After four seasons and a fair amount of trouble from Nickelodeon, The Legend of Korra has come to an end. It was a thrilling finale for the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, with giant robots, lots of bending action, and romance.
I should probably warn you now that there are spoilers ahead. That said, it’s probably already been spoiled for you if you’ve been on Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook for any more than five seconds with a Korra fan around, so you probably know where this is going.
There were two big romances in the season finale. The first was Varrick and Zhu Li, who agreed to do the thing for each other for the rest of their lives. (That’s not an innuendo; saying “Zhu Li, do the thing” is pretty much Varrick’s catchphrase.)
The second, however, was between Korra and Asami. The two girls had been growing closer over the last few seasons, in spite of being introduced as rival’s for Mako’s affection in the first, and the series ended with the two of them walking hand-in-hand into the Spirit World, in a shot parallel to that of Aang and Katara at the end of the first Avatar series.
This conclusion had varied reactions across the fanbase, with several fans celebrating it joyously, others accepting it, some raging against it, and others still saying it was too ambiguous to really call it a confirmed relationship.
“You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story,” Konietzko declared. “Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other.”
“The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing different worldviews,” DiMartino explained in his post. “In subtle and maybe not so subtle ways, Avatar and Legend of Korra have dealt with difficult subjects such as genocide, child abuse, deaths of loved ones, and post traumatic stress. … There were times even I was surprised we were able to delve into the really tough stuff on a children’s TV network. While the episodes were never designed to ‘make a statement,’ Bryan and I always strove to treat the more difficult subject matter with the respect and gravity it deserved.”
Many fans are cheering for this moment of representation on TV; Korra is a strong, female character of color, who is also bisexual. What stood true when they first introduced the character remains true now: all that matters is that she’s a good character.
Now that Legend of Korra is over, there’s a cry for continuation comics, similar to those Avatar has received, like “The Search,” where we finally learn what happened to Zuko’s mother. There are, after all, some questions still remaining, which fans would love to have answered. Until we get any word on that, though, the series has reached a powerful conclusion.