The Wall Street Journal released the second half of their interview with Mike & Bryan and it includes a few new Book 3 details along with a bit of Book 4 news as well. Mike was a bit hesitant to give out any more Book 3 news but he did confirm that the next season will include “a lot more Bumi.” In regards to Book 4, the writing is reportedly “pretty much” done meaning the storyline for The Legend of Korra is about to conclude. Of course, we won’t know how the series concludes for another two years.
The next bit of news we received didn’t pertain to any Book specifically, but rather the series in general. I think many of you will be ecstatic to know that Mike & Bryan understand that many people hate the romantic arcs they integrate into the show. More specifically, they know that many fans are “uninterested” in Korra’s love life.
Bryan stated that “[fans] get completely angry when we have fun with the teen romance stuff” and that he’s “going to leave it alone.”
So did the breakup between Mako and Korra signal the end of “teen romance stuff?”
Based on what Bryan said, it looks like the co-creators finally understand the agony fans have gone through with the love triangles and backstabbing. It takes away from the show’s storyline and creates a subplot that many people just don’t care about.
It ruined Mako’s character, it made Asami’s character virtually useless and it almost ruined Korra’s character which would have been detrimental to the show.
My take on this is that Team Avatar should remain friends up until maybe the end – just like The Last Airbender. That way, there’s no interference during the plot and everyone can live happily-ever-after in the end.
If Book 3 drops the teenage romantic arcs, the series will finally reach its full potential.
The last bit of news we received pertains to life after ‘Korra’.
Bryan states, “We definitely don’t have another series planned, but I think this universe that we cracked open 11 years ago, I think it will always draw us back in, throughout the years, and I think it’s still an inspiring place for us to create and we have various other ideas, but we’re really busy just trying to get these episodes done and we’re not actively trying to figure out the next step in this world yet.”
Clearly the co-creators don’t have anything planned for life after ‘Korra’ but they’re not necessarily saying they’ll be done with the Avatar universe once ‘Korra’ concludes. The universe always tends to draw them back in and I wouldn’t be surprised if it draws them back in a third time.
Hopefully if they do create another series, they’ll explore another Avatar before Aang’s time rather than a future Avatar after Korra’s time. That’s just my opinion on that matter.