright state it in the show, Long Feng was probably a eunuch. The Dai Li are a very close Expy of the Imperial eunuchs who effectively controlled the Forbidden City and the Emperor for centuries in China. The logic was that only eunuchs could be trusted with great political power because they would focus on the welfare of the empire instead of their personal legacy.
Whether its the Earth Queen or the Irregulars, one of the antagonistic forces will prevail in their goals and deal Team Avatar a crushing defeat in the season finale, similar to the ending of Book 2 in ATLA, setting the stage for the fourth and final book.
- Given that the irregulars want to kill the Avatar, I hope not.
- Somewhat confirmed. Though the Red Lotus fail to kill Korra and Zaheer is once again imprisoned, they did succeed in murdering the Queen and driving the entire Earth Kingdom into chaos while Korra is currently incapacitated due to the poison they administered into her body. And though Zaheer is no longer a threat, it is all but implied the Red Lotus have other agents that are active elsewhere.
Desna will be more prominent than Eska this season.
While being introduced as twins in Book 2, Eska was given more screentime and dialogue, regarding her relationship with Bolin, while Desna was more cast aside dealing with their father. This time, it will be Desna getting more screentime and dialogue than his sister.
- Jossed. They appear only briefly, during the events surrounding P'li's jailbreak.
Zaheer's legion will fall apart one way or another as with every Legion of Doom
Whenever there is a super villain team involved, there's bound to be that one weakness that will cause their unity to crumble. There's a chance that deep down, every member is just as greedy as Zaheer, and the heroes would try to exploit that weakness to divide them. Or Zaheer is probably intending to kill off all his comrades once he gets closer to his goal, just like how Red Skull was planning to kill off the other villains after he got the tesserect.
- Jossed, but sort of confirmed in Aiwei's case.
The reason non-benders became Airbenders after Harmonic Convergence is because the broken Line of Avatars didn't just vanish - they merged with non-benders, giving rise to new Airbenders
When Raava's link with Korra was destroyed, all of Korra's past lives disappeared one-by-one, and Korra herself says that she has no link to them anymore. Simultaneously, new Airbenders have begun emerging, with no explanation given. It very well may be that these two events are linked: instead of the past Avatars just being obliterated or vanishing, their essences scattered and merged with non-benders's souls to create new Airbenders.
- There were 10,000 years between Wan becoming the first Avatar and Korra's Harmonic Convergence. We know that Avatars can live over 100 years (Aang lived 166, and Kyoshi lived 230), and we know that Korra had 4N+2 predecessors, where N is the number of complete Avatar cycles that elapsed. Going off that, there are probably between 50 and 118 previous Avatars. Given the number of new Airbenders that we have seen so far, this theory is possible, but I'm inclined to doubt it.
Tenzin and Zaheer will have an epic airbending battle.
Air vs. air is the only duel we haven't seen in the series yet, and as Korra's likely to use all her elements, the only way to show off airbenders at their finest is to have Zaheer fight the world's only other airbending master. Which Tenzin will probably lose in order to show just how dire the situation is and just how powerful and ruthless an airbender without morals can be.
- Confirmed, but Tenzin dominates the fight, and only loses when the other members of the Red Lotus pitch in.
The Earth Queen took power from her father
No particular evidence to suggest this is the case. However, the Queen's ruthless attitude and single-minded persuit of power does make me wonder whether she used the Dai Li behind her father's back in order to ensure Kuei's removal from power and install herself as monarch in his place. She is not exactly subtle, but then her dad was always well-meaning but naive. It probably wouldn't have taken much to manipulate him, particularly if the Dai Li is as influential as it was in Long Feng/Azula's day.
It was explicitly stated Chief Sokka helped bring them down 13 years ago. Correct me if/when I'm wrong, but I think that's the last chronological thing we know about Sokka, who would have been an old muggle at that point against three absurdly powerful Benders and one much younger man. This could also explain why Kya is familiar enough with Zaheer to recognize him.
- As for Katara, it is likely these 3 seasons will follow the usual trilogy tone (like the last series) of having the second Act end on a down note. As we already know one of the villains' goals is to destroy the White Lotus, it is a given that they will go after the Grand Master at some point. I'm guessing this trilogy's darkest hour will be Katara's death.
- But didn't "The Fortune Teller" reveal that Katara will live long enough to see her third great-grandchild then pass away in her sleep?
- Wasn't there a bit of ambiguity in how genuine her predictions were, though? *shrug* Even then, they could always retcon it. Though I do doubt they will go THIS dark.
- No word on Sokka, but jossed on Katara, who does not appear at all in Book 3.
Now that the "change" that the Red Lotus wants to bring about has been revealed...
At the end of the book, the four nations will be abolished, like how Korra saw Unalaq's point and left the spirit portals open at the end of Book Two.
- Jossed, but the Earth Kingdom is in complete chaos...
Suyin is a member of the Red Lotus, but is not a villain.
There is a picture spreading online of a screenshot where Suyin poses in an old photograph with a man who appears to be none other than Zaheer. She also spoke of how old-fashioned and foolish it is to still have an institution like the Earth Queen in an earlier episode, which matches Zaheer's anarchistic ideals. However, Suyin is not a radical follower of the organisation; rather than try to bring down the establishment by force, she simply seeks to provide an example of how the society can work without a strict hierarchy in her personal enclave of Zaofu, trying to inspire others to do the same. She's playing a game of her own, manipulating Korra in hopes of converting Zaheer and his followers from their violent ways and joining her interpretation of constructive anarchism. Her approach even fits the traditional Earthbender philosophy of waiting and listening.
The Red Lotus will murder Queen Hou-Ting.
They've already stated they want to abolish all governments, especially those run by people they feel are unfit to rule (and mentions Hou-Ting directly, albeit not by name). Besides, an upcoming episode is titled "Long Live the Earth Queen"... a variation on a phrase often said before or after a ruler has died. It's safe to say she's doomed, and good riddance.
- Confirmed. Zaheer suffocates her and leaves her for dead.
The Red Lotus is trying to extract Vaatu from Korra
It explains why they need her alive, but not well. They want to induce Avatar state and then kill her. Whether they'll induce this state using drugs, various techniques or just threatening her friends and allies. Also kidnapping Bolin and Mako fits the bill, they'll kill them to incite her and then just kill her to allow Raava to be released.
- Jossed. They DID want to induce the Avatar State and then kill her, but to end the Avatar Cycle once and for all.
The show will finally refer back to Book One...
...by revealing that Amon was a former member of the Red Lotus. He ran away from his abusive father and...? Wherever he went, it led him to Republic City, where he lived in disguise and led a communist-esque revolution against all benders. Other than his absolutely horrible father Yakone, what else would convince him that bending was the root of all evil? Why, the Red Lotus, or the four current members that we see. They're pretty fricking crazy. They have very unusual bending talents, like Amon and his psychic bloodbending (so far, Ming-Hua hasn't been shown bloodbending). They could have been based somewhere near the North Pole, where a scared and angry Noatak could have stumbled upon them. The Red Lotus fed him, sheltered him, and attempted to show him how to use his bloodbending abilities for good. Then he was finally inducted into the Red Lotus. But then what happened?
Well, the four Irregular Benders we see are dangerous anarchists. Young Noatak began to see the harm in their ideology, and began to question it. He especially became skeptical when the Irregular Benders decided to take out Avatar Aang and kisnap the next Avatar, because Aang had debended Yakone. Though Yakone had become twisted and bitter and raised his sons to be his own personal tools of revenge, Noatak still thought Aang had the right idea. The Red Lotus, however, never got the chance to assassinate Aang, because he died at 66. Then the Red Lotus decided to kidnap the next Avatar, a little Southern Water Tribe girl named Korra. This was the last straw for Noatak, whose unique bloodbending capabilities could have given the Red Lotus the upper hand. It was something of a Berserk Button
for him, with the (maybe) leader of the Red Lotus, Unalaq, arranging to kidnap his own niece.
Unalaq also being a selfish jerk and rather abusive father to his own children, Noatak said "no, just no." He gave Unalaq an epic "Reason You Suck" Speech
, refused to have any part in Unalaq's family shenanigans, refused to work for someone so slavishly devoted to Vaatu that he abused his own family and manipulated the Red Lotus for his own ends. Noatak then ran away, just like he did when he was 14, but this time, he was a man. A very angry man. In his anger, he decided that if nobody
had any bending, not anyone in the Red Lotus, and not the Avatar either, then none of this would have happened. He once again became ashamed of his own powers, convinced that there was no good use for them except to harm and destroy... and maybe debend people like Aang debended Yakone, who abused his bending abilities.... hey, wait a minute! Noatak finally knew what to do. He set off for Republic City, the shining beacon of hope and modernity, where benders and non-benders of all nations lived in harmony.
Except once he got there, he realized that benders controlled everything. Absolutely /everything/. They controlled the whole economy. Benders were given the best jobs because all of the public services relied on bending. Non-benders had to fight tooth and nail with benders and other non-benders just to eke out a living. Noatak, who had changed his name to Amon just in case the Red Monsoons knew that Yakone had a son named Noatak, was less than pleased. This only reaffirmed his belief that benders were constantly suppressing non-benders and, in a stateless world, would dominate non-benders and drive them to extinction, never realizing the talents and skills they did have. Amon eventually met up with some like-minded people who swore themselves to secrecy... and thus, the Equalist movement was born. It was just like the Red Lotus, only without benders.
But then Unalaq received word that Noatak was still in Republic City and going by the name "Amon". He found himself in need of a new representative for the Northern Water Tribe, and selected the up-and-coming charming young politician Tarrlok for the position, not realizing that Tarrlok and Noatak were actually brothers. Just before Tarrlok departed, Unalaq gave him one command: Find this man named Amon, and destroy him and any following he might have, because he's a dangerous anarchist.
For Tarrlok, this was much easier said than done. When he got to Republic City, Amon was a nobody and the Equalists were just a bunch of non-benders living in the shadows and complaining about non-benders. But then Amon grew bolder and bolder, and seeing the Avatar, of all people, abuse her bending just pissed him right off. It pissed him off just as much as seeing his brother Tarrlok being just like their slimy, murderous father and ruling Republic City's non-benders with an iron fist. And so began Book One.
