Bryan Konietzko Talks Book 3 Plot, Changes in Republic City & Avatar World

While the Legend of Korra Book 2 DVD has yet to hit shelves, fans still have the option to purchase the entire season on iTunes. The $34.99 purchase will include all 14 episodes along with a multitude of behind-the-scenes clips. One of the clips, titled ‘Inside the Book of Spirits’, gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at Book 2’s creative process. As enlightening as it was to get insight on the aspects of production, the clip got far more interesting when Bryan Konietzko began to discuss the aftermath of Book 2 – or in other words – Book 3.

“A lot changed at the end of book 2 that sets the stage for Book 3. Korra decided to leave the Spirit Portals open for the first time in 10,000 years, so that means spirits can more easily flow into the physical world and humans, if they choose, can physically enter the Spirit World. And you can travel from the North Pole to the South Pole in a matter of a minute.”

When Korra kept the two Spirit Portals open at the end of Book 2, I was a bit baffled by the decision. It was dangerous and – quite frankly – inconsiderate to those who have to live with the changes. But after hearing Bryan talk about the decision, it seems as though its negative repercussions will play a part in creating a basis for Book 3’s plot.

As the clip continued, Bryan continued to expand on that thought and it left us with some fascinating insight on Book 3:

“Harmonic convergence was a major event where this crazy spirit energy; we saw it wash over the entire globe and pass through everything and every person, so, it remains to be seen what effects that had on people and the world. There was quite a bit of destruction from the crazy battle between giant spirit Korra and Unavaatu, and Unavaatu did this thing where he caused all these spirit vines to grow, so now there’s this thing where we have this giant metropolis but there’s these crazy jungle vines growing over huge sections of it where these spirit wilds like from Wan’s time have kind of cropped up throughout the city. And now there’s going to be spirits hanging out in those, and so a lot has changed, and it’s only a few weeks later.”

While Korra’s decision to leave the Spirit Portals open will certainly have some sort of impact on the new season, it looks as though the battle between Korra and Unavaatu will have much more serious repercussions.

I’m assuming the ‘giant metropolis’ Bryan refers to is Republic City which would mean that the city will be home to many Spirit Wilds in Book 3 – and apparently jungle vines, too. As Bryan mentioned, these Spirit Wilds will contain Spirits so it’s safe to assume that Republic City will be home to both humans and Spirits in Book 3.

I think we’re all starting to get a good feel for what Mike and Bryan really meant when they said each Book would be separate. While there is no continuity in terms of the villain, many of the plot arcs have certainly made its way from Book 2 to Book 3.

While the story lines may be different, they’re still connected. Book 2 set up a problem that Book 3 will look to resolve.

What are your thoughts on the current direction of Book 3?

[Editors Note:] I’ve received many e-mail/comments over the past several weeks asking why my posting has been down as of late. No – it’s not because Book 2 ended; I have plenty of content to push out over the next few months. I simply haven’t had the time due to the end-of-the-semester workload (finals, essays, projects etc.). Fortunately, the semester is now over so you can look forward to more frequent posts.

Thanks for reading, and I hope I can make this offseason as enjoyable as possible.

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  • Wyatt

    I’m very excited to see what other effects the spirits and Unavaatu’s aftermath have left for Republic City. While I truly hope to see more traveling in Book 3 (Book 2 was sort of the beginning of traveling it seemed), I’m now far more interested in Republic City as a setting. As for the effects of Harmonic Convergence, I wonder if that purple wave will amplify peoples bending of something crazy like that. Thoughts anyone?

    • Ace

      Logistically, I don’t think people’s bending will be amplified because think about how much worse life would become if benders became stronger, especially for the nonbenders (no, I not an Equalist). Of course, that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t, I just feel like if it did then the world might fall into chaos, and Korra already has enough on her hands trying to help Spirits and humans get along, never mind she also has to salvage her relationship with Mako some way or another sometime in Book 3 and so that’s going to take a whole episode.

      Anyways, I’m just saying I don’t think the wave will do anything; likely it will be forgotten about or ignored as just “spiritual mumbo jumbo” so that the plot can be focused upon. But I have no clue so who knows.

      • Fox

        I doubt Bryke would have mentioned the wave though if it wasn’t important in some way.

        • Ace

          Yeah, I just don’t think it will enhance their bending powers, because that could get a little out of hand, but I wouldn’t know and so who knows what it will do.

