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The Equalists are the Avater-Verse's communistsC'mon: it's the roaring twenties and you have people declaring that they want everyone equal.
The Equalist's goal is pointless.I'm assuming that Tarlok was born after Aang took his fathers bending away for this one. My theory is that even if you take away a Benders ability to bend you don't remove their genetic predisposition for it. Meaning that even if Amon and the equalists succeed they will have to deal with it all over again in a generation because a bunch of new benders will be born. Basically this is "Lamarck was wrong: The WMG!"
The Equalists will receive a "The Reason You Suck" Speech by the heroes.In countless media where Fantastic Racism is served as a theme, there might be a speech involving on how hypocritical the Equalists are Not So Different to the so-called "bending tyrants" they are fighting against. They might also be called out that "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right" that just because a few benders treated them badly, they shouldn't blame all benders as a whole. Bonus points are shown that they show "good benders" helping the non-benders out (Waterbenders to put out the fire, Earthbenders clearing out debris, and Firebenders providing heat, light, cooking, and so on) while the Equalists do nothing to help out the non-benders and because they are attacking Republic City, their image ended up making it worse. More Bonus points are given if it was Bolin who is giving out the speech considering that he can be serious at times, or Shiro Shinobi announcing the said benders helping out the non-benders. If it was Asami to her father, she would ask him if this is what mom wanted.
The Equalists originated from the Freedom Fighters of Jet's old gang. Amon is probably SmellerbeeLet's look at this possibility - we know the colonies will be turned into a new nation (or at least a new independent city) which won't be completely accepted by the Freedom Fighters and a lot of others (Just go read the Promise). Add to this they would be unhappy at the discrimination issues in the colonies based on bender status. So someone comes up with the idea that the whole art of bending is what led to all this mess and the solution is to stop people's bending. Oh yeah, and that's the point where they'd go fully against the Avatar as well. Of course, we know Jet and gang already fell to the principle of He Who Fights Monsters in ATLA, so by extension it won't be long before the Equalists turn the city into a Shout-Out to Old Communist Russia. The roaring 20s setting does make sense after all.
The Equalists started with the Kyoshi Warriors.Since Ty-Lee joined them, she probably taught them her chi-blocking techniques. Some of the warriors would grow to resent their lack of power compared to benders both in combat and in social terms. These warriors would break away and become the Equalists. While the Kyoshi Warriors were all female, the Equalists would likely recruit any nonbender that supported the cause.
The rise of the Equalists is Aang's fault.Having discovered the ability to depower benders, Aang decides to use it on every bender that threatens peace (Azula+ followers). Some of the depowered benders come to the conclusion that if they can't bend, no one deserves to bend. They start to spread anti-bending propaganda within the non-bending population to turn the people against the benders. The people Aang depowered will end up leading the anti-bending revolt (as Badass Normal Grandpas) with the goal of killing every bender that still lives.
The Equalist Movement is Republic City's faultThe four (seven counting foggy swamp, sun warriors and Omashu) nations are all centred around a specific element and live with it, with some people learning the art of bending. The anti-bending movement is unlikely to have started in either fire-, earth- or water nation because in the first two there is a ridiculous amount of benders, making sure everyone grew up alongside benders, and in the last benders don't seem to be privileged (both the northern and southern tribes were lead by non-benders). Republic city however is not aligned with any element, so there is a chance it is impossible for benders to be born there in the first place. What would be a better breeding ground for anti-bending sentiment than a nation that has little first-hand experience with benders, instead only hearing about them as foreign supersoldiers. You could even take this further. The amount of benders in the world has decreased due to republic city. There are supposed to be 4 nations, 4 elements, 4 seasons. But suddenly there are 5 nations, disturbing the connection with the spirit world. The amount of bender births as drastically decreased, with some among the already living losing all their power as a result (no chi-enhanced live for the Gaang). Bending could even fracture the border between the spirit world further, allowing creatures like Koh to enter the world at will. What is a better situation to create anti-bending sentiment than a few super-powered individuals incidentally summoning monsters?
The Equalists are not just a political faction, or social movement, but a cultAnd they worship/revere Koh the Facestealer, hence the masks. Amon, their charismatic leader, is his agent in the material world. After all, he did say that he and the Avatar would meet again. Alternatively, they are dedicated to the idea of bringing about a unity of the peoples of the world (and so oppose bending for its inherently divisive nature), possibly also in a spiritual sense, to take the world back to the good ol' days before the Avatar.
The Equalists will have some spiritual or religious issues against benders.In the show, bending was always shown to have deep spiritual connections. The Equalists will have something against the spirituality connected with bending, maybe the result of having alternate religious or spiritual beliefs.
The majority of the Equalists are pacifists and genuinely want peace between benders and non-benders.I doubt with their name they want to get rid of bending, when they're called Equalists. The Equalists are possibly in par with the Real Life Expy of the Civil Rights Movement with peaceful protests and non-violent demonstrations. The ones Korra and her friends are facing are a small number of radical fanatic extremist Communists.
The Equalists will use a combination of steam-powered weapons, badass normals, and maybe one bender.
If the Equalists use steam-powered weapons, (as many have guessed), their first real plot will be kidnapping Waterbenders.Really, they're the biggest threat to their greatest weapon.
The Equalist will use Chi-Powered MechsThey found a way to steal chi from benders to power their Mecha Fighting machines. Stealing waterbending & firebending aka steam power or Lightning bending aka proto-Cyber Punk mechas.
the Equalists. will exploit Pro-Bending's image as a recruiting toolThere's some pretty blatant Unfortunate Implications to Pro-Bending. Namely, that non-benders by their nature can't compete in it, which conveys the hidden message to the masses that only benders are worthy of celebration and praise. Even if non-benders have their own fighting league, it won't be as popular as Pro-Bending. The Equalists will use the lingering resentment this inspires in young people to recruit them to their cause.
the Equalists orchestrated the Pro-bending matches.It essentially marks the benders as easy targets for the Equalists to kill off, and the staff behind the Pro-bending matches are completely unaware of this.
The Equalists kidnapped HasookHe didn't abandon the Fire Ferrets just because he and Mako had been arguing, but because he's currently being held captive, and is in legitimate trouble.
The Equalist Movement will escalate to a bender genocide on the level of the Holocaust.As in hunting down benders and executing them/sending them to concentration camps. Some of the dialogue in the trailers is a bit...disturbing. "No bender is safe!" "I'm saving you for last." "The world doesn't need you anymore." Plus, there's Korra's implied breakdown. ...They probably won't go so far as to have actual death camps, but I still get that vibe.