Zaheer and Tenzin will have a showdown at some point.
They'll duel in both battle with their airbending and they'll also conflict with their own philosophies. Both are two of the only powerful airbenders in existence at this point.
The Red Lotus will set about their new world order and the entire world will descend into chaos by the end of the Book.
With the Earth Kingdom fallen, they'll set out to assassinate more world leaders and send the entire world into disarray. Man will be at war with one another, and soon the Spirits will follow, enraged and entangled in all of the discord as well. The Book will end with the Red Lotus having succeeded in their goal and barely escaping Team Avatar's reach, leaving an entire world in ruins and chaos. It's then up to Korra to restore the balance, which will be dealt with in Book 4.
Guru Laghima was a villainous Air Nomad.
He might not have been able to pull off any of his plans, but he really was an anarchist who advocated violent revolution.
- Dunno about him being a violent anarchist, but being villainous or at least trying to overthrow the Air Nation's government would have led to him being unpersoned. This is why despite being a supposedly great Airbending Guru, little is known of his philosophy other than, as Zaheer put it, proverbs and fairy tales. The fact that some of his work survived and people who have studied the Air Nomad history and culture still know who he is just prove how difficult it is to actually Un-Person someone, even if it was four thousand years ago.
- Alternatively, he wasn't particularly villainous, just... controversial. All that survived of his work was the "good stuff" that wasn't, ahem, forgotten. Or it could have been very heavily censored by a tyrannical regime whose leader may have admired him (in a Worthy Opponent kind of way) and so instead of making him mysteriously disappear, let him live free but heavily censored and cherry-picked his work.
- Tenzin had a locket in his room with a poem by Laghima, though. If Laghima was an unperson, it seems rather unlikely that much information of his existence and philosophies would've survived the destruction of the Air Nomad culture, and that Tenzin would have relics of him.
Ba Sing Se will be taken over by a Napoleon.
The parallels to Paris during the French Revolution are quite clear. Further, this Napoleon will be a Bei Fong; either Toph or Suyin. This will happen either at the tail end of Book 3 or sometime in Book 4.
- Confirmed. Not an actual short person, but a dictator: Kuvira.
The season/book will end with the Zaheer plot unresolved.
The exposition of Zaheer and Guru Lahima's writings lead the oppurtunity to further flesh out his character. His ideas of targeting world leaders lead to believe he will target Korra's dad and succeed leaving Korra one more emotional hurdle to jump through for the final book. Zaheer's plan also would establish a pacing for the next book which would create realistic tension for the Avatar while leaving a plausible individual seeking to spread his ideas all over the world. Zaheer's broad thinking expressed in Chapters 9 and 10 also lead for a worldwide spread plot for his ideas.
- Possibly confirmed. Zaheer is still alive after the Season 3 finale, not to mention that the Earth Kingdom issue is unresolved
Kya will heal Tenzin
The writers humored fans by making their lethal airbending theories canon, so it would follow that they would do the same with fan theories that bloodbending can be used to heal.
- Jossed. Kya herself is more or less out of commission after the fall she and Bumi took. Tenzin is much better by the end anyways.
Katara wasn't at Jinora's ceremony
because she had some really important White Lotus stuff to attend to.
What with the Earth Kingdom in chaos and the Avatar incapacitated
, the White Lotus is bound to be doing everything they can to keep the situation under control, and that means all hands on deck.
Book 4: Balance
Why Korra cannot connect with Raava
Raava was damaged in the fight against the Red Lotus, therefore Raava is trying to reconnect with the past Avatars to heal her(it?)self. The hallucinations are Raava "buffering" and/or glitching (as so to speak) whenever Korra tries to enter or connect with the Avatar State.
- This theory is based on the assumption that the Past Avatars had a rejuvenating affect on Raava. After Unavaatu removed Raava from Korra he had to "beat" the past lives out of her. Also when Aang reconnected to the Avatar state in his fight against Ozai, we briefly saw an animation sequence of all the past Avatars being re-illuminated.
- Confirmed in one way. Some of the poison that Zaheer used on Korra is still inside of her, apparently interfering with her ability to connect to Raava.
- As of episode six, the metal is gone but something is still causing her to hallucinate.
- Jossed: Episode 9 shows that she wasn't able to because she was holding herself back to to her traumatic experiences with Zaheer.
...is Vaatu inside her. He's slowly being reborn inside her/Ravaa and represent Korra's inner darkness and insecurities. The book is called Balance because Korra need to find balance inside herself.
- Jossed by Word of God. Vaatu is too weak to have any effect on the Avatar for a long time.
Book 4 will be called Balance.
Following from a WMG about how the Red Lotus will plunge the world into chaos, this Book will deal with Korra restoring balance to the world. The entire world would be at war, either between man or between Spirits, upsetting the balance.
- There will be many elements of balance at hand. One theory is that the Red Lotus fuses together Vaatu and Raava inside Korra so the balance of the light and dark sides of Korra is a huge element because if she gives in too much to both sides, bad things will happen. Another theory is that due to the fall of the Earth Queen that pieces of the Earth Kingdom will be broken off and given to one of the other 3 nations (like, for example, the Water Tribe may take hold of the Foggy Swamp area). And also the theory that perhaps it's also balancing the past and the future within the present so it could also be about Korra trying to restore her connection to her past lives.
...who, naturally, are developing into prodigious little benders in their own right. It would make fine Book Ends
with Book One's first scene.
Book 4 will introduce a female villain.
This is just to balance out the gender ratio, as the previous arch-enemies were all male.
- Confirmed. Kuvira, the metalbending captain from Zaofu, seems to be the main villain of Book 4.
Book 4's villain will be able to bend all 4 elements.
This would continue the trend of having Korra's prime foes essentially be anti Avatars. Amon was a villainous waterbender would could take people's bending away, and looked like Korra in his youth, Unalaq fused with the Avatar Spirit's dark counterpart, Vaatu, to become a real Dark Avatar, and Zaheer and his friends all had unique bending abilities and functioned as an anti TEAM Avatar, with Zaheer being the anti Aang. After them, it would be appropriate to have a villain who would be just as close, if not even closer, to the title of Anti Avatar by being an omnibender
- A very interesting twist could be that during the Harmonic Convergance of Book 2, Vaatu was reincarnated into an Earthbender; although rather than going into a newborn, he chose a strong teenage Earthbender. As the Dark Avatar, they have access to all the elements, and would present the final challenge in restoring balance. And if the rumors are true, Kuvira is looking to be the Prime Suspect...
- I do not know that's going to happen that way. Unalaq was killed in a One-Winged Angel form of the Avatar State, meaning he took Vaatu, the dark Avatar Spirit, with him, ending that cycle prematurely. Vaatu is most likely now trapped within Raava, who resides in Korra. We'll see.
- Something to think about: we all know Kuvira is the Big Bad villain of the season, and she is clearly an earthbender, with no other elements to her name. But do you know who else is a villain? Dark Korra. She has appeared at every critical moment for Korra, and she possesses all four elements. Maybe Korra will need to defeat her to finally achieve balance.
- Minus the Korra apparition, this is jossed. Kuvira was just an earthbender/metalbender, albeit a good one.
Korra will have post-traumatic stress disorder, and question her role as the Avatar.
After the excruciating aftermath of the events dealing with the Red Lotus, the theme of the world no longer needing an Avatar was so forced into face more ever than before. Her character development will dive towards a dark direction where she will have to go through a period of intense fear, self-loathing, doubt, and guilt over her identity as the Avatar in a modernizing world, and whether she will recover from her psychological scars and identity crisis will be uncertain.
- Very harshly confirmed, as she is stalked by an apparition of the Avatar State (that looks like Venom!Korra) everywhere she goes; but it is only in her head, as onlookers think she is going mad.
- Not only in her head, as spirits seem to be able to react to it; so there's definitely more there than simple post-traumatic stress disorder.
Stuff will happen.
There will be stuff, and it will happen.
- How very astute.
- Well, it's not wrong...
- Mmmmm...no, I think things are more likely to happen than stuff. God help us all if occurrences happen, though.
- My money is on events happening.
- I on the other hand am betting on scenes
Book 4 will be called Driving
It would be for the best if Korra learned to drive properly
- She'll need to learn to walk again first.
- It might actually be easier than walking.
Book 4 will be called Meaning
It would be about Korra trying to explore the meaning of the Avatar in the post Book 3 world after almost dying in the Avatar State and being confined to a wheelchair broken emotionally and physically at the end of that Book.
Since Book 2 focused more on the Water Tribes, and Book 3 focused more on the Earth Kingdom...
We'll finally get to see more of the Fire Nation (Zuko's daughter who is the current Fire Lord, how the capital looks, etc.) in Book 4.
- Seconded. I wager it will deal, for at least one episode if not the whole season, with protecting the Fire Lord from the Red Lotus now that they've put their plan to assassinate world leaders into motion
- Jossed. The pattern has been broken. Book 4, like Book 3, keeps the focus on the Earth Kingdom. We do meet the Fire Lord, but we never even SEE the Fire Nation.
Book 4 will be called Loss/Life
After his coping with Book 2's plot development Korra's father will die establishing the final hurdle the Avatar has to face in her journey while advancing Zahir's plans of eliminating rulers in the world. The will to hold back against Zahir after he survives Book 3 to spread his ideas of "freedom" worldwide will provide the plot for the Avatar after successfully dealing with the change that happened in the world. This idea also is supported with the series' plan to be electronically published so a bit of violence(as seen in Chapter 10's 17 minute mark) would be allowed to be seen as opposed to displayed on TV airwaves.
- Jossed. Book 4 will be called "Balance."
Asami will be a villain in Book 4
She might be even the Big Bad
- I highly doubt that, we've had not one, not two but THREE seasons showing that Asami is on the side of the heroes. Making her a villain at this point just wouldn't work, it would be like Starfire in Teen Titans betraying her friends because she was secretly in league with Slade since the first season.
- Asami will be blackmailed/brainwashed/manipulated into being an unwilling villain, and Korra will have to deal with having to fight one of her friends.
