Korra’s character throughout the course of Book 1 was very much the opposite of Aang’s character. She was very physical and warrior-like for the most part, and this was displayed by her aggressiveness and readiness to fight when necessary. But will Korra always be known as this brute-forced Avatar who’s known for her physicality?
Spoiler alert: No.
Characters change over the course of a series. Korra is no exception; her character will be much different in the end than it was in the beginning. Just look at any of the characters from The Last Airbender. All of them were developed into more dynamic characters and that was one of the reasons why The Last Airbender has been praised as such a great series.
Generally, the end result of a character is supposed to be a surprise. No one was supposed to know that Zuko would end up joining Team Avatar upon the conclusion of The Last Airbender. The same goes for the characters in The Legend of Korra. No one knows what type of character Mako, Bolin and Asami will develop into once Book 4 ends.
Korra’s end character development, on the other hand, sort of slipped out.
Mike DiMartino likes to drop some information about Avatar every now and then in his blog posts and his latest post sort of spoiled Korra’s end character development:
Same goes with Korra. Bryan and I knew we wanted to take Korra from brash warrior to a spiritual being over the course of her story, but we didn’t know if that would be one season or more. Unlike The Last Airbender, we wanted to make the seasons (or books) more standalone, with one main threat per book. However, we don’t just hit the reset button with each book. Everything Korra does and learns in one book definitely carries over to the next and ties into her overall spiritual path. It’s great to have multiple books to tell her story, as we can dig deeper into the spiritual side of the Avatar and the world.
What Mike is basically saying here is that the end result of Korra’s character will be a “spiritual being.” It is well known that Korra has mastered the physical side of being the Avatar, but her spiritual side needs work. The next three Books will show Korra’s journey as she tries to master the spiritual side of being the Avatar, and in the end, she’ll succeed.
She’ll end up being a Spiritual Being, a lot like Aang.
Please leave your thoughts about this in the comments below. Are you excited to see this new version of Korra in Book 4?