The Equalists will attempt to kill off Tenzin's family in order to wipe out Airbending.There are two reasons for this: 1) Out of all the four nations, the Air Nomads are easily the weakest. Hell, calling them a nation at this point is very generous. As such, they are a very easy target, at least in theory. 2) Non-benders only come from the other three nations, and all Air Nomads are Airbenders. As such, the Equalists probably aren't too keen on the idea of an entire nation of benders, and will try to snuff that out early. This plan would inevitably fail (seriously, about seventy-five percent of the known Airbenders are children) and would primarily serve as a gigantic Kick the Dog moment.
The Equalists will feature Psycho Rangers versions of the original GaangHotheaded teen on a quest with a bad ass Grandpa as a guide and mentor. Sound familiar? To make this go even further the antagonists of the series, Antibenders/new freedom fighters, will be the counterparts to the Gaang, starting with two or three recurring troublemakers then adding members as the series goes on.
The Equalists' True Purpose is to Fight Koh the Facestealer
The Equalists are all really ugly
In terms of methodology, Amon is basically an evil Batman, while the Equalists are a kid-friendly and fantastical version of Fight Club.
The Equalists are Anonymous in the distant past
The Equalists are being led by Sparks.The Mechanist was only the first in the line of many newly born Sparks that have advanced the Avatar World's technology a thousandfold. Many benders don't appreciate this though, feeling threatened due to this new power and it's replacement of the old ways. They soon attempt to crack down on the Sparks, but this just makes the conflict escalate into the revolt mentioned in the synopsis.
The Equalists wear masks in order to honor Amon.It fits with Amon's status as a Dark Messiah. "Our savior Amon cannot show his face. To honor him, we will sacrifice our faces as we enter his service."
The Equalist movement is a direct result of the technological advancement.In the first series, a LOT of stuff was heavily dependent on benders. War, transportation, and various types of technology were controlled and powered by benders. As technology advanced, there was less and less need for benders. As a result, bender crime became more common because it was a power they could easily use to take advantage of non-benders. The Equalists see benders as people that are no longer needed, people who have power that doesn't help the world and can only be used to hurt. To the Equalists, there is no longer any reason these people need to have any power, and that it only places them above the non-benders. Amon directly says there's no place for benders in the world, indicating this belief.
Amon or another prominent Equalist will be a bender.
Once Amon is defeated, the Equalists will either become a reformed group dedicated to peacefully resolving bender and non-bender conflicts, or they devolve from Well Intentioned Extremists.Since the Equalists are heavily based around Amon's cult of personality, once he is removed from the equation, they will be forced to redefine themselves. Either they'll team up with Korra and the gang in order to help combat an even larger threat, or they become even more vicious and violent in order to avenge the defeat of their leader.
Building on the above theory, the show will eventually introduce a moderate Equalist character who disapproves of the disproportionate power benders hold but prefers peaceful reconciliation and disapproves of permanently depowering benders.Nickelodeon is clearly aware that the Equalists are at least partially sympathetic, as evidenced by their "Are you a bender or an Equalist?" poll. This new moderate Equalist could either be Asami or a new character.
Most of the metal benders are loyal to the equalistsLook at episode 6. The metal benders did a sweep of the stadium, yet no one reported the massive numbers of equilist flags. Amon enters through the main arena entrance, but since the arena can only be entered from the bridge, he needed to already be there (and have a deal with the sweeping team) or be smuggled in later (which means he needs to fight past guards, which would surely create a lot of noise). Finally, the equalist zeppelin manages to take out five metalbender zeppelins, but doesn't appear to have any weaponry. Since even a single metalbender could do massive damage to the equalist zeppelin, the metalbender zeppelins were probably infiltrated and destroyed from the inside.
One of the Equalists will be a former bender that wanted to lose his abilitiesFor unknown reasons, one of the key Equalists that will be introduced will be someone who personally went up to Amon to remove his bending. The reasons can vary from disliking their destructive potential or just wanting friends and allies even at the cost of their elemental powers.
The Equalists bribed the refs to give the match to the Wolfbats.The Wolfbats didn't do the bribing themselves, but were informed by someone posing as a rich fan that if they were to play dirty, the refs would look the other way. Naturally they jumped at the opportunity and didn't think further. Amon deliberately gave them the match to support his point about bender bullying and oppression, and incidentally so he could de-bend the winners without breaking his plan to save Korra for last.
Amon's Lieutenant is The StarscreamPromoting him to Big Bad later on, because it'd be a waste of Lance Henrickson's talent to just be voicing a nameless lackey.
Amon's sob story may be a little true,but it's still his faultHe probably did get his face taken by a firebender,and perhaps his parents were extorted,but I doubt they were killed,and/or the benders had a legitimate reason to want the money. Anyway Amon was like the Evil Counterpart to Korra and directly confronted said firebender himself.
Councilman Tarrlok is supporting the EqualistsEverything Tarrlok has done so far has had the ulterior motive of gaining power. I really started to become suspicious of him when he changed his vote on closing the pro-bending stadium after Lin said she would take full responsibility for the incident. I wouldn't past him to be supporting the Equalists in order to scare the city into giving him more power. Of course, this will come back to bite him in the ass later when he realizes that he underestimated Amon and the Equalists...
Amon's Lieutenant is secretly manipulating things behind Amon's back. He will either be the main villain in season 2, or will turn out to be The Dragon for Tarrlok, who will become the next Big Bad.In episode 6, when Korra defeats the Lieutenant, he falls down from the pro-bending arena dome, seemingly to his death. Yet in episode 7 he is inexplicably alive, and doesn't even seem to have suffered any injuries. The most logical explanation is that he's secretly a bender, and used his bending powers to save himself. But why would a bender join the Equalists? Obviously he has a hidden agenda, and is secretly manipulating things behind Amon's back. Like someone pointed out above, getting a well-known actor like Lance Henriksen to play such a minor role wouldn't make sense, unless there are further plans for the character. An alternative explanation is that the Lieutenant is not working for himself, but is a mole planted by Tarrlok. That would explain why Tarrlok can anticipate the Equalists' moves so well, so he can use them to further his own goals. By the end of season 1 Tarrlok will win the war against the Equalists, with the help of his mole, and will use this victory to crown himself the king of Republic City. Tarrlok will be the main villain for season 2 (Amon and Korra will possibly even have to work together to defeat him), and the Lieutenant will be his dragon.
The Equalists will have a fully formed Five-Bad Band by the end of the SeasonNow that Hiroshi Sato has officially joined the Equalists, that sets him up as the perfect Evil Genius. With Amon as the Big Bad and the Lieutenant as the Dragon then it seems likely the core Equalist group will be rounded out with a Brute and Dark Chick. Ideally, each member will have a designated counterpart in Team Avatar.
