winter solstice part 2

A List of Zuko’s Decisions Up to Book 3 (Also, Notes on Zuko’s Mindset)
  • “The Boy in the Iceberg,” “The Avatar Returns,” and “The Warriors of Kyoshi” 
    • Zuko chases after Aang.
  • “Winter Solstice, Part 1″ 
    • Zuko foregoes going after Appa, and instead opts to  save Iroh.
  • “Winter Solstice, Part 2″
    • Zuko risks his life in Fire Nation territory to try and capture Aang.
  • “The Waterbending Scroll”
    • Zuko kidnaps Katara to try and find Aang.
  • “The Storm”
    • After some nice backstory, putting his crew in danger Captain Ahab style, and character development, Zuko actually decides not to go after Aang,
      • Aside from character development, this actually shows the double-edged nature of the effect of Zuko’s banishment. On the one hand Zuko’s “You will learn respect or I will teach it to you” recalls Ozai. But, on the other hand, the fact that Zuko realizes his actions are doing har, and his willingness to let Aang go this one time shows his potential to stay true to himself. 
  • “The Blue Spirit”
    • Fearing that his honor at stake, Zuko risks his life to capture Aang. 
    • We also get Aang and Zuko working together. 
    • On the other hand, we also see how ingrained Zuko’s current mindset is when he at first attacks Aang at the end of the episode, but then actually considers what he said.
  • “Bato of the Water Tribe”
    • Zuko goes after Aang.
  • “Siege of the North, Part 1”
    • Zuko fights Katara and captures Aang.
  • “Siege of the North, Part 2″
    • Zuko gets caught in a storm, and is saved by Aang. 
  • “The Avatar State”
    • Zuko takes Azula’s bait because he’s eager to return home and gain his father’s love. 
  • “The Cave of Two Lovers” 
    • Zuko starts out being unable to empasize with song until she shows him her scars. 
    • Despite this, he steals her ostrich horse out of selfishness. 
  • “The Swamp” 
    • Zuko takes up the persona of the Blue Spirit again to steal as a means of escaping his current circumstances. 
  • “Zuko Alone”
    • Zuko makes the choice not to steal food from a couple after he sees that one of the people he intended to steal from is pregnant.
    • Zuko empathizes with a boy in an Earth Kingdom village. 
    • Zuko stands up for a village of ungrateful racists. 
    • Zuko can’t understand why these villagers are such prejudiced, racist assholes. 
  • “The Chase” 
    • Zuko opts to stay with his uncle, and actually tells, Aang, Katara and the rest of the Gaang to leave.
      • it’s probably worth noting that, at this point, ZUko is literally homeless, a fugitive, and Iroh is the only real family he has since he’s now a figitive of the Fire Nation. 
  • “Bitter Work”
    • Zuko learns about the different elements, and different cultures. 
  • “The Desert”
    • Some more of that Zuko learning humility stuff. Of course, he;’s kind of blinded by how much he hates everything. 
  • “The Serpent’s Pass”
    • Zuko temporarily allies himself with Jet when he gets a chance to escape his current situation by getting himself better food. 
  • “The Drill”
    • Zuko tells Jet he’s not interested in joining him because it’s not friendship he’s after–it’s an escape from a life as refuge. 
  • “City of Walls and Secrets”
    • Zuko hates Ba Sing Se. 
  • “Lake Laogai”
    • Zuko risks his life to find Appa because he thinks he has a shot at capturing Aang and restoring his honor. 
    • Iroh confronts Zuko and, after a tense shouting match, finally gets Zuko to listen to him and set Appa free. 
  • “The Earth King” 
    • Zuko has a panic attack because of how much freeing Appa conflicted with his current path. 
  • “The Guru”
    • Having been faced with the futility of fighting a hopeless station, Zuko givess up and tries to bcome what his uncle wants him to be even though he doesn’t truly want tthis life. 
  • “The Crossroads of Destiny”
    • Zuko has a moment where he empathizes with Katara, but he betrays Iroh and joins Azula after he gets a clear shot when he gets a shot at finally getting his father’s love. 
Winter Solstice part 2

