[Editors Note:] Before I get into the post, I just wanted to say I decided to change my profile name from my alias, AdminAvatar, to my real name, Keval. If you ever want to mention me in the comment section, you can refer to me as Keval or, if you REALLY want to, AdminAvatar.
When Comic-Con rolled around last year during the summer, we were given many different screen shots of Book 2. One of my favorite screen shots had to be the narrow image of the Southern Air Temple. It had the look of mystery and took me back to the many classic moments of The Last Airbender.
Mike and Bryan have already mentioned that approximately half of Book 2 will be in Republic City and the rest would be set throughout the rest of the Avatar world. This image pretty much confirms that the Southern Air Temple will be one of the many settings of Book 2, but the question of why Team Avatar would even journey to the Air Temple still remains.
Why would Korra and the rest of Team Avatar even spend their time at the Southern Air Temple? Aang often visited the Air Temples since it was his first home, but Korra has almost no connection to any of the Air Temples in her current life time.
It’s important to understand that even though Korra may not be connected to the Air Temples, they still serve an important purpose to her as the Avatar.
In fact, even though Aang was not connected to the Fire Temples, they still served a purpose for him as the Avatar as well. Avatar Aang had a mentor in Avatar Roku when he was attempting to master all four elements. Contacting Roku was always a challenge for Aang in the beginning, and at one point in the series, Aang came to an understanding that the only way he could contact him was through his statue in the Fire Temple.
I’ve been speculating for some time now that I believe Aang will play a similar mentor role for Korra in Book 2. Korra will likely struggle during the course of Book 2 mostly because the Book is about Spirits and Korra lacks almost all spirituality. Aang will likely play the role of Korra’s mentor and help her pick herself up when she’s down. But the issue is that Aang will not always be there for Korra. Korra will likely come to a point where she will need to contact Avatar Aang.
That’s where I think the Southern Air Temple will come into play.
Just as Aang contacted Avatar Roku through his statue in the Fire Temple, I think Korra will end up contacting Aang through his statue in the Southern Air Temple in Book 2. Maybe she’ll have to wait until the Solstice like Avatar Aang had to in The Last Airbender?
It’ll definitely be interesting to see how it all plays out. In the mean time, let me know your thoughts below. Please keep the conversation friendly.