That’s it, folks. The Legend of Korra Book 3: Change has officially come to an end. Now that we have several months, if not a full year, before Book 4 is released, let’s take some time to obsess over everything that went down this season, okay?
Warning: Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen episode 12 and 13, turn back now. This is not for the faint of heart.
Episode 12: Enter the Void
The episode begins with Team Avatar heading towards the Air Temples to free the captured airbenders. Lin and Suyin both pitch ideas, but the consensus is that Zaheer and the Red Lotus would be able to take them out, no matter the scenario. With the P’Li’s combustionbending and Ghazan’s lavabending, it seems like there’s no safe way to make it on to the mountain. Bolin comes up with a plan which involves bird calls, but that’s quickly shot down because… you know.
Korra warns the team that as soon as Zaheer spots them coming, he’ll wipe out the airbenders. She realizes that the only thing to do is to turn herself over to the Red Lotus.
Korra radios Zaheer who gives her instructions on where to meet. Suyin, meanwhile, hatches a new plan that she thinks will allow them to protect Korra and save the airbenders.
In a temple to Guru Laghima, P’Li and Zaheer speak softly and kiss etc. because that’s what crazy anarchists do, apparently. P’Li reveals that she was almost sold as a weapon to a war lord and that Zaheer saved her. Stockholm syndrome, anyone?
Team Avatar lands the airship at the base of the mountain and get ready to split up. Tonraq tells Korra how proud he is of her before he goes with Lin, Suyin, and the metalbenders up the side of the mountain.
Bolin, Mako, and Asami arrive to the Air Temple. The plan is for them to confirm that the airbenders are safe before Korra can turn herself over to Zaheer.
P’Li and Zaheer are waiting for Korra on the top of the mountain and Zaheer makes it very clear that he won’t free the airbenders until Korra surrenders. P’Li shackles Korra’s feet and hands and tells her that the cuffs are made of the platinum. That means no metalbending.
Tenzin is tied up on the floor, in front of what appears to be the other airbenders. But, as Mako approaches, the airbenders melt, revealing a hidden Ming-Hua. She had waterbended ice in the shape of the airbenders and then dressed them in their clothing.
The Red Lotus’ deception is revealed and Lin, Suyin, and the metalbenders attack P’Li who is holding them off so that Zaheer can escape. As Zaheer makes his way on to the airship, Tonraq appears and blasts Zaheer. Tonraq and Korra (still shackled) battle Zaheer while, back at the Air Temple, Bolin and Mako fight with Ghazan, who has used lavabending to bring the temple down, and Ming-Hua.
Bolin, Mako, and Asami are able to escape with Tenzin down a secret staircase, just before the lava begins to flow down after them.
The metalbenders are overwhelmed by P’Li’s combustion blasts when Lin decides to draw her fire so that Suyin can take her out. Lin is inches from being knocked off of the mountain when, just as P’Li gets a combustion blast ready, Suyin metalbends a piece of armor around her head and… boom!. One down, three to go.
Tonraq is knocked off the mountain by Zaheer who then knocks out Korra. Before Lin and Suyin can save her, Zaheer purposefully falls off the mountain and begins to fly. Of course, at this point, everyone is just like “Wtf is happening?”
As the group back at the Air Temple try to escape the lava that seems bent on melting their faces, Bolin quickly earthbends a portion of the walls out to create a long room with a hole out of the side of the mountain. When they realize how high up they are, they realize that they’re out of options. Thankfully, just as I predicted, Bolin finally finds that spark within himself and uses lavabending to protect them, just in time for Kai to swoop in on his baby Bison and save the day!
Kai tells the group, who’ve met back with everyone else, that after the airbenders had been taken, he followed them to a cave a few miles away. That’s where the Red Lotus has taken Korra.
Episode 13: Venom of the Red Lotus
Chained up like a weird science experiment, Korra wakes up to find the Zaheer, Ming-Hua, Ghazan, and a few new Red Lotus members watching her. Zaheer tells Korra that they will use a special poison to force her into the Avatar State. Once she’s in the Avatar State, they will kill her, thus ending the cycle of the Avatar, forever. She will be Korra: The Last Avatar.