Hey guys sorry for the late update I have been sooooo busy. This is part 2 and the final one for this fic . I’ll be writing other one shots too.Send me prompts or ideas if you want too 😍. Enjoy. Here’s part one. The starfall wedding idea is orginally from @sarahviehmann and @acomaflove I think

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oh yeah so winter solstice part 1 and 2 is a great two-parter and they’re episode 7 and 8 of book 1, not 10 and 11 like you would expect for the “middle” of the season since atla seasons are 20 episodes long. but we know that atla was originally only picked up for 13 episodes (the blue spirit being the last episode they were guaranteed so they wanted to make it special in case the show didn’t continue), and i find this interesting because that’s the same length as the lok seasons (well, 12 14 13 13 close enough). (i mean, 13/26 is the standard industry episode order afaik, atla’s 20/21 was special)

what’s really interesting is that in season 2 if you look at episode 12 and 13 it’s the big “mid-season finale” two-parter the serpents’ pass and the drill, collectively referred to as the secret of the fire nation. (it wasn’t until book 3 that they split the season in half and put the mid-season two-parter as episode 10 and 11 (day of black sun part 1 and 2))

so basically atla book 1 and 2 were pretty much written as 13-episode seasons followed by an extra 7-episode miniseries afterwards, this is especially evident in book 2 when the extra 7 episodes are all a very tight ba sing se story arc.

i feel like this realization enhances my understanding of atla/lok’s writing, like

  • atla book 1 first 13 episodes vs lok book 2 all 14 episodes
    • 2-part opening in southern water tribe, something spiritually important (aang/spirit portal) is unlocked
    • 2-part mid-season (episode 7&8) where the avatar meets the previous/first avatar for the first time and finds out the impending event– sozin’s comet/harmonic convergence– that ozai/unalaq will use to destroy the world and must be stopped before
  • atla book 2 first 13 episodes vs lok book 3 all 13 episodes
    • first 3 episodes are journey to omashu/ba sing se to learn earthbending/find airbenders
    • mid-season episode 6&7 is beifongs and zuko/lin flashback
    • episode 10/11 has them discover something about the fire nation/red lotus as well as set in the si wong desert and misty palms oasis
    • episode 12/13 is a two-part finale mostly fight scenes

like their choices for structuring lok were so weird, you guys already know i will forever be mad at them for making each season a different plot, but i feel like this similarity to atla wasn’t a smart move. like this is why book 2 and 3 are so weirdly paced, with book 2 i love the plot, worldbuilding, korra’s arc, etc, but i really can’t praise the structure/pacing. like when i’m cutting my lok book 2 edit i keep finding little changes that make it magically flow sooo much better, it’s great. they basically took the first half of atla book 1 and then stuck sozin’s comet on the end lmaoo. if you tighten it up it works really well as a standalone story, but the way they did it is kind of too slow and too fast at the same time

and then with book 3 i feel like this explains why i always found it underwhelming and anti-climactic, like it’s basically a carbon copy of the first 13 episodes of atla book 2– this is why everyone was soo in love with how atla it felt– BUT it doesn’t have the next 7 episodes… it worked in atla book 2 because episode 12 and 13 were the mid-season finale which fed into the climactic ba sing se arc, whereas in lok book 3 it doesn’t develop any ideas and then just ends the season– with a bang, yes, the finale is good, but the whole season doesn’t tell a story.

oh the curse of book 2 and 3, one has difficult times for the characters but tells a great story, the other one has fun times for the characters but doesn’t tell a story at all.

book 1 and 4 don’t really have direct comparisons to atla. like book 1 i think the structure/pacing are EXCELLENT and i think it’s because it’s its own thing. and then there’s book 4 which is just a huge disaster that is neither good on its own nor is it modeled on atla. makes ya think

