Legend of Korra Book 2: Episode 10 ‘A New Spiritual Age’ Review

Haven’t gotten your seasonal fix of spirits yet? If so, The Legend of Korra’s newest installment “A New Spiritual Age” is the episode for you, as it follows Korra and Jinora through the depths of the Spirit World in what is one of the best episodes of Book 2 so far. Just after last week’s episode, I became much more invested in the spiritual side of the story than the Republic city side, and even criticized the disjointedness of having two unequally successful stories run side-by-side this season.

“A New Spiritual Age” abandons any subplots, save for a minute or two with Tenzin and his siblings, and just gives fans what they were promised in the offseason: spirits. That’s not to say this week’s installment didn’t have a few aces up its plot-dense sleeves.

One of those aces, the most powerful and nostalgic, is the return of Iroh. Yes, he’s back and he’s serving tea in the Spirit World, which is plainly fantastic because, as we’ve learned from the original series, with tea comes wisdom, and there’s plenty here. I hadn’t realized how much I missed the old guy’s lengthy expositions until he began talking to baby-Korra. That’s right, Korra has literally been returned to infancy.

This is the second most important ace, as it adds one of the most interesting dynamics of the season and further builds on Korra’s increasingly likable image. Korra has never been in such a vulnerable state, and as a viewer, it’s extremely easy to sympathize with her as she becomes less abrasive and learns to control her emotions. She is paralleled by a little dragon-bird which she is tasked with bringing home to its nest, another intelligent decision on behalf of the writer, Tim Hedrick.

Like the dragon-bird, Korra grows in maturity, and eventually, physically ages back to her regular self. The dragon-bird, likewise, evolves into a much larger golden version of itself in what is one of the standout portions of the episode.

The third and final ace completes the hand with Wan Shi Tong’s library. Wan Shi Tong was one of my personal favorite spirits from Avatar: The Last Airbender, so Jinora’s adventure in the library is particularly enjoyable for me. We even get to see Professor Zei, who’s not in his best health at the moment, and the spirit foxes that act as informants to Wan Shi Tong. I had a good chuckle at the owl spirit’s idea of radio and how one of the foxes, apparently, misinformed him on the subject.

In a broader sense, the storytelling and writing this week are excellent, whether it be prominent in the character interaction or in conflict. Every sequence between Korra and Iroh, is especially great, and pairing the knowledgeable Jinora with Wan Shi Tong opens up to some wonderful interplay. It definitely lives up to the potential of Spirit World journeys and the incredible possibilities of Book 2′s latter half.

“A New Spiritual Age” also marks the return of Studio Mir for good (so long sub-par quality!). The animation is gorgeous, consisting of meticulous attention to detail and beautiful realization of design. Spirits move in unique ways and so do characters, most obviously when contrasting Iroh’s patient behavior and Korra’s quick, childlike mannerisms.

There is a short but sweet moment of animation when Korra apologizes to the spirits she upset, in which she is knelt down in her seat with her feet sticking out. I have seen children in this posture on numerous occasions and it is very realistic to have Korra do the same. To complement the episodes overall design, the background paintings are some of the best ever produced by Avatar and they do a superb job of giving the Spirit World a sense of vastness and beauty.

The episode also does something that I’ve missed greatly from the original series and that’s having the story almost entirely overrun the action. Episodes such as “The Storm” and “Zuko Alone” have small action scenes as part of their climax, but that’s it. “A New Spiritual Age” mimics the formula, treating Korra’s confrontation with Unalaq purely as an afterthought in comparison to everything else, and the episode is all the more immersive because of it. Not many animated shows can do that successfully.

The only gripe I can come up with for the episode is that some of the conflicts toward the end are retread, such as when Korra tells Unalaq that she can’t believe she trusted him (I’m pretty sure that was established six episodes ago) or when Vaatu reveals his motivations to spread darkness (again).

Needless to emphasize, there are a plethora of things to love about this episode, from the return of past characters, to the engaging dynamics, and vibrant animation. “A New Spiritual Age” is, to put it simply, a phenomenal episode that is only surpassed by “Beginnings Part 2″ for the title of season’s best.

It’s an easily determinable 9.5/10.