          • Fox

            I wonder, since it was a wave from the spirit of darkness and chaos, if people will be more inclined to do wrong? That’d be crazy having to deal with that…

          • Ace

            It’s possible. I don’t want to make any assumptions because I’ll probably be wrong, but your logic does make sense so it could happen.

          • Eliminator

            I dont think, that the purple wave has any effect on humans. It wasn’t a wave of Vaatu’s darkness (he was not free, when the wave extended), it just showed the appearance of Harmonic Convergence in the physical world.

          • Ace

            Same thing I said to Scott: I thought the same thing, but the person who commented above said Bryke mentioned it. I don’t absolutely think that means it is important, but anything is possible. However, I see your point of view because that is the same as mine; I don’t really think the wave will do anything of any importance in Season 3. Who knows?

          • Eliminator

            Yes, Bryan mentioned something, which Keval also posted:
            “Harmonic convergence was a major event where this crazy spirit energy, we saw it wash over the entire globe and pass through everything and every person, so, it remains to be seen what effects that had on people and the world.”

            I dunno, I dont think, we can predict anything right, Bryan and Mike will probably surprise us.

          • Ace

            It may do nothing; he didn’t say it would have an effect, he just say it remained to be seen. However, that fact that he mentioned it points to it possibly having an effect on the populous, but as to what that may be I am not really sure.

          • Scott Sandler

            I thought the purple wave was the darkness Vaatu began encasing the world with. It likely dissipated upon his retreat-defeat

          • Ace

            I was of a similar mindset, but the person who commented above (Fox) said that Bryke mentioned it at one point so it may be more important than just a random spiritual energy wave.We will see.

  • ajames123

    I guess this is how book 3 will be, a little fanfiction by me, http://ajames1234.tumblr.com/post/69688838801/korra-book-3-change-fan-fiction-part-1

    • Loklover

      Wow… that’s believable! And what you said could very well happen! (: Nice fanfic btw!

    • Eliminator

      A bit sad, that you excluded the romance between Mako, Korra and Asami. It just seems out of character if Korra can talk to Mako like normal after their break up, and it’s also strange, that Korra speaks to Asami like they were friends… Asami definitely has not acted like a friend in the past episodes, she did not deserve that kindness of Korra.
      Apart from that, good work. I hope you continue it.

  • ajames123

    A Battle between Spirits and Humans is possible in korra book 3

    • Sibis

      Of course as the whole negative emotion could still influence them to become dark spirits. Unless this was changed by the Convergence.

      • Eliminator

        I don’t think, there will be many dark spirits, since the source of darkness (Vaatu) is defeated. I guess, the humans, and especially Korra just have to deal with the behavior of the Spirits.

  • Ace

    While I do like Republic City, I feel like I’ve seen more than enough of it. I really want to see the rest of the world in Korra’s time; the only thing that might change my mind is if Tenzin’s family gets no airtime if Team Avatar goes to the Earth Kingdom because that just can’t happen; that’s my favorite Avatar family. Better than Zuko’s, Katara’s, Toph’s (shocker), Aang’s monk family, Korra’s family, Mako and Bolin, and Asami and Hiroshi, and all of the minor character’s families. Basically they are the only good family (a case could be made for Katara’s) and they need to stay in the show. That is all I want.

    • Loklover

      Wow! I haven’t seen you post in a while!

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Welcome back, Ace. I agree. We need to see more of the outside Avatar World.

    • Loklover

      Agreed! I’m not into the modernness of Republic city. That’s why I loved the Air Temples! You know… with all the ancient statues and etc

    • Eliminator

      Welcome back Ace! I remember you with a profile picture of Unalaq, which I liked more :p
      Sorry to say, but I hate Asami!
      Anyway, hope you are active again and join the forum when it opens.

      • Loklover

        Haha me too. Asami is just plain annoying every time I see her. Not trying to be a jerk, Ace.

      • Ace

        Thanks and it’s fine; I just don’t like Unalaq anymore. I’ve always thought of Asami as a very personable character and I also hear about how everyone hates her so that’s why I took her in as my avatar. I’ll try to be more active now that I have time; midterms are done (thank God, even though I probably failed them all) and so I will have a lot of free time during Christmas.

        • Loklover

          Wait, are you a girl or a guy? Cuz when ur avatar was Unalaq, I thought u were a guy. But now that ur avatar is Asami I think that ur a girl. Hahaha

          • Ace

            I’m a guy, sorry for confusing you. If my avatar changes again just remember it has nothing to do with anything about me. I just like changing avatars at times.

