The Legend of Korra Book 2 Speculation: Flashbacks

This is a series where we speculate everything there is to know about Book 2 of The Legend of Korra. We have currently covered speculation on the book’s setting, character development and villain. Today we focus on the book’s flashbacks.

One of my favorite things about Book 1 of The Legend of Korra was the multitude of flashbacks throughout the season. Not only did they develop the plot line in ways I’ve never seen before, but they also reintroduced the Old Team Avatar in a way that simply felt nostalgic. Flashbacks have proven to be both entertaining and informative thus far, so when I read that Mike and Bryan plan on having them in Book 2, I was ecstatic.

The reading I referred to was an IGN interview with the cast and creators. In that interview, Mike DiMartino confirmed the use of flashbacks in Book 2 and gave a little insight on them too:

While the creators mentioned that additional appearances from Avatar Aang are still possible, they also revealed that they have something special planned for Book Two. “We have one of the most flashback-y of flashbacks coming up,” said DiMartino. “We have something in store. We don’t want to give it away quite yet. It seems like we always do some kind of flashback episode or sequence, something like that.”

“We do have a history of doing that throughout Avatar,” added Konietzko, “and I think that gives it a sense of history and mythology; it’s wider than just the story that you’re watching. And [in Book Two], we’re doing it in a bigger way than we’ve ever done it before. It definitely deals with the legacy of the Avatar.”

Based on this interview, we know two things: We might see Avatar Aang in some flashbacks, and we might see flashbacks pertaining to “the legacy of the Avatar”.

The initial point from the interview is self explanatory: Avatar Aang might appear in certain flashbacks to possibly develop Book 2’s plotline just as he did in Book 1. But since Book 2 is titled Spirit, I don’t expect Avatar Aang’s appearance to just be constrained to the flashbacks. Avatar Korra will need guidance during her trips to the Spirit World, and just as Avatar Roku guided Avatar Aang, Avatar Aang will likely guide Avatar Korra. Korra will need Aang’s teachings throughout the Book, and this could give Aang a more prominent role in Book 2. His role could be seen as similar to Avatar Roku’s role in The Last Airbender.

The latter point, however, is not necessarily as easy to decipher. Personally, when I think of “the legacy of the Avatar”, I think of the beginning. I think about how everything started and came to be. As a result, I believe that the “flashback-y of flashbacks” that Mike is referring to is a flashback based on the original Avatar. Mike and Bryan already explained that we would learn more about the Avatar and the Spirit World during the course of Book 2; what better way to learn about the Avatar than to see the original Avatar?

That would be amazing.

I think we fans are in for an amazing ride when Book 2 finally airs (next year?). If you’re interested in the mythology of Avatar World as a whole, you’re in for a treat very soon. Flashbacks made Book 1 of The Legend of Korra incredible, and the fact that Mike and Bryan plan on doing them “in a bigger way” during the course of Book 2 excites me. Hopefully it excites you too.

  • Sherv

    This is perfect I can hardly contain my excitement for book two….even though it is so very far away as rumor has it…..

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com adminavatar

      Yeah, the more I write about Book 2, the more excited I get.

      • Sherv

        I agree…any idea when the book two trailer will come out?

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com adminavatar

          Well at Comic-Con they did reveal an animatics trailer which basically showed parts of Book 2 in story-board form. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDaqbIBC_ts

          But in terms of an actual, animated trailer, maybe September or October? I'm not entirely sure, I'm just taking a shot at it. The trailer for Book 1 came out 9 months before the season premiered so we could get a trailer tomorrow for all we know. But I'd say right around Fall.

          • Sherv

            Thank you so much! This helps a lot!

  • Sherv

    Ok I know this is pretty random but I don't know who else to ask. When did they release that the first episode of Korra would be called Welcome to Republic City? You don't have to answer I know I'm a pain but it would really help me a lot.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Feel free to ask me a question any time.

      OT: The title of episode 1 was released on March 15th, I beleive.

      • Sherv

        Thank you much!!

        P.s. please keep posting info stuff- everyone literally gets on their email only to see if u have posted anything around here

        • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

          No problem, and I will definitely keep posting. By the way, just out of curiosity, who is "everyone"?

          I don't know my readers that well so if you could enlighten me that would be awesome!

          • Katherine Skipworth

            Well of course- I'd be happy to explain. Everyone is my sister and I, our close cousins who live literally three and a half feet from us, and my only two friends in the world. We are all quite close and all like to sit back and relax after all the hustle. We like to call ourselves the ones who have been through it because well, we pretty much have. We just kinda get together whenever we can and after we go over where I am in the book series I'm currently writing, we discuss Korra. That is where you come in. Thank you!

            Fly free, Ashes

          • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

            Well I'm happy that I have entertained all of you :)

          • Sherv

            Check your email. I sent you some information on 'everyone'

  • Ashes

    Ok on your season two two leaked pictures thingy there was this one concept art layout and on the bottom there were three pictures. Why do you think Korra is so distressed? Do you think this is when she gets trapped in the snowstorm? Do you think that is Mako or Bolin standing behind her?

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      I'll be doing a break down of EVERYTHING shortly, stay tuned :)

      I have a lot of speculative ideas.

  • Ashes

    Ok so it's kinda obvious that the Datk Spirit is the new villian but um one question how off the face of the earth to you defeat a SPIRIT?!!Thanks!

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      No idea. Aang couldn't defeat Hey-Bey, he just put him to peace. So yeah, I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

  • Ashes

    Avatar movie 2- confirmed for 2014
    Avatar movie 3-confirmed for 2015

    ….

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      I think that's talking about Avatar as in the "blue people" Avatar movie – by James Cameron. Not The Last Airbender.

      • Ashes

        Thanks!! Now I can sleep soundly!

  • Alyssa

    I know this is somewhat late, but:
    What do you think the Avatar's lineage piece has to do with Korra's story in Book 2? I read something interesting on a forum a few months back…. Korra has the skills of an Avatar but not the mindset. Do you think it has anything to do with that? Thanks!

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