The final season of The Legend of Korra is coming to a close. Here are our four theories on what may be in store!
The creators of The Legend of Korra have promised that “poop goes down” in the series’ final five episodes, which definitely set our thoughts churning with theories. Here’s what we came up with — let us know your thoughts in the comments!
A protagonist is going to die
Basically, we think The Legend of Korra is due for a big death. The show has been unafraid to permanently dispatch its villains — Book 3’s Zaheer is the only antagonist to survive his or her storyline — but the show has mostly been shy about harming its protagonists at all, and none of them have died.
In this respect, The Legend of Korra seems almost tame in comparison to Avatar: The Last Airbender. That show had a younger audience and a decidedly more innocent slant, but was gutsy enough to take the lives of a few good guys. The Legend of Korra needs to catch up — and fast.
Our top prediction for the death slot goes to Asami’s father Hiroshi Sato. Now remorseful for his actions in Book 1, we can see the “bad dad” getting involved in the fight against Kuvira — and possibly sacrificing himself to save his daughter.
More controversial is the idea that Toph might die in The Legend of Korra finale. Toph is literally right in the middle of Kuvira’s Spirit Swamp Deforestation plan, and though the spunky senior is still one of the best benders alive, could she really take on a whole army of mechatanks?
Of course, Korra herself is always a possibility, and one we won’t discount out of hand. (The praise she received in “Remembrances” was eerily eulogistic, after all.) Still, the Avatar has experienced more than her share of suffering over the series, and will hopefully get to continue as the Avatar beyond the constraints of the series.
Republic City is Kuvira’s endgame
The Great Uniter claims that she only wants to, you know, unify the Earth Empire, which she has ostensibly done after the Battle of Zaofu. But we highly doubt she’ll stop there.
There are a few reasons for Kuvira to turn her gaze to Republic City. The primary reason, most likely, is the fact that Republic City technically sits on Earth Empire territory — a fact which greatly annoyed the old Earth Queen. The city has only been independent for about 80 years, and we can easily see Kuvira feeling entitled to take back that land by any means necessary.
Speaking of means, the ticking Spirit Bomb is probably crucial to Kuvira’s plans. Not only do the harvested Spirit Vines potentially give her the means to conquer Republic City (which is defended by the United Forces) but the city is now home to its own Spirit Wilds — another source of power which the dictator will almost certainly be eager to tap.
Finally, though we aren’t sure whether the show will highlight this angle, it’s worth pointing out that Republic City poses an ideological threat to Kuvira’s reign. Her dictatorship stands at the opposite end of the political spectrum from Prince Wu’s hopeful monarchy, and it makes sense that the Earth Empire has swung away from their king in the hope of change.
But Republic City offers a middle way — the democratic solution. It’s certainly not perfect (does anyone actually like President Raiko?), but if citizens of the Earth Empire get sick of being controlled, they don’t have far to look for a solution that might offer them more freedom.
And if we know anything about Kuvira, she’s probably not a big fan of that option.