"The Legend of Korra" Co-Creators Will Challenge You to Hold Onto Your Beliefs
by ERIC THURM
"Before "Balance" begins October 3, Complex asked Avatar creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino a few questions about the upcoming season, and how the show's world has changed over the course of the series.
To what extent were Books Two through Four conceptualized as one longer story rather than three shorter arcs? Did that change your ability to react to how individual parts of the show were turning out as production went on?
DiMartino: From the start, Legend of Korra was conceived to have stand-alone seasons with a new villain each time, rather than the three-season arc of The Last Airbender. We had no idea when we began how many seasons we would have, but once we got the green light for the second batch of 26 episodes (which make up Books Three & Four) we knew we could weave in more connective tissue between the seasons, while still keeping them separate stories. The biggest thread linking them is what happens in Book Two when UnaVaatu unleashes spirit vines on Republic City. Those spirit vines play a big role in the final season! Also, we were able to see Korra’s character arc through to the end. She still has a lot of healing to do and some soul searching before her journey is finished.
From the trailer, it looks like Book Four will pick up three years after the end of Book Three. Why the time jump, and how much can we expect to be filled in on what we've missed?
DiMartino: I loved it when shows like Battlestar Galactica, 24, and Lost jumped forward in time at the end of (or between) seasons, and a dramatic time jump made sense for the story we wanted to tell in Book Four. We needed some time to pass for the political situation in the Earth Kingdom to evolve and for Korra to be out of commission for a while. Everyone’s grown up a bit and moved on with their lives and there’s enough information we weave in to explain how the characters got to where they are now. We devote a whole episode to Korra and her emotional and healing journey, beginning at the end of Book Three and following her recovery up to the start of Book Four. It’s one of our most unique episodes, storytelling-wise, and one I’m very proud of."
Thurm, Eric. "Interview: "The Legend of Korra Book 4" Co-Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino." Complex. 3 Oct. 2014. Web. 4 Oct. 2014.
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