  • https://twitter.com/VishalMalla61 AvatarVishal

    To me this episode was a 10! How come it says Keval at he top instead of Wyatt? Usually Wyatt does the review posts.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      I forgot to change that name of the author to him. Its been fixed.

      Wyatt is the author of this review.

      • https://twitter.com/VishalMalla61 AvatarVishal

        That happens every time I see a review post. I see Keval than I reload the page and I’m like WHAT?!

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

          I always have to switch it AFTER I publish it because WordPress is stupid like that. This time I just forgot until you reminded me.

  • Kailee

    Such a great episode! Ugh now we have to go back to Mako, Asami, and Bolin ! :( Their side of the story is so boring……and I’m trying my hardest to like them but it’s just not happening. And this whole Masami stuff is stupid but hopefully itll get resolved soon!

    This whole spirit world journey was so incredible and I don’t want it to end!!

    • Joe

      definitely agree, I think the spirit world has been the highlight of Korra in general, and definitely the sub plot has been off par in this book. (I quite enjoyed it in book 1)

    • Katherine M.

      Eh, funny you should mention the Masami stuff. Those two frogs in the middle of the episode I think were meant to foreshadow Makorra. One frog had blue eyes and a female voice. The other frog had amber eyes and a male voice. They were recently married. Even their dialogue was conspicuously describing Mako and Korra’s relationship in Book 1.

      I think I like both plots equally in my honest opinion. I can’t say I don’t care about how the Republic City plot ends.

      • crystalline

        I actually I have to agree with you. I too noticed that the frogs from the tea party probably symbolize Korra and Mako. As soon as they said they were complete opposites but learned to love each other I immediately understood their purpose. I think both plots aren’t too bad, but one is better than the other.

      • Kailee

        Yea I thought about the frogs representing Mako and Korra too. It was heart warming. :D

      • Makorraaa<3

        So if those frogs foreshadow Mako and Korra…. does that mean they could possibly get married in a future season?Because if they do then I will be SOO HAPPY!! :D I love Makorra!!

        • Some guy

          How do you even like that relationship? Mako is one of the worst characters on the show (next to Unalaq)! In fact, do we even need relationships in this show?

          • Katherine M.

            Well that’s subjective. Mako has done some irresponsible things but I wouldn’t go as far as calling him one of the worst characters on the show.

          • Makorraaa<3

            Because ever since book 1 I’ve liked them together. And If Mako and Korra do end up together… I feel like this break up is just another bump in the road of their relationship. And I wouldn’t say that Mako is one of the worst characters…. I mean yea the kiss with Asami was a stupid move but every character has their flaws.

          • Name.

            There are still a few episodes that could change our minds about Mako. At least I hope so.

          • Aseedx

            Exactly. Korra deserves better than Mako. How can someone move on so quickly from the person they “love”. Quite frankly I would not forgive him and I would never take him back. I really liked her with Bolin before they just purely made him comic relief . It’s just so frustrating, Makorra makes no sense to me because it’s shallow .

    • Caleb Ahern

      But seeing a conclusion of another drama is like wrapping candy.
      Not all candy is equal. But its candy

  • Joe

    Gotta love Iroh! I still personally didn’t think it was as enthralling as both parts of Beginnings but definitely 3rd best, plus animation was superb again! But I wonder what’ll happen to Jinora? Northern/Southern portal here we come along with Bolin, Mako, Asami & Tenzin (hopefully Kya too!) who will all face off in order to rescue Jinora and defeat Unalaq/Vaatu – my guess. Who knows we may even get Eska & Desna. And do you think the difficult decision at the end could be that Vaatu fuses with Unalaq and the only way to get him out is to do that odd soul water bending that Unalaq did. This would obviously of course kill her uncle. Any thoughts?

    • crystalline

      Oh yeaaa. Soul bending…… Excellent theory, I’ll have to keep that in mind now.

      • ezilopi

        not really soul bending, but I think it;s pretty much the same thing Unalaq did when converting dark spirits into light, except it’s the opposite now.

        • crystalline

          Yea true. It’s something we have never seen before.

  • MG

    What makes Book 2 more phenomenal than Book 1 was the humongous number of plot twists. Book 1 has one main purpose: defeat Amon and the Equalists, without worsening the conflict between benders and non-benders.