Tarrlok is deliberately serving as a strawman for Amon.Tarrlok secretly supports the Equalist movement, and wants to help Amon achieve his goals. How does he do it? Why, he uses his lofty position of power and his bloodbending abilities to do so. He is deliberately portraying himself as the very thing Amon is against in order to gather support around the Equalists. Amon himself may or may not actually know about this, hence the possibility that Tarrlok will be the next target on the list, provided of course that's not actually what he wants.
Airbending will become the Equalists' Weaksauce Weakness once Korra learns it.One of the Equalists' big advantage against the more common bending forms is that they seem to have Uncanny Dodging Skills against them. But... how exactly do you dodge air?
Some of the benders who lost their bending will learn how to use the Equalists' own weapons and fighting styles in order to fight them.
Amon let Korra get away.He didn't even bother lowering his voice when he told the others to electrocute the cage, not to mention that there was no need for him to carry Tarrlok himself (except Ho Yay?)
The Lieutenant is just in it to cause pain.He's not with the Equalists to spread equality, or any other lofty ideal, he just wants to hurt people, and starting a war gives plenty opportunities for that. The glee he takes in hurting Korra is some proof, but most of this guess comes from him being voiced by Lance Henrikson, who voiced a Psycho for Hire from both Avengers Earths Mightiest Heros and Transformers Animated.
Amon is directly responsible for the death of Mrs SatoIt's just too perfect for the Equalists that Hiroshi is on their side. He is easily the most powerful non-Bender in the city. He's poured a lot of money into this that we know of (mecha, taser gloves, and probably the airships since his company makes them for the police) and without him Amon's plans would be nearly impossible. When this come out Hiroshi will defect and reveal critical weaknesses in his technology.
The Lieutenant is actually an androidThis one's mostly just for fun. And for further Actor Allusion points, his real name could be revealed to be "Bishop".
The Equalists will try to wipe out the Air Bison, Badgermoles, and possibly the dragons (if they knew they were alive)They were the original air, earth, and firebenders, who taught humans bending and Amon wanted to erase bending from the world. Of course, Amon can't exactly murder the moon, but is willing to take out the others.
Wan Shi Tong was the one who taught Amon EnergybendingHe has a huge collection of knowledge, which may include Energybending. He would know how much of the wars were fought due to bending. He's basically mad that the world has no respect for anything anymore, so he's going to get back at the mortal world.
The Lieutenant will take over the Equalists if Amon dies.It seems pretty inevitable that Amon will fall at the end of the Book 1 finale, but the Equalists' beliefs will not die so easily. The Lieutenant will escape with the remnants of the organisation, and he'll either take up the mask and become the new Amon (a la V for Vendetta), or move their operations underground and vow to continue the fight for equality from the shadows— via covert infiltration of Republic City's government, much like what Darth Nihl did with the One Sith at the end of Star Wars: Legacy.
The Equalists' ace in the hole that Hiroshi Sato's letter from the official website mentions is a chemical weapon.This letter◊ refers to "something" that the Equalists have waiting for the United Forces, which will "send them running like the cowardly dogs they are". Assuming it's not just referring to the airplanes that we already saw in the trailer, perhaps he's referring instead to something like chlorine or mustard gas— the introduction of chemical warfare would certainly fit with the WWI parallels we've seen so far.
The Lieutenant is Tahno's fatherBoth have pale skin, dark hair, silver eyes, and deep voices (Not sure if that's inherited, but I just thought I'd point it out). Plus the Lieutenant seems to be the right age. As for how the second in command of the Equalists ended up with a Pro-Waterbending son...I have no idea.
The Equalists will appear in Season 2, but as a legitimate protest group instead of a terrorist organizationSome members, such as the Lieutenant, truly believed in the cause, even though Amon was revealed as a fake. The ones that joined because they felt bender oppression was real won't be deterred, but without Amon encouraging and enabling extremist measures, they won't do anything criminal, and the heroes will even decide that they have a point. The main conflict with the new Equalists might even end up being that even though they're right and they're not a harmful group, much of the leadership committed crimes with Amon that they haven't faced justice for yet.
The Lieutenant will continue the Equalist movement's war.Nobody killed or arrested him, nor was he converted, so what's stopping him from continuing the Equalists? Furthermore, since the Lieutenant can't take away people's bending, he has no reason to show restraint and not use deadly force.
Hiroshi Sato will take over the leadership of the Equalists and become the Big Bad of Season 2.He wasn't confirmed dead after Asami defeated him. He is a fanatical supporter of the Equalist movement to the point that he tried to kill his own daughter for supporting the Avatar, he is a famous non-bender whose wife's murder was probably all over the news, so the rest of the movement knows he's more trustworthy than some mystery dude in a mask, and he built all of their technology, so he probably holds a position of power and respect within the movement.
The Lieutenant is Ty Lee's son.Both are confirmed to be Badass Normal (even if he does have a lot of The Worf Effect) who are dedicated to the cause of their superiors, even though they both eventually feel betrayed. Both fight through taking bending away temporarily and/or incapacitating. He also has some Fire Nation features, but lighter eyes than most of them, just like she does.
The writers are lying about Amon, or will get around him being dead and feature him again in some capacity.Come on, it just seems such a waste of a character!
The Equalists are a cult.There was no widespread non-bender oppression until Tarrlok showed his true colors, and that was in responce to the equalist violence. Look around: we don't see or hear any specific forms discrimination. During Amon's speeches and Protester's rants, they claim that benders oppress non-benders but never say how. All the supposed discrimination we hear about comes from the fans, not the show. The Satos and the Cabbage Guy don't seem to have it too bad (thought I'm willing to acknowledged that they might be the exception, not the rule). Both Amon and Hiroshi were motivated by revenge, so it's entirely possible they're making up problems that don't exist in order to justify their hatred of benders. Or they're just crazy and really do believe in problems that don't exsist. If there's no real oppression, it would make sense for it to be a cult. Cults have a twisted view of reality, are led by someone charismatic and great at making speeches, and can amass huge numbers of devoted followers who are willing to go to extremes for their leaders. That sounds exactly like the equalists.
The Lieutenant joined the Equalists in revenge for once being bloodbent.
The Lieutenant will make Heel-Face Turn in 2nd season.
The Lieutenant will die in Season 2He's voiced by Lance Henriksen. The only more certain death sentence would be if he was played by Sean Bean.
