Books 3 and 4 were being made together at the same time. That’s why Kuvira had very little parts in Book 3 because she was always going to be a major player in Book 4. With that said, this “pandering to the fans” is nonsense. The fans who shipped Korrasami got what they wanted, but not because Bryan and Mike listened to them. The relationship between Korra and Asami began to flourish since the very first episode of Book 3 when Asami was teaching Korra how to drive. The creators were building both characters up because they had always planned to use them for the very end of the series.
I hear countless times that the relationship between Korra and Mako was badly handled or forced. I never thought that because, in reality, these characters were just teenagers and neither one of them were good at expressing their love for each other. They were young and messing up. Kinda like *gasp!* real life!
But back to Korrasami, every seed had been planted from the beginning of Book 3 and onwards. And that last scene between the two of them is the flower blossoming. They’re not getting married. It’s not like the battle ended and then we cut to Korra and Asami getting married instead of Verrick and Zhu Li. THAT would have been completely left field and made no sense.
Instead, we are shown 2 characters whose relationship has been growing over the course of 2 seasons and that is ANYTHING but rushed or forced. It’s the complete opposite.
How anyone can say this came out of nowhere is beyond me and goes to show many people who have a problem with this series just don’t get it. They can’t get it. They refuse to get it. And it’s a damn shame when so many great details get overlooked or ignored.
This is no pandering to shippers. The show has never been about that. This isn’t supposed to be a Twilight love story as its core focus. The shippers, in this case, we’re just smart enough to read all the nuanced signs.
“I love when you become so close with someone that you can see parts of each other in one another and you begin to say the same things and steal lines from one another and have a similar sense of humor and can exchange an inside joke with just a glance you don’t even have to talk because you have such a strong connection with them and you can sit in comfortable silence but also talk for hours it’s really hard to find that kind of compatibility. -adorability”