    Book 2 has way much more purposes, as the plot thickens, you will realize that they are all inter-related. What started from restoring the South’s spiritual decay became a Civil War due to Unalaq’s hunger for power. What started from seeking aid to drive off the Northern invaders became Korra realizing her destiny which fits in a 10,000 year cycle. What went from undoing her actions in the first place became Unalaq’s plans coming to fruition: He duped Korra into opening the Southern portal at the guise of restoring balance, when what he wanted was to release Vaatu.

    But one question is: How exactly can Korra restore the South’s spiritual imbalance without opening the portal?

    • Some guy

      Now you see, I disagree on that. Season 1 had the much more interesting plot, while Season 2′s so far has been pretty mediocre.
      The problem with Season 1 is that certain aspects were not fleshed out enough, such as the actual conflict between Benders and Non-Benders. There were some glimpses of this prospect with the unfair treatment of the non-benders in the city (i.e. the forced curfew and unreasonable arrests), but it never truly developed beyond that.
      Season 2 has a similar problem, but is much more obvious and as a result suffers for it. It could have been better depicted with more moral ambiguity, but the writers opted to have a more black-and-white conflict, which is a pity.

      • Makorraaa<3

        I agree. In season 1 they wasted a lot of time….*cough*…*cough*….. Spirit of Competition. They needed to focus more on the conflicts between benders and non-bender, like you said.

        • crystalline

          I really did not like Pro-Bending AT ALL in Book 1. Im so glad they ditched that in this Book 2 because it was so uninteresting and took time away from the main plot.

          • Trent

            Me too. I didn’t like probending.

          • Wyatt

            I loved probending, though I do agree that it took time away from the main plot.

      • MG

        Agreed about the benders vs non-benders issue.
        The forced curfew and unreasonable arrests only occurred after the Equalist Insurgency. It is pretty much part and parcel of every nation after an insurgency by a specific group. Just look at real world societies after a surprise war or terrorist attack: people harbour suspicion and prejudice against people who belong to the same group as the attackers.

        Maybe there wasn’t really “oppression” against non-benders. It’s just that there were only benders in the Council (at Korra’s time), which made non-benders think the Council is out-of-touch with them. Or that triads were largely benders who bully non-benders.

    • crystalline

      I think both books are excellent in their own right. Sometimes I really cannot stand people comparing episodes and seasons of the avatar series as a whole. It isn’t completely fair to compare ATLA and LOK because both stories are completely different and unique in their own. The same is with the Books. Personally, some may find one book to be more interesting but at the end of the day they are both well executed in general, just some people have their own personal preferences. I really wish that people would stop saying LOK is bad compared to ATLA, and that book 2 or 1 is bad compared to the other. They are all unique and well thought out in their own ways.

      • MG

        I’m not really comparing between the 2 books. What I was referring to was the main plot itself. Book 1 has an awesome plot in my opinion, but the main plot has already been centralized to Amon. Book 2, on the other hand, has a number of twists in the main plot, viewers don’t know what to expect.

        Of course, Book 1 does have its own plot twist too. I never expected Hiroshi to be an Equalist, he was so nice to sponsor the Fire Ferrets. While Tarrlok intends to gain power over the Council, I never expected him to end up being oppressive to the non-benders, something which Amon has been talking about, and his bloodbending abilities were just unexpected. And Amon being Tarrlok’s brother was just unexpected. The two brothers were merely fulfilling their father’s ambitions to take over Republic City.

        Conclusion: Book 1 has major character plot twists, but stays focused on the main plot, save for Chapter 5. Book 2′s characters have few plot twists, save for Unalaq and Varrick, and the main plot was pretty much unexpectedly changed.

        Too quick to judge too, since we still have 4 more episodes. Look forward to them.

        • crystalline

          Yea I was mostly just saying in general. Ive noticed a lot of people comparing LOK to ATLA and Books 1 and 2 to each other and it had begun to get on my nerves. I only commented on yours because you were talking about Books 1 and 2.

          • Katherine M.

            I agree fully. Each book is great for completely different reasons. I certainly wouldn’t compare them just like I wouldn’t compare Korra to Aang or The Legend of Korra to The Last Airbender.

