Everything went to hell and back on The Legend of Korra season 3, episode 12, “Enter the Void,” and 13, “The Venom of the Red Lotus.” Read our recap and share your thoughts on that powerful season finale!
‘The Legend of Korra’ season 3, episode 12, ‘Enter the Void’
The best laid plans
On the airship with Tonraq, Lin, Suyin, Mako, Bolin, and Asami, Korra announces her decision to give herself over to Zaheer in order to save the Air Nation. The team is upset, but supportive. Suyin finds an opening in Zaheer’s demands that may allow them a way to save Korra.
Zaheer demands that Korra meet him at Laghima’s Peak alone – only then will he release the Airbenders. Suyin proposes that the group split up – Asami, Mako, and Bolin will retrieve the airbenders from the Temple, while Suyin, Lin, and Tonraq wait to overwhelm Zaheer before he can get away with Korra.
Meanwhile, Pabu and Naga are chilling with Grandma Yin in Zaufu.
Love and height-differences
At the Northern Air Temple, Zaheer meditates on Guru Laghima’s mantra to “let go your earthly tether” before his shrine. P’Li reports that the Airbenders are secure; the two discuss their love, and freedom, and their love of freedom.
It’s kind of moving, but also creepy as all get-out.
Team Airship makes their goodbyes. Tonraq and Korra have an emotional parting, then Team Rescue goes its separate ways. Ghazan leads Mako, Bolin, and Asami to Tenzin and the hooded airbenders; when Zaheer threatens their lives, Korra surrenders herself to P’Li, who chains her in platinum shackles.
Ghazan lets Team Airship go to Tenzin, and Mako approaches the rows of airbenders. But as Tenzin weakly shakes his head, the acolytes’ robes dissolve into puddles as Ming-Hua releases their forms.
The waterbender grins wickedly, and attacks.
Mako radios Korra that they have been tricked. She tries to escape in spite of her chains, while Team Rescue vaults over the side of Laghima’s Peak and is quickly engaged by P’Li. Zaheer’s airship drifts away when Tonraq slices the tether, and Korra takes on Zaheer with her father.
But when Tonraq attempts to skewer the Airbender with a dagger of ice, Zaheer whips him up in a whirlwind. “Say hello to the Earth Queen for me!” he taunts, and flings Tonraq over the side of the mountain.
Lin and Suyin find themselves pinned down by P’Li. “I love you,” Lin tells her sister, and then races out to distract the crazy bender’s line of fire. P’li advances on Lin and gears up to fire – but Su metalbends her armor over the woman’s head.
All that’s left is a smoking crater.
Thing heat up
At the temple, Asami frees Tenzin while Ghazan and Ming-Hua attack the boys. Tenzin doesn’t know where the Airbenders are. Ghazan fills the room with lava and bounces with Ming-Hua. Having no other way out, Tenzin guides Bolin to carve a passage through the temple.
Team Airship proceeds down the secret passageway, pursued by flowing lava. Bolin keeps bending stop-gaps, but when they find themselves on the edge of the mountain, Bolin is forced to face the heat. He dives against the lava, and just before being engulfed by molten rock, manages to bend it back to solidity.
Korra tries to take advantage of Zaheer’s brief distraction, but he quickly beats her into unconsciousness. With the airship gone, Lin and Suyin advance, telling him it’s over. With Korra slung across his shoulder, Zaheer recites the mantra once again – and steps off the cliff into nothingness.
Horrified, Lin and Su race over – only to find that Zaheer is hovering below the edge because he can freakin’ fly.
Zaheer zooms away with Korra. Toph’s daughters are shocked, as are Ghazan and Ming-Hua on the airship. Tonraq, dangling off the cliff from a Metalbender’s line, is devastated as he watches his daughter disappear through the air.
In the nick of time, Kai appears on his bison to rescue Tenzin, Asami, Bolin, and Mako. The group piles onto his poor, overwhelmed baby bison. Behind them, the Norther Air Temple collapses.
The group lands below Laghima’s Peek, where Tonraq is being patched up by the metalbending captain Kuvira. The group scrambles for a plan, when Kai is finally able to tell them that the Airbenders have been taken to a group of caves. Uggi arrives, and the group flies off to rescue Korra.
In the caves, Zaheer tells Ming-Hua and Ghazan that he can fly, thanks to the death of P’Li – he has let go of his earthly tether.
Korra wakes up, stretched through chains. “Your pain will soon be over,” Zaheer says, and orders two members of the Red Lotus to “bring the poison.”
That doesn’t sound good.
Read on for our recap of the electrifying final chapter of ‘The Legend of Korra’ season 3, episode 13
‘The Legend of Korra’ season 3, episode 12 recap by Michal Schick.