Book 3 and Book 4 of The Legend of Korra Will Likely be Connected

The biggest knock I have on The Legend of Korra so far is the fact that Books 1 and 2 are not connected. For some reason, Nickelodeon Studios decided to green-light 12 episodes of The Legend of Korra, then order 14 more episodes after the first Book proved to be successful. This forced Mike and Bryan to develop the Books separately, causing each one to essentially be stand-alone.

Book 1 of The Legend of Korra covered the story of the Anti-Bending Revolution, while Book 2 is expected to cover an unspecified plot dealing with Spirits.

If Nickelodeon Executives allowed Mike and Bryan to work with 2 Books in the first place (like they should have), Books 1 and 2 would’ve most likely been connected. This would have made Book 1 feel less crammed since many of its plot elements would have been carried over into the next Book.

But even though Nickelodeon undoubtedly made a big mistake by ordering these Books separately, they seemed to have redeemed themselves when they ordered Book 3 and 4 together.

Mike and Bryan wrote Books 1 and 2 as solo Books because they could never assume that they’d get the opportunity to continue a single plot throughout several Books. Now that Nickelodeon finally decided to give them 2 Books to work on at once, Mike and Bryan will have the opportunity to create a plot that covers two Books rather than one.

This opens up a lot of new opportunities for Mike and Bryan simply because they’ll have full creative freedom when it comes to writing the last 2 Books.

Giving Mike and Bryan more creative freedom during the course of Books 3 and 4 will undoubtedly make expectations high. But past history has shown that expectations generally tend to be broken.

  • korosh

    It looks like Korra is going to deal with a different villain or challenge in each season like "24". Some plots are going to continue through the rest of the seasons .http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/03/08/the-last-airbender-legend-of-korra-the-creators-speak/

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Yep, but this only applies to Book 1 and 2 because Books 3 and 4 hadn't been announced by the date this interview was published.

      • tim

        hello i said this in the last article :P and yeah it took 2 year to put book 1 onto tv, so don't expect a fast release for book 3 or 4

      • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

        You're right, Books 3 and 4 could take a little longer if more time is spent on plot development.

  • X

    Ugh! if only nickelodeon gave them more episodes in the first place! then Amon maybe could have stuck around longer or at least help form the next plot a little more!

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Yeah, I'm really disappointing in Nickelodeon. Did they really expect The Legend of Korra to be a disappointment? It just shows their lack of trust in Mike and Bryan. Dumb move by them.

      • tim

        now this is the main point, was it nick only wanted 12 episode or mike and bryan? because from all the interview they stated they wanted a mini series(more condense and fast pace with less filler) but if that the case we can blame them for the bad finale in korra 1. But if they only saying that to cover for the nick people not trusting in korra for 20 eps then we know that nick is a bad company :P

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

          If Mike and Bryan wanted a mini series only, Nick wouldn't have ordered 3 more books. I looks to be Nicks fault.

      • tim

        well the point is did they want a mini series or was nick to cheap and afraid korra wasn't going to be good? but hey korra became on of it most popular show, so it getting two more season isn't supirsing :P

      • X

        by worrying it would be a disappointment they MADE it a disappointment!!! why are people like this!? WHY?!

      • X

        and nickelodeon wonders why they lost 20% of its viewers…

  • Ult11

    I think you should keep in mind that TV series aren't always carried by the popularity of their predecessors. Yes. ATLA was incredibly popular, but Korra was a whole new series, with an almost entirely new set of characters. Looking at it from Nick's perspective, many people might not have liked the idea of a new show, and would have preferred the continuation of ATLA (which Mike and Bryan didn't want to do). Sometimes a spin-off series can spark the outrage of old fans, creating the potential that a new/spin-off series could be a flop, and so Nick probably wanted to test the waters with the first season. Imagine if the first season hadn't worked out and Nick already had ordered 3 more seasons? That's a pretty big risk.

    Sometimes, when a show is successful, it's best to just leave it as it is and not try to keep making more and more of it. I think a good example of this is the Pokemon anime. That was unbelievably popular when I was a kid, EVERYONE in school watched it and talked about it every day. Did you know that the show is still going? Yeah, the producers kept making new season after new season, and it's become somewhat stale. It doesn't have the popularity it once did. I think this is why Mike and Bryan decided to give ATLA a set end, no more new seasons after Book 3.

    Turns out though, that the writers did a great job with LOK. They really were able to please both ATLA fans and draw in new fans altogether. That gave Nick the confidence to order more of it. Plus, I recall Mike and Bryan saying that they always "allowed for the possibly" to continue the story, so perhaps the books 2-4 will be more connected than people think.

    • tim

      book 2 was close to finish before a season 3 and 4 was announced. so chance are they won't be closely related. And i do know that a chance of a new show getting popular is very low, thus a mini series might had been given to the writer for season 1. and yes i know pokemon is still going on, i don't live under a rock.

      • Ult11

        Don't think you have to live under a rock to not be aware of it. A bunch of my friends (we all watched it) have asked me, – what ever happened to Pokemon? They seemed genuinely surprised that it's still going on.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Good argument. Personally, I expected LoK to be up with par with ATLA so I was somewhat surprised when Nick limited Mike and Bryan. But I can see why Nick would limit them just because fans may not be as satisfied with a completely new series.

      • Ult11

        One other thing I've noticed is that Mike and Bryan themselves seemed much more open to having fewer episodes. This wasn't just Nick's doing. They said they preferred having a short first season, it allowed them to get more directly involved in writing each episode and allowed it to be more "fast paced" and they could get rid of some of the fluff.