  • Some guy

    Seeing Iroh was great, and it didn’t feel quite as forced as General Iroh. However, I have been looking at comments around the internet, and I feel I need to say this:
    First of all, Korra is NOT a terrible character! Everyone says “oh, she is such a bitch,” and yes, while she did act out of hand, it was because of the pressure she was under with the growing tensions between the North and the South and how she was expected to solve the problem by herself.
    Second of all, I think Avatar The Last Airbender is having a negative effect on the opinions of the show. Countless people keep on saying, “why can’t Korra be like Aang?” Now, I get it, Aang was an enjoyable character. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original show, but if everyone is just going to complain how all of the characters are not Aang, then that kind of defeats the purpose of focusing on a new Avatar. If she was exactly like Aang, then what would be the point of having a new story with a unique character?
    Ok, that is all for that. That doesn’t mean I think this show is perfect, as there are several flaws (not compared to TLA!!) Mako is still an absolutely terrible character. He is either too stupid to see any conflict that is outside of his own well-being (with Varrick threatening to hurt Bolin and Asami if Mako doesn’t comply). Unalaq is also a terrible character. He is so one-sided of a character that the whole story is bogged down by his presence. I also have a problem with the fact that the show has pretty much abandoned the rising tensions between the Northern and Southern water tribes. Unless they are saving the actual war for the 3rd season (which I highly doubt), It is a shame that that prospect is pretty much gone. If the whole plot devolves into “stop the blatantly evil bad guy from making the world more shadowy,” then I would be highly disappointed.

    • Makorraaa<3

      Maybe we will see more of the southern water tribe.

      • Trent

        Wonder what’s happening in this scene. It doesn’t look familiar so I’m assuming it’s from a future episode.

        • Joe

          definitely studio mir animation that too so we are yet to see it. It’s probably when Korra tells him about Unalaq, or if Unalaq leaves the southern portal to find him there.

          • Wyatt

            Actually, I’m pretty sure that picture is from the episode “The Southern Lights.” I believe it was right before the spirit ambush when Bolin was on his snowmobile. That was when Studio Pierrot was doing a great job (the premiere).

          • Makorraaa<3

            It said that they were doing a color correction and that this is from a future episode. And this was posted on Oct. 4

          • Wyatt

            Yeah, I think I was mistaking it with another shot of him, though it was of equal quality (cudos to Studio Pierrot for “The Southern Lights” and “Rebel Spirit” though).

    • crystalline

      I think we will revisit the Water tribes either this week or next. I don’t think they would completely abandon that part of the story. Korra’s Dad is in jail right? I doubt Korra would just settle for that.

      • crystalline

        Or maybe she broke them out already, I forget. Whatever happened, I am sure they will not completely leave that part of the story in the dark.

      • Some guy

        Actually, Korra’s Dad isn’t in jail. Korra freed him several episodes ago.

        • crystalline

          Yea I already realized that.

    • Joe

      Unalaq is not necessarily a bad character, we have to wait to see if he is developed further. We still don’t know what his main motivation is for freeing Vaatu and it could be a complete surprise. With Amon episode 11 was completely unexpected (for me at least) and developed him into something far greater than a villain. The same may happen to Unalaq and remember what Iroh said: “If you look for darkness (negative points) that is all you will ever find”

      • crystalline

        Good point. I am beyond anxious to see what his “twist in his plan” is and what his true drive is.

        • Spade

          Very true. Since freeing Vaatu and opening the portals can’t be it, since it already happened, it will be interesting to see what the “twist” to Unalaq’s plan is.

      • Wyatt

        Yeah, I don’t think Unalaq is a bad character, he’s just generic. He’s the typical power-hungry villain that Avatar has used in literally every season ever (Zhao, Ozai, Long Feng, etc.). This is why I’m truly hopeful that Varrick becomes a full fledged villain. I mean, think about it… if the creators realized there was no way in hell they could outdo Amon in season two, why not create a villain unique to the Avatar series: a comedic villain. Anyone else agree?

        • Makorraaa<3

          Agreed . And I forgot to mention….. Great review!

