How about how Mai would benefit from Zutara?
What Mαi would Gain from Zutara
Mαi would gain the opportunity to date a boy who makes her smile:
Who shares her disdain for politics:
And whom she really seems to like more than Zuko.
She would be free of any ties to the royal family
And could go off on her own adventure
Where she wouldn’t be stifled by the palace and her parents.
Mαi: I was a rich only child who got anything I wanted. As long as I behaved … and sat still…and didn’t speak unless spoken to. My mother said I had to keep out of trouble. We had my Dad’s political career to think about.
The burden of providing the Firelord with an heir would no longer fall on her
Which is probably for the best.
And she wouldn’t spend hour after hour, befuddled
Mαi: Zuko, what is wrong with you?! … Your temper’s out of control. You blow up over every little thing. You’re so impatient and hot-headed and angry.
While her boyfriend is undergoing a metamorphosis that she doesn’t, and may never, understand.
Zuko: When I got to the meeting, everyone welcomed me. My father had saved me a seat. He wanted me next to him. I was literally at his right hand.
Mαi: Zuko, that’s wonderful. You must be happy?
Zuko: During the meeting, I was the perfect prince. The son my father wanted. But I wasn’t me.
She would get the opportunity to live for herself
And not have her life decisions revolve around Zuko.
And most of all, she would be free to associate with people who get her:
Zuko: I saw it and I thought it was pretty. Don’t girls like stuff like this?
Instead of a boyfriend who is as confused by her as she is by him …
Zuko: Well, at least I feel something…as opposed to you. You have no passion for anything. You’re just a big “blah”.
Will never trust or open up to her the way she wants …
Mαi: All I get is a letter. You could have at least looked me in the eye when you ripped out my heart.
And just isn’t that into her.
Azula: The thing I don’t understand is why. Why would you do it? You know the consequences.
(Meanwhile … )
Zuko: My sister was on that island.
Sokka: Yeah and she’s probably right behind us. So let’s not stop.
Zuko: What I mean is she must have come here somehow. That’s our way out of here.
(On the other hand … )