When “Long Live the Earth Queen” concluded last week, the Avatar World was in a much different state of being. The Earth Queen was killed at the hand of Zaheer, Ba Sing Se was thrown into chaos, and according to Korra: this is just the beginning. The official episode description for “The Ultimatum” is as followed: “As Ba Sing Se continues to erupt into chaos, Mako and Bolin struggle to leave the city to deliver Zaheer’s message to Korra.”
As we saw in the clip released by Nickelodeon, Mako and Bolin frantically brainstorm ways to get out of Ba Sing Se to deliver Zaheer’s message to Korra. Eventually, the two brothers capture an air ship, and I assume they successfully depart Ba Sing Se in search of Korra. But how will they know where to find Korra? Zaheer knew that Korra had escaped from Earth Kingdom custody, and I’m sure he was able to conclude that she likely traveled back to the Misty Palms Oasis after being stranded in the Si Wong Desert for some time. It’s the only logical move for someone put in that unfortunate situation.
Zaheer likely relayed that Intel to Mako and Bolin because he wants the two brothers to find Korra more than anyone. After all, they have a message to deliver which is most likely the ultimatum this episode is titled after. But what could the ultimatum be?
Well, what do we know about Zaheer and the Red Lotus so far? They’re a secret society that specializes in restoring freedom to the world, they despise the idea of having nations and governments – oh – and, they get a kick out of killing the leaders of said nations and governments (re: Earth Queen).
As for the message (or ultimatum), it likely has something to do with luring Korra out in the open. If you recall last week’s episode, at one point Zaheer says, “It doesn’t matter. We’re through chasing her [Korra]. It’s time to make her come to us.” That being said, I think Zaheer’s ultimatum will be something along the lines of: come to the Northern Air Temple by [insert time frame] or I will continue my quest of killing of leaders, starting with Republic City’s President Reiko.
The attack on Republic City’s President was foreshadowed in “The Metal Clan” when the Red Lotus considered taking him out. Fortunately for good ‘ol Reiko, the Red Lotus decided to peruse Korra instead. This time, however, Reiko won’t be so lucky unless Korra obliges to the terms.
Thinking that she can stop Zaheer then and there, Korra agrees to the terms and travels to the Northern Air Temple with Team Avatar, which includes Mako, Bolin, Asami, Lin Beifong and maybe Zuko. Unfortunately for Korra, she doesn’t realize that Zaheer considers Tenzin a leader too – a leader of the rebuilding Air Nation. Zaheer’s plan of luring Korra to the Northern Air Temple is planned in a way that he can kill two birds with one stone: eliminate Tenzin, the acting leader of the Air Nation, and capture Korra for currently unknown reasons.
Upon arriving at the Northern Air Temple, a fight will ensue.
Lin battles Zaheer for some time.
And even the Airbenders in training help, too. Unfortunately for Kai, he isn’t so lucky at one point in the battle. But no worries, I’m sure Jinora swoops in and saves him at this point. It’s only fitting.
After some back-and-forth combat, I think the Red Lotus will finally succeed. After failing to capture Korra twice, I think they’ll succeed at this point and the episode will end on a cliff hanger. Despite the fact that they failed to kill Tenzin, the Red Lotus cut their losses and take Korra prisoner. After all, that was their primary objective.
How do you think “The Ultimatum” will play out?