          • Wyatt

            Thanks :)

  • Hariany ‘riri’ Moh Ali

    i still wonder what sub of airbending, is it soul bending? and from who will korra learn it? will she learn it from giant turtle?

    • Trent

      I’m pretty sure that soul bending can only be done by waterbenders because we saw Unalaq doing it. And I think that Tenzin might figure out the subset of airbending. I mean if the subset is creating a portal to the spirit world then I think that Tenzin might be the one to figure it out so he can save Jinora himself.

    • ajames123

      there’s a possibility it may revealed this week episode

  • Karlyn

    Don’t hate me….. but I actually liked Studio P’s animation of Korra better. No one else probably notices but Studio M’s animation of Korra’s hair is just annoying… they make her have these straggly hairs on both her cheek bones! I know I’m probably being way to picky on the animation but these little things irritate me.

    • capjacspa

      Actually, that makes me like it more. Not all hair are picture-perfect, and it’s more realistic if some hair strands are windblown out of place–After all, she did just fly on a giant moltres-like thing.

  • Caleb Ahern

    This was a really creative episode. Liked having the collisions of different times and different characters.
    It makes you wonder what will happen to the avatar once Vattu breaks free?

  • crystalline

    I feel like everyone is sooo quick to judge Mako as a horrible character that needs the boot. Sure he seems bad now, but I bet we will all come to love him after the next few episodes. In the end pretty im sure all Team Avatar characters will come to be somewhat likeable. Mako just has his moments, I am sure he will get his act together soon. Especially now that Korra has matured and understands herself better, I am sure when they encounter each other again Korra will apologize or be less of a bitch towards Mako which will then straighten him out too, seeing her mature. I think Mako just needs some time, as Korra did. Also, I feel like a lot of the blame for Mako’s behavior should be placed on Asami. She is the one sitting here seducing him and putting herself on him when in the beginning he clearly still had mixed feelings for Korra. She’s messing with his head and Mako can’t help but let her. Asami needs to get her act together and leave Mako alone so he can straighten himself out.

    • Katherine M.

      Its very easy to blame him in that situation because his relationship with Korra had recently ended. However, Asami knows well enough that Mako finds her attractive so she’s playing the seduction angle to get him back. Mako is only infatuated with Asami and he just doesn’t know it. Mako is being tricked and I hope she stops or gets put in her place.

  • Josh

    I’m not sure if i’m the only one who noticed this, but when Jinora was inside of Wan Shi Tong’s Library she opens a book and a very interesting picture is shown. It depicts the same symbol that is shown at the beginning of the book 2 trailer. When I first saw the trailer I always wondered what that image was, and what significance it had to book 2′s story. Today I did some research and found that the image resembles a white lotus tile. If you remember the Order of the White Lotus from ATLA, then you may know that they are a very secretive group dedicated to knowledge and protecting the world in their own secretive way. After looking up what the White Lotus symbolizes in real life I formulated an interesting theory.

    The White Lotus symbolizes Bodhi, the state of total mental purity and spiritual perfection, and the pacification of our nature. It generally has eight petals corresponding to the Noble Eightfold Path of the Good Law. It is the lotus found at the heart of the Garbhadhatu Mandala, being the womb or embryo of the world. It is characteristic of the esoteric sects, and the lotus of the Buddhas. Going off of what the White Lotus symbolizes maybe Jinora will figure out that to defeat Vaatu Korra must achieve mental purity,spiritual perfection, and open all eightfold paths, or the eight chakras as Guru Pathik would say.

    This is just a quick observation I made. I don’t think the creators would add that symbol into the trailer, or Jinora’s trip to the great Library, if it didn’t have any significance. Maybe i’m just looking way too into it. It may just symbolize the spirit world, since the white lotus symbolizes spirits, and spiritual perfection. It could possibly have nothing to do with the ultimate way to defeat Vaatu, but at the same time it could.

    Remember this is just a theory, I am not saying that this will definitely happen, but it is possible.(Here are pictures of the White Lotus tile and the symbol shown in both the book 2 trailer and in episode 10, “A New Spiritual Age.” I added a picture of one of the pages of the book that contains the information about the spirit portals, because the corner of that page and the corner of the page with the White Lotus symbol are the same. Just another observation; it could mean nothing, or it could mean everything.)

