The Legend of Korra co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, recently sat down with Roth Cornet from IGN to discuss Book 4, the Book 3 finale, and what fans can expect from the upcoming video game.
Cornet starts off by asking the co-creators about the finale episode and where “Korra’s head is at after facing her fears in the cave.” DiMartino says, “This season, really, we structured it around Korra’s big sacrificial moment of saving the Air Nation and giving her that really big heroic moment. But, that it definitely came at a big price and a big cost to her physically and emotionally.”
“I think Mike and I have always said and have always been interested in not cartoonish ideas of good and evil,” Konietzko said when asked about how the pair structure the villainy of the show. “We like our good characters to be very human and flawed and make poor choices and maybe be misinformed about things and [that]gives them a place to grow and it certainly makes them more relatable.”
At one point, Cornet asks DiMartino and Konietzko about the now famous scene in which Zaheer killed the Earth Queen and whether it was difficult to get that scene to air. “There was definitely some discussions about how far we could take it. The one thing we always run into is, like, not being able to say ‘the Queen is dead,” said DiMartino.
Cornet even brought up the decision to move the show to a solely digital format instead of continuing to air it on television, to which both men responded that, given the fact that production of the show is basically finished at this point, the decision didn’t affect the direction of the series whatsoever. “In terms of, like, a freedom or whatever, it would have been nicer to still have it on the air as well as being digital,” Konietzko stated. “I think what we’ve seen with Avatar: The Last Airbender, after it finished its original run, it did really well online and on DVD. Now, with Korra, I think it will also have a long shelf life on DVD/Blu-ray, various streaming or digital download outlets.”
Watch the full interview below to find out everything that DiMartino and Konietzko had to say about the upcoming Book 4, the Book 3 finale, and the soon-to-be released video game:
Konietzko, at one point in the interview, did mention that he and DiMartino will be spending the rest of the year in post-production for Book 4, so that almost definitely confirms a 2015 release. But, the bigger question will be when in 2015? The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book Three: Change is hitting shelves on January 20, 2015 which could mean that Book 4 will come out sometime around that if coinciding book and TV show release dates are any indication.
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