Season 3 of The Legend of Korra will conclude tomorrow afternoon (Eastern Time) when Nickelodeon uploads the two-part finale to their website. However, if you’re looking to access the finale several hours earlier, Amazon has been posting Book 3 episodes at 4:00 am EST every week and I expect that to remain constant for tomorrow’s finale as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m planning to pull an all-nighter tonight to watch Book 3’s finale eight hours in advance. Who’s with me?
Initially I was planning on posting some sort of episode prediction for tomorrow’s finale, just as I do every week for the respective episode. But to be completely honest, there aren’t enough puzzle pieces to form a respectable prediction post. It would just be a half-assed, waste of time for both you and I, and the last thing I want to do is waste time when there’s still so much to discuss regarding this soon-to-be-amazing finale.
In order to prepare all of you for the finale, I wanted to do a round-up of all the details we know about the finale thus far. It’s obviously not much, but the small details should culminate to create a bigger picture.
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Any questions you may have had regarding the internal decisions of Book 3 have been answered. Mike and Bryan recently did an interview with Nerdist and it ended up being more of a ‘tell-all’ than anything. The co-creators didn’t hold back when they went into gritty detail about the disaster that was The Last Airbender movie. They then further discussed the decision to push Korra online, and Nickelodeon’s poor handling of Book 3. The interview was complete gold, and easily the best Avatar interview I’ve ever heard.
Before Mike and Bryan went into the nitty-gritty, they talked about their lives pre-Avatar and then told the story of how they ended up creating the series. What I found interesting was that they modeled Avatar after Nickelodeon’s desire for an action-adventure show. Initially, Mike and Bryan had another show planned, but they had to change it up and create Avatar because their initial show didn’t fit the bill. Nickelodeon wanted an action-adventure show because Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings were the craze back in 2002. Thus, Avatar was born.
I’m not going to go into any detail regarding Mike and Bryan’s creation-story of Avatar because it’s quite long and you’re better of listening to it yourself. Instead, I’m going to get into the nitty-gritty and discuss the co-creators real thoughts on The Last Airbender movie, Korra going digital and Nickelodeon marketing. Nothing in this interview was remotely sugar-coated.
Co-Creators on The Last Airbender movie:
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I’m convinced that ‘Zaheer for the People’ has the Book 3 finale in his or her possession. I don’t know how it was obtained, or whether or not it’ll be leaked – but it’s pretty clear that the Book 3 finale is in the hands of this individual. ‘Zaheer for the People’ recently posted an excerpt from the final episode of Book 3: “Venom of the Red Lotus”. The excerpt is derived from ‘The Journals of Xai Bau’ and sheds some light on what the “venom” – as depicted in the episode’s title – represents:
“The nature of my work has involved many journeys into the spirit world. According to tradition I have always left my physical body guarded by a close friend in the Order. This ancient tradition – spiritual journeyer paired with physical observer – is as old as the age of the Avatar. It is ostensibly to ensure my body’s physical safety. The true purpose of the practice is to guard against a much more sinister threat. While my spirit is on its journey, an ambitious spirit may seek habitation within my body.
A rogue spirit moves through unwilling flesh like venom. Ancient records show that victims of possession exhibit signs of delirium when they awaken, as the foreign spirit attempts to assert control over the body. My guardian in the physical world watches for these signs. In the event of my possession, I must be prevented from deceiving my fellows within the Order, or all we are working for might be lost. My physical body must be destroyed. It is critical, therefore, that my guardians be chosen such that they know me personally, yet would have no compunctions against ending me for the greater good. Only the most fanatical members of the Order are entrusted with such a task. A young acolyte from the north with an interest in airbender philosophy is proving to be a promising candidate.
—The Journals of Xai Bau”
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