- Highly unlikely, but Bolin seems like a decent contender for at least mid-season blackmailed/brainwashed/manipulated hero antagonist.
- Jossed. Asami's a hero once more, and is never blackmailed. The Big Bad is metalbender turned dictator Kuvira.
Katara, Toph, and Zuko will all appear together in book 4
If Book 4 is going to be final arc of the Korra saga the writers will be unable to resist bringing back all the remaining living members of the previous Team Avatar back together at least once. I see two possible scenarios where they would come together.
1) An episode will deal with the anniversary of the end of Hundred Year War or Aang's death that will have Katara, Zuko, and surprisingly Toph come together to remember old times. The episode will focus on flashbacks of 70s years in between A: TLA and Lo K
to give us more glimpse of the original Gaang's lives during the 70 years. It will give us answers still left up in the air, such as what happened to Azula, how Sokka died, and what Katara did besides being a mom during that period when they were adults.
2) The antagonists in the book 4 will pose a threat in multiple places at once to mirror the Fire Nation's invasion plan in the original series. The Krew and other characters will have to split up to deal with different threats. Katara, Toph, and Zuko will help out just like the Grandmasters of the White Lotus did in Last Airbender finale. They will kick a lot of ass to show us that the Gaang still has it. They may even help the Krew for a bit, giving us a scene where they back up Korra to give us fans a somewhat of a reunion of the original Team Avatar with Korra in Aang's place of course.
3) We will find out more about the lives (and deaths) of the Gaang. Maybe one of the villains was involved in killing one of them. The implications that Toph will return could also be read as finding Toph's body.
- Katara and Zuko are both confirmed to appear, and Toph appears alive in the second episode.
- Ultimately, this is jossed, I'm afraid. None of them share a scene together.
Ghazan survived the caving-in, and will return
Unlike P'Li and Ming-Hua, whose deaths made it very explicit that they were Killed Off for Real, he was presumed dead because of a No One Could Survive That scenario. He could've seen Mako and Bolin escape after his failed attempt on their lives, and used his mastery of lavabending to stop the cave from caving in and escape. He will either re-join Zaheer, or make a Heel-Face Turn and become Vitriolic Best Buds with Bolin.
Book 4 will deal with an Earth Kingdom civil war
Given the parallels between the revolution in Ba Sing Se and the French Revolution in real life, we'll likely see several factions arising in the wake of the Earth Queen's death. Conservatives who want to maintain the status quo and restore the monarchy, radicals who want to abolish the aristocracy altogether, and moderates pushing for a constitutional monarchy. Naturally, all three factions will be manipulated by the remnants of the Red Lotus to pursue their own goals, leading to civil war.
- the factions could each be a different representation of Earthbending. earth, sand, metal.
- The main villain of Book 4 is Kuvira, one of Zaofu's metalbenders, and she seems to have amassed an actual army in the three years since the end of Book 3. This theory is gaining credibility.
- Bumi was king of Omashu, so there's more than one Earth King. We'll meet his successor, possibly.
- No, there is only one Earth King, who reigns at Ba Sing Se. Apart from him there are lesser kings, such as Bumi, who nominally owe allegiance to the Earth King, but in practice have been independent in all but name for centuries.
Korra will be given a steampunk exoskeleton to help her walk again via metalbending
The final scene of Book 4 will be of a young Earthbender finding out they are the new avatar
Korra will die in book 4
This is far out theory, but at the end of book 3 Korra's friends and family insisted that Korra would get better, but it sounded more like wishful thinking. The way everyone is acted and the new air benders are stepping up to do Korra's job seemed like it was foreshadowing. The poison did more damage than everyone realizes. Korra might still be dying. Perhaps book 4 will be about Korra's last adventures as the Avatar and the series finale will have her pass away. The book will be about Korra coming to terms with her condition and making peace with her death. It is far fetched for Nick to let the writers end the series on such a sad note, but I think the writers will get around this by playing up how Korra won't really die, but be reborn. The ending will focus Korra joins her fellow Avatars inside of Raava, make her fix and reconnect the rest of past lives for the next Avatar. Aang will be there telling her he's so proud of her. The ending will shift to Korra's reincarnation training with older Bolin with Mako and Asami watching them. The series ends on happy note with Korra being remembered as a great Avatar and her reincarnation training hard to show the future is bright.
- Alternatively, she may have a death scene similar to Wan's, where she reflects on her life while Raava comforts her, ending with her breathing her final breath, releasing Raava to find an Earthbender to inhabit as the screen fades to white.
- I loved this theory, but it's jossed. Korra finishes the book alive and well, and more powerful than ever.
Korra and Asami will hook up in book 4.
With all the Les Yay
between them in book 3, it's certainly a possibility.
- On a related note: Bolin and Opal will hook up for real, and Mako will finally find someone new, probably from the Fire Nation.
- If they want to downplay it one will have to give the other CPR, or Korra will ask Asami to help with some nightmares.
- Another thing they could do to show the two in a relationship would be to pretty much just keep doing what they've been doing since Book 3. Have them set together during big dinners, work together on missions and then have it be taken Up to Eleven by showing the two holding hands when walking/setting together.
- Add in all the shipping that appears to be going on between Asami and Korra - Korra only writing to Asami, Korra blushing about Asami's compliment - as well as flatlining Wu's attempts to court her, and this is a very likely outcome.
- They are the Official Couple!!!
Despite all claims, the bad guys will NOT win in the long run.
The Earth Kingdom will wind up with a new ruler, one chosen by the people: Toph Bei Fong, who returns at long last, and leads the Earth Kingdom into a new era.
- Alternatively Suyin could become the next ruler of the Earth Kingdom given that she was the one who said that the monarch's rule was outdated. Given that she is already she is the most logical choice which would mean that Ba Sing Sa walls will come down and become more like Zaofu or Zaofu will become the new capital of the Earth Kingdom.
The Fire Nation will play a larger role in season 4.
Season 1 dealt heavily with Republic City (and the remaining Air Nomads); season 2 was based around the Water Tribes, and season 3 brought the Earth Kingdom into focus. It's only fair that season 4 be centered around the Fire Nation. And we'll finally get to meet Zuko's daughter.
- Zuko is indeed in Book 4, and the trailer shows him sitting with Tenzin, President Raiko, and a new Fire Nation woman who looks to be somewhere around Raiko and Tenzin's age; certainly younger than Zuko. This might actually be the Fire Lord!
- She is indeed the Fire Lord. She is wearing the crown and robes (which apparently haven't changed in 200 years).
- We do indeed meet Zuko's daughter, but this theory is jossed. The action remains in the Earth Kingdom.
Jinora won't be bald for long.
She'll let some of her hair grow back, but keep it the traditional style of female Air Nomads, like Avatar Yangchen (meaning she still has a shaved forehead).
The Fire Lord is Mai's Daughter.
Korra will be able to enter the Spirit World by just falling asleep and dreaming.
She is at her lowest point yet, so she may be open to this soul change that makes it easier for her to access the Spirit World. Also, Rule of Spooky. See the nightmare WMG below.
Season 4 will reveal the fates of Sokka and Suki.
We know Sokka is dead, but how did it happen? Season 4 will reveal the answer. Also, other past characters, such as Suki, Mai and Ty Lee.
- Jossed. They are not even mentioned in Book 4.
Toph knows exactly who the fathers of Lin and Suyin are.
And will tell them in season 4.
- Or while she does know, she knows her daughters don't particularly care by this point. Lin brings up the 'half-sister' relationship almost as though she's using it as an excuse to distance herself from Suyin, and the fact neither of them know their fathers is mentioned only briefly. They have their own lives, they're grown women (with adult children of her own, in Su's case) and there's enough bad blood between them already, why bring up something both of them appear to consider ancient history?
- One of the girls' fathers will appear as a villain in this season.
Kuvira will play a bigger role in book 4.
And probably cement herself as an antagonist of some sorts.
- Agreed she's going to be relevant. Not necessarily as an antagonist - we've barely seen the woman - but there was something off about how she was introduced that rang alarm bells.
- There's also the fact that her face appeared in the newspaper in the first episode she appeared in. That was how Tahno was established, and the writers used that knowledge to make us think she was the mole instead of Aiwei.
- There had to have been a point to one of the random guards introducing herself to Tonraq and never speaking of it again for the rest of the episode. Not to mention she is voiced by Zelda Williams, a moderate celebrity. Why would they pay her for a few lines?
- She could be a major player of the Red Lotus put in place to keep an eye on Suyin as Zaofu is modernizing at such a quick rate, it wouldn't be long before it would become a major power in the world's politics and economy. Or, being the Trolls that they are, Mike and Bryan will make her look like a villain but instead have her be a good guy. Or something else entirely, or not at all. This time the writers have enough of a head start to really play with viewer expectations, potentially fooling us for once considering the show's high success rate in I Knew Its.
- Confirmed. She's Book 4's main villain.
Book Four will be titled "Avatar".
- Since the central question of the season (which may or may not be its last, I've heard rumours a fifth season is in negotiation) will be whether or not the Avatar is still necessary and/or relevant.
- Jossed. It will be called "Balance."
Book 4's main antagonists will still be the Red Lotus
- Since the Red Lotus is still a threat, maybe their leader, perhaps Xai Bau will take center stage. He will go out and continue his agenda while avenging the defeat of his most powerful members
- Possibly jossed. Word of God stated that the villain won't be Red Lotus, but you never know.
- There are still the four unnamed extras present who appear to have escaped.
- This will be confirmed if Kuvira or another hidden villain is stated to be Red Lotus, but I sincerely doubt that. The White Lotus and the Air Nomads had 3 years to sniff out any other Red Lotus members.
- Jossed. Kuvira leads a united metalbender army called the Earth Empire, and her goals are the opposite of the Red Lotus's. Zaheer even helps Korra in her quest to defeat her.
A lot of the action in Book 4 will be about Korra traveling through the Spirit World.
It appears that at the end of Book 3, Korra is in no condition to do much action... At least in the physical world. However, now she has the time to meditate and travel to the Spirit World, where you may physically change due to emotional state (this may be a good or bad thing, depending on what Korra might be feeling). She might be able to overcome her afflictions, find out more about The Red Lotus, and maybe even solve the spirit issue in Republic City.