The Equalists will discover a more powerful form of Chi-Blocking.Much like the bending disciplines, chi-blocking will be revealed to have more advanced, dangerous techniques. Some possibilities are
Wan Shi Tong will returnStuck beneath the sands, Wan Shi Tong will eventually go neurotic, since his only form of entertainment was destroyed. He will proceed to rape, kill and assimilate the scholar and the foxes, and he will break free from his prison by shooting into the sky like a deranged goose. He will then go on a rampage and assimilate everything in his path until he becomes a giant mutant owl abomination and a third level Kaiju. Republic City will have to deal with Avatarverse's Rodan.
Azula will make an appearance as a sane, kind old woman...and then promptly try to usurp Zuko's throne.Because old habits die hard and Azula will take the first chance she gets to try and become the Fire Lord, capping off a years long plan that begun when Aang was killed by the Big Bad.
The Triads will be the main villains of the second season.After the fall (or reformation) of Amon the next season of Lo K will feature the triads as the main villains and taking down their operations as the conflict of the season. It will go deeper into the nature of each of various triads that we've been introduced to, with each triad mirroring a modern gang. These criminal syndicates will each be headed by a powerful bender who will act as a psycho rangers expy of one of the members of the Gaang from the last series.
Due to the "technologization" of the Avatar world, and a disregard to spirituality that grows each day with the anti-bender movement, the spirits will be more hostile against humans. (Koh might be a prime villain this time around.)The creators have openly stated that they are huge fans of the works of Miyazaki, and this is one of his preferred themes. Possibly another homage to him?
The Triple Threat Triad is lead by or was founded by a former Fire Nation Officer.When Zuko took the throne and changed the Fire Nation's ideals towards equality, not everyone was happy with the decision. Before this the Fire Nation were the strongest people in the world, top of the food chain. Now the banished honorless prince is tearing down all they've built up over the last hundred years. One officer will have resigned in disgust, and fall into the shadows to plot how to usurp power back to the Fire Nation from the underground. Years later with Republic City being built up, the small crime gang would start recruiting Earth and Waterbenders, because there are those all over the world who seek power. Fast forward to the present day, and this small group is now an Organized Criminal syndicate with ties and power in every city in the world. So while the Triple Threat Triad may be lead by a mix of powers, at its heart, it would be the Fire Nation returning to superiority and power. The trio Korra met on her first day were simply new recruits or bottom of the rung. The senior members or higher ups will present more of a challenge.
One of the villains will be a young Corrupt Corporate Executive Magnificent Bastard with a grudge against the Avatar.With industrialization taking place in the Avatar world, it isn't hard to see someone rise to the top through deceit, wicked planning skills, e.t.c. It would also not be hard for that villain to come to hate the Avatar, someone who was born gifted while he/she had to fight tooth an nail. Perhaps this Magnificent Bastard will use the anti-bending revolution as his catspaws to try and take out the Avatar.
A dark mirror of the Foamy Mouth Guy will appear as a recurring villain.But instead of a goofy screw-up, he will instead be a fanatic berserker who is taken over by an Unstoppable Rage anytime he thinks he's seen the Avatar. The fandom will not let these similarities slip by.
The firebender that killed Mako and Bolin's parents as well as Amon's family and Asami's mother is the same person.Because wouldn't it be awesome to have an episode where our heroes and Amon grudgingly team up to take down the one guy that ruined all of their lives?
One of the future antagonists will be a Bending evangelist.Opposite Amon's plan to get rid of Benders, this character will view the inability to bend as symptom of spiritual sickness and will aspire to turn everyone into a bender (or just be a con-artist).* But what would be the downside of giving everyone the ability to bend?
The Red Monsoons are a Bloodbending gang.The street urchin Mako paid to tell where his brother was mentioned a number of Triad names, including the Red Monsoons. Monsoon is rain, which hints towards Waterbenders, but Red Monsoon? They've developed a way to tear blood right out of their opponents bodies. Ofcourse this being a kids' show, this threat is only alluded to, not actually shown. But their leader can actually control people too, during the full moon.
The Red Monsoons and the Agni-Kais are enemy gangs, and an analogue to the Crips and the BloodsThe Red Monsoons will mostly be bloodbenders, dress in red and hostilly attack any firebender they find in their territory. Agni-Kais will specialize in lightning bending/blue fire, dress in blue and will attempt to subdue any waterbender they meet. Korra will wind up in Agni-Kai territory and/or Mako will be caught by the Monsoons, and of course hilarity ensues.
The Triple Threat Triads and the other bending gangs mentioned are heavily involved in the distribution of cactus juice.The turf war that Skoochy mentioned in the third episode was going down because of it.
The previous threat to Republic City 42 years ago is a Chekhov's Gun.The council was mentioning a slight incident in the city where someone named Yakone was big enough of a threat that Aang had to deal with him personally. Possible that he is either The Man Behind the Man for Amon or will be Season 2's Big Bad that wants revenge and shows that he was the one who is behind Aang and one or more Gaang member deaths. For added flavor, Amon will suffer The Worf Effect when introducing Yakone as alive and kicking.
Lightning Bolt Zolt is an ancestor of Mako and Bolin.The same style of Unusual Eyebrows can't be too common now can it? Maybe he is their grandfather, and one of his children (Mako and Bolin's father) did not want to follow their life of crime, so he put a hit out on the family, and the "mugging" angle was a cover.
The Spirit(s) that taught Amon his de-bending technique will indirectly serve as the Big Bads of the second season by using a bender agent to serve as their DragonThey'll off Amon for fulfilling their purpose to mature the Avatar's personality and break down the Equalists near the end of the first season before focusing on their real goal: wiping out Republic City because its culture why most benders are turning away from the Spiritual aspects. They want it because it's straining relations between the physical and spiritual worlds and is threatening the existence of bending itself, acting as a Foil to Amon wanting to rid the world of the practice. As for the bending agent in question, they will be the Foil to everyone else abandoning/forgetting the spiritual side and will show it by outclassing multiple with his/her own.
The Firebenders that killed Amon's family, Mako and Bolin's parents, and Asami's motherAre descendants of the Rough Rhinos (if the ones from the original series weren't still alive). The Rough Rhinos were firebenders that had a history of killing families (Jet, anyone), but after that revelation, they were pretty much never spoken of again and got away with it.
The killer of Amon's Family, Mako and Bolin's parents, and Sato's Wife are one of the same.To relate both theories above and below, it's too much of a coincidence for them being killed by a Firebender, and not a Waterbender or a Earthbender. Major points if the Firebender was the same killer, and even better is part of a group of Ozai Loyalits. Perhaps forcing both the Benders and the Equalists in Republic City to put away their differences against a common foe.
