“I’m not saying that the Avatar state doesn’t have incredible and helpful power but you have to understand for the people who love you, watching you be in that much rage and pain is really scary.”
Let’s talk about this moment for a second:
This is a man who loved his only daughter unconditionally throughout her life. He knew she was the Avatar when she was growing up, he knew the sacrifices she’d have to make for the world and he knew she is the most powerfulest bender there is and ever will be. But that doesn’t change the fact she’s still his baby girl.
This moment right now, he’s not holding the Avatar, he’s holding the little girl he’d loved for so many years. Can you imagine how painful that is for him? Tonraq will always be proud of his daughter for her accomplishments as the Avatar but that doesn’t make it any easier on him. Korra was dying in his arms and there was nothing he could do but hope she can stay strong just for a little while longer.
But she wasn’t Korra. She was in the Avatar state, possessed by Raava and the poison at the time. She was being taunted and abused by her enemies and her mind. Yet, Tonraq could see right through the glow in her eyes. Holding her, comforting her. And she looked right back at him. Not the Avatar, but her. Just Korra. And for a moment Tonraq thought he had his little girl back… but then she fell. She didn’t have the strength anymore. Look at the pain in his eyes.
It doesn’t matter how much power Korra has. It doesn’t matter how skilled she is in her bending. It doesn’t matter how old she gets. It doesn’t matter. To him, she’s still that little girl showing the White Lotus her bending abilities while shouting, “I’m the Avatar! You gotta deal with it!”
Yes, baby girl, you are the Avatar, but you are still my little girl.
badass korra in the badass avatar state (even though it was provoked by TERRIBLE POISONING.)
A woman’s strength isn’t just about how much she can handle before she breaks. It’s also about how much she must handle after she’s broken.
Korra book 3 finale.
I think I forgot how to breathe a few times. Studio Mir did some absolutely awesome, gorgeous work. Thank you whole Korra crew!!!
I like this GIF as the sequel to my last post. I also love how buff Korra looks in that incredible animation. THAT is how she is supposed to look in every shot.
Thank you, Johane! I would also like to give a huge thanks to the Korra crews at Nick in Burbank, and in Seoul at Studio Mir and Studio Reve for a stellar season and finale. And thank you to the fans! Thanks for sticking with this show after the bumpy ride in Book 2, and the hide-and-seek network shenanigans this summer. Keep cursing the Bryke for making you feel the feels and smell the real poop. We’ll be back with Book 4 as soon as possible. Hopefully it won’t be released only on smartwatches or some other inane platform.
P.S. My umbrella term “in Burbank” failed to cover all the amazing crew members in greater LA, particularly Jeremy Zuckerman and his epic score, Benjamin Wynn for his sound design maelstrom, Aran Tanchum and Vinny Quisetti for their top-notch foley work, all of our martial arts consultants, and many others in our post production process around town. It takes a village!
No, it’s not over yet.
Don’t miss Book 3’s incredible conclusion this Friday at 12pm EST on nick.com!