Did you ever get the impression or vibe that Zuko & Katara both liked each other towards the end of Book 3? I did, like Zuko's reaction and him saving Katara and Katara's face watching Zuko take the lighting for her sells it completely like that screams love, but also the little things like them sleeping next to each other, Zuko sitting next to her during the play and Katara fixing her hair when Zuko sits down next to her, also all the times Katara teases him, they liked each other clearly!
Yes! I did!!! From the hug in Southern Raiders and on, I felt like subtle hints were being made that Zuko and Katara had crushes on each other.
1) First of all, this hug was something fierce.
2) Ember Island Players was FULL of it.
[ Move the fuck over bitchboi, byeeeee ]
flirting and flirty looks teasing ]
[ then there’s bullshit when play!katara is fucking play!zuko behind the rock in the catacombs. yeah. you two are real subtle. ]
3) There’s this little look of complete innocence and not at all an ‘oh my god his hand is on my shoulder’ look. Just look how content she is being touched by him. She just like chills and stares. RIP
4) TheN THERE’S THIS NONSENSE SOEIFJIO:SEJFIO:JWE:F
[okay y’all okay. whatever you little dweebs]
I’m like 95% sure they had a crushes on each other:
EXHIBIT A: Rescuing her by literally shoving Suki out of the way
EXHIBIT B: long stares at her back with the sunset in the distance
EXHIBIT C: THIS BULLSHIT. (JUST CASUAL LIFESAVING)
EXHIBIT D: WTF IS THIS LOOK KATARA???? YOU’RE CRYING OVER HIM.
EXHIBIT E: And this one??? WITH CASUAL HAND ON LOWER BACK NONSENSE
Yeah, they liked each other. That’s it. I’m actually pretty sure Zuko loved her. Now, whether this was intentional ship baiting by Bryke, or moves made by the Zutara shippers in animation/writing, I cannot tell you. RIP ZUTARA. RIP.