- Korra is confirmed to go into the Spirit World in Book 4, but to what extent has yet to be seen.
The main villain in book 4 will be a fascist earthbender
- A member of the Dai Li who will turn the discordant Ba Sing Se into a military dictatorship and plots to create a fascist monoculture uniting all four nationss under their banner, who will seek out the lion turtles to find a way to establish a monopoly on bending as well as extract Raava form Korra and Vaatu from wherever Unalaq got reincarnated into and try to absorb them both to create a super avatar.
- The bit about Unalaq is unlikely, since it has been explicitly stated that dying in the Avatar State breaks the cycle, and Unalaq probably couldn't get much more Avatar State equivalent than what he was.
- The earthbender part is confirmed—the main villain is Kuvira. And she has indeed amassed an army first to unite the Earth Kingdom, then to go the extra mile by forcefully annexing Zaofu (successful) and then Republic City in the series finale.
The first scene of Book 4 will show a fit, robust Korra with the same athletic and bending abilities as she has always been known to have...
- ...when, unexpectedly, monstrous versions of all the major villains she had faced before appear, and she relives all of her past failures and fears in one quick recap of the previous three seasons. At the end of the scene, she will regress back into the poisoned, crippled, confined-to-a-wheelchair state we saw her in at the end of Book 3. She will feel utterly broken and alone. Then Korra will wake up.
- It's not the first scene, but it would be a good mindscrew if it does play out. Time will tell.
- Jossed in a way. This exact scene does not play out.
Zuko will meet up with Toph in Book 4 and go on a life changing field trip
Because, dammit, he owns her one. In all seriousness, they may team up to fight against the antagonist force of the season and Toph will reconcile with her family, her legacy and the paths her children took after their adventure.
- Possibly confirmed. The Book 4 trailer ends with Korra looking at the camera, fire-light in hand, and saying "I don't believe it... Toph?"
- Where did you confirm this? They never share a scene together. Jossed.
Varrick will use technology to deal with Republic City's spirit problem
Who needs the Avatar when you have proton packs, spirit traps, and a spirit containment unit?
Korra will let go of her earthly tether, enter the void, and become wind.
Because why walk when you can fly?
There are other Red Lotus members in Zaofu because Suyin used to be Red Lotus.
The circus photo seems to be evidence that she knew Zaheer, and perhaps upon meeting him, she joined the Red Lotus. She left because she disagreed with the idea of killing world leaders. Instead, she created her own vision of utopia in Zaofu. Other defectors, particularly metalbenders, came with her. However, some of these defectors did not actually defect at all and were simply hiding out in Zaofu. Aiwei was one of these fake defectors, which would explain why Su got all shifty-eyed. She blamed herself for the attempted kidnapping of Korra, but said nothing because she didn’t want to ruin her relationship with Lin again. However, she will eventually tell everything in a flashback episode and this will launch a witch hunt in Zaofu.
- One problem with the theory that the guy in the circus photo is Zaheer, that guy was a bloody giant while Zaheer is barely taller than Korra who's the shortest of the main characters excluding Tenzen's kids.
Druk (Zuko's Dragon), Naga, and Pabu will have a scene together.
- The dragon, polar bear-dog, and fire ferret will be playing with each other. And it will be the most adorable scene of the season.
- Might also include Oogi, Tenzin's flying bison.
Korra will try to find the rightful heir to the Earth Kingdom throne
- Korra obviously needs to find a way to fix the Earth Kingdom, so maybe she might discover that there is another relative of Kuei and Hou-Ting. She and Asami will set out on a journey to find him/her, and convince that person to restore order. Later on, the Rightful King Returns to undo all the wrongs that the Earth Queen brought upon her people.
Raava will be destroyed along with Vaatu to end the Avatar Cycle.
- Raava cannot live without Vaatu, and vice-versa. However, if both are destroyed at the same time, neither would be able to exist. The world would be free of both.
- The franchise would not be able to extend past Korra, however. Unless both spirits are able to regrow in 10,000 years.
Book 4's main antagonist will try to take over the Earth Kingdom
- Surely, the Earth Kingdom is suffering a power vacuum now. There is the chance that someone will take advantage of that power vacuum, unite the Earth Kingdom, and become a way worse tyrant (much like Doctor Doom) than the Earth Queen. In most stories, every time a tyrant's death leaves a power vacuum, a new tyrant us going to take his or her place.
- Confirmed. However, Kuvira doesn't just try: she outright succeeds, declaring the Earth Empire.
The spiritual techniques of earthbending and firebending will be revealed.
The corrupting/purifying spirit technique is clearly a part of waterbending. Jinora explictly states that projecting her spirit in the physical world (not the spirit world, which could be done by anyone) is an advanced airbending technique. It also fits the element. Water is the element of change. Air is the element of freedom. What also caught my attention is in the Metal Clan episode where they said Toph is wandering the earth seeking enlightenment
Kuvira will be a relative (sister or daughter) of Zaheer
Korra will die in the intervening time before Book Four
With the Earth Queen's death, and the chaos that followed it, there is a huge power vacuum in the Earth Kingdom. Most likely this will lead into some form of civil war.
Also, the element that follows water in the cycle is also Earth.
Korra didn't look like she was actually getting better, so she'll die. However, the chaos will make it incredibly difficult to identify the new Avatar. Add in a villain who is also searching for the new Avatar (probably remnants of the Red Lotus), and the season will be a race to find him / her first.
There will be a Episode where Bolin Tries to teach Lava Bending
- And it will be hilarious
- He tries to teach it to Lin/Suyin and they completely flop.
The Earth Kingdom Will Elect it's next King.
- ....Who in turn be Bolin.
A timeskip will happen.
After the plot for Book 4 is solved, there will be a preview of the future avatars to convey the idea that the avatar cycle will continue, similar to how Wan's soul evaporating to the sound of a newborn crying. However, the future avatars will be deliberately silhouetted and ambiguous, since the creators want to bring closure to the Avatar universe.
- Confirmed. Book 4 takes place three years after the end of Book 3.
- Unconfirmed. Read carefully, troper, "after the plot for Book 4".
Book 4 will not have a main antagonist, but a Big Bad Ensemble
consisting of enemies from the past three seasons
- The Red Lotus will be spreading chaos and discord throughout the world. Because the Red Lotus employs the use of skilled benders, people will begin to think that benders are rising up and intending to take over the world. This will lead to a revival of the Equalists, especially if the Red Lotus busts open a few Equalist prisons in their reign of terror. The revival of the Equalists would also bring the Lieutenant and Hiroshi Sato back into the show. Conflicts between the four nations, Republic City, the Red Lotus, the Equalists and any other groups will damage the environment and bring unmitigated chaos to the world, angering the spirits who now live here. This will spur the spirits to fight against what they consider to be stupid human aggressors. And Varrick will sell weapons to anyone who is willing to buy from him. Korra, broken in body and spirit, will have to put herself together and find balance in herself before she can do the same to the world.
- Hiroshi Sato will be back at some point in Book 4, so this is possible.
- Or maybe Toph will be the Big Bad this season.
- Jossed on all this. A brand-new faction called the Earth Empire, led by Kuvira, acts as the antagonistic force for Book Four.
Book Four will not have a villain at all.
Korra's physical and psychological recovery will prove quite antagonist enough.
Korra and Asami will have a girl's night out.
It will provide a great opportunity for them to connect further. It would also give the proper fuel necessary for all the fanfics.
Hiroshi Sato will be the Big Bad
of Book 4
If the main villain won't be the Red Lotus, then Hiroshi Sato is a likely candidate for the Big Bad
of Book 4. He will go the Dragon Ascendant
route and get revenge on her for the defeat of the Equalists and cause some kind of trouble in the Fire Nation.
- Again, Hiroshi is coming back in Book 4. Possible. Although it is extremely likely this is Kuvira's position.
- Ultimately, this is Jossed. Kuvira was the Big Bad. Hiroshi helps the Krew at the cost of his own life.
Book 4 will involve the Earth Kingdom attempting to conquer the URN.
- Book 3 made sure to remind us that the URN was originally Earth Kingdom land.
- The recent trailer focuses heavily on Kuvira, Suyin's captain of the guard, leading an army. It could be that during the 3 year time skip, Kuvira rose in power and formed a fascist government in response to the chaos left by the Red Lotus. With power consolidated under her, she sets her sights on conquering the URN.
- It's been revealed that the spirit vines are a powerful energy source and a potential Fantastic Nuke. And where are all the spirit vines? Republic City.
Related to the above: Bolin will betray Kuvira when he realizes that she wants to invade the Republic.
- Bolin grew up in the Republic will will probably be loyal to it.
- He does defect halfway through the season, but it's because he discovered Kuvira was fibbing about having trade schools, which are in fact "Reeducation Camps" (a.k.a. , concentration camps) and because she forced Varrick to work on a dangerous spirit vine weapon when he did not want to.
An important heroic character will die this Book.
- Naga. She's been strangely absent from Book Four's trailer, and she's been Korra's closest companion for years. Few things could say "It's serious now," more than her death.
- Katara or Zuko will peacefully pass away in their sleep. Or the hints that Toph will appear only refer to discovering her corpse.
- Jossed. None of the main characters die in Book 4. And neither do Katara, Zuko, or Toph.
Korra will run away and disappear for the duration of the timeskip.
- Convinced that "the era of the Avatar is over" - after all, the Air Nation and the White Lotus are carrying out her task now - she will leave the Southern Water Tribe and start wandering the world. Her absence would also help set the scene for Kuvira's grand coup.
- Semi-confirmed. Korra DID leave the Southern Water Tribe, but she's only been gone for six months by the time of the premiere.
Book 4 will cut back and forth between the Present day and the missing 3 years
The First episode will start with the Asami and Mako transferring Prince Wu on the train and will be attacked by Kuvira forces and this is where Korra will show up. Then in the following episodes will show what Korra has been up to while also show what the characters are up to in the present day.
- Played with: Korra Alone shows us what happened to Korra during her three years away.
Korra vs. Dark Avatar Korra
Korra will go to the swap and fight a vision of herself in the Avatar State, reminiscent to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. This will be the swap forcing Korra to confront her demons and help to prove to her that being the Avatar is not what makes her special.