          • Eliminator

            Yeah, I wasn’t sure either. Anyway, it seems like there are more guys on this blog, yay.

          • Loklover

            Are you a girl or guy? Becuz ur comment can go either way…. haha

          • Eliminator

            I am a guy LOL. I am just relieved, that Im not the only guy on this blog.

    • Hydrasaur

      I agree, I want to see the rest of the world. we know that Katara and Sokka’s tiny village grew, with the help of the northern water tribe, into I giant metropolis possibly rivaling republic city, or even Ba Sing Se itself. we also saw republic city. however, I want to see more of the world. for example, Ba Sing Se. what has become of it since the hundred year war? or the fire nation? or the northern water tribe?

  • CRAAAMMMMMM

    I know right. I have my Chemistry AND Physics final tomorrow. I don’t think I’m going to sleep tonight.

    • Loklover

      Me too! I have an AP Psychology and APES(AP environmental science) test on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday… ): imma mess right now. But I always find time to comment on Kevals posts. Haha

      • Eliminator

        You want to know, when I have my finals? Probably when book 3 starts! -.-
        So I will stay very active here on the blogs comment section and on the forum in the offseason. I hope, you do, too. I really enjoy your comments, and hope you will also join the forum Keval is creating!

        • Loklover

          Aww! Thanks! :D And I will definitely stay active in the comment section!

          Ps- I really enjoy your comments too…. (:

  • Sibis

    Book 3 has to delve into the debate of the Avatar’s reaching power and include the Avatar’s bad history.

    Paint the Avatar as more of a grey.

    • Eliminator

      I have to ask you a honest question. Where does the whole hate against the Avatar / Korra come from? You seem to always want to show the bad side of the avatar. I mean, you wanted Raiko to punish Korra for opening the portals, What the hell is wrong? Korra has always fight for peace and balance, and she is a very selfless person as well. Most fans admire / love her character. So why don’t you, too?

      • Eliminator

        Sibis said:
        It’s not hate, this is accountability. Korra is still rash and reckless. She’s doing a major gamble going against what Wan decided on and is putting both sides on the spot for her belief to force coexistence. Then she goes on to remove herself from the process to sit back and watch it unfold.

        She made the decision on the spot without the population and representatives of both sides having a say in the matter. That was a very selfish decision itself.”
        —–
        Does Korra benefit from opening the portals? No, that’s why it is not selfish. Also, every avatar follows his own path. She wanted to do the same things like Wan (and the past avatars –>she admired Aang in book 1) did, but she realized, that that is not always the RIGHT way. Korra said: “I’ve realized that even though we should learn from those who came before us, we must also forge our own path. So that is why I’ve decided to keep the portals open.”
        And where does she state, that she will sit down and watch people try to live together??? This, Korra teaching humans and spirits living together, is exactly, what we will see in book 3.

        • Sibis

          Of course it was selfish. She believes the decision that influences the lives of many was solely hers to make. All because she is the only one able to open and close the portals.

          Korra’s belief of coexistence is imposing on everyone else a new burden. She can close and open the portals freely. There is no reason why she couldn’t just wait until both sides are prepared.

          “I will no longer be the bridge. Humans and spirits must learn to live together.”

          Korra will not be everywhere to deal with every incident between humans and spirits. So all she will mostly do is sit back and watch it unfold.

          • Sibis

            The Civil War mini arc showed, Korra sucks at diplomacy. She couldn’t get the SWT to work it out with the NWT and ran home crying.

            Several SWT hated Korra for doing that.

            Same thing will happen from people who won’t accept the forced coexistence with the Spirits.

          • Eliminator

            Whatever. In my opinion, Korra did the right thing. Of course not everybody can agree. It depends, how we see Korra, and how we can compare her character to ourself. Since I share similar characteristics as Korra, I mostly understand her.

          • Sibis

            It would be different if she took time to have a plan at least.

            Korra is just going to go at it head first. There will be those that push back. She has her breaking point like in the Civil War when it all becomes too much for her or things aren’t going her way. She just won’t have the excuse to blame others if any of it goes bad.

  • Loklover

    I wonder how things will be between Mako, Korra, and Asami

    • Sibis

      Korra: Hey Asami. Good news, if you want to get back together with Mako. He is free now.
      Asami: So…
      Korra: We’re over.

