The past few weeks, both Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino were advertising a Barns & Noble panel that took place in Los Angeles yesterday at 7 PM. Mike DiMartino, along with other television show producers and authors, made an appearance to talk about “spoilers, shippers, and storytelling.” Many fans saw “spoilers” and immediately connected that with Book 2.
The reason I didn’t advertise this panel at all is because I knew that the likelihood of Book 2 being a topic was very slim. I wasn’t even sure that The Legend of Korra would be a topic – I thought they’d talk about story telling and television production in general.
Just to be safe, I was able to find some Twitter followers in the LA area who promised to inform me about what would take place at the panel. I woke up this morning to check my Twitter feed, and it turns out that Mike did discuss The Legend of Korra last night.
The first thing Mike said was that Asami was originally intended to turn out evil, just as her father did. The reason this changed was because as Asami’s character developed, Mike and Bryan realized that she’d make for a much better ‘good’ character. Needless to say, Book 1 and the rest of the series would have turned out a lot different if Asami turned evil.
For anyone wondering who Toph’s husband is, you’re out of luck. Mike explained that he doesn’t see the need to tell us. In fact, he said he doesn’t see the need to know himself. Does that mean Mike and Bryan don’t know who Toph’s husband is themselves? Or does it mean that they know who Toph’s husband is, but they don’t really see the point of knowing in the first place? I suppose it could be interpreted either way. I’d assume Mike meant the latter.
Lastly, Mike said that he was surprised with the fandom’s reaction to Mako. Apparently he had no idea that the fandom would be angry with Mako for effectively cheating on Asami with Korra. Hopefully the development of Mako’s character during the course of Book 2 will iron out the wrinkles in his character.
Even though the panel didn’t really cover Book 2, it certainty had a lot of interesting information about The Legend of Korra in general. What are your thoughts on the topics covered at the panel?