Jinora, who had been using her spirit to watch Zaheer explain the Red Lotus’ plans, returns to the other airbenders and, as a group, they realize that if they want to get free and help the very injured Bumi and Kya, they’ll need to save themselves.
The Red Lotus uses the poison on Korra and she begins to slip into the Avatar State. Ming-Hua and Ghazan are at the ready for the perfect moment to strike. Korra, however, is able to resist the impending transition to the Avatar State – at least for the moment – but begins to hallucinate images of Amon, Unalaq, and Vaatu.
Jinora and the other airbenders are able to trick one of the guards long enough to steal his keys. As Opal begins to free herself, a guard catches her, but is quickly taken out by Suyin who, with the help of Asami and her amazing fighting skills, incapacitate the other guard, as well.
Korra can no longer resist the Avatar State and it quickly consumes her. However, before the Red Lotus can kill her, she manages to break free, using her power to temporarily taken down Ming-Hua and Ghazan. The Incredible Flying Zaheer flees through a large hole at the top of the cave, but Korra follows him using her firebending jet feet (that’s what they’re called, right?)
Outside of the cave, Korra and Zaheer engage in a huge battle – comparable to the one fought between Aang and Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Tenzin is reunited with his family and the rest of the airbenders. Tonraq insists that they need to help Korra,
Bolin and Mako have begun fighting Ghazan and Ming-Hua, respectively. Bolin is almost offended by Ghazan’s smile and reveals that he too is now a lavabenders. Ghazan is surprised, but only seems more eager to fight at this point.
Despite Korra being in the Avatar State and bending every element, she still can’t seem to pin Zaheer down.
Tenzin reveals that Zaheer has managed to unlock airbending secrets that haven’t been seen in thousands of years. Jinora, the brilliant girl that she is, then points out that there hasn’t been this many airbenders in a long time, either. “We have power, together,” she insists. Jinora tells the other airbenders to follow her. Together, they begin to form a huge tornado.
Mako is able to separate Ming-Hua from any source of water until she jumps down a hole. Mako follows her and lands in a large underground cavern filled with perfectly bendable water. Ming-Hua attacks with her, like, 12,000 water arms, but Mako is able to use his lightning to permanent stop her. I’m assuming she’s dead at this point.
Mako quickly runs to help Bolin and together, the two overwhelm Ghazan who tells the brothers that he is not going to prison and that, if he’s going down, they’re going with him. He begins to bring down the cave, but Mako and Bolin escape, leaving Ghazan to bury himself.
Outside, the airbenders are able to use their combined power to pull down Korra and Zaheer. Once the two are on the ground, Lin and Suyin trap Zaheer in an earth cage but, as far as he’s concerned, the Red Lotus has won because the poison has already taken Korra. Jinora, however, knows that the poison is metal from her time as Jinora Bond, 00Spirit. Suyin is able to drain the poison from Korra before it’s too late.
Two weeks later, everyone is back on Air Temple Island, just off the coast of Republic City. Asami is helping a still very weak Korra get ready for a “formal Avatar appearance.” Korra is clearly mentally and physically drained and Asami tells her she is there for her. It’s clear that their friendship has really blossomed over Book 3 and it’s really refreshing to see a side of Korra that hasn’t been explored before.
A group of Korra’s friends and family are waiting for the wheelchair-bound Avatar at the base of a large staircase. The president of Republic City welcomes her back, officially, and thanks her for defeating the Red Lotus. After Korra is taken up the stairs by Lin, the president reveals that the Earth Kingdom is still in complete disarray since the death of its Queen. The world needs the Avatar more than ever and no one is sure who will protect the world while Korra is still recovering.
Inside, Tenzin addresses a large audience that includes visitors, airbenders, and Air Acolytes. He thanks Korra for her sacrifice and promises that the airbenders will return their nomadic roots and serve people of all nations, working wherever they need to, in order to restore balance and peace.
A fully robed Jinora, who has taken center stage, is revealed by Tenzin to have received her tattoos, reflective of her ascension to the role of airbending master. With no hair, she looks exactly like her grandfather, Avatar Aang.
The episode ends with a closeup of a teary eyed Korra as she watches Jinora be anointed by the other airbenders.
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