This scene crushed me, I would argue that Konietzko and Di Martino would of been kinder to have had dropped an atomic bomb on myself rather then tear my heart to a thousand pieces. I still don’t fully understand why I am so attached to the Korra and Asami pairing. I still think that their relationship was rushed with the audience only getting small hints that Korra had developed feelings but never hints from Asami’s character.
Maybe it was the fact that I could not separate their relationship from the ending of Legend of Korra. Maybe it stems from the fact that I am a lot more emotionally invested in Legend of Korra than the original Avatar The Last Airbender. In Korra’s case, I followed it religiously, every update, every twist and turn, every trailer. But Konietzko and Di Martino’s bold stand on a ‘taboo’ topic reflects how modern their works are, heroes are not longer just physically imposing men. Women are just as capable (if not more capable) then men in Legend of Korra and the cliche implied characteristics of ‘children television’ shows have all been reversed.
This is why I think literature is one of the most powerful forces in human history, we create interesting and beautiful worlds filled with intriguing characters and situations to explore our own humanity. The events and actions which occurred in The Legend of Korra echo throughout our own world, the characters which we have become emotionally invested in, become real breathing characters with unique traits and habits.
So this is how the franchise ends, I have a feeling that both creators will not touch the Avatar universe again as Nickelodeon completely disrespected one of the most revolutionary children cartoon shows ever by axing its television run and by reducing the final book’s budget. Now, I don’t think Legend of Korra is as strong as its predecessor and I’m still bitter about how they treated Asami in season two and three (basically reducing her to a minor character).
But this scene, this one scene between two lovers… Well, this may be the most memorable and emotional moment both of the entire franchise. So with bittersweet feelings and a sore heart, the loyal fans say farewell to a franchise which has touched millions deeply and has inspired thousands more. Finished, completed but never forgotten.
Now that Korra and Asami’s final moment is out in the world, it seems like an appropriate time to express how I feel about it. I didn’t want to say anything right away so the audience could experience the finale for themselves.
The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing differing worldviews. In subtle and maybe not so subtle ways, Avatar and Legend of Korra have dealt with difficult subjects such as genocide, child abuse, deaths of loved ones, and post traumatic stress. I took it as a complement when Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair called the show subversive. There were times even I was surprised we were able to delve into the really tough stuff on a children’s TV network. While the episodes were never designed to “make a statement”, Bryan and I always strove to treat the more difficult…
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