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Book 1: Water

1 - The Boy in the Iceberg

2 - The Avatar Returns

3 - The Southern Air Temple

4 - The Warriors of Kyoshi

5 - The King of Omashu

6 - Imprisoned

7- The Spirit World (Winter Solstice, Part 1)

8 - Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2)

9 - The Waterbending Scroll

10 - Jet

11 - The Great Divide

12 - The Storm

13 - The Blue Spirit

14 - The Fortuneteller

15 - Bato of the Water Tribe

16 - The Deserter

17 - The Northern Air Temple

18 - The Waterbending Master

19 - The Siege of the North, Part 1

20 - The Siege of the North, Part 2

Book Two: Earth

1 - The Avatar State

2 - The Cave of Two Lovers

3 - Return to Omashu

4 - The Swamp

5 - Avatar Day

6 - The Blind Bandit

7 - Zuko Alone

8 - The Chase

9 - Bitter Work

10 - The Library

11 - The Desert

12 - The Serpent’s Pass

13 - The Drill

14 - City of Walls and Secrets

15 - Tales of Ba Sing Se

16 - Appa’s Lost Days

17 - Lake Laogai

18 - The Earth King

19 - The Guru

20 - The Crossroads of Destiny

Book Three: Fire

1 - The Awakening

2 - The Headband

3 - The Painted Lady

4 - Sokka’s Master

5 - The Beach

6 - The Avatar and the Firelord

7 - The Runaway

8 - The Puppetmaster

9 - Nightmares and Daydreams

10 - The Day of Black Sun: The Invasion

11 - The Day of Black Sun: The Eclipse

12 - The Western Air Temple

13 - The Firebending Masters

14 - The Boiling Rock, Part 1

15 - The Boiling Rock, Part 2

16 - The Southern Raiders

17 - The Ember Island Players

18 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King

19 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters

20 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno

21 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang

When discussing Zuko’s character  development, it’s of crucial importance to understand his mindset. Up to his defection in Book 3, this mindset usually took the form of “I will do anything and everything to regain my father’s love,” which manifested itself as Zuko trying to capture the Avatar to regain his honor. 

Of course, there are a few moments where Zuko foregoes his quest, instead choosing to either listen to his uncle’s advice, or to help him. Examples of this include: “Winter Solstice: Part 1″; when Zuko sees Appa flying overhead, but chooses to too find iroh instead; “The Storm,” when Zuko lets Aang escape because of the storm; “Siege of the North,” when Zuko is too exhausted to actually go look for Aang; “The Chase,” when Zuko is too overwhelmed by iroh getting hurt by Azula”; and finally “Lake Laogai,” after iroh confronts him about his obsession with hunting Aang and wanting to regain his honor. 

These examples, in addition to molding Zuko into a multi-faceted character with many thoughts, and ideas up in that brain of his, seems to point to the conclusion that, when it comes to his uncle, Zuko will choose him over most things if he thinks his life is in danger. 

In fact, in the “Lost Scrolls” comic “Going Home Again,” Azula uses this knowledge to convince Zuko to come home with her: 

Azula: Poor, poor Uncle…I wonder if he’ll survive the trip home. Well, we must be going. I suggest you bid farewell to your girlfriend, little brother. 
Zuko: No. I…I’m coming with you. I’m going back to the Fire Nation.

However, Zuko will also choose his honor quest and his father’s love over all else if he thinks he’s either in danger of losing it forever, or if he feels like he’s really close to getting it and achieving his goals. Examples of this include “Winter Solstice Part 2,” when Zuko defies his father’s orders and risks capture by heading into Fire Nation waters to capture Aang; “The Blue Spirit,” when Zuko infiltrates a Fire nation fortress to capture Aang; “Siege of the North: Parts 1 & 2,” when Zuko kidnaps Aang and tries to wait through a blizzard; “Lake Laogai,” when Zuko decides to infiltrate Dai Li headquarters to find Appa so he can get to Aang; and finally “The crossroads of Destiny,” when Zuko chooses restoring his honor/father’s love over Iroh. 

