This past Thursday, Mike & Bryan made an appearance at Barns & Noble in LA to answer some questions and sign some books. I wasn’t able to attend because I live in Maryland, but AvatarLegends had the opportunity to record the entire thing. It was interesting to hear about the Legend of Korra’s overall production through the perspective of the co-creators, but it was even more interesting to hear them reveal some new information about the series. The second half of the event allowed those in attendance to ask questions pertaining to the series and it really shed some more light on Book 2 and Book 3 in general.
One attendee asked whether or not Book 2 would still talk about the Equalist regime. While the co-creators assured fans that there are still probably small meetings taking place below book stores, there won’t be any mention of them in Book 2. The new season deals strictly with Spirits and the conflict from Book 1 doesn’t arch over.
The next question had to do with the identity of Lin’s father. While he co-creators avoided answering the question, they still gave a response that will have Lin fans excited for Book 3.
According to Mike and Bryan, Lin and her family will be “heavily” featured in Book 3. We will also learn more about earth bending.
Learning about Lin’s family is going to be the most interesting, in my opinion, because the only family that we know of is Toph and her mystery father. Hopefully Book 3 can shed some light on the questions about Lin’s backstory.
Speaking of Book 3, Mike and Bryan are reportedly “very, very” far into it. It’s been written, recorded, and being animated. This makes me optimistic that the off-season between Book 2 and Book 3 will be far shorter than the 15 month off-season we’re technically still in.
To give you some perspective on how far along Book 2 was during the airing of Book 1, Dante Basco said in an interview, “We just started the new season, I think third or fourth episode. I have a role in it and I’m always proud to be a part of the “Avatar” family.” This interview was held in May of 2012.
When Book 1 was airing, Book 2 was being recorded. When Book 2 airs, Book 3 will be in the animation stage. That’s a big difference in production time and it almost guarantees that the wait between Book 2 and Book 3 won’t be as long – especially now that there’s no conflict in animation.
Lastly, Mike and Bryan mentioned that Book 2 is much more colorful. They highlighted the Spirit World as being different this time around mostly because of the excess color that wasn’t present in The Last Airbender.
What are your thoughts on the news we received?