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Q&A with Mike and Bryan!
Hey, Korra Nation! This coming Friday, co-creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be answering questions from Korra fans!
Leave your questions below or tag your post with #AskBryke and your question could be answered.
Here’s ours: Which TV and film villains have you drawn inspiration from for Amon’s character?
RE:Abuse Cycle--What Naga Saw
Fandom: The Legend of Korra
Why: I wanted to extrapolate and give more information on the downward spiral. This is part two of a series, each of which will go into more detail about a specific part of the fic Abuse Cycle. A plot has been added in an attempt to give some ideas on how TLoK’s plot might be saved to actually work next season. Continued from What Tenzin Saw.
Pairing: Mako/Korra, Pema/Tenzin, mild Lin/Tenzin, maybe Bolin/Asami if you squint real hard
Warnings: Subtle domestic abuse. Violence.
Author’s Note: This fic in particular goes through a lot of things I personally experienced during an abusive romantic relationship I dealt with. I was lucky. I got out very quickly, so it only reached this level, but it’s something to be aware of.
- Is there an explanation for why Korra was able to bend three elements as a small child?
- Will we see Bumi and Kya on the show at some point since they have character designs?
- If Avatar was a show aimed at adults on a different network (like an Asian version of Game of Thrones), what changes would you have made in ATLA and Legend of Korra?
- Is there a reason why we never learned anything about Aang’s parentage? Is it just part of Air Nomad culture to be raised in temples and not care who your parents are? And now that there’s so few airbenders in the world, is that part of their culture going to get re-established eventually or just die out?
- WILL KORRA EVER AIRBEND???
Dear Bryke: Can you explain the evolution of bending, and the spread of chi blocking?
What I mean is, the more advanced forms of bending seem more widespread, and I would infer that it’s ‘easier’ to do in this era. Why is that? Can you explain the evolution of bending?
Bending lightning, for example. It was a huge deal in ATLA, but now it seems like it’s a common enough of a skill that even an, I’m assuming, informally trained person like Mako could get the hang of it at a young age—not to mention other ‘common folk’ benders.
And metalbending… and bloodbending without a full moon. It just seems like the ‘difficulty’ of these forms established in ATLA is left unacknowledged and not explained.
Also, how did chi blocking become a more common practice? How did it spread?
1. How did Sokka die?
2. If toph is dead, how did she die?
3. Did Sokka have kids? If so, with who?
4. Where is Katara in all the flashbacks?
5. How did the world find out about bloodbending? Did Katara, Sokka, Aang, or toph tell everyone?
6. How did Yakone find out about bloodbending?
7. Is General Iroh Zuko’s son or grandson?
8. How many kids did Zuko have and with who?
9. Why haven’t we seen Aangs other children?
10. Who is Lin’s dad?
11. What happened to Zuko’s mom?
12. Why haven’t we seen Zuko?
13. What happened to Azula?
14. If sokka had kids, what are their names?
15. What is Zuko’s kids names?
16. Did Appa die with aang or did Appa die at an earlier point in Aangs life?
17. Do the animals of the avatars live longer than their normal counterparts to match the life of the avatar?
There's gotta be more to being the Avatar than bending.
Like what did the first Avatars do? How did they learn bending? And how did the other people of the kingdom/nation/tribe/nomadic group learn their bending? How did their culture and shit become the way that it did? How did it go from Badgermoles/Koi fish/Dragons/Flying bisons being the original benders to these people actually learning to bend? And was the Avatar that bridge? And when the lionturtles and shit created the Avatar was it in the body of a human or was it something else and they eventually decided to make the Avatar a human?
And what did the early Avatars do if that’s was how it started? Like the Avatar had to evolve to the point it’s at now right? It wasn’t just created that way. Except maybe it was. Idk.
Mike and Bryan Q&A Day: Behind the Scenes Question
Mike and Bryan, it’s known among most of the Korra fandom that the show was originally planned as a miniseries spot of 12 episodes, but during production was given a second season of 14 episodes with the possibility of a third season. Naturally, this would effect the event planning and pacing of a show, as well as the writing and character development planned. From what I understand, you did not have a full writing team like you had with Last Airbender here on Korra, and the majority of the writing was done by yourselves, Mike and Bryan.
My question is this: what are your thoughts about the fans’ more negative criticisms of your writing on this show? A lot of criticisms have boiled down to the pacing, characters lacking proper development, plotlines being dropped after a single episode or two, sexist and misogynistic tones of the writing, and unnecessary story elements taking precedent over far more interesting (and sometimes important) pieces of the story that tend to be glossed over and forgotten.
A lot of response fans have received from you and your staff is to wait and see how things play out and that isn’t what I’m asking. I’m asking for your personal thoughts on the criticisms of the writing behind what’s happening in the show.
Thank you for giving the fans this chance to ask you questions we have on our minds and taking the time to answer them at all.