- And in relation to the whole The Swamp is Dagobah theme, Toph will play the role of Yoda, helping to teach Korra not only learn the best forms of Earth Bending, (because that's just how Toph roles), but she will also help find a way for Korra to reconnect with her past lives.
Toph is dead.
The scene in the trailer where Korra says "Toph?" happens when Korra comes across Toph's skeleton.
- Jossed. Korra finds Toph alive.
The trailer scene where Toph is mentioned is in the spirit world.
- Jossed. It's in a swamp in the physical world (possibly the same swamp where Aang first saw Toph).
In the trailer scene where Korra says "Toph?", she's seeing Koh the face-stealer with Toph's face.
The background looks like Koh's lair, after all.
- Probably not. The spirit vines that grew over Republic City are still there, and have now become a tourist attraction. Korra will probably run into Toph in the spirit wilds somewhere in the city, hopefully in episode 2 judging by Korra's appearance in the trailer and at the end of episode 1.
- Similarly, since Korra has been consistently darker, maybe she's only seeing Toph's last remains...
- Jossed. Not only is Toph alive, well, and with a nice aged face, she turns out to be in a swamp, possibly the same swamp Aang had a vision of her in the original. That's far from Republic City.
Korra will have spent the entire 3 years of the timeskip between Book 3 and Book 4 hiding in the Spirit World
Where else for the Avatar is disappear besides being trapped in an iceberg?
- Jossed. She spent the first two and a half years rehabilitating back at the South Pole, before leaving on a soul-searching voyage, although she DOES revisit the Tree of Time in the Spirit World.
Kuvira used the bandits to hijack the food crates, leaving the town no choice but to swear loyalty to her.
The man on the lower right in the first picture◊
looks similar to the one who attacked Opal and Kai. He might appear a bit different, but remember Bolin's line about how she makes them change their hairstyles? The food crates he stole were probably the same ones Kuvira's troops later delivered to the citizens.
- I concur. How would bandits get their hands on a fighter plane unless they had an army backing them up?
- Agreed, because what are the chances that bandits would have the training to track and fight experienced air benders otherwise?
Korra will try to take on Kuvira, but ends up getting defeated with the metal blinding band. Toph will teach her how to fight blind.
The first episode made a big deal about how Kuvira takes down the bandits by removing their ability to see. And the trailer did reveal Toph's return.
- Maybe Korra will actually side with Kuvira at first, and then fight her when she decides that Kuvira is going too far.
- She does lose to Kuvira, but the metal blinding band did not affect her too much (She simply took it off and threw it away). She loses thanks to a Dark Korra vision appearing over Kuvira's face, and only escaped getting captured or killed when Opal, Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo intervened.
Korra lost the club fight on purpose.
Korra is suffering from self-defeating personality disorder, being torn over her desire to be the avatar. To overcome the pain of this, she forces physical pain upon herself through club fights. She provoked her opponent to do more damage, and did not evade as well as she could had.
- In other words, Korra isn't rusty...she just enjoys the pain.
- Jossed. Korra has been haunted by a hallucination of her Avatar spirit, and her attempts to confront it led her to participate in the one match. Between this hallucination and genuine lack of practice (she is unable to stop a couple of thieves in an earlier scene), Korra loses.
The entire Bei Fong family is split over the matter of Kuvira.
It's not just Baatar Jr. who's siding with Kuvira; it's also Baatar Sr. and at least one of the twins.
- Jossed. Baatar Jr.'s the only one in Kuvira's corner.
Kai, Daw and Ikki will become Master Airbenders during Book 4.
Demonstrating how they Took a Level in Badass
Kuvira will be the first and only Big Bad
of the franchise to be redeemed.
Given that she started out as an ally and, for her part, considers herself a friend of the heroes, it's likely Kuvira will get the chance to make a Heel-Face Turn
by the end of the series when shown how her actions are harming those she cares about.
- Maybe, Kuvira will actually, win, and then turn around, look at what she had to do to get hear, and suffer a My God, What Have I Done?.
- Partially confirmed for the latter, she overloads her cannon using the spirit wilds, and Korra saves her, creating a new spirit portal in the process. This leads to Kuvira's Heel Realization.
Korra won't defeat the "big bad", instead she'll find a way to reconcile the many different forces fighting for control of the Earth Kingdom
This would allow her to help redefine what being the Avatar is. Instead of just a "superhero" type figure who resolves conflict through bending, as has mostly been portrayed throughout the series and its prequel, she can now redefine the role of the Avatar as someone who brings balance through reconciliation.
Because enough with the sacrifices, depressing endings, and general melancholy. Korra will pull herself back together, solidify her relationships with Team Avatar
, take life by the reins, and end the series in a better state than she had been in before.
- After everything she's been through and overcome (including a history of severe depression and PTSD), I personally don't see any way that the death of an inspiring young woman with her whole life ahead of her could really be seen as anything but a grossly unfair, unsatisfying, miserable and frankly insulting end to her story.
Asami will fight, and be forced to kill, her father.
Jossed. Hiroshi does die, but it's SAVING Asami's life while he's cutting a hole into Kuvira's Colossus Mech.
Korra will die, but the Avatar spirit won't reincarnate.
- Jossed. Korra's alive after Book 4.
When Team Avatar fights Zhu Li in the mecha suit...
She'll say something along the lines "Looks like it's time for me...to do the thing!" *cue The Stains of Time!
Because Bryke have already blasted through pretty much every taboo there is for a Nickelodian series, the only way for them to get even edgier would be for Jinora to get pregnant.
The series will end with a montage of Korra's later life
It will go through her life decades after the resolution of this season's conflict, showing her keeping balance in the world, seeing major events (like the next pass of Sozin's comet), perhaps starting a family.
Toph will teach Korra how to fight without her eyesight.
This will come in handy when fighting Kuvira, who we've seen blindfolding her enemies with metalbending.
The season will end with Korra's death.
Korra will die in the big final battle. Bittersweet ending, heroic sacrifice, we all feel bad. There will be a stinger that takes place a few years later (let's say about seven for lack of a better estemate) in the Earth Kingdom. A cute little Earth bender kid is playing with his/her friends and discovers his/her ability to fire/water/airbend...
Mako and Bolin will fight at some point
Bolin is with Kuvira, Mako is with Prince Wu. Those two are going to have to come to blows for the Earth kingdom at some point. This will also be in keeping with the seeming theme of this season dealing with personal and heart wrenching conflicts, i.e. neither wants to fight, but Mako's sense of duty and Bolin's idealism will drive them to it.
- In support of this guess, there is a scene in the trailer that shows Bolin lavabending towards someone who's shooting lightning at him...
- As an addendum to keep this with the tone these WMG's are taking: Mako will hold back while Bolin will not, resulting in Bolin killing Mako. Stricken with grief, Bolin will attack Kuvira and be slaughtered. Then Kuvira will make rocks fall and Asami, Tenzin, the kids...everyone but Korra and Kuvira will be crushed graphically and horribly. The final battle will leave Korra a broken shell of a person who will live another century unable to speak or move.
Korra will have a magnificent She's Back
...complete with a Call Back
to the beginning of the series. "I'm the Avatar. You've got to deal with it
!" Cue asskicking.
Korra will not defeat her Avatar Spirit apparition
Instead of winning over it in a fight, she somehow will come to terms and accept that it is a part of her. She will reintegrate with it and, as a nod to the season's title, restore balance to herself.
Korra will end up using Avatar State
metalbending on Kuvira's army
As in, pinning the troops to the ground with their own armor and tearing an airship in two.
The finale episode will be titled "Legend of Korra"
- To parallel with A:TLA's last episode being titled "Avatar Aang".
- Jossed, the last two episodes (which will form an hour-long series finale) are titled "Day of the Colossus" and "The Last Stand".
Kuvira is Lin or Suyin's half-sister from father's side.
She gives a vibe of being more than just "another" villain and is a powerful metalbender in her own right, so far we've seen that bending prowess seems to run in one's blood, so whoever are her parents, at least one of them is very powerful...powerful enough to woo Toph.
- Although, if this were true, that would mean she would be marrying her half-sister's son.
She will realize this is something that can't be fought physically and has to make peace with herself.
The Blue spirit will make a reappearance...
...and be revealed to be none other than Zuko's daughter, the Fire Lord.
Spirit vines can be refined into a very powerful energy source.
And Kuvira's about to cement her power base by building a Fantastic Nuke
Following the above, Varrick is only interested in using them as an energy source.
It's Bataar Jr. who will weaponize spirit vine extract.
- Both confirmed, though it's Kuvira who states she wants Varrick to weaponize the vines.
Prince Wu will refuse the crown after Kuvira's overthrow.
Wu's desire to let ministers run everything, and his legitimately thankful reaction
to Mako's Brutal Honesty
, suggest he's devoid of any ambition for power. As his Character Development
continues, he might realize he doesn't want
to actually be king. and merely went along with it because everyone was pushing him that way. Thus, after dissolving his kingdom into a federation or republic, he'll use the goodwill gained to catapult into a new career that better fits his temperament.
- Confirmed! Wu abdicates the throne, and splits the Earth Kingdom up.
Kuvira is going to try using the Spirit Vines to empower nonbenders in her army with bending.
Asami is going to visit her father in prison
When Hiroshi first sees her, he'll briefly mistake her for his wife
- Confirmed, but not the wife issue. He clearly knows who she is.
Kuvira had made it clear that Zaofu will be her next target location for domination, and Suyin
of course will not allow this. However, Toph had also stated that neither of her daughters have picked up metalbending that well, and that may show up in a possible upcoming fight between Suyin and Kuvira.
Dark Korra is actually Raava scolding Korra for her subconscious aversion to returning to Avatar duty.
Though she had only one hallucination of actual Raava, it is still in there.
- Jossed, "Dark Korra" appears to be her Avatar "essence" trying to guide her.
President Raiko will try to appease Kuvira a la Neville Chamberlain, only to have it backfire on him.
