With Jinora calling on the aid of spirits, they call to the other airbenders for help, and the criminals are easily overwhelmed. It was allowed this time, according to Konietzko, after he complained about seeing a shot of , another Nickelodeon character, similarly restrained. Zaheer frees Mako and Bolin and gives them a message for Korra. Around the world, people begin to spontaneously develop the ability to airbend. In the subsequent investigation, Korra and her friends discover that Suyin's adviser Aiwei has been aiding Zaheer, but he escapes through a secret tunnel. For reasons of time, the designers re-used the design for Zuko and Iroh's apartment in Ba Sing Se from Avatar: The Last Airbender for the apartment of Mako and Bolin's family in episode 11.
Korra begins training Opal, but cannot convince Lin to mend the rift between herself and Suyin. The amount of scenes in Book Three worried the writers because of the danger of boring audiences. Ghazan traps Tenzin, Asami, Mako, and Bolin with lava and flees with Ming-Hua, but Korra's friends escape successfully thanks to Bolin's new-found lavabending skills. Wikiquote has quotations related to:. After hearing of Korra's escape, they attack and defeat the Dai Li, and Zaheer uses his airbending to asphyxiate the Earth Queen to death.
In Republic City, Zaheer infiltrates Air Temple Island in an attempt to find Korra but escapes after he is identified and attacked by Kya. But the queen claims that there are no airbenders in the city. Meanwhile, Zaheer liberates the earthbender Ghazan Peter Giles and the armless waterbender Ming-Hua from their respective prisons and is apparently intent on abducting or killing the Avatar. Meanwhile, the dangerous criminal Zaheer escapes from a remote prison thanks to his own new airbending skills. The idea of restraining the Avatar in X-shaped chains, as seen in the season finale, was originally conceived for the scene of Aang being captured by the Fire Nation in the first season of Avatar, but was then vetoed by the network.
After Mako electrocutes Ming-Hua, he and Bolin narrowly escape Ghazan's collapsing the Red Lotus's lair on top of himself. At the North Pole, Zuko, the new northern water tribe chiefs Desna and Eska, and Korra's father Tonraq visit Zaheer's last imprisoned comrade, his girlfriend P'Li, a dangerous firebender. Zaheer fights Korra and Tonraq, who is thrown off a cliff but saved by the metalbender captain Kuvira. Episodes 9 to 13 of Book Three were subsequently made available on the Internet weekly through Nickelodeon's website and on digital download platforms. While Zaheer stalls for time, his allies close in on Korra's inanimate body. After a violent confrontation, the sisters reconcile with one another. They tell Korra that Zaheer intends to kill the airbenders at the Northern Air Temple unless she surrenders to him.
The location of Zaofu, Suyin Beifong's metal-domed city, was inspired by in Canada's , and the exterior of Lake Laogai, the site of the Dai-Lin's headquarters, was modeled on. Tenzin resists the invaders with his siblings while the other airbenders attempt to escape. Meanwhile, her friends find and rescue the airbenders. In addition, they began to allude to the possibility of a mutual attraction between the two that would result in them becoming romantically linked in the final moments of the series. The writers considered and rejected including a flashback to the Red Lotus's attempted kidnapping of Korra as a child, and also cut a scene of Asami and Lin sneaking into the airship in episode 4.
Reception Book Three received critical acclaim, with review aggregator calculating a 100% approval rating for the season. Suyin breaks the deadlock by killing P'Li with the contained force of her own combustion-bending. However, a wrathful Korra overpowers her captors and fights Zaheer in the skies. The season began airing on Nickelodeon in the U. An elderly travels to the North Pole, where the last member of Zaheer's band is being kept. The season takes place largely in the Earth Kingdom, one of the four major nations in the setting of the series, and also depicts the re-emergence of airbending among people of other nations.
Cast and characters Book Three introduced many new characters that would recur until the end of the series, including the extended Beifong family and Jinora's romantic interest, the orphaned thief Kai, named after writer Josh Hamilton's son. The sand shark from which Korra and Asami flee in episode 10 is based on the , a small fish found in the Pacific. In Ba Sing Se, the Red Lotus propose to exchange Mako and Bolin for Korra to the Earth Queen. They learn that cities secret police, the Dai Li who are now more firmly under the control of throne, but still sinister in nature are capturing new airbenders, and indeed Kai is arrested and told he'll have to serve in the army. Bolin and Mako are overpowered, while Asami, fleeing on Naga with Korra's body, is captured by the Earth Queen's forces. The Red Lotus follows in pursuit. Production A , Neoclinus blanchardi, the model for the sand shark in episode 10 Design Book Three was the first season of The Legend of Korra to be created with a full in-house design and revision team, an expansion from the 25 to 30 people who worked for the series at Nickelodeon for seasons 1 and 2.
Also according to Konietzko, beginning with Book Three, the series became a more visible property and was able to retain more well-known actors. Zaheer is captured, and Suyin metalbends the poison out of Korra. Zaheer escapes with the unconscious Korra using his own newfound ability to fly. Animation In creating the animation, was assisted by its subsidiary Studio Reve for some episodes. After leaked episodes and following declining ratings, the series stopped airing on Nickelodeon after episode 8 on July 25, 2014. At Bumi's suggestion, he imposes a strict training regime, causing more stress and exhaustion. The Red Lotus destroys part of the city's inner walls, announcing that the city belongs to the people, and chaos breaks out.