      Asami: For your missing information, I got back together with Mako after you were gone from Republic City.

      Korra: What?!
      Asami: Apparently, Mako likes to leave out certain things. So till the very end, he was still lying to you.
      Korra: Then, I’m glad I dumped him. I can’t hold it against you, Asami. Since I started this whole thing more then 6 months ago.
      Asami: I can’t stand that my father was right about Mako. He actually said I should have been dating Bolin.

      Korra: Funny. My dad was the same way. “If you date a Fire Bender you’ll get burned,” is what he said. Then he goes on about how much he likes Bolin.
      Asami: What are we doing?
      Korra: I know.
      *Both sigh.*

      • Loklover

        Hahaha XD I liked the “if you date a firebender you’ll get burned” part.

      • Kyle Edgecomb

        This needs to be animated lol

      • Eliminator

        Oh no, no no no! Never Bolin, seriously.

    • Eliminator

      Yeah, besides Korra’s development and the action, romance is also very important to me. So yes, Im very interested in that, too.

  • MG

    “I simply haven’t had the time due to the end-of-the-semester workload (finals, essays, projects etc.). Fortunately, the semester is now over so you can look forward to more frequent posts.”

    Hope you’re coping well and pass with flying colours. After all, your studies and future comes first.

    Personally, I think Wan was reluctant to bring ALL the spirits back into the Spirit World. He needed to close the portals to prevent anyone from entering the realm and free Vaatu. Nor could he simply close the portals as that would pretty much anger the spirits.
    Banishing all the spirits back into their realm was his last resort as throughout his travels, he respected and gained the respect of the spirits. He even urged his former villages to not destroy the forests as that would anger the spirits.

    Now that 10,000 years have passed and Vaatu defeated, there’s really no point in closing the portals. Vaatu would eventually emerge from one of the Avatars, faster if he/she commits evil. But Korra didn’t really consider the effect of 10,000 years of isolation. Both realms have developed differently. Humans have modernized and only a few have spiritual connections to be able to communicate with the spirits. There would definitely be some form of clashes between humans and spirits like what happens in “Princess Mononoke” (I’m expecting some parallel plot in Book 3, and I highly recommend this story). I’m sure people with high spirituality would be the mediators to calm down the two factions. People like Jinora, and maybe the female fire sage.

    The Avatar’s role of being the bridge would be redundant and reduced with the help of these “mediators”, but Korra’s role as the Avatar would still be to guide the world toward peace and balance, between the human races, the human race, and spirits.

    • Eliminator

      I couldn’t say it better.

  • Sibis

    Raiko: Avatar Korra, you have to do something about these vines left over from your battle.
    Korra: You’re the President, figure it out yourself.

    Mako: Korra, the spirits have been kidnapping people around Republic City. I need your help to stop them.
    Korra: You’re the detective, figure it out yourself.

    Bolin: Korra, I’m looking in to moving forward with my life. What should I do?
    Korra: You’re the actor, figure it out yourself.

    Asami: Korra. Varrick still controls my company. I need help.
    Korra: You’re the um… figure it out yourself.

    Tonraq: Korra, did you draw on the walls again?
    Korra: You’re the dad, figure it out yourself.

    Bumi: Hey Korra, I was thinking of going shirtless for a while. What do you think?
    Korra: You’re the man, figure it out yourself.

    Iroh: Korra. I have these feeling swelling up inside and I don’t know how to deal with…

    Korra: *Puts a finger on Iroh’s lips.* You’re the lover, figure it out yourself.

    • ajames123

      first three are the best

    • Eliminator

      UHRGGGG! Korra x Iroh sucks!

    • Loklover

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha
      Asami: Korra, Varrick still has my company. I need your help.
      Korra: You’re the um….. figure it out yourself.
      Best part!!

      And I’m only going to ship Korroh if Makorra doesn’t work out.

      • Eliminator

        I will never ship anything else than Makorra. Also I think, Iroh is too old (from his look probably 25 years old) for Korra.

        • razorstar90

          Age aint nothing but a number. Besides Korra’s 18. Korra and Iroh 2.0 all the way

          • Eliminator

            Age is an important aspect for me. Maybe not for some people, but yeah, Iroh/Korra is awkward to me.

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  • Aaliah Ullah

    Nothing to do with the blog. Vaatu is still in existence. So yeah.