Anonymous SAID:
Hey Bob, was wondering if you could have a go at explaining Korra's situation at the end of Book 3. I'm a little confused in trying to understand the place she's in right now; emotions aren't my strong suit. She won, she survived, and so did everyone important to her, but she looked...well, broken, I guess? I don't quite get it.

bobbityhobbity:

The cues they give us are very subtle. I’ll do my best.

I think this is a case of Korra winning but at an immense cost. She is clearly physically debilitated in some way, either from the effects of the poison or the beating she took or both. She underwent what looked like excruciatingly painful torture during which she hallucinated her previous enemies taunting her about her impending obsolescence. While those visions were chemically induced, the fact that they were still products of her own sub-conscious tells us something about what her greatest fears are. We sort of know this already, but Korra’s sense of identity comes from her role as the Avatar. And truthfully, I think the Avatar Spirit is even more important to her than her life. She was willing to give herself up to Zaheer knowing what it might mean, but she really started to freak out when she found out they wanted to end the Avatar Cycle. 

So basically, she has undergone an immense trauma that took everything out of her physically and emotionally. And what’s worse, this is the third major battle she’s had to fight in a year of show time. I can only speculate on some of the feelings she might be dealing with: physical pain, exhaustion, fear that she won’t be able to carry on her mission (and maybe even fear that she’ll never be free of people wanting to kill her?), that she’ll never feel “normal” again. She may also feel detached from everything that’s going on around her and have difficulty connecting to the positive emotions that other people are feeling and want her to feel.

That whole sequence had a “soldier home from war” feel to it. I don’t know if we’re meant to read it as straightforward PTSD, but it appears to be something similar. It isn’t easy to function in regular life once you’ve been through something like that, even if that’s what you are trained for. And that’s especially true if you walk away from it physically scarred, feeling like less than yourself. 

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k-y-h-u:

fact: book 3 finale destroyed me about 2486529684 times 

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majorkimblee:

i love how no one messes with avatar the last airbender. there are people who are like, wow you watch doctor who? fucking nerd. you watch anime? gosh you’re such a weirdo. you watch avatar the last airbender? oh man you know that’s pretty cool so um what kind of bender would you be omg isn’t toph badass and don’t get me started on appa

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tenpinbolin:

if you wanna know how i feel about the red lotus now just listen to the song problem by ariana grande

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