There is however, another way of looking at Zuko’s actions, and that’s through the lens of long term, and short term effects, and what effect this will have on Zuko’s perception of how much happiness he’ll gain through his actions (or whether or not he’ll gain his father’s love). 

Thus, while he will put his quest aside to help his uncle, or to actually take his advice, he will quickly choose an alternate option if he thinks doing so will get him immediate happiness, or an automatic escape from whatever situation he’s in. Thus, we get examples like Zuko putting on the guise of the Blue Spirit again in “Avatar Day” to steal food; Zuko stealing food with Jet in “The Serpent’s Pass”; Zuko trying to find Appa in “Lake Laogai”; and Zuko choosing to side with Azula in “The Crossroads of Destiny.” 

So, while Zuko is persistent in his goals, and while he will go after his goals for long periods of times, his focus is always on clear cut, short term goals. This is is why Zuko does not “think things through.” He is focused on getting from A point A to B without considering all the stumbling blocks that may crop up between those two steps. And, while he will occasionally forego his long term goals, he will automatically pick up where he left off if rewards and happiness appear to be imminent.

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Escape From The Spirit World

Book 1:

  1. The Boy in the Iceberg
  2. The Avatar Returns
  3. The Southern Air Temple
  4. The Warriors of Kyoshi
  5. The King of Omashu
  6. Imprisoned
  7. The Spirit World (Winter Solstice, Part 1
  8. Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2)
  9. The Waterbending Scroll
  10. Jet
  11. The Great Divide
  12. The Storm
  13. The Blue Spirit
  14. The Fortuneteller
  15. Bato of the Water Tribe
  16. The Deserter
  17. The Northern Air Temple
  18. The Waterbending Master
  19. The Siege of the North, Part 1
  20. The Siege of the North, Part 2

Book 2:

  1. The Avatar State
  2. The Cave of Two Lovers
  3. Return to Omashu
  4. The Swamp
  5. Avatar Day
  6. The Blind Bandit
  7. Zuko Alone
  8. The Chase
  9. Bitter Work
  10. The Library
  11. The Desert
  12. The Serpent’s Pass
  13. The Drill
  14. City of Walls and Secrets
  15. The Tales of Ba Sing Se
  16. Appa’s Lost Days
  17. Lake Laogai
  18. The Earth King
  19. The Guru
  20. The Crossroads of Destiny

Book 3:

  1. The Awakening
  2. The Headband
  3. The Painted Lady
  4. Sokka’s Master
  5. The Beach
  6. The Avatar and the Firelord
  7. The Runaway
  8. The Puppetmaster
  9. Nightmares and Daydreams
  10. The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion
  11. The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse
  12. The Western Air Temple
  13. The Firebending Masters
  14. The Boiling Rock, Part 1
  15. The Boiling Rock, Part 2
  16. The Southern Raiders
  17. The Ember Island Players
  18. Sozin’s Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King
  19. Sozin’s Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters
  20. Sozin’s Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno
  21. Sozin’s Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang


Book 1:

  1. Welcome to Republic City
  2. A Leaf in the Wind
  3. The Revelation
  4. The Voice in the Night
  5. The Spirit of Competition
  6. And the Winner Is…
  7. The Aftermath
  8. When Extremes Meet
  9. Out of the Past
  10. Turning the Tides
  11. Skeletons in the Closet
  12. Endgame

Book 2:

  1. Rebel Spirit
  2. The Southern Lights
  3. Civil Wars, Part 1
  4. Civil Wars, Part 2
  5. Peacekeepers
  6. The Sting
  7. Beginnings, Part 1
  8. Beginnings, Part 2
  9. The Guide
  10. A New Spiritual Age
  11. Night of a Thousand Stars
  12. Harmonic Convergence
  13. Darkness Falls
  14. Light in the Dark

Book 3:

  1. A Breath of Fresh Air
  2. Rebirth
  3. The Earth Queen
  4. In Harm’s Way
  5. The Metal Clan
  6. Old Wounds
  7. Original Airbenders
  8. The Terror Within
  9. The Stakeout
  10. Long Live the Queen
  11. The Ultimatum
  12. Enter the Void
  13. Venom of the Red Lotus

Book 4:

  1. After All These Years
  2. Korra Alone
  3. The Coronation
  4. The Calling
  5. Enemy at the Gates
  6. The Battle of Zaofu
  7. Reunion
  8. Remembrances
  9. Beyond the Wilds
  10. Operation Beifong
  11. Kuvira’s Gambit
  12. Day of the Colossus
  13. The Last Stand

Avatar: The Last Airbender rewatch  1x08  Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku

“Sokka! You’re a genius!”

“Wait. How is Sokka a genius? His plan didn’t even work!”

“Come on, Aang. Let her dream.”

“You’re right, Sokka’s plan didn’t work. But it looks like it did.”

“Did the definition of ‘genius’ change in the last hundred years?”

5 Times Will Hated Winter + 1 Time He Didn’t - Final part

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The Winter Solstice celebration is a big deal at Camp Half-Blood (when the Apocalypse isn’t about to happen that is), even more so than Christmas. Pagan Gods means Pagan holidays after all.

It’s also a big deal for Will this year, because it’s the day he’s decided to give Nico his present.

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Every time Honour is said in Avatar the Last Airbender

Number of Times Each Character Says Honour:
zuko: 15
Iroh: 7
Azula: 6 
Aang: 5
Katara: 4
Sokka: 3

Most times Honour mentioned in Episode:
7 (EP: 205 Avatar Day)

Episodes without Honour:
EP: 102 The Avatar Returns 
EP: 108 Avatar Roku (The Winter Solstice, Part 2)
EP: 110 Jet
EP: 111 The Great Divide
EP: 114 The Fortuneteller
EP: 116 The Deserter
EP: 117 The Northern Air Temple
EP: 119 The Siege of the North, Part 1
EP: 120 The Siege of the North, Part 2
EP: 202 The Cave of Two Lovers
EP: 204 The Swamp
EP: 207 Zuko Alone
EP: 209 Bitter Work
EP: 210 The Library
EP: 212 The Serpent’s Pass
EP: 216 Appa’s Lost Days
EP: 219 The Guru
EP: 302 The Headband
EP: 303 The Painted Lady
EP: 304 Sokka’s Master
EP: 305 The Beach
EP: 307 The Runaway
EP: 309 Nightmares and Daydreams
EP: 310 The Day of Black Sun (Part 1: The Invasion)
EP: 316 The Southern Raiders
EP: 318 Sozin’s Comet (Part 1: The Phoenix King)
EP: 319 Sozin’s Comet (Part 2: The Old Masters)
EP: 320 Sozin’s Comet (Part 3: Into the Inferno)

28 Episodes do not mention Honour
33 Episodes mention Honour
54% of Episodes have Honour

27 Seconds Spent on Honour
24 hrs 12 min 30 sec of Avatar
0.03% of Avatar Spent on Honour

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Can we take a moment to talk about this moment right here in part 2 of “Winter Solstice”?

First off, this is the first time , as far as I know, that we see Iroh get frustrated with Zuko’s antics. Zuko’s desperation to have his honor back, and go home that he’s willing to risk his life in the worst way possible—by defying his father’s orders, and risking capture.

However, that’s not the most important thing about this scene. Look at iroh’s expression in the final frame. He’s not just worried that his nephew might be captured, and possibly killed. He’s not just afraid for his nephew who will do absolutely anything to regain his honor, and to go home. 

Iroh’s afraid of losing the closest thing he has to a son.

That’s the face of a father who has already lost one son, and can’t bear to think about possibly losing another. That’s the face of General Iroh, the Dragon of the West, dreading the thought of reliving the pain he felt at Ba Sing Se when he heard his son was killed.