What British PM Chamberlain is remembered for was attempting to appease Hitler with a few concessions, but Hitler marched on, and after losing the French in WWII, Chamberlain was forced to resign. It is possible Raiko will try to appease the Earth Empire, which is shaping up to be similar to Hitler's SS, in much the same way, but Kuvira will attempt to invade Republic City anyway, and whether or not she succeeds, Raiko will be forced out of the president's office for this moment of incompetency.
- Surprisingly, no. Raiko is actually the one who suggests making a pre-emptive strike against Kuvira. Tenzin and Fire Lord Izumi have to talk him out of it.
- And ultimately, this is jossed. He does try to appease Kuvira with Republic City, but it's only after she backed him, his army, and Korra into a corner with her Colossus mech and the spirit vine superweapon. He did not do it willingly.
Toph lied about there still being metal in Korra's body
She gave Korra a Hope Spot
to crush in order to make her humble and more receptive to the idea that she's going to have to work through her fear of becoming the Avatar again instead of expecting some simple solution. When Korra kept fighting Toph, she realized that admitting her lie wasn't going to help anything, so she set up a "fix yourself emotionally first, then you will be able to fix your body" situation...which still happens to be true, except there's no metal involved.
- One problem with that: Toph did something that made Korra reel in pain when Toph tried to remove the claimed residual metallic poison. Toph is not a waterbender, so it's not bloodbending.
- Jossed. Korra bends the remains of the metal out of her body in the following episode.
Prince/King Wu is going to establish a constitutional monarchy
He realizes he's not up to snuff, but there are traditions that are going to be hard to let go of. Once Kuvira's power grab is over, they're going to need to figure things out. Her methods were brutal, but she did get things done and the infrastructure she will have built up can't just be removed. Wu's probably going to go through some Character Development
, and he already knows he's not really fit to run the country, rather than let a cadre of foreign advisers run things, he's going to set things up so he officially rules in name only, and hands off power to the people.
- Jossed. He disbands the monarchy altogether.
The Series Finale of Legend of Korra will be similar to the Series Finale of The Last Airbender.
At the end of The Last Airbender,
he had an Avatar who could not connect to
his Avatar State
a key part of his spiritual side, a power-mad dictator empowered by otherworldy forces leading a technologically advanced army to completely and utterly crush his enemies, and a powerful city under siege by those same forces, only to be freed by a cabal of Cool Old Men
. While this is happening, the still underpowered Avatar goes to fight the overpowered villain, only for him to overcome the mental and physical blocks keeping him from reaching the Avatar State.
Now, we again have an Avatar that cannot connect to
her Avatar State
a key part of her spiritual side. We also have a power-mad dictator leading a technologically advanced army, who is threatening to completely and utterly crush her enemies, and if she gets her wish, she will lay siege to a powerful city. (And who knows what Varrick's doing with that Spirit Vine, but it looks pretty otherworldly.) When Zhaofu is conquered, another cabal of Cool Old Men (Zuko, Toph, Tenzin, Suyin, possibly Katara) will lead the charge to take it back, while the still-underpowered Avatar leads her friends to take on the overpowered Kuvira, finally overcoming the mental and physical blocks keeping her from reaching the Avatar State.
- Jossed: Korra is finally able to get back into the Avatar State by the end of episode 4.
- Okay, she got the Avatar state back, but she still can't contact her past lives. Maybe, Ravaa will find some way to bring them back during the finale.
Korra will use bloodbending.
It would be a particularly desperate situation, enough to cross the Godzilla Threshold
. Just when all looks lost, the full moon will come into focus, and...
- Considering Kuvira's reliance on remaining untouchable by avoiding her opponent's attacks, bloodbending would be one of the few techniques that could reliably take her down a peg.
- If this happens, and Korra uses Avatar State Bloodbending to control Kuvira, knowing its illegality, she could take the proverbial bullet and go into exile for eliminating Kuvira...
"The Calling" made a point of having Toph explain how the past Big Bads
of this series were Well Intentioned Extremists
and each in their own ways. Kuvira herself has the good intentions of bringing the chaotic Earth Kingdom under control but—like Amon, Unalaq, and Zaheer before her—is going too far with it. Perhaps Toph's speech is not only meant to help Korra deal with her inner demons but also to be foreshadowing...
- Confirmed thanks to a post-battle chat with Korra.
Meelo didn't draw that portrait of Korra.
Asami did. And she's going to be more than a little annoyed when she finds out it was "borrowed".
- The portrait goes down to Korra's shoulders and doesn't display any clothing. It seems reasonable to assume that Meelo would simply have drawn her face and been done with it.
- It does feature Korra's usual tank top.
- Almost certainly Jossed as of The Battle Of Zaofu. Meelo really is that good an artist.
Toph will fight against Kuvira's army.
Because those young whipper-snappers need to learn a lesson.
- Looks like you'll be getting your wish. The Earth Empire has moved on to the swamp to replace the spirit vines that Varrick blew up.
- Confirmed, in a sense; the 'fight' is Toph sandbending around the Beifongs and deflecting every Imperial soldier away. And that's it. One move...
The final episode will feature a dance party after the main conflict is resolved.
Highlights will include Bolin performing the Carlton, and everyone participating in the Harlem Shake.
- Not so much a party as a freaking wedding!
Honestly, not sure this has to be stated. If she followed Varrick this far, stopping when he's actually making a Heel-Face Turn
is kinda silly. Also, she clearly lied since she said she knew she wanted to follow Kuvira since she met her. Eventually she'll free Varrick and Bolin and from then on be on much more equal grounds with him.
- Also keep in mind that she stopped fighting the moment that Varrick was threatened & that she glared at Kuvira after she had threatened to throw him off the tracks. Still while she may be a Fake Defector she might have meant some of what she said to him as he has been underappreciating her. I mean he blamed her for the fact that they lost the fight so she's well within her rights to call him out on it.
- Since Varrick and Bolin have already freed themselves, Zhu Li will probably instead covertly sabotage Baatar Jr.'s work on the spirit vine weapon. The lingering shot of her face when Kuvira orders her to work with him on finishing the weapon seems suggestive of her trying to maintain her cover.
- Zhu Li is totally a Fake Defector. She shops at the Fake Defector shoe store and wears Fake Defector lipstick, and someday she's going to marry ... well, Varrick, but you get the point.
- Zhu Li could be a Fake Defector. However she is still legitimately pissed at Varrick for his Bad Boss tendancies. Granted if you had to work for the Avatar equivalent of Cave Johnson, one can easily sympathizes with her. If she is really a Fake Defector, she would probably demand alot more respect out of him.
- Holy crap! Confirmed!! And you called them getting married as well!
Spirit vines are still a viable power source.
Varrick may have done this universe's equivalent of splitting the atom with all the power generating and weapon applications of such a thing.
- During the first critical pile reactor experiment, Enrico Fermi nearly succeeded in blowing up Chicago. That wasn't because nuclear power couldn't be handled safely, but because Fermi and his team had no idea what they were doing when they did it.
By the end of the season Zaofu will be its own nation.
It was already stable before the Earth Queen was killed and seems to be independent of the rest of the Earth Kingdom in every way but by law.
Kuvira's draggin' out the old Dai Li brainwashing methods.
They aren't called re-education camps for nothing.
Suyin & the twins will get caught by Kuvira.
Kuvira's aware that any act of aggression on her side will lead to the other nations retaliating. She will use Suyin's rash act as the perfect opportunity to make Zaofu surrender to her without any bloodshed by holding the city's leader & the twins hostage.
- Confirmed. Kuvira was anticipating Su to try to blindside her, so she set up a ruse that leads to Su & the twins getting captured. The terms of surrender change when Korra comes into the picture, but she is able to defeat Korra, which results in Zaofu surrendering, and all the members of its resident Beifong family minus Opal being imprisoned.
He knows they are extremely dangerous and that Kuvira would be a threat to the whole world if she got her hands on weaponized spirit vines, so he'll arrange for a lab accident to destroy them.
Bataar Jr. brainwashed Kuvira into becoming a conqueror, not the other way around
Alternately there was no brainwashing, they just bonded over their shared "Screw you, parents!" feelings that warped into power-hunger. Bataar Jr. may have always felt like he was under his father's shadow and Kuvira definitely felt betrayed when she thought Suyin didn't want to step up and lead the Earth Kingdom.
- Alternately Bataar Jr.'s gonna betray Kuvira — he was quite eager to take his mother's city by force while she still respected Suyin enough to use diplomacy — either because he was using her the whole time or because he felt she going too easy on Suyin.
Kuvira's spirit vine experiments will end up angering the spirits.
Because Kuvira is dabbling in powers she doesn't understand, and most of the series' aesops focus around the fact that you can't force spirits to do what you want, it's likely that Kuvira will either cause the spirits to unite against her, or cause them to go on a rampage.
- I can see Kuvira being disposed of her Big Bad status and replaced with a more terrifying enemy if this is the case. Vaatu is pretty substantially the single mightiest enemy ever introduced in Avatar, and other spirits probably won't prove slouches either.
- Confirmed. Her harvest of the spirit vines in the Banyan Grove swamp causes the vines in Republic City to react negatively, capturing an entire tour group that sets off the events of "Beyond the Wilds."
Related to above, Kuvira is planning a war with the spirits, and may well be way in over her head
With Zaofu being the last major earth city to not surrender, Kuvira surely does not need to perfect her spirit weapon in order to wage war and probably win. And, having already seen how powerful spirits can be, she may have decided to fight fire with fire.
There will be an aerial battle between Kuvira's airships and United Forces/Team Avatar's airplanes.
Asami, naturally, will be a pilot, as will General Iroh.
Kuvira's tyranny is merely a scheme to force Suyin to step up and lead the Earth Empire.
Kuvira genuinely respects Suyin and believes that she is the leader the Earth Kingdom/Empire needs. She's upset that Suyin chose to stay in Zaofu instead. Kuvira's acting like Firelord Ozai 2.0 in the hopes that Suyin will overthrow her and take command
. If she acted any nicer, Suyin might have actually agreed to submit — the last thing Kuvira really wants. Kuvira may not even mind if Suyin kills her in the process. This is why she and Bataar Jr. get along so well — they are both frustrated and disappointed with Suyin, if not for the same reasons.
