Despite being the daughter of Toph, Lin Beifong didn’t come off as very likable in the beginning of The Legend of Korra. She came off as extremely rude from from the start, but quickly began to change for the better towards the end of the Book.
One action that I found to be admirable from Lin was when she resigned from being the Chief of Police in order to take actions that the law wouldn’t have permitted.
She became the vigilante of Republic City that Batman was to Gotham City. She’s not the type of character who would lurk in the shadows and throw Batarangs at her enemies, but she was someone who would undoubtedly protect her city as well as what she believed in.
For that reason alone, Lin Beifong went from a character who was rude and unlikable to a character who could truly be admired. As a result, she started to become a fan favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t expect to see much of Lin in Book 2 of The Legend of Korra.
As we all should know, Book 2 of The Legend of Korra will not be as focused in Republic City. In fact, Mike and Bryan have already mentioned that about half of the book will be outside of Republic City. Provided that Lin Beifong does stay true to her role as the vigilante of Republic City, I don’t see her packing up her belongings and traveling along with Team Avatar. I see her staying in Republic City to ensure that order remains stable.
For the longest time, Lin Beifong was the Chief Officer of Republic City. She resigned from her duties in order to save the very men that helped her protect the city. It’s almost unimaginable to think that Lin would simply pack up and leave the very city she has protected for years.
There is no doubt that Lin Beifong will have some sort of role in Book 2 of The Legend of Korra, but based on my thought process thus far, it seems that her role will be limited to the time that Korra and gang stay in Republic City.