There is a reason why so many character's parents were killed off by firebendersPossible foreshadow for season 2 villain? Firebending may be the most destructive and emotion-fuelled bending, but it seems odd that it has caused so many deaths while there's no mention of waterbenders and earthbenders doing the same.
Amon is being set upWhen he's at the height of his power and even as Korra and her friends are racing to stop him in a desperate plan he'll be holding one of his routine demonstrations...and then one of the prisoners will kill him with his very first shot, free the other prisoners and set them on the equalists en masse, and Korra will arrive to find him leading an all-bender crowd. This mysterious savior will then become the season 2 villain, heading a movement to create harsh restrictions making it impossible for non-benders to do what they did again - as was his plan all along.
Yakone is still alive, and will come face to face with Korra at some point as a Badass Grandpa.Regardless of how heinous his crimes were, It's perfectly in character for Aang to leave him alive and locked up somehwere (possibly energybended), as well as block any attempts for Republic City to institute the death penalty. Yakone will escape from prison and battle the new Avatar.
Yakone is related to Tarrlok.The two always looked similar, in terms of facial features and clothes, but the recent revelation that both of them are/were bloodbenders, coupled with the fact that Korra had another Gaang flashback while in Tarrlok's presence in which Yakone was clearly visible, makes a familial relationship between the two quite feasible. My guess is that Tarrlok is his son, and that his actions against Korra in the present are a result of him harbouring hatred toward the Avatar for Yakone's death (assuming Aang did actually kill him, that is).
Tarrlok has mastered bloodbending to such a degree that he can even force people to speak against their will.Don't ask me how it works, but it seemed strange that Chief Saikhan, whom we know from his bio to be utterly loyal and devoted to Lin Beifong, would just suddenly allow himself to become Tarrlok's toady and carry out his every amoral command without question. Perhaps, given that Tarrlok can somehow bloodbend without a full moon, he has become so powerful with it that he can essentially remotely control a person from a short distance away, even making them say whatever he wants.
Tarrlok is genetically related to Yakone.It isn't too far off the possibility that he could be a relative of the late Yakone or was a deep follower of his ideals.
Adding to the above, Tarrlok and Amon are Yakone's sons.Yakone was a racist, convinced of his own superiority as a gifted waterbender and decided that people without his gifts were not deserving of the same rights he had (and possibly not even the same air he breathed). Then Amon comes along, this nonbending freak of a child, and he (and Tarrlok, who came along a few years later: both Amon and Tarrlok seem like they're more or less the same age) abuse him to the point where Amon sees that taking out bending entirely would be better than living in a world where benders could treat non-benders like shit. After Aang deals with Yakone (let's say de-powering him), the two of them react in two different ways. Amon sees Aang's power and dedicates his life to finding out how he too can take away a person's bending. Meanwhile, Tarrlok holds onto his father's ideals: hating non-benders and reflecting that hatred in his politics and demeanour, hoping to eventually control Republic City and persecute non-benders unchallenged. It explains why he had such a breakdown (seriously, half-baked or not, you do NOT attack the freakin' Avatar) when Korra compared him to Amon: the freak, everything his father ever warned him about nonbenders realized (and too messed up to see that it was because of Yakone and him that Amon is the way he is). It also draws parallels to the Fire Nation Royal Family: the abusive, monstrous father; the outcast firstborn who forges his own destiny away from his family's influence; and the extremely gifted but mentally unhinged secondborn.
Tarrlok IS YakoneSame ideas as the above entry about being a racist, but one wonders just how much use Blood Bending could have. Like maybe changing one's appearance by manipulating their own body? It could explain the similarities between Tarrlok and Yakone, as well as a dislike for the Avatar.
Tarrlok was somehow mentored by Yakone[[Spoiler: A flashback showed Yakone bloodbending in the courtroom and Tarrlok can to without a full moon]],so what if Tarrlok learned from Yakone, like I dunno he passed it on through a book, it's highly unlikely that he was personally mentored since the trial was probably before Tarrlok was born, still it's not completely out there.
Tarrlok has been using Blood Bending(or the threat of it) on the Council the whole time. It would explain how things always get voted 4 to 1 in his favor. Being a really smooth talker and politician only gets you so far, even if you do include bribes (monetary or other). However, fear is a great motivator, and I don't think after the events of Episode 8 we can say that Tarrlok wouldn't do this to get his way.
Tarrlok's real name is A. Firebender
Tarrlok is the Hitler while Amon is the Stalin
Tarrlok and Yakone both are part of a larger organization of BloodbendersProbably called the Order of the Crescent Moon or something like that. Once he's done using Amon's revolution to get enough power they'll appear in force.
Yakone was the founder of a bending triad, namely the "Red Monsoons", and was put on trial for the crimes that he and his gang committed.A beautifully outlined explanation for this WMG can be found here. Until episode nine confirms/denies this, it still holds a lot of water as a reasonable backstory for Yakone and Tarrlok.
Tarrlok will form a bloodbending Secret PoliceImagine the reign of terror he could usher in with that, especially since bloodbending is no longer bound to the full moon.
Tarrlok is somehow connected to the Moon Spirit
Tarrlok is of the Northern Water Tribe's royal bloodlineThe connection Tarrlok has to the Moon Spirit is this: he's a descendant of the Northern Water Tribe's royal family. As such, he has a deep connection with the Moon Spirit(since the royal bloodline were, and probably still are, the caretakers of both the Moon and Sea Spirits, and one of the bloodline IS the Moon Spirit now). So by family blood, he derives much more power from the Moon Spirit than any Waterbender could. Also, being part of the royal bloodline might also explain his huge political influence. A relative of the Earth King or Fire Lord would probably have similar political power within the council, and only Tenzin(the Avatar's son) is willing to oppose him at his level.
Tarrlok will be the Big Bad for season 2
Tarrlok works for the Dai LiAt the end of "When Extremes Meet" he is driving Korra to be brainwashed to either forget the encounter they had or to be a puppet for his actions.
Tarrlok hates the equalists a lot because his father, Yakone, was energybended by Aang and he hates the Equalists because he knows the consequences of losing one's bending.Yakhone must have suffered greatly (and consequently Tarrlok) because he lost his bending and all his power - not unlike Lightning Bolt Zolt. Tarrlok is himself paranoid of the equalists for the same reason and that's why he wants to destroy them even to the point of Fantastic Racism against innocent people. It also explains his anger against Korra and why he's crazy enough to eletrocute himself and give him a serious injury and blame the Equalists when Tenzin arrives.