- Jossed in "Battle of Zaofu". It's pretty clear that Kuvira has no intention of helping Suyin at all.
Everything will change when the Earth Empire attacks.
They haven't yet, but soon... And then everything will change. Maybe because of the spirit vine.
- Confirmed. Kuvira's invasion of Republic City results in the destruction of downtown and ultimately a new spirit portal opening in the middle of it.
We're going to get a scene of Katara, Zuko, and Toph fighting Kuvira's army during the final battle.
Because seriously it would be awesome to see the three surviving members of the Gaang getting to kick ass and take names one last time alongside the new generation, in a scene analagous to Iroh, Bumi, Pakku, Jeong Jeong, and Piandao, retaking Ba Sing Se during the finale of Last Airbender. This will also likely happen during this series finale too.
The Earth Empire will occupy the Republic, forcing the Krew to flee to the Fire Nation.
There is a conspicuously empty slot on Kuvira's map corresponding to the Republic, after all, and the Fire Nation is the only one of the four nations that The Legend of Korra
hasn't explored yet. Using the Fire Nation as sanctuary, rather than enemy territory, would make for a good counterpoint with ATLA.
- After the destruction of the vine supply in Varrick's lab, some kind of move on the Republic has become a great deal more plausible. If she's going to get more spirit vines, she'll need to find them in Republic City.
- This particular motivation has been Jossed with the reveal of Kuvira's spirit vine harvest in the Foggy Swamp. Unless Toph actually manages to ruin that attempt on her own.
- Also, the Republic was once part of the old Earth Kingdom before the Fire Nation established colonies there. Kuvira could see it as finally bringing the land that rightfully belonged to the Earth Kingdom back into the fold.
- This is actually the plot point for the Book 4 finale. The entire final battle takes place in Republic City. And the theory is Jossed. Kuvira ultimately fails to take over the city.
Kuvira will kill Suyin
Right now we know that Su is planning a sneak attack on Kuvira's forces. Considering Korra's reaction and that Kuvira has very powerful Elite Mooks on her side. It seems unlikely that Suyin will be treated like the dissidents. Especially given the It's Personal factor that would ensue.
- If she does, she will Jump Off The Slippery Slope and redouble her efforts at world domination.
- Su's attempt at a sneak attack fails, and gets her captured. However, Kuvira informed Zaofu's citizens that Suyin and the twins were to be imprisoned. Jossed overall, as Su is still alive after the final episode.
Bolin and Opal will break up
- Appears Jossed, as they made up their fighting in Chapter 10.
When Team Avatar reunites, things will be more then a little awkward
Asami will slap Korra across the Face for making her worry while Mako & Bolin won't talk to one another because of Bolin working with Kuvira.
- Partially confirmed. There's some tension among Korra, Mako, and Asami when they reunite, but Mako and Bolin immediately make up upon Bolin's return.
Kuvira's plans for Zaofu's domes:
- Building some sort of huge mobile fortress, to be equipped with the finished Spirit energy weapon.
- Seconded. It will be probably somewhat reminiscent ofthe Death Star. Fans are already noting how much this season is like "Star Wars" and now she has a super-laser and a few sphere halves, so...yeah.
- Not a Death Star, but a Walking Humanoid Mecha... The Colossus.
Kuvira's ambitions will expand to world domination.
She's walking the slippery slope already, as she was prepared to kill the Avatar
. The spirit vine technology will become an explicit metaphor for nuclear weapons, and she will use them to threaten Republic City.
Kuvira willl use a Spirit Vine Bomb in the final battle
In the final battle Korra will defeat Kuvira but Kuvira, refusing to accept defeat, activates the spirit vine bomb, in attempt to kill Korra & all those who defy her
This will likely result in the death of one of the main characters, maybe even Korra herself
, to save the lives of those they have sworn to protect. This is The Grand Finale
after all, and what better way to close out the show then with a literal bang.
- This is essentially rail cannon + spirit wilds = nuke; resulting in a crater and a new spirit portal... so Confirmed.
As she herself already demonstrated, it's quite possible to lift somebody up by the metal adorning their uniform. Kuvira, thanks to those useful strips of hers, has metal on her back, shoulders and all four limbs. A sufficiently powerful metalbender - say, a fully-recovered Avatar - would be able to immobilize her in a fashion much akin to bloodbending. Even Kuvira's impressive dodging skills would be next to useless against restraints that she's already wearing.
Kuvira and Baatar Jr will wind up in the Fog of Lost Souls when they fall.
Seeing as how Kuvira took a spirit vine from Republic City to forge as a weapon, she's already got something big planned with it. Varrick may have blown up the samples she took, but she's assigned Baatar Jr and Zhu Li to pick up where he left off. And on top of that, they are now razing the swamp, which is full of spirit vines and the spiritual connections that go with them. That will not only anger Toph Beifong, but the spirits as well.
The last time someone pissed off the spirits on a Dragged Off to Hell
level, a big Fire Nation commander killed the Moon Spirit, and the Book 2 episode Darkness Falls showed what happened to him. Seeing what Kuvira and Baatar Jr are doing now, if that is a severe enough offense, then they may very well be joining Zhao in the Fog Of Lost Souls at the end of The Legend Of Korra.
- Jossed. Baatar Jr is thrown under the bus when he gets captured by the Krew, and turns on Kuvira. After a lengthy battle and a brief trip into the Spirit World, Kuvira is arrested.
Either Mako, Fire Lord Izumi or Lord Zuko himself will teach Korra lightningbending.
Apart from it being a seriously cool and useful skill, there's another bonus. Lightningbending requires quite a bit of inner peace/balance in order to be performed, something Korra needs rather desperately.
Like in Sozin's Comet, The Legend Of Korra
's Grand Finale
will feature two or three separate battles.
One will be the Krew taking on the Earth Empire's elite. On another location, the Gaang and/or their children will be fighting the army, perhaps even liberating Ba Sing Se (again
). And then, of course, Korra versus Kuvira and whatever superweapon she's made herself.
- If some of the WMGs above are true, we could end up with the following: The Gaang (Tenzin, Katara, Toph, Zuko and Iroh I) unites to defend the world from the Empire while the Krew (Asami, Bolin, Mako, Iroh II, the Fire Lord and Varrick) face off against Kuvira's Command Ship. The Krew is attempting to sabotage the ship's superweapon before Kuvira lets it loose on the planet. Korra in the meantime is facing off against Kuvira and Bataar Jr on the bridge, and Kuvira suddenly realizes she has gone too far. Bataar tries to go through with the weapon, causing Kuvira to pull a Redemption Equals Death and take her beloved out. Korra then has to bring down the ship, maybe even plunging it into the ocean, where she will survive by forming an Iceberg, forming the ultimate Book Ends moment with ATLA.
Hiroshi Sato is going to go free.
It probably won't take long for Baatar Jr. to rebuild Varrick's superweapon. And when that thing gets deployed for real, it's going to make a real big impression on the rest of the world — the Avatar equivalent of Hiroshima. Everybody's going to be scrambling to build an equivalent or a counter to it.
Meanwhile, Asami's shown that she might be willing to forgive her father for his actions. Hiroshi, incidentally, is a mechanical genius who invented airplanes, cars, mecha suits, and who knows what else. And what better way would the man who almost destroyed Republic City with his creations make up for his crimes than to build a machine that can save it?
In a way, he is free.
Korra - or another member of the main cast - will use a bending version of Varrick's EMP emitter.
Say, Korra metalbends a large cable around a central rod, and Mako or another lightningbender provide the necessary power.
Kuvira doesn't actually believe that Fire- and Waterbenders are inferior to Earthbenders.
Up to now, Kuvira has frequently been compared to Hitler. And this is where the analogy to Hitler and Nazi Germany begins to fall apart. While Social Darwinism isn't a new concept, it's very hard to argue that any single element is superior to the other three (or even that benders themselves are inferior to benders of other elements). Even in ATLA, the Fire Nation didn't try to take over the world because Sozin thought that Firebending was better than any other type of bending, Sozin thought that the other three nations
were backward and wanted to "share" the Fire Nation's wealth. No, Kuvira isn't quite taking a leaf out of Hitler's book here... she's taking a leaf out of Franklin D. Roosevelt's. She doesn't trust the waterbenders or firebenders in the Earth Empire/Kingdom because they may have connections to the Water Tribes or Fire Nation, the leaders of which are very pissed off at her and could go to war. In the USA during World War II, Japanese-Americans were sent to special camps far away from home because the racist government believed that they all could be spies passing on sensitive information to Japan. While of course we know *now* that it's utter bullshit with roots in racism, this seems perfectly logical to a warlord who's obsessed with power and control in a world where Fantastic Racism hasn't quite gone away (especially against people of the Fire Nation).
Korra will go on a second pilgrimage into the Spirit World
in order to restore her connection to her past lives.
What better way to enter the finale than with the renewed power of all the Avatars?
- It's unlikely that the Krew will have the time for another trip to one of the Spirit Portals, so it will be through meditation. And, likelier than not, another fight in the material world in order to protect the Avatar's helpless body.
- When she does restore her connection, at least some of the previous Avatars will briefly manifest themselves, the way Kyoshi and Roku did with Aang. That scene will have a particular impact if Katara and/or the Cloudbabies happen to be present.
Korra's power over spirit vines will continue to develop.
By the time of the finale, she could even be manipulating them as Vaatu once did.
It's reasonable to assume that Kuvira underestimated Korra, believing her incapable of using the Avatar State. Toph, however, is the mother of Kuvira's mentor, the "greatest earthbender in the world" and the original metalbender. Little old lady or no, she has seventy years' worth of Badass
reputation, and any prudent antagonist would treat her as extremely dangerous. Should it come to a confrontation, there will be no dramatic one-on-one duels or other forms of chivalry. Just an all-out attack - or perhaps even a tactical aerial retreat.
- Alternatively, Toph will honor the earthbending principle of Neutral Jing, acknowledging that not even she could take on an entire army by herself. She'll withdraw towards Republic City (probably not before committing some choice acts of sabotage/harassment/whatever towards the Imperial army), meet up with the remainder of the Gaang and/or their children, and prepare to kick ass.
