Imperfection has been a serious theme so far in The Legend of Korra season 2 – but here’s why it makes the show kind of perfect.

We are four episodes into The Legend of Korra season 2, and one thing any fan will be able to tell you is that it’s been a polarizing season. From the anti-Angry-Korra’s movement to the blood-sucking-leech controversy, the first two hours of Book 2: Spirits may have generated more meta-commentary than Miley Cyrus. (All of her. Put together.)

But one topic in particular has become an unhappy point of focus for many viewers of The Legend of Korra season 2 who have traveled over from the friendly shores of Avatar: The Last Airbender. That being, the less-than-happy relationship between Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin – and the insinuation that Aang’s skills as a father left something to be desired from his non-airbender children.

There is a lot to say on this issue, and I’m not going to delve into the potential reasons why Aang took Tenzin to ride the elephant-koi and not his other children. But I do want to explain why I feel this new revelation about Aang’s life is a brave storytelling decision, and why it fits perfectly into The Legend of Korra season 2.

It seems to me that a major motif of Book 2: Spirits so far has been human imperfection. Korra, coming off her triumph in Book 1, remains impatient, spiritually tone-deaf and desperate to prove herself. Tenzin is still overly rigid and clings to principle, rather than the practical. Varrick is loyal to his bank account, Senna is timid to a fault, and even the air acolytes are by turns obsequious and rude.

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Imperfection has been a serious theme so far in The Legend of Korra season 2 – but here’s why it makes the show kind of perfect.

We are four episodes into The Legend of Korra season 2, and one thing any fan will be able to tell you is that it’s been a polarizing season. From the anti-Angry-Korra’s movement to the blood-sucking-leech controversy, the first two hours of Book 2: Spirits may have generated more meta-commentary than Miley Cyrus. (All of her. Put together.)

But one topic in particular has become an unhappy point of focus for many viewers of The Legend of Korra season 2 who have traveled over from the friendly shores of Avatar: The Last Airbender. That being, the less-than-happy relationship between Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin – and the insinuation that Aang’s skills as a father left something to be desired from his non-airbender children.

There is a lot to say on this issue, and I’m not going to delve into the potential reasons why Aang took Tenzin to ride the elephant-koi and not his other children. But I do want to explain why I feel this new revelation about Aang’s life is a brave storytelling decision, and why it fits perfectly into The Legend of Korra season 2.

It seems to me that a major motif of Book 2: Spirits so far has been human imperfection. Korra, coming off her triumph in Book 1, remains impatient, spiritually tone-deaf and desperate to prove herself. Tenzin is still overly rigid and clings to principle, rather than the practical. Varrick is loyal to his bank account, Senna is timid to a fault, and even the air acolytes are by turns obsequious and rude.

It is understandably upsetting to learn that loving, carefree Aang – whom many fans have known and loved since childhood – was an imperfect father to his children. It is legitimately painful to see his children bicker over the wounds he may have left them. But I think part of the reason for that is less about what Aang’s imperfections say about him, and more about what they say about us.

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In real life, people are not perfect; families aren’t perfect. (Not even families of adorable sky bison, alas.) In real life, we – the protagonists of our own stories – can be good people, a wonderful, well-intentioned people, and still might make mistakes. We might not fulfill our responsibilities, be they to the world, to our friends, or to our families. Other people might resent us, judge us, and even condemn us, even though we were trying our best. Sometimes our flaws might overshadow our goodness.

This is what has happened to Aang, and this is what can happen to us. It’s hard to come to terms with, but in its own way, it’s a beautiful thing, because it is universal. We all face this problem ourselves, and like Kya, Bumi, and Tenzin, we all perpetrate it in others.

But like Aang’s children in “Civil Wars, Part 2,” we also have the ability to step back and reflect on those around us. We can look at pictures of the past, consider the future, and reconsider the people we judge for their imperfections. This isn’t always revolutionary, and it isn’t always forgiveness. But it takes us a step closer to seeing the people who effect our lives as full and flawed and wonderful – like we see ourselves.

That’s what The Legend of Korra season 2 is trying to show us, and – as much as it can hurt – I think that’s a beautiful thing.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!