Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Crossroads of Destiny

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 12/1/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Everyone races against time to stop Azula's sinister plan. Zuko finds companionship in an unlikely source. Aang's destiny hangs in the balance and so does Zuko's, as Iroh tells him "it is time to choose." Can Zuko choose the right path during his crossroads of destiny or will the Fire Nation finally win?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker

    Appa, Momo

  • Jack DeSena


  • Mae Whitman


  • Zach Tyler Eisen


  • Jessie Flower


  • Fan Reviews (282)
  • Dark Destiny

    By sh811a, Sep 03, 2013

  • The Crossroads of Destiny

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 12, 2011

  • Unexpected moments in this episode.

    By Dumb_Dog_19, Jun 23, 2010

  • Brilliant plotting, followed by a genuinely shocking conclusion.

    By anne_o_nymous, May 09, 2009

  • Now this is what I call finally.

    By carnagae1225, Dec 20, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (33)

    • Earth King: Katara's fine. You have nothing to worry about. Aang: But, in my vision. I felt so sure that she was in trouble. Earth King: Well, she met with the Council of Generals to plan the invasion. And since then she's been off with your friends, the Kyoshi Warriors. Sokka: See Aang? She's with Suki. They're probably back at our apartment right now, talking about make up or something. Aang: Ok, maybe you're right. Earth King: Believe me, if there was any danger at all, Bosco's animal instinct would sense it.

    • Zuko: What's taking so long? Iroh: Maybe the Earth King overslept. (Several Dai Li agents walk into the room from the right and form a circle around the two tea servers.) Zuko: Something's not right.

    • Toph: So how did it go with the Guru? Did you master the Avatar State? (Aang groans nervously. Flashback to The Guru.) Guru Pathik: If you leave now, you won't be able to go into the Avatar State at all! (End of flashback.) Sokka: Aang, are you ok? Aang (smiling sheepishly): I'm great. It went great with the Guru. I completely mastered the Avatar State. Heh heh...heh. Yeah.

    • Iroh: Many times, I imagined myself here, at the threshold of the palace. But I always thought I would be here as a conqueror... instead, we are the Earth Kings personal guests, here to serve him tea. Destiny is a funny thing. Zuko (cheerfully): It sure is Uncle.

    • Ty Lee: Nice speech Azula. It was pretty and poetic, but also scary in a good way. Mai: Yeah, I thought you were gonna make that one guy pee his pants. Azula: There are still a few loose ends. The Avatar, and my brother and Uncle.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode is available in the Avatar Book 2: Earth, Volume 4 DVD, along with, Appa's Lost Days, Lake Laogai, The Earth King, and The Guru.

    • The finale produced a enormous amount of controversy among viewers. The co-creators even received letters asking for it to be rewritten, and they have them posted on their walls.

    • This is the first episode that co-creator Micheal Dante DiMartino has directed for the series.

    • This is the final episode of Book 2: Earth (Season 2).

    Trivia (18)

    • It is revealed that Iroh got his nickname of "The Dragon of the West" not due to one particular incident or because of his ferocity in combat, but rather because of his proficiency with his "breath of fire."

    • As Iroh and Zuko turn around the corner to escape the Dai Li's fingers, we can see that Iroh is wearing green socks and regular shoes rather than brown boots.

    • Look Hard: After Aang falls, one of his shoes is missing and he has a small black wound under his foot. According to DVD audio commentary, the lightning that struck Aang had to exit his body, with his foot being the subject.

    • While Sokka argues with Aang and Iroh in their apartment, Toph can be seen standing behind Sokka in way of the door. But when Iroh grabs Sokka's shoulders, Toph suddenly appears behind Iroh to his side. But when Iroh approaches the door, he steps past Toph who is now in front of him again.

    • When Katara is knocked unconscious by Zuko and Azula's combined attack she lands right next to the crystal formation behind her, and when she awakens she is still right next to the crystals but when she stands up to fight the Dai Li, she is now far away from the crystals.

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    Allusions (12)

    • When Aang uses the green crystal to make a suit of armor, he resembles the alien Diamond Head from the Ben 10 series.

    • The crystal rock that is shown in this episode is also shown in Book 1 episode 5, The King of Omashu.

    • When Zuko was attacking Aang with his fully charged fireball, the stance and execution of the move is similar to Ryu in the Street Fighter series with his trademark 'Hadoken'.

    • The Legendary City of Troy. Legend has it that the city of Troy was besieged for ten years during the Trojan War. Its high walls and mighty people kept it safe from its enemies, just as Ba Sing Se had done. Due to the trickery of the Greeks, the city fell by infiltrating it through the Trojan Horse, which allowed for the Greeks to be brought into the city because they were inside the horse. This is very similar to how Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee infiltrated the city in disguise and we're not suspected of a thing until they struck. Just as the city of Troy fell, so did Ba Sing Se from the inside out.

    • When Iroh talks about being called The Dragon of the West, it is an allusion to Dragon King of the West Sea, sometimes also called The Dragon of the West, in Chinese mythology. Also, The Dragon King of the West Sea appears in some works of literature, such as Journey to the West, where a character receives a gift from him.

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