Most fans of The Legend of Korra were delightfully surprised to see that, at the conclusion of the series finale episode, Korra and Asami ended up together.
However, since the episode aired, there has been some speculation that maybe viewers have been misinterpreting the symbolism behind their departure to the spirit world. You know, because most good friends turn to each other, hand-in-hand, and stare longingly into the other person’s eyes.
Regardless of what you thought, co-creatrs, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, have set the record straight. On his Tumblr account, Konietzko confirmed that “Korrasami is canon.” He then added that “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.”
Konietzko does admit that Korrasami wasn’t “endgame,” that they hadn’t planned to have the two women end up together from the very beginning. “Asami was a duplicitous spy when Mike and I first conceived her character,” he revealed. “Then we liked her too much so we reworked the story to keep her in the dark regarding her father’s villainous activities.”
He goes on to say that he was worried about getting the idea past the network (Nickelodeon), but that they were open to it once approached. However, there were limits to what they could depict. It’s nice to see that the creators represented a kind of relationship that most people don’t get to see on TV, let alone an animated children’s show. “We did it for all our queer friends, family, and colleagues… I’m only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories,” he said.
DiMartino’s Tumblr post echoed similar sentiments as Konietzko, saying that
“Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other.” In some ways, it would seem that Korra and Asami ending up together was almost a natural progression of the show, considering the attitude with which DiMartino and Konietzko created the Avatar world. “The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing differing worldviews.”