Avatar: The Last Airbender’s spin-off show, ‘The Legend of Korra’ received a lot of love and appreciation from the spectators as it carried the power and success of the original series when it first aired. Not only did it deliver amazing content, but also promoted newness. The series first premiered on April 14, 2012, with twelve episodes, on Nickelodeon and concluded on December 19, 2014, with its fourth season.
The titular character of the series, Korra, has been voiced over by Janet Varney since the very first season, while the characters of Mako, Bolin, Tenzin, Asami Sato, and Lin Beifong, and Jinoran has been voiced over by Janet Varney, David Faustino, P. J. Byrne, J. K. Simmons, Seychelle Gabriel, Mindy Sterling, and Kiernan Shipka respectively. Dee Bradley Baker has voiced over the characters of Tarrlok, Pabu, Oogi and Naga.
However, the ending of the series has raised certain debates by the spectators of the show, especially about the unorthodox relationship of Asami and Korra.
The Legend of Korra Plot
Set seventy years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ the American animated TV series, ‘The Legend of Korra’ follows the story of Korra, who is an Avatar and a reincarnated version of the protagonist from the original series. She is responsible for maintaining order in Republic City, which is particularly a sovereign state created as a consequence of the Hundred Year War. In the first season, we witness Korra joining forces with Tenzin, Aang’s son and sharpens her air bending skilss. As she masters her abilities, she sets out to conquer Amon, who is the major antagonist of the story, the leader of an anti-bending gang known as ‘Equalists’.
In the next book, which was titled ‘Spirits,’ Korra lives under the guidance of Unalaq, her uncle, who is a master of water-bending, serving as the leader of both the Northern and Southern Water Tribes. Hiding his true intentions from her, Unalaq persistently strives to release the spirit of darkness and disorder, Vastu, from the world of Spirits, and bring destruction to the Republic City. In the third book, titled ‘Change,’ a brand new villain, Zaheer, who is the leader of the rebellion group, ‘Red Lotus’ shows up— marking the establishment of an epic between Korra and himself. It is also the most crucial arc of the journey of Korra, marking her first defeat. The last book of the series was titled, ‘Balance’.
The Legend of Korra Ending Explained
Amon and Unalaq both taught Korra to be a hero and to be the best version of herself, however, none of them saw it coming that she can be defeated once too— even she herself began to believe that she is unbeatable. However, after her first defeat, the confident Korra was lost, as she began to struggle in believing in herself again. While she strives to better herself, her former friend Kuvira, establishes a totalitarian Earth Empire. She faces her second tragic defeat when she confronts Kuvira, but, surprisingly, Zaheer sends a helping aid for her.
In part two’s finale of season four, Korra with her Avatar crew, sets out to block Kuvira’s mecha, that featured spirit energy super-cannon. To guarantee success, they seek aid from Asami’s father, Hiroshi Sato, who advises them to attack the mecha from inside. In order to help the team of Avatar and saving the city, the former prisoner tries his best and sacrifices his own life while doing so, but manages to disable the mecha, forcing Kuvira to flee away. However, Kuvira does not lose hope and rushes to the spirit wilds, and discovers a super-cannon there intending to use it against Korra. Surprisingly, the canon was defective but before it exploded, Korra saves herself. The explosion leads to the ejection of enough spirit energy for the opening of a new portal to the Spirit World. Korra and her team finally sets everything right and the ending scenes, Korea and Asami looks at each other with eyes full of love, and gradually drift into the world of spirits.
The ending might seem a little ambiguous since the show never openly implied Korra and Asami sharing a romantic relationship. However, if we take a closer look, we will find some hints given by the creators throughout the show, in order to support its development. Their feelings might have appeared when Korra was shattered at her defeat by Zaheer and the one whose presence she craved for was only Asami, even though Mako and Bolin kept writing letters to ask about her well being, to which she never replied. Even Bryan Konietzko, the director of the series has himself made it clear through Tumblr, stating that it is an obvious choice for the writers to pair a boy and girl together, however, he wanted to showcase a different relationship which not only is based on plain romance, but also a relationship where both the parties mutually inspire one another to live.