    • crystalline

      You’re so smart its ridiculous.

      • Josh

        Thank you!

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          Haha!

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        Haha

    • ajames123

      yeah, i recognize the rings in the book when seeing the episode. but when jinora ignored the book, i thought its not useful to story line

      • Josh

        It either has nothing to do with the story, or it’s like when Aang saw the picture of the Lion Turtle.

        • ajames123

          Darkness Falls full description: Korra learns of a new twist in Unalaq’s evil plans to release the spirit of all darkness and evil, Vaatu, from his longtime imprisonment in the spirit world. And only Jinora knows the ultimate key in stopping him

          thats saying something, only jinora came across that symbol so far.

          • Josh

            That’s what I thought too when I read the full description earlier today. Only time will tell.

            I’m not sure when Keval will post it, but I wrote my prediction for episodes 11 and 12, and I talk about some very interesting things in it.

        • ajames123

          And…

          Light in the Dark: Thanks to Jinora’s great spiritual knowledge, Korra may have found a way to defeat Vaatu once and for all, but at what cost?

          Light in the Dark may be a metaphor to portals, unalaq on episode 2 refered portals as “light in the dark”.

          “but at what cost?” is the punchline of the episode. it may possibly mean,
          1. destruction of portals
          2. death of a main character (like jinora)
          3. future problems (vaatu born again 10,000 years/ more responsibilities for the avatar)
          4. universe go out of balance (light cannot survive without darkness)

          • Muggle

            You know, all season I’ve had a bad feeling that something really, really awful is going to happen to Jinora. Earlier on I didn’t really have anything to back this up, but this last episode made me think that oh yeah, she’s screwed. :( I like Jinora, she’s the only airbaby that doesn’t drive me absolutely crazy.

          • Josh

            Although it would be interesting to see Jinora die, I highly doubt that they would have a kid killed on a Nickelodeon show. I hate to use that term, but there is no denying that this show does have some boundaries being that it airs on Nick.

          • ajames123

            No way, Avatar series is NOT a kids show.
            atleast, the story line is not supposed to be.
            Look, “the last airbender” even the title,whole story line built upon a cruel Genocide, war and despair.
            Not only that, the story contain too much eastern philosophy, that even adults cant grasp it.
            can you tell me a kids cartoon that had story line as cruel and matured as avatar series?

            Book 1 Water already contain princes Yue sucide, Book air contains Korra suicide attempt, Avatar Roku suicide, Amon and torlok suicide, and not to mention Avatar Kuruk suicide. thats already too much for kids show.

            they wont mind killing jinora in order to save storyline for next 10,000 years.

          • Josh

            Yes, there have been many deaths in the Avatar series, but I still believe killing off a 10-12 year old girl is a little to much. I don’t view The Legend of Korra as kids show, nor do most of the people who watch it. I’m just saying, being that the show does air on Nickelodeon, it would be going a little to far in my opinion if they killed off a girl that’s only about 10. Who knows maybe they will.

          • Makorraaa<3

            We’ll im surprised that they show “Deadtime stories” on Nick. I’ve never watched it but I’ve read the description and it said ‘horror’ on top so I assume that it’s not really supposed to be for kids. But Idk Nickodeon is weird now….. the only reason why I watch nick is because of Legend of Korra.

          • Catchio

            I don’t think she’ll be “killed” per-say. More like become a spirit, like Yue, or even Iroh.

          • Catchio

            THEY’RE DONE WITH BOOK 2!!!

            “Major milestone for us today as we mixed the final episode of Book 2. FINALLY! You guys will see this in under two weeks, hot off the presses. This episode, and the remaining ones leading up to it, are sonic smorgasbords, thanks to Jeremy Zuckerman (music), Ben Wynn (sound design), Aran Tanchum (foley), and everyone working with them. Mike and I would especially like to thank our outstanding mixer, Adrian Ordonez (pictured above), at Levels Audio. OK, back to work on Books 3 & 4…”

          • Catchio

            NEW PICTURES, BITCHES!!!! Korra looks so adult…

          • Josh

            You know I made this same post like an hour or two ago lol.

