It’s no secret that the writers of The Legend of Korra have used flashbacks often in order to further the plot of the respective season. Book 1 progressed the season with multiple flashbacks of Aang’s era while Book 2 progressed the season with a two-episode flashback of Wan’s era. Both flashbacks were standout moments of the respective season, and if the writers plan on sticking with what works, don’t be surprised if we continue to get flashbacks in Book 3.
In terms of the content of the possible flashbacks, there are only a few options based on the knowledge we have of Book 3 so far. Character-wise, Book 3 will heavily focus on Lin Beifong and Bumi with a bit more emphasis on Lin Beifong and her family. Naturally, this would make me inclined to believe that any possible flashbacks in Book 3 will involve Lin to some degree.
In fact, the latest Book 3 image we received may be a scene that follows up a possible flashback.
As shown in the picture, Lin’s face is covered in sweat. My belief is that Lin has just woken up from a nightmare, but what if that nightmare is actually a dream of something terrible that happened in Lin’s past?
The dream in itself would technically be classified as a flashback and it could give us some detail regarding Lin’s past. Maybe we’ll get some hints on who her father is?
As of now, there are conflicting reports on whether or not we’re going to get the identity of Lin’s father. At Momocon this past May, Sifu Kisu said that Lin’s father would be revealed while Mike DiMartino said he wouldn’t be revealed at a book signing.
I understand that the most trusted source in this situation is Mike DiMartino, but why would Sifu Kisu lie? I feel like Mike DiMartino would be more inclined to lie in this scenario just to keep the possible reveal a surprise, but I’m definitely conflicted.
Regardless, flashbacks of Lin’s past in Book 3 would be epic beyond belief. How do you think everything will shake out?