But imagine the future for the Team Avatar
Where Bolin goes to help the Earth Kingdom with Prince Wu in Mako’s place. He travels, with Opal as much as he can, and Korra whenever their paths cross, and just helps people. However he’s able. He runs into orphans and new airbenders and businessmen and royalty and befriends all of them. He helps stabilize the region, this time by thinking for himself instead of following others blindly. His earthbending and lavabending skills help create some of the most stable roadways and infrastructure in the world- and he make sure that every small town has access to the things they need.
Where Mako stays in Republic City and works as a detective under Lin Beifong. She becomes the closest thing to a parental figure he’s had since he was small. There’s never something official or anything. But visitors to the city start assuming he’s her son, and (after a while) Lin stops correcting them. Mako works hard, and with Tenzin and the air nation’s help, starts an orphanage in the city. Asami donates money to set up a school as part of it, and soon those kids are some of the best educated in the world. There’s even a youth pro-bending league, and the kids are always super excited when Mako or Bolin or *gasp* the Avatar herself shows up to help coach.
Where Korra and Mako grow to be sibling-like best friends. Where they’re constantly getting the other into trouble and bickering and arguing but they love each other to hell and back. And sometimes they get so mad that they have a huge fight and stop talking for a bit. But then Bolin and Asami call each other and plan some silly contrived thing to get them to have to work together. Because if its one thing Korra and Mako are great at, it’s solving problems together. In each other they find a brother-sister bond that neither of them would have ever guessed they needed. And they never stop being there for each other, no matter the time or distance.
Where Asami and Korra are supposed to be going to the spirit world on vacation, but Asami still can’t help but notice things related to spirit energy (much to Korra’s dismay). Her world has always been the physical one, but she’s so excited to learn about this new place. When Varrick and Zhu Li get back from their (incredibly lengthy) honeymoon, they and Asami swap ideas for all the new inventions they thought of on their journeys. Asami takes frequent trips around the world with Korra and comes back so full of idea and zeal that Varrick starts joking that he and Zhu LI are going to have to take their vacations right after she does, otherwise she’ll work them to death out of excitement. With Korra and Jinora’s help and a lot of patience, Asami finds new ways to harness clean energy without disrupting the spirits or the balance between worlds. Asami Sato’s home will always be Republic City, even if her love is a wanderer, and she makes sure that it becomes the cleanest, most environmentally and spiritually friendly city in the world.
Where Korra is able to see the world so long kept from her behind the walls of that Order of the White Lotus compound in the South Pole. She travels everywhere she can- not to find something, or save someone- but to simply see it all. Learn more. Do more. Experience everything. She travels to Kyoshi and, to Asami’s dismay, rides the Unagi. She travels to the Fire Nation. On a hint from Fire Lord Zuko, finds a hidden civilization and learns to bend from the True Masters. She visits a village where everyone dances. Asami talks her into a business trip to Omashu to study their postal system and they stop by the Cave of Two Lovers.
Korra visits every Air Temple, mostly to check on the new Air Nation, but always makes sure to stop in the statue rooms. She spends a quiet moment alone each time, meditating. Once, Asami asks if it’s because she’s trying to reconnect with her past lives, but Korra just shakes her head.
She’s not trying to reclaim the past. She’s simply making promises for the future.