          • Catchio

            SORRY! I didn’t scroll down that far. Sorry for being an attention whore on the top as well.

            GAHHH!! Korra looks so badass right there!!!

          • Josh

            Lol, it’s fine, I was pretty excited when I first saw the two pictures posted by Bryan Konietzko as well.

          • Josh

            Interesting, I never thought about it that way. That could actually be a possibility. Although at this point i’m not sure why Jinora would even have to die. Maybe we will get hint’s to that in this weeks special, if not I doubt she will die/become a spirit.

          • ajames123

            become a spirit = dying. When Iroh abandon his body and become a spirit, his body on material world become dead,

            According to Indian&Chinese philosophy everyone soul will travel to spirit world if it get out of reincarnation cycle. Its a fact. Tenzin and his family still have to worry if jinora become a spirit.

          • Trent

            Wait….. so Korra did try to attempt suicide when she was looking down from the top of the cliff? Hmm…. I didn’t realize that she was attempting to commit suicide. And I was watching “Zuko Alone” one time and Azula said something like “dads gonna kill you”(and she wasn’t kidding) to Zuko and my mom was like they’re allowed to show that on Nickelodeon? So yea what I’m trying to say is I agree with you on Avatar not being a kids show.

          • ajames123

            Yes she was so desperate and try to commit suicide,

            Remeber Guru Pattick told aang to open last Thought hakra you must get rid of everything you love, (that is,what makes you attached to the earth) Aang finally ignored his love with katara inorder to gain avatar state controll. (Crossroads of destiny)

            Same thing happens to korra, Korra might never knew fear, guilt, Shame. so her previous chackras may already unlocked so easily

            Once she lost her bendings, she mentally lost everything in her life. she ignored love of everything including mako, and told him to go back to Rep.city. finally she moved to mountain top in an attempt to commit suicide. and she may not have enough courage. So sit back crying, She might possibly unlock her Through Chackra, and establish her connection to past avatars and avatar state. and then “not now tenzin..”

            From then, She abused avatar state for everything.

          • Makorraaa<3

            I never thought of something bad happening to Jinora but now that some people are thinking that she could possibly die it would make sense. Especially when the description said “but at what cost?” I thought that Korra might have to kill her uncle or something but that kinda seems to obvious…having Jinora get screwed in the end would be heart breaking. :’( But lets just hope that nothing happens to Jinora! :) Tarrlok’s twin on the other hand…. needs to just f*ck off. haha

    • Hariany ‘riri’ Moh Ali

      iroh is the leader of white lotus and he was in the spirit world, i agree with you there must be reason from the writers

    • ld

      So, Josh, it seems you were right at some points – Korra did reach the spiritual perfection at the end (something Aang was afraid to do)-thus lotus sybol.

  • Amonymous

    I freaking love Korra’s facial expression here. I had to share it with the world.

    • Anonymon

      lol, she’s like: Are you fuking kidding me right now, Unalaq? You’re really gonna kill a child?

    • Trent

      Serious Korra…….. I like it! Lets hope that she kicks some ass in the next few episodes! And I was really impressed on how Korra was able to dodge some of Unalaq’s attacks. She’s a true fighter! :D

    • Catchio

      NEW PICTURES!!!! AAHHHHH!!!!!!!!

      • Seany

        It looks like we get to see what happens in the harmonic converges in the material world, I wondered if the portals would join in the material world and it looks like they do, and it looks like the aurora intensify

      • chewgum

        korra with down hairrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kailee

        I’m speechless…… Korra looks SO AMAZING!!! And the first pic is beautiful. Still….. I’m not quite sure what’s happening in the Republic city pic.

        • Blue

          I think you can tell here that she is Southern Water Tribe. She just looks so beautiful, in a way she reminds me of Kya (mother Kya not daughter).

      • Hariany ‘riri’ Moh Ali

        why there’s look likes light in front of her face? and what do you think behind korra? for me it looks tree

  • Nico

    Apparently Mike and Bryan got done mixing the last episode for Book 2 today. I didn’t realize they would be so close to completing an episode and then having it go on air. But they showed two cool new pics from the episode. I really like Korra with her hair down, but the one with that energy bolt descending from above Republic City is what I’m most curious about! Looks amazing! Can’t wait.. Less then 2 weeks and the season is over. Crazy.

