p’li’s death was mind blowing, even ming-hua was shocked
First off I would like to say that this post will have nothing to do with shipping. It is an analysis of why I personally think that what Asami said to Korra while she was helping her prepare for Jinora’s ceremony was SO IMPORTANT for Korra to hear.
We all already knew that Korra is a fantastic bender, but her being able to fight while poisoned in that Avatar State that literally just contained her and Raava took her abilities (and my respect) to a whole different level.
That being said, her ability to be a great bender is what she is known for. What we knew going into the show (or at least what I did because I did my research) was that Korra would almost be the opposite of Aang in many ways (she finds bending easier than spiritual stuff, she is more head strong and rash instead of patient and rational, etc).
I expected Korra to live up to everything I heard about her, and she has.
But she has also expected all of that AND MORE from herself. She was taken to an isolated compound at the tender age of four so that she could essentially learn how to be a “perfect” Avatar.
She was taught by some of the best bending masters until she was deemed well enough to move onto a different element.
She was taught that her role in life was to be “The Avatar” and that she had to put her role above herself and her own needs.
Do you know how messed up and convoluted that line of thinking is?
I get that she’s the Avatar, but the Avatar is a person too.
In order to be able to effectively help other people, you need to be able to know and help yourself first. Sometimes you need to put yourself first.
Korra has really never put herself first when it comes down to saving the world. It is always “I’m going to fight,” “I can’t give up yet,” or “I’m going to give myself in so that others can be saved.”
And Korra lost something every time she put herself last.
She lost her bending (minus air) in Book 1. That took a significant emotional toll on her considering that her bending is really what made her the Avatar at that point in the series since she wasn’t in touch with her spiritual side as much as she or everyone would have liked.
In Book 2 she lost the connections she had to her past Avatars, and she had Raava forcibly ripped out of her chest. That was a serious mental and emotional blow whereby Korra’s feelings of inadequacy and failure as an Avatar were once again brutally shoved in her face.
In Book 3 she was unable to reason with some of the most “rational” villains this series has had so far. Both Korra and the Red Lotus want balance for the world, but there ideas of balance are almost complete opposites. Korra wanted Zaheer to be a leader for peace in the present world, but all he wanted was destruction and renewal.
In the finale, we see Korra give herself up so that the Air Nation can survive. Korra understands that without the Air Nation, the world will remain imbalanced. She is willing to give up her life (like she believed Aang would) in order to save a struggling culture.
While she puts up an admirable fight and the Air Nation is saved at the cost of the Red Lotus, Korra failed to stop the spread of Venom of the Red Lotus. The Red Lotus have succeeded in that much.
Even though every book has shown Korra getting physically, mentally, and emotionally battered, this ending is different because Korra isn’t able to physically bounce back quickly.
This means that she has all of the time to think about her failures and insecurities, and that she can’t push her own feelings and thoughts aside as easily because she isn’t able to be physically active and independent. Korra is most likely stuck in her own head.
Asami telling Korra that she would be there for her and that no one expected her to bounce back is honestly something she desperately needs to hear. Korra literally has the world on her shoulders.
She is the Avatar. A public figure. The bringer of peace. She is a symbol of hope in the world, and as such, she often times feels alone and misunderstood. She puts tremendous pressure on herself.
By letting her know that she has her support, Asami is showing Korra that she doesn’t need to go it alone, and that she has FRIENDS (emphasis on this because Korra really needs friends who stick by her through thick and thin) who care about her and who love her.
By letting her know that everyone doesn’t expect Korra to bounce back immediately lets Korra know that no one expects her to be perfect, and that she can take all of the time she needs to fully heal herself.
It was such a beautiful scene (whether you interpret it as romantic or as more platonic) whereby we see the power of friendship and support in the face of tremendous loss and sacrifice.
It was honestly probably better to hear those things from Asami as opposed to her parents or Mako because Korra may have thought that her parents were just saying those things because they love her and are her parents whereby she might have thought it was out of pity or something else equally as bad from Mako (just throwing this out there because hearing those things from people who are or were once super close to you can actually have a negative as opposed to a positive impact on someone’s delicate psyche).
Hearing it from Asami was great because she and Korra did not start off on the best terms, but they are now at that point in their friendship where they are comfortable telling each other anything.
It was such a great scene, and a great representation of a strong and supportive female friendship (whether or not people decide to interpret it as something more) :)
asami will fuck you up and look flawless doing it
So about that finale
Don’t tell me you weren’t thinking it too!
Then she had to ruin the moment and hug Mako too but shhh we don’t talk about that.
You’ll be alright
Korra book 3 finale.
I think I forgot how to breathe a few times. Studio Mir did some absolutely awesome, gorgeous work. Thank you whole Korra crew!!!
I like this GIF as the sequel to my last post. I also love how buff Korra looks in that incredible animation. THAT is how she is supposed to look in every shot.
Thank you, Johane! I would also like to give a huge thanks to the Korra crews at Nick in Burbank, and in Seoul at Studio Mir and Studio Reve for a stellar season and finale. And thank you to the fans! Thanks for sticking with this show after the bumpy ride in Book 2, and the hide-and-seek network shenanigans this summer. Keep cursing the Bryke for making you feel the feels and smell the real poop. We’ll be back with Book 4 as soon as possible. Hopefully it won’t be released only on smartwatches or some other inane platform.
P.S. My umbrella term “in Burbank” failed to cover all the amazing crew members in greater LA, particularly Jeremy Zuckerman and his epic score, Benjamin Wynn for his sound design maelstrom, Aran Tanchum and Vinny Quisetti for their top-notch foley work, all of our martial arts consultants, and many others in our post production process around town. It takes a village!
Jinora, you are just like your grandfather.
I really, really love how the villains die ironically though. In some fashion, it’s all by their own hand in their own element. P’li blows herself up when Su cages her skull in as she’s attacking. Ming-Hua is electrocuted to death when Mako turns her water against her. Ghazan boils alive and is crushed, preferring to die instead of be locked up yet again. They all suffer the consequences of their own actions. Fantastic parallels beautifully executed. Literally.
THE FINAL SHOWDOWNS