Tarrlok will be defeated by Katara coming to Korra's aid.Knowing how dangerous it is, Katara mastered a way to counter Bloodbending/is equally as powerful with it as Tarrlok. She won't fight him with Korra, but neutralize his Bloodbending so he's forced to face Korra without it.
Korra's first use of the Avatar State will be to defeat Tarrlok.
For some reason, bloodbending can't be used to kill from the inside. Or at the very least, it is a great strain on the bender.Why else would Yakone only decide to kill Aang when he was cornered and basically alone with him? Plus, its shown that while Yakone can easily blood the whole courthouse into unconsciousness easily, he's sweating and trembling trying to kill one person. Tarrlok himself acts similarly when he knocks out the council, Lin, and the rest of team Avatar. Maybe trying to kill with only bloodbending would cause some kind of chi backlash or something. And even if it would be easy enough to just drop the person onto something sharp, pointy, and deadly, none of the bloodbenders would think about this kind of solution because they're all so confident in their abilities.
Tarrlok was at one point in league with the Equalists, or at least their predecessors.He wanted to secretly create a problem that he would fix and be lauded as a hero so he funded a militant anti-bending group. Unfortunately, Amon turned out to be much more dangerous than he ever expected, especially when he went after him.
Tarrlok was taught how to bloodbend using the same metal box he imprisoned Korra in.Yakone put him through a similar ordeal to the one Hama endured—water deprivation and confinement with the only escape through bloodbending.
In connection with the above WMG, Tarrlok will not handle being imprisoned by the Equalists well.He's being imprisoned again, but this time he doesn't have any waterbending to save him.
Tarrlok will wind up with a tragic backstory, his motives for being such a massive jerkass will be well explained, and his angst-o-meter will skyrocket.All to do with relationships with Amon, Yakone, and genuinely trying to save Republic City.
The next Big Bad will be a Bender who Amon took bending from and motivated by vengeance.
Alternately, the next Big Bad or a future villain will be someone attacking people looking for Amon for the same reason
The firebender(s) that killed Mako and Bolin's parents and Asami's mother are part of a Fire Nation supremacist group.Mako and Bolin are obviously mixed, and there's a good possibility that Asami has both Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom blood in her too. Just as interracial relationships and people with mixed ancestry are met with fury by racists in the real world, why wouldn't the same be true for some racist firbenders? The deaths were, therefore, hate crimes.
Big Bad speculations for season 2
The Triple Threats are designed in squads of three with a bender from each nation intentionallyWho ever was the crime boss/es of the Triple Threats wanted to have all advantages that all the elements offered, yet didn't want infighting between the beinding "races." The solution? FORCE the elements to work together. Assigning his/her/their mooks in groups of three in any work that only requires a small number of people. His gang had to work together and trust each other.
Unalaq is a Water Tribe supremacist who will attempt to co-op Korra.So far we've seen family betray family for the Avatar, but never the Avatar being required to go against family.
The Big Bad of Season 2 will be The Dark Spirit, who is actually the ghost of Azula.Grey DeLisle tweeted that she'll be playing a character called The Dark Spirit, and that doesn't sound like a particularly nice character. Considering that Book 2 will deal primarily with spirits, and that Dante Basco was brought back to voice Zuko's grandson, it seems likely that DeLisle was chosen for the role because the Dark Spirit is actually the spirit of Azula (who most likely died in that sanitarium), who will become the Big Bad of that Book. And they will milk the idea of a vengeful, psychotic ghost of Azula for all the horror they can get out of it (which is a lot).
The Blue Spirit reappears as just another Villain of the WeekEaly in Season 2, a Badass Normal criminal appears in a Blue Spirit mask. He's played up as a dangerous psycho and, although they'll never show it, more than happy to kill people, probably with an Establishing Character Moment of him beating up a bunch of benders in a bar fight. In a story told from Lin Bei Fing's point of view (A Day in the Limelight for her), he rampages through Republic City before she eventually corners him and brings hm in, then she takes off his mask to reveal... just a random Mook we've never seen before with no connection to Zuko or the Gaang, he's just a nutcase who thought the mask looked cool.
Koh will act as a villain for this story arc.
The Big Bad of Season Two is an Anti Avatar.The Dark spirit is a dark version of Avatar set free by Azula when she killed the Avatar for a few seconds. And Koh will be its Mook.
The big bad of season two and/or the series will be Zhaoinstead of being killed at the end of book 1 in the first series he was taken to the spirit world. He previous experience there will allow him to survive and in the the end will come out far stronger (perhaps because of of another spirit like Koh). when he does return his goal will be the same as before, to destroy the ocean spirits and destroy waterbending and the others as well.
It will be a Running Gag that the Bending Gangs and Criminal Underworld will be the Butt Monkey that gets worf'd in the first two seasons by the Big BadThe first season implied that the Equalists single-handedly dismantled the criminal underworld of bending because of Amon debending them all. The second season will try to play them up as a serious threat once more, only to be trumped or be the first victims of the Dark Spirit. The third season will have the same occur, but gets subverted in that a trio or quartet of bending superpowers are a serious threat that must be dealt with. The fourth will simply have what appears to be the last of the bending gangs, but is really an organization with more grandiose goals in mind because their leader is a unique type of bender from a different world.
Various groups will claim they know why spirits are attacking and what people will do.Much like how Tarrlok tried to use the equalist uprising to his political advantage. The Equalists will claim spirits are attacking because they are angry at benders. Bending supremisists will say it's because of the equalists. Traditionalists will say it's because the spirits are angry about technological progress. And maybe more groups.
There is no Big Bad in Book Two.There will be antagonists, but each will have legitimate points the conflict will be depicted as morally grey. Korra's goal is to achieve peace between the mortal and spirit worlds, not beat down some evil spirit monster.
Unalaq is the Big Bad of Season 2.Unalaq is will be the Big Bad of Season 2. He's the one behind summoning the spirits with possibly Desna and Eska as his Co Dragons. He may be trying to manipulate Korra's status as the Avatar to further his own goals or to spread his own beliefs of spirituality and to do this he has to get Korra on his side. Solution? Create a problem where seemingly be is the only one who can give Korra the knowledge to overcome it (as demonstrated by his special waterbending abilities which seem to soothe the angry spirits) and at the same time he can alienate her from Tenzin and her other mentors so she is put further under his influence.
Various people will be acting for the Dark Spirit via Demonic PossessionKorra will have to exorcise spirits that come out from the spirit world and take over various people (some including Mako, Lin, and even one of the Airbender kids). Later, combined with the above theory, it'll be shown Unalaq was possessed all along.