    • Reiko

      It’s most likely the cosmic spirtual energies from the harmonic convergence. It looks like mike and Bryan are going for a more apocalyptic climax, where everything is at stake.

      • Tumas

        Which begs the question, how will they top it off with Books 3 and 4?

  • Josh

    These 2 picture were just released by Bryan Konietzko, of the last 2 episodes for this season. I can’t even express how amazing they look, and it’s just so much happening in the second picture that I can hardly think! Theories are definitely coming soon!

    • Makorraaa<3

      Wow! Korra looks so pretty with her hair down!! I literally got the chills looking at these two pics! Thanks for posting em! :D

      • Josh

        Welcome!

        • Reiko

          What do you think is happening in the picture of Korra meditating. P.Sorry a posted a second picture of korra meditating. Your post did not show up when I posted it.

          • Josh

            Well I don’t wan’t to say to much, since I have to save most of my theories for my articles. But, I will say that the lighting and the background looks like she is in front of the Southern spirit portal, possibly closing it.

            Below is a picture of Unalaq in front of the Southern spirit portal, to serve as a comparison to the picture of Korra.

          • Makorraaa<3

            Is the pic of Unalaq from an upcoming episode?? And a while back this one guy(forgot what his username was) said that the ending of this season will be disappointing. I don’t know how he knows what’s going to happen but I really hope he’s wrong because this whole season has been a roller coaster and to have a disappointing ending would suck. But I still have faith in this season!! :D

          • Josh

            I doubt that the guy was a very reliable source, if he was indeed telling the truth, that’s his own opinion. As for the picture of Unalaq, it is from episode 6, “The Sting.”

          • Reiko

            Yes, I agree. Korra is defiantly at the southern portal. Some people get confused between the two. The southern portal is a blue white colour whereas the northern spirit portal is a golden yellow colour.

            1st) The Northern Spirit Portal
            2nd) The Southern Spirit Portal

    • ajames123

      IS that republic city?

      • Josh

        Yes!

        • ajames123

          I got a feeling that this gonna be better than beginnings 2 and This gonna be in Sozins comment 1,2,3,4 standards.

          • Josh

            I agree; can’t wait for these last 4 episodes!

          • ajames123

            If this is Book 2 finale, i cant imagine How Book 4 finale will be, Everyone’s Brain will melt because of tooo much Epicness

    • ajames123

      2 United republic city Battle Ships? Is that means finally is united republic going to war?

      • Josh

        I cover that in my episode 11 and 12 prediction; so your question should be answered once it’s posted.

  • Reiko

    Check out another pic leaked online. Korra’s hair looks amazing. She looks like a fully mature realised avatar.

    • chewgum

      yeah i think so

  • chewgum

    A new spiritual age: 2,2milions of viewers!

  • Erika Martinez

    I honestly believe “the ultimate dark spirit” will be jinora, we have known about Grey delisle voicing a chracter “evil spirit” for that matter so im guessing it has to be a scenario that could be possible. Korra will do anything to.protect her and unalaq will use that against her again

  • KorraFan

    OMG THIS EPISODE BLEW MY MIND!!!! :D THIS is what I’ve been waiting for from Book 2. Finally, we get a Spirit World centered episode! And what a wild ride it was. From beginning to end, the episode was filled with excitement and awesomeness. Seeing Korra as a kid again was really cute and I think the symbolism there is really cool. Seeing Uncle Iroh again blew my mind! This was a fantastic surprise. The wisdow he gave Korra about having a positive attitude and shining a light on everything was great! Really inspiring. Korra’s journey to return the Baby Dragon Spirit to its nest and then seeing it turn into a giant Golden Dragon Spirit was incredible! Jinora’s side of the story was just as great. It was great seeing Wan Shi Tong and his library again, and funny hearing him talk about the radio. Also, I enjoyed seeing Professor Zei (or what’s left of him) again. It was really suspenseful when Jinora got captured by Unalaq, I hope she’ll be alright! Great to have Studio Mir back, the animation looked beautiful! AMAZING EPISODE. :D I can’t wait for “Night Of A Thousand Stars” and “Harmonic Convergence”!