So, funny story about me and Avatar: The Last Airbender:
I watched the series premiere back when it first aired (I was in eighth grade, I think) and I was…not impressed. I didn’t hate it or anything, it just didn’t grab me. I think I watched the next episode after that and then kind of lost interest and didn’t spare the show any more thought for a while.
Then, around the time season 2 started, my sister and I were having one of those conversations about nothing in particular and somehow Avatar came up, even though neither of us had been watching it, but she said one of her friends was a big fan and had told her “that water girl has a crush on the prince with the weird thing on his face now”.
And I was immediately so intrigued, because that was a plot twist I never would have predicted based on the three episodes I’d seen, but it actually sounded really interesting. Interesting enough to inspire me go back and watch the rest of the first season, after which I became truly hooked on the show.
Obviously my sister’s friend wasn’t quite right, and I realized that pretty quickly once I watched the show for myself, but it was too late. The idea of Katara and Zuko eventually getting together had been planted in my mind, and I wasn’t about to let it go.
The rest, as they say, is history.
But given that the faint, whispered possibility of Zutara was the singular reason I actually got into the show in the first place, perhaps you can understand why, all these years later, I am #still bitter about the ship wars and how they ended.