The ultimate origin of the Dark Spirits will turn out to be a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Sealed Evil in a Can with a hate-on for humanityFitting the Buddhist idea of Tulpas, they will be revealed to be incarnations of hate, pain, and grief thought into existence by a very old, very powerful spirit who has decided that, for whatever reason, that Humans Are the Real Monsters and wants to destroy them all. He was imprisoned beneath the glacier by a previous Avatar, but the seal has grown weak and now he can send tendrils of his malevolent intentions into the world. And showing his past will be a Tear Jerker.
Branching off from this is the idea that Unalaq has made contact with this spirit and is now his human pawn or doing everything in his power to placate his rage and bitterness (which of course, won't work-the spirit isn't capable of forgiveness any more). As fitting Tulpas, the Dark Spirits will be able to inflame negative emotions and turn humans into Brainwashed and Crazy cultists, to fit with the Cosmic Horror Story aspects of such a being (which could be really freaky as one of Korra's friends falls under his influence and gradually transforms into an Ax-Crazy Straw Nihilist screaming about how the world doesn't deserve saving and how everyone should die).
The Spirits that were attacking the ships were actually protecting The Southern Water Tribe. Specifically, from the Northern Tribe's ships.It seems mighty convenient that Unalaq brought a bunch of battleships to the south pole all the way from the north pole, just as he and Korra pacified the Spirits in the Everstorm. Also, the only argument he gave that convinced Korra to help him was that they spirits were attacking ships (Naturally, as the Avatar, she's compelled to help people). Also, something seems mighty fishy about the backstory of Tonraq's banishment: If he was originally from the Northern Tribe, and he was banished because he messed around with a forest close to the Northern Tribe's city... Why do they need to pacify The Southern Spirits? Shouldn't The Northern Spirits be the ones that are angry?
The spirits' real target is UnalaqUnalaq thinks the spirits have a grudge against Tonraq for destroying their sacred forest and at the Southern Water Tribe for becoming less spiritual, but the one they really hate is Unalaq, possibly because:
One of Korra's parents really was plotting to assassinate Unalaq.Come on, someone was bound to make a WMG like this after tonight's episode; it would definitely be one heckuva doozy. I sincerely hope I'm wrong, though. ...But if I'm right, it's totes Senna.
Varrick is an Unwitting Pawn for Zhu Li.Specifically, she's manipulating him into inciting civil war between the two Water Tribes by subtly encouraging him to support rebellion against Unalaq's regime and impressing upon him the need to get out of the South Pole so his business doesn't collapse. Varrick being Varrick, doesn't recognize that Zhu Li is actually manipulating him and thinks the ideas she's implanting in his head are his own, because right now she tends to fade into the background (which is an image she deliberately cultivates so she's always overlooked). So Zhu Li sits in the background, pretending to be nothing more than Varrick's quiet, unassuming secretary so that when he takes the fall for the Rebellion, she'll be able to step in and take control of all his very vast business holdings. Zhu Li's not the Big Bad and probably doesn't have anything to do with the Dark Spirits or anything; she's just an opportunist who sees a situation she can exploit for her own benefit.
The Northern Tribe will declare war on Republic City and the other nations.Korra will be heading for Republic City to get involved. Who knows how Unalaq will react to that?
Desna and Eska are somehow related to MaiJust rest your eyes on this list:
The dark spirits really are malevolentUnalaq said that spirits are like humans who have both darkness and light in them. Considering there are plenty of power-hungry humans willing to destroy everything that opposed them, there might be spirits that are equally malevolent and petty.
Cheif Beifong knows a bit about Wan Shi TongHer mom probably mentioned the epic library incident at some point (especially since it involved a serious moment for Toph having to make a tough choice) and told her how the others in the Gaang went to deal with a "cranky owl spirit". Bonus if somehow the info is interpreted incorrectly, wither by Lin or Korra.
Varrick hired the Agni Kai Triad to blow up the Southern Water Tribe Cultural CenterVarrick isn't interested in helping the Southern Water Tribe out of altruism. He sees its potential for War for Fun and Profit (considering he encouraged Asami to do the same with Future Industries' Mecha Tanks and openly endorsed the idea of using war to make money). And it's already rumoured he deals with the Triads anyway; he calls in a favour, gets the Agni Kai to blow up the Cultural Center during the protest to make it look like Northern extremists, in order to be able to sell weapons to the Southern rebels to create a massive payday.
Hiroshi Sato will escape from jail and become the Big Bad in season 3.
Zhu Li doesn't know about all of Varrick's plans.Even his personal assistant doesn't need to know everything, and he isn't inclined to tell people things they don't need to know.
Unalaq DOES think the spirits are evil.He doesn't want to 'purify' them, he wants to eliminate them. The opening of the spirit portals is meant to allow him and his soilders to destroy the spirit world. To reference the parallels of him and Loki, the Spirit World is his Jotunheim. Leading his brother to destroy the sacred forest was probably to either weaken the spirits or see if they really could be destroyed. It was a failed mission, which is where the spirit bending comes in: to weaken and possibly wipe them out if possible.
Varrick and Unalaq are/were in cahootsUnalaq wanted the Avatar's support, and his brother out of the picture. And despite being a very skilled waterbender, he managed to be taken down by a nameless rebel. That seems suspect to me. Unless he's working with Varrick and the civil war is a front to justify the North moving in on the South, while Varrick makes a killing on movers and weapons (not to mention the fact that he just got Future Industries for, quite literally, a steal). Varrick is there to keep tabs on the Avatar and prevent her from actually getting backup (hence why the twins knew exactly where to find Korra... the ocean's a big, big place), as this war has ultimately been profitable to him.
Unalaq is trying to release VaatuThe first Avatar sealed him away in the Spirit Realm then closed the portals so nobody could repeat his mistake. Now the Harmonic Convergence is only weeks away and Korra needs to close the Spirit Portal before that happens. Unalaq probably made contact with Vaatu by accident while meditating and Vaatu figured if he could trick a human into freeing him once, the same trick could work again.
Vaatu will possess Unalaq and give him the ability to bend all four elementsVaatu will try pulling a similar thing Raava did, but take over Unalaq entirely. Once the harmonic convergence happens, they will be permanently fused and Korra uses this chance to seal them again, rendering Unalaq immortal and in agony.
Eska really does love Bolin.Having been raised as a Tykebomb, however, has inhibited her ability to properly express herself, so she comes across as domineering and frightening to Bolin.
