Yep everyone, I'm back with some new art. And a big theory on how I am speculating book 4 of Korra will go down. It all started over in the ASN Veterans thread where I drew what I thought was a funny image
and turned out to be the end of all things. But the good news is that it made me dust off my drawing tablet and as such, I drew something for us all.
First, something I drew a long while back but never shared here:
Aaaand the new one:
Book 4 Theory Time!
It is my belief that book 4 will see the Balancing of the world. Spirits and humans are living together once again, so is there a need for a spirit-human intermediary anymore? I think not. Therefore, I’m proposing that at the end of Book 4 Korra and Raava will part ways forever.
Let’s back up a bit. As the end of Book 3 made painfully clear, Korra struggles with her identity outside of the title of “avatar”. The following villains furthered that idea in her mind that “Korra” and “avatar” are as one and neither are necessary. To her, defeating the villains is about proving her worth in the world. At the end of Book 3 when Tenzin declares that the Nomads will take over peace keeping duties (a traditional avatar role), Korra silently breaks down once again and feels that because the avatar is no longer needed, Korra is no longer needed, but this time there is no “bad guy” to defeat because the one saying it is her own mentor.
In addition to Korra’s identity crisis, we have a different drama unfolding: that of the merging of the spirits and humans once again. Book 2 unlocked those sealed gates and since then a trans-physical connection has begun. As consequence to this, when Korra did so, she lost her connection to the previous avatars. This cutting of ties accomplishes two things: it furthers Korra’s identity crisis of establishing herself outside of the avatar role, and, it begins the process of unraveling 10,000 years of the deep connection of human and spirit via Raava and the avatar.
So how does this all unfold in Book 4?
Truth be told, the world is returning to the state that it was in before Wan stepped in and changed everything. Vatu is defeated and no longer threat. This gives Raava the chance for her to be the change in the world herself. Since the boundaries of spirit world and human world are eradicated, Raava can manage the balance herself. The traditional role of the avatar then no longer becomes necessary.
So where does that leave Korra?
It leaves her learning to identify herself as an individual outside of any preconceived notions forced upon her. Korra is for the first time free to choose her own destiny (where have we heard that before?). And instead of some outside force making Korra give it up, she realizes this on her own and with Raava, comes to a free willed decision; perhaps the first free willed decision of her life. (Harken back to the first words she spoke on camera, “I’m the avatar and you gotta deal with it!” transforming into a proposed final line of, “I’m no longer the avatar and I gotta deal with it.”) She lets Raava go and steps into her own true self.
And then she and Mako prob go and make babies.
Not the end. I kept my tablet out and ended up with a little late night doodle. I really hope we get to see awesome Katara in the next season.