First off, I have two posts about these original sketches from the episode “The Avatar State”. This is the first one, which shows a scene that was probably cut from the final animation due to the time frame of an episode, but what adds some depth to our beloved characters, especially Sokka.
Okay, even though they’re pretty much the same, I just couldn’t leave out the first frame because Katara’s face looks so beautiful in there. And that’s basically the same reason why I wanted to add the last one as well since it’s a Kataang moment. Besides, they’re the first and final shots which actually made it into animation and glue this scene together.
Can I just say how sweet it is when Katara approaches Aang and before she even begins to talk, he hushes her and points towards her sleeping brother? The airbender warns the waterbender to keep quiet so they wouldn’t accidentally wake up the warrior. This explains why they’re talking with such low voices as nobody else was seen on deck in the final animation.
However, this made me wonder why Sokka would sleep outside on deck when there were two empty beds down below, where his sister and the Avatar slept. And then, paying closer attention to these sketches, I realized that he was gazing at the moon when he had fallen asleep. Sokka was still thinking about Yue, what had happened during the siege of the Northern Water Tribe had left a deep impact and he was hurt. It had most likely been a few weeks ago, which makes it understandable that he hadn’t got over it.
Screenshots used from piandao.org.