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

          That's true, but that doesn't mean they were necessarily all for having individual plots for each Book. That was the main issue.

      • X

        i am both excited and terrified to see were this series is going , over all i am happy that this sequel happened, but half the audience is complaining about how it got "messed up" they might not watch next season just because of the first few episodes, a lot of the criticism Korra is getting seems kind of unfair or just doesn't make sense. Also how it ended with Amon and Tarrlok i could not believe they went down that road, one part of me is thinking "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH please never do that again!!!" the other is saying " yeah let's see more messed up stuff like that next season!!!"

    • tom

      well the fuff was what made atla great, korra on the other hand has lousy plot hole and easy ending. The enemy is a bender and that the solution, the bad guy lied. mako a cheater get to date two hot girls. it show how bad the two creator are at writing a whole season. in atla there was a bunch of writer, TOPH was created by the head writer, the creator didn't even like that idea, and TOPH is now one of the most favoite character in atla.

      • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

        That's interesting. I didn't know that bit about Toph.

      • X

        no, Bryan came up with Toph not the head writer, i have the art book to prove this

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      well.. you do have to consider the fact that now you are not in school anymore. Perhaps pokemon still have a large fan base on kids in school.

      I mean, they wouldn’t keep on making it if it wasn’t popular..

      But still I agree with you about the way Nick choose to carry it..

      PS: sorry for bringing this post back up from one year ago :P

  • TheMorry

    Good news :) Its understandable that the first book was a tryout to see if people liked it. I love Korra alot, i think she is awesome written. Also i hope they fill the gap between ATLA and Korra they should make like small specials (aside of the comic books).

  • Erde Kaiser

    yeah i understand that they wanted to know if people liked it but sincerly , avatar aang was the best CARTOON EVER !!! and then a new story come to life and that was KORRA ! ! ! ! NO DOUBT IT WOULD BE A NUKE BOMB EXPLOSION REACTION ! ! ! ! BECAUSE IT IS ACTUALLY THE BEST CARTOON EVER ! ! ! !

    – Sincerly , an anime fan

  • stefanos

    i beleve korra has been a better develop so far, in this siries its not only about bending and stuff. it talks deeper about the avatar and and his history.

  • Brian

    I believe that Lok books 3 and 4 will have something to do with the reconnection of Korra to her previous avatars! I feel that if they continued with the idea of the avatar line ending and starting with her would completely get rid of Aang’s character from the series. I think that if they did that they would upset some ATLA fans and lose some fan base! What are some of your thoughts on this?

    • Dylan

      Great point there….I think they did that so that they have some material to work on just like korra and mako ending their relation!! I mean seriously, making the link to the past lives just disappear completely would be dumb and that would kind of take a part of what makes the avatar him or her!! Sure a lot of fans would be mad IF the link to the past lives don’t ”return”! BESIDES…Korra is great yeah BUT AANG IS STILL THE GREATEST AVATAR!! :p

    • Killian Rosta

      its far more likely that it will be about the evil spirit coming back to life and trying to destroy the world. remember darkness cannot be destroyed just as much as light cannot be destroyed

  • Benedikte Pedersen

    At first I didn’t like korra at all, thought it had easy endings and story compared to ATLA. But luckily they managed to save them self in with there little “twist” of storytelling. Making it ekstra interesting in season 2 with all the back flashes. But, I still think ATLA is way better – maby because the creators had an Idea from the very beginning on how it all would end up. Now I am veeeeeery curious to find out what’s next. In ATLA you was almost always prepared that they would get the bad guy in the end. But after ending of season 2 in Korra, i’m super exited to see the story line of the two to come. Please keep making these awsome series of yours and blow my mind! As you’ve always done.

    I freakin’ love avatar. The personalities in this serie and the emoiton and …blargh can’t tell it with words. IT’S AMAZING <3

  • bluebear

    i can’t wait for book 3 what is happen to korra going to do now?

  • Amacey

    I think that since they have 3 and 4 connected there will be more fun and random moments just like aangs and the best part more time for <3 relationships <3 I think korra will find a waayyyyy more better looking person than mako :P

  • Physical/spiritual world ?

    Spoiler (don’t read if you haven’t finished watching book 2)

    The thing that seems odd is that since spirits can roam into the physical world, then couldn’t people (especially past bad guys) come back and cause problems? We see Iroh and Zhao the Conqueror! aka Zhao the Moon Slayer in the spirit world soooooo they could come back. I know Iroh is a good guy but I’m saying dead people could come back. For all we know, maybe Unalaq and/or Amon could come back?

    Couldn’t they cross into the physical world sooooo basicially people could be immortal in a sense?

  • Alex

    i bet the face stealer will be in these books and play a big part in them

  • Ifor

    I THINK in book 3/4 there will reborn a new DARK AVATAR because vaatu and unalaq died the same way wan and rava died, with the gold dust flying into the sky. Also korra will most likely regain her connection with the past avatars since it happend to aang once too and he regained the connection aswell.

    • Avatarforlife

      I think that there won’t be a dark avatar because the dark avatar would have to get the four bending abilities from the four giant lion turtles right?

  • ericyou93@hotmail.com

    well i did see the last episode of book 3 well then i think book four will be next sometime in the future i think the book four will have a new villain possibly another member of the red lotus or someone who could be similar to fire lord Ozai the phoenix king or some kind of new female villain like ty lee, mai, and others. could see Toph Bei Fong returning and some other old characters from past seasons.

  • anastasia

    how korra walking?