Vaatu is Ko.The Tree Vaatu was sealed in resembles Ko's tree. Ko does not leave his tree to acquire more faces, which could indicate he's bound inside it. Ko also seems to have no material equivalent (like the forest for the panda bear). In addition, Ko seems malign, but he doesn't fit the typical dark spirit aesthetic (partially transparent and deformed) seen in Korra.
Zhu Li was once an ingenue heiress like Asami who lost her corporation to the same predations that are ensnaring Future Industries from Asami.As a "consolation", Varrick kept her on as his eternally abused assistant. This, along with the loss of her family business to Varrick, is why she acts dead inside. Unless Mako gets damning evidence that Varrick can't weasel out of, Asami may end up just like Zhu Li. What the Hell, Hero? behavior is now making romantic advances ar him again. Does it seem like the universe is conspiring against our heroes at every turn? Because maybe IT IS, especially considering there's a God of Evil behind the scenes.
Eska and Desna will completely turn against their father, going on to join, or at least aid, the KrewConsidering the events of The Guide, this is almost certain to happen to some extent. Unalaq, like his Shadow Archetype Ozai before him, is by all indications a horrible father, seeing his son and daughter as nothing more than tools for his purpose. He displays no concern whatsoever at Eska's genuine grief and anger that her husband-to-be left her at the altar, and doesn't even look back when Desna receives a rather serious injury. Unalaq's "parenting" might well be a Freudian Excuse for the twins' behavior.
Varrick doesn't have anything to do with the bombings and robberies.His apparently shady behavior is just part of his unhinged personality and the veiled threats just red herrings, and the remote explosives were used in the crimes without his knowledge. Mako isn't right after all. Of course, Varrick's still an opportunist who seeks to profit from the civil war, but not to the extents we are led to believe.
Wan Shi Tong is younger than the Avatar.Several things have happened in both Avatar: The Last Airbender and this show to show that yes, spirits are born and they do die. We don't know when Wan Shi Tong was born. He claims to know everything, but it's clear that he doesn't. Some of it could be explained by sinking his library into the sand 70 years before the invention of radio, but surely he would know why collaborating with Unalaq to free Vaatu in time for the Harmonic Convergence is an absolutely terrible idea? This means that he's younger than the Avatar, and wasn't born until the Legend of Wan was long forgotten. Nobody was around to give him the knowledge of Raava and Wan— hell, Aang probably never even knew, and I don't think it was ever stated if the last Avatars before Aang (Yangchen, Kuruk, Kyoshi and Roku, at least) ever visited the library.
Vaatu is a Reaper.He's a god-like Eldritch Abomination who very fifty thousand...ten thousand years attempts to return from Dark Space...the Spirit World to destroy all life because that's just what he does, and only Commander Shepard...The Avatar can stop him. Plus the sound he makes when he fires his Death Laser sounds a LOT like the sound effect Reapers make when they fire THEIR Death Laser, and Unalaq could easily be a stand-in for either Saren or The Illusive Man.
Zhu Li is the real villain.Varrick's behavior was just his normal behavior (see 2 theories above this one). However, this isn't completely unintentional: his suspicious acts and behavior were actually just taking "advice" from Zhu Li.
Vaatu is going to betray UnalaqVaatu is using Unalaq and take him over.
The next villain will be a human infused with power from 2 Lions Turtles namely Earth and Fire Bending.The Lion Turtles said Humans couldn't handle 2 bending powers at once so it's likely they would be consumed by said 2 Elements and become an Elemental Embodiment of said Elements. A being corrupted by Fire and Earth would be so much like [[Warcraft Ragnaros]] that it would be a shame to not have villain of that style.
At some point in the future, we're going to have a villainous Air Bender.We've already seen villains from each of the other benders. Waterbending gave us Unalaq, Amon, Tarrlock, Yakone, and to a lesser extent, Hama. Earthbending gave us the Dai Li, Long Feng, and Chin the Conquerer. Firebenders made up the majority of the major villains in the previous series. And we don't need too much about the various street gangs in Republic City. But we have yet to have a villainous Airbender on screen. Perhaps an escapee from The Fog of Lost Souls, either driven mad by his experiences or banished there for his transgressions. We've already established that spirituality is no barrier to villainy in the Avatar-verse, thanks to Unalaq. And now, without her past lives, Korra likely no longer has a god mode trump card (not to say the new Avatar State isn't powerful, but it doesn't have 10'000 years of experience backing it up).
Eska has an undiagnosed case of Borderline Personality DisorderWell, that would naturally be the case in a world that hasn't discovered the science of psychology yet, but other than the label, it's almost scary how well her personality fits the profile. From the way she falls madly in love with Bolin almost literally at first sight, to her deadened emotional reactions (which are heavily implied to be the result of her father's emotional abuse of her - a very common origin/trigger of BPD) to her spectacular emotional outburst when she believes her boyfriend to have left her/be cheating on her, to her obsessive need for him to, at times, literally worship her. In a more modern setting, she'd almost certainly be seeing a therapist and (in her case) likely medicated.
Avatar Unalaq would have gained each element of the cycle with each reincarnation had he not been killed by spiritual means.He only knew Waterbending as himself. But had he died of natural causes, he would've reincarnated as an Earthbender with his past life's Waterbending. Then a Firebender, then an Airbender, finally completing what would've been the Dark Avatar Cycle.
Unalaq started with genuinely good intentions but was slowly corrupted by VaatuUnalaq was a once kinder water bender healer who had a very close connection with the Spirit World. Unfortunately, because the North Pole is very close to one of the Spirit portals where Vaatu was imprisoned, Vaatu used his influence to slowly corrupt Unalaw over the span of many years. Playing on his emotions and deep connection with the spirits, he convinced him that the Avatar made a mistake in sealing the portals between the Spirit and mortal world (as is expected since the Avatar contains Raava, his eternal enemy). And being the spirit of darkness and chaos, Vaatu also fed on Unalaq's inner insecurities, while masking them by making him believe that his indirect involvement in the rampage of the spirits to usurp power from his brother, deception of his neice Korra, and ill treatment of his children, Desna and Eska, was justification for bringing justice to the world by allowing humans and spirits to live together in harmony. Furthermore, Vaatu exploited Unalaq's empathy towards spirits by subtly manipulating him into believing that he was a poor, suffering spirit condemned into eternal imprisonement simply for doing something that was simply part of his nature, and which were an integral part of the Ying-Yang balance of light and dark. Rather than being a self-righteous prick, Unalaq is a poor deluded victim with good intentions twisted by the words of Vaatu.
The villains of "Changes" will be kaiju-like spiritsThe world will be dealing with the "changes" in the world due to Korra's decision to not close the spirit portals and let humans and spirits live side-by-side.