One of the most unexpected moments of the Book 2 trailer was the scene that depicted Korra and Jinora entering the Spirit World together. As fans, we’re not all too familiar with characters besides the Avatar entering the Spirit World. There have been whispers of a possible Spirit World journey involving Uncle Iroh, and we saw Sokka enter the Spirit World too. But we were never completely exposed to the journey an outsider would take. It’ll certainly be interesting to see that perspective with Jinora this season, but why is she journeying into the Spirit World in the first place?
The trailer didn’t unveil any kind of reasoning for this plot twist, but it did drop a hint that uncovers a few possibilities. At one point in the trailer, Jinora can be seen entering Wan Shi Tong’s library on the back of some sort of bug-like spirit. Based on that, one could assume that Jinora was brought into the Spirit World to accompany Korra in her journey to the spirit library.
My theory from the very beginning was that Korra would enter the Spirit World to learn more about Spirits. I even added in the fact that she could visit Wan Shi Tong’s library to use the knowledge within for her research. But why would she want to bring Jinora into the library with her?
After analyzing Jinora’s character, I came to the conclusion that she probably went to the spirit library with Korra in order to aid her on her search for knowledge. That may have seemed fairly obvious, but why did Korra pick Jinora specifically for this task? One of the main characteristics of Jinora is that she’s a bookworm. She enjoys reading, especially historical related books. There’s no other character better suited to aid Korra when her journey revolves around the idea of literature and knowledge. Jinora could actually prove to be very useful in this type of situation.
It’s also important to acknowledge the strong bond Jinora and Korra have as a possible reason for the two entering the Spirit World together.
Jinora, the mature child out of the bunch, has always had a connection with Korra. Jinora helped convince Tenzin to let Korra stay on Air Temple Island in the series premiere. She was also the one Korra confided in for dating tips when she contemplated pursuing Mako. The relationship between the two is evident, and it may have played a key role in the deciding whether of not Jinora would accompany Korra on her journey to the Spirit World.
Another reason why I believe Jinora enters the Spirit World with Korra is because Korra needs Jinora. She may not need her in terms of physicality, but in terms of mental stability, Korra needs Jinora more than ever. As you probably recall, those who enter the Spirit World lose their ability to bend. Bending is a key trait that defines Korra’s aggressive personality. When she lost her ability to bend (for the most part) at the end of Book 1, she was lost.
When Korra loses her ability to bend in the Spirit World, you could probably expect a similar feeling of helplessness from her. It won’t be as emotional since it’s only temporary, but I can’t imagine Korra fairing too well without her ability to bend – especially considering her aggressive nature. Jinora’s maturity and calmness could play a key role in keeping Korra in check. She could act as a crutch for Korra to lean on as she adjusts to the constraints of the Spirit World
The one thing that bothers me about this whole situation is how Jinora convinced her father, Tenzin, to let her venture out into the Spirit World in the first place. It’s certainly no journey meant for a child, and it’s hard to imagine Tenzin allowing his daughter to get involved in such a dangerous situation. So how did Jinora manage to get permission?
My guess is that she didn’t. She probably entered the Spirit World without her father’s permission. Or maybe Tenzin accepted the fact that his daughter is capable of such a journey? After all, she did help to fend off the Equalist when they invaded Air Temple Island. Keep in mind she also helped to save Lin Beifong in the process.
On the surface, allowing Jinora to venture into the Spirit World may seem unwise, but it might have been necessary. For the purpose of visiting Wan Shi Tong’s library, Jinora’s knowledge of literature and history may prove to be a valuable asset. Jinora’s bond with Korra may have also had in influence on the decision. Korra may even need Jinora as she enters unfamiliar territory and loses her ability to bend.
Those are the reasons why I think Jinora was brought into the Spirit World with Korra. What are your thoughts? Why do you think Jinora enter the Spirit World with Korra?