The Spirit Vines will be turned into a Big Brother-style surveillance system.
Sounds like the kind of thing Kuvira would do.
Vaatu is using Kuvira to start a Human Spirit war.
Vaatu knows that Kuvira will create powerful weapons that will be created from spiritual grounds that in turn, will upset the spirits enough so to start a major war with them. He acted to save Kuvira during her fight with Korra via Dark Avatar Korra, which he is apart of since he is being reformed from inside Raava.
Kuvira will be defeated at the Great Divide.
Because she's the "Great Uniter" where better to end her?
- Jossed, because the final episodes take place in Republic City.
Mako will sacrifice his Life to save the day.
Towards the end of the final battle, Kuvira will activate her ultimate weapon & Mako will choose to give up his live so the many might live
. He succeeds & is able to say goodbye to his friends & loved ones & is given a proper funeral.
The final scene of Book Four - and of The Legend Of Korra as a whole - will be in Ba Sing Se.
The Last Airbender
started at the South Pole, and ended in Ba Sing Se. Korra
, too, started at the South Pole. For it to end in Ba Sing Se as well would complete a beautiful parallel.
- Alternatively, the final scene will be in the capital of the Fire Nation, which would also complete the parallel: both beginning in the rural South Pole, and both ending in an ancient royal city.
- Jossed. The final scenes are on Air Temple Island.
Korra will be exposed to Kuvira's spirit vine weapon, which will accelerate Vaatu's rebirth.
The weapon releases an energy that is identical to Vaatu's energy blast. As Vaatu is being reborn in Raava, the weapon will feed him his own energy
. This will result on Vaatu being reborn early.
The Zhu Li, Varrick's warship, will make a reappearance.
Korra will confront Zaheer in prison.
While it has been confirmed Zaheer would not be returning as an antagonist, Henry Rollins
has already recorded new footage for the show. Spurred by Asami's decision to confront Hiroshi, Korra will seek Zaheer in his prision in the hopes facing her fears will help her overcome them.
- Confirmed as of episode 9.
Asami will be bruised up by an opponent.
- Despite getting scrapes through plane crashes and mecha fights, Asami has yet to be hit when in fisticuffs. This streak will end when she gets beaten up by a villain before the series ends. Kuvira might be a prime candidate, using her metal strips to toss her around, or to use Asami's shock glove against her, in some manner.
- Despite this, she will probably be able to get back up and kick some ass soon afterwards, possibly in the finale battle scenes.
- Upon rewatching the first book, Asami did yelp after having her arm twisted behind her back by an equalist during a battle when rescuing Tenzin. She quickly got out of it and took the character down, but she was partially hurt in fisticuffs. Not bruised, though. Soooo.....this WMG still stands. For now.
- Jossed. Unless Hiroshi's death is counted as a bruised soul. She definitely needs that vacation with Korra.
Fire Lord Izumi bends blue fire.
And the fandom is absolutely going to freak
when they see it for the first time.
Korra herself will be involved in Varrick and Asami's counter-superweapon project.
Varrick may be the inventor of the vine technology, but Korra has a fundamental connection
to the vines.
Before the end of the series, we'll get an up-close-and-personal look at one of Kuvira's concentra— er, "re-education" camps.
Up to this point, most of Kuvira's evil— aside from "conventional" stuff like military conquest and diplomatic strong-arming— has been completely implied. She's good at keeping it hidden, which is why the other nations all refuse Raiko's suggestion of a pre-emptive strike. Since the series is ending soon, though, you can bet we'll see a more explicit view of Kuvira and the Earth Empire's kitten-eating credentials within the next few episodes. It could be a plot point, too— Bolin and Opal, while on their rescue mission, could try to acquire photographic or physical evidence of horrific torture being inflicted upon the inmates. Subsequently, Varrick's mass-media machine will spread news of it to the world, turning the other nations against Kuvira and forming a united front against the Earth Empire.
- Sorry. Aside from the wood prison in "Operation Beifong," we never visit a Reeducation camp, possibly because of the lack of time for extra world-building in Book 4 (12 chapters plus a recap episode don't leave a lot of room for exploration.)
The budget cuts will prevent us from seeing the final battle.
Episode 13 is about to reach its climax as Korra and the new Team Avatar, coupled with a united army is prepared to battle Kuvira and her Earth Empire forces. Kuvira is confident that her new spirit vine usage can defeat even the Avatar, while Korra is promising to finish what she couldn't earlier in the season...and the episode stops, then fades to white.
What follows is a chibi (and therefore cheap to animate) Varrick appearing akin to an old Bugs Bunny cartoon (in which Bugs would break the fourth wall and announce there was No Ending
) explaining that due to the massive budget cuts that the series had been hit with (with some not-so-subtle potshots at Nick, toy companies that refused to make toys for a series with a female lead
, those blue alien elves
, and Spongebob) that they don't have the budget to show the end of the battle, and that the Avatar franchise is for all intents and purposes, dead. And it's not like he can just TELL you what happened, because 1. There's no way him describing it could properly do the battle justice, and 2. Varrick wasn't given the script, so even he doesn't know! Varrick then shows a few stills from what may have been a sequel series, namely a still of an Earth Kingdom man walking through what appears to be modern-day Times Square (and said man appears 30 and is carrying a sword, a Take That
at what Nick, according to TLA DVD commentary, wanted Aang to be) before declaring Korra over and "The End" appearing in the background, saying he doesn't know how it all ended, so don't bother asking him. To finish rubbing salt in the wound, he does say if they only had some money, they could show the final battle and what happens to everyone (perhaps in an OVA of some sort) but for now, No Ending
is in full effect. He then asks Zhu Li to do the thing one more time. Roll credits.
It takes Trolling Creator
to a whole new level, but it would be the final middle finger to Nick over how Korra was treated (whether justified or not).
- Hah toi. No. The battle plays out in full. Jossed.
Kuvira will attack Republic City in "Day of the Colossus."
It is said in "Operation Beifong" that it would happen in two weeks, and "Day of the Colossus airs two weeks after that.
- Kuvira anticipated this thought, and attacked in Kuvira's Gambit instead...
Asami will personally take one of her and Varrick's dragonfly mechs into battle.
Seeing as they are two-person devices◊
, this does
the question of who will be her co-pilot.
- One possibility is for Asami to fly with Korra in order to drop her off at the location of the final battle.
- Alternatively, she will fight side-by-side with her father.
- If so, then there's a very good chance of the mech being downed in the heat of the battle. Asami will survive with minor injuries. Hiroshi... will not.
- Confirmed! Hiroshi does sacrifice his life to punch a hole in the mech.
- Varrick and Zhu Li, naturally, will be flying another one together.
Asami will have a Mecha fight with Baatar Jr.
For the fight Asami will use one of the new Dragonfly Mechs while Baatar Jr. will use one of the Earth Empire Mechs.
- Jossed. Kuvira had already betrayed Baatar Jr. by firing on the mech factory with him in it, and although he survives, he's out of action for the rest of the finale. He helps Team Avatar at that point, and the hummingbird mechs are used against Kuvira's Colossus itself.
Jinora will visit the spirit world to attempt to convince the spirits to help.
Jinora may be better able to persuade the spirits to provide assistance than Korra.
After the way Korra as a series was treated, Trolling Creator
's Mike and Bryan will write the finale in such a way that no continuation of Avatar can be made without them (and contradict their vision for the universe) either by ending the Avatar cycle, removing bending from society, or simply providing No Ending
- Jossed. It's none of these.
Kuvira will be pregnant with her and Baatar Jr.'s child.
In the final fight, Korra will intend to kill Kuvira, but will use her connection with the spirits to discover that she is pregnant with her and Baatar Jr.'s child. She cannot bring herself to kill her, so instead she'll depower Kuvira like Aang did to Ozai. (And yes, depowering individuals will be something Korra learns at the last minute
, just like Aang. Although in Korra's case, slightly more justified since she already knows how to restore bending powers since Season 1.)
- My personal little headcanon is that the Krew and whatever other nations will be preparing to attack and kill Kuvira and either she or Baatar will announce to the world that Kuvira's expecting, which will derail all plans attack-and-kill plans because no one wants to kill a pregnant woman, regardless of how bad she is, which will lead to the debending thing.
- Jossed for the most part - it's never revealed if Kuvira was pregnant or not (and probably unlikely). But, Korra did spare Kuvira's life, and she did end up using "energy-bending" ... just not in the way this WMG predicted
The spirits will be convinced to join the Republic's side - with the aid of the Aye-Aye Spirit.
Wan's old friend has some position of influence over many spirits, and he knows from experience that humans and spirits can work together for the good of both. And of course, he'd be happy to help an old friend.
- Jossed as far as the series finale is concerned. A new spirit portal in the ruins of downtown might change things, though.
Forget lightning redirection - Korra will use energybending to Catch and Return
Like Zuko and Aang before her, she won't send the blast directly back at the cannon, despite it being the opportunity to take down Kuvira once and for all. She will
bring it down close enough to make a serious warning.
The Spirit Cannon doesn't destroy things; instead, it sends them into the Spirit World, effectively working as a teleporting device.
- Astonishingly close to the finale's events. While the cannon itself is simply a destructive device, when combined with the power of Republic City's vines and Korra's guidance, it actually creates a third Spirit Portal.
Just ONE of the dragonfly mechs managed to survive the cannon blast at the end of "Kuvira's Gambit".
And in keeping with the writers' fondness for leaving the main heroes and ONLY the main heroes to take on the enemy hordes, this one remaining mech will be piloted by either Varrick and Zhu Li or Varrick and Asami, acting as a diversion while Korra and the rest of the Krew work to take down the Colossus from within.
- Sort of confirmed. All the mechs in the factory were destroyed but there are still prototypes at Asami's office.
Whatever happens, Korra will not be using her giant spirit form against the Colossus.
This for the simple reason that it was a one-time deal, owed to the spiritual amplification of Harmonic Convergence. Even if that weren't the case, Korra does not have the luxury of traveling all the way to the North or South Pole to travel through one of the portals.
A Lion Turtle is going to fight The Colossus (idea pilfered from spacebattles).
Because kaiju. And Lion Turtles are bros.