The Legend of Korra's Creators Have Confirmed That Korrasami Are a Couple

The Legend of Korra creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have confirmed that Korra and Asami are, in fact, a couple.

The final shots of Korra's recent series finale depicted Korra and Asami holding hands and walking into the sunset spirit portal together. Many fans subsequently assumed that "Korrasami" really was canon, and on Wednesday, the creators took to Tumblr to confirm the characters' relationship.

"You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story," Konietzko wrote. "We received some wonderful press in the wake of the series finale at the end of last week, and just about every piece I read got it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other."

Konietzko also revealed that Korrasami wasn't the endgame from the beginning, and that he and DiMartino were initially hesitant to approach Nickelodeon, assuming the network would never be allowed to feature a lead character in a same-sex relationship. "It was just another assumption based on a paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people. If we want to see that paradigm evolve, we need to take a stand against it. And I didn’t want to look back in 20 years and think, 'Man, we could have fought harder for that,'" Konietzko wrote. "Mike and I talked it over and decided it was important to be unambiguous about the intended relationship. ... I'm only sorry it took us so long to have this kind of representation in one of our stories.

However, while Nickelodeon was supportive of the pairing, "there was a limit to how far we could go with it," he explained.

DiMartino also weighed in, via his own Tumblr page:

"I’ve already read some heartwarming and incredible posts about how this moment means so much for the LGBT community," DiMartino wrote. "Once again, the incredible outpouring of support for the show humbles me. As Tenzin says, 'Life is one big bumpy ride.' And if, by Korra and Asami being a couple, we are able to help smooth out that ride even a tiny bit for some people, I’m proud to do my part, however small it might be."

You can read Konietzko's full post here, and DiMartino's full post here.  


What did you think of Korra's ending? Are you happy to know that Korrasami are officially a pair?


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Jun 11, 2015
That is so wrong. Nuf said.
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Feb 04, 2015
this show just became cliche
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Jan 02, 2015
I watched Book Four after hearing about the ending and trust me, I could see the signs.

I loved it. Also, Korra isn't gay, she's bisexual. Bisexuality: it's all about balance.
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Dec 31, 2014
Heres hoping that there is a 3rd Avatar show! Earth Kingdom and the Future Earth Avatar!
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Jan 01, 2015
im all for another show set in this universe but lets think about this for a second; what other story can they tell? who could be the next threat to the Avatar? if another series would be made, it'll have to be as fresh as it's predicessors. im not saying it's not going to happen (unless the creators say otherwise), im just saying if it happens, it's going to be worth the wait.
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Jan 03, 2015
I'm up for twin avatars! One with water and fire, and the other with air and earth bending, in the final chapter of book 1 you could have one twin sacrifice themselves to give the other one full control of the avatar state and somehow reconnect the past avatars?

Book 2 would follow with losing a sense of belonging without there other twin. Call it Book 2: Reconnection.
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Dec 31, 2014
I wonder how many destiel fans are gonna be pushing for that couple even more now after watching this shows finale.
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Dec 30, 2014
To all the idiots calling it fanservice, the creators of the show explicitly rebuke that theory properly and make a pretty cogent case against it. You would know if you read their statements. but then again.. you probably lack reading comprehension.
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Dec 30, 2014
I am angry with he pairing only because it feels forced to me. Yes they did seem to grow very close to each other, but I never got the romance feeling between them. More power to them. Just wish it could have been developed more, but given that it was Nickelodeon, we got what we got.

Or maybe it is due to the fact I really liked Makoanda sami and there was never any words shared between them when they got back together and apparently split again?

Whatever, I will miss the series a great deal. Still a good ending.
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Dec 29, 2014
This is kinda stupid. You can't just throw two characters together in the last 30 seconds of a 3 season show. Neither of them showed any romantic interest in the other during the whole course of that series, but suddenly they are in love?

Whatever.
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Dec 29, 2014
This is what it feels like reading these comments: http://giphy.com/gifs/OlWMp4ZxTseBy/html5

My only hope is that this forum is sparking real conversation and introspection on the part of individuals who have yet to examine their subconscious (or sometimes very conscious) prejudices. Straight-privilege is real, and we will not be an equal society with equal opportunity until we understand the inequalities we are born with. Think about how to promote love, not continued stratification and hate with your actions/mindset.
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Dec 28, 2014
Huh, I actually was getting vibes at the start of the season based on the way that she was writing to Asami. I figured I was looking too deep into it though because I never thought that they'd have the balls to actually pair them up. I did make a few snarky comments about it though, so I think they were dropping some hints, albeit it very subtle ones.

To people saying it came out of nowhere, it's not like they they declared each other soul mates at the end or anything, they basically just expressed interest and at most agreed to date. I guess it's open to viewer interpretation if they worked out or not, unless they end up making future books/comics that officially declare what happens post finale.

What I think deserves a bit of mention is the fact that Korra and Mako are still friends. I think it's a good message to show that just because you didn't romantically click with someone doesn't mean you have to immediatly cut off contact with that person, and you can both still care about each other.
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Dec 28, 2014
I'm against every kind of harmful propaganda on "kids shows", but this was quite subtle (just at the final episode we were able to put 2&2 togheter and notice it.. or it was just me?.. xD) and even better in favor of tolerance. So.. i'm fine with it.
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Dec 28, 2014
Maybe I'm just a dumb male but i saw nothing lesbian about that final scene. I did feel the love was just forced at the of the show. The did copy a lesbian stereotype that girls have bad relationships with boys then turn gay. I don't understand why every televised love is sexual or family. Anyway, if this was a show of support for lgbt it was lost on me.
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Dec 29, 2014
Not to let Mako off the hook, but maybe the relationships were bad because they were gay.He definitely couldn't provide the emotional connection they were looking for. And it was the beginning of their relationship, so only very slight hints are required. It's not like they announced they are adopting a baby.
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Dec 28, 2014
There is only one facepalm suitable for your comment that women turn gay after bad hetero relationships and here it is: http://i.imgur.com/vnse8Ee.gifv
Newsflash mate, we're born the way we are, and if we're non hetero then some of us accept it sooner, some later, some not at all. The fact that we have to go through a process of acceptance at all is a sad sign of the state of humanity in general. Avatar has shown us that love is love.. I'm astounded how many peopel can't grasp such a simple and pure concept.
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Dec 28, 2014
I thought odgnj5 was saying it looked like the show promoted that stereotype through Mako, not that he actually believed it to be true. I could be wrong about that, but FWIW I disagree about the show because neither character "swore off men". Konietzko mentions only the terms bisexual, not lesbian. Should Korra or Asami ever date or be attracted to others for whatever reasons, that might include men as well as women. Theoretically.
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Dec 27, 2014
Nothing brings out the morons quicker the mention of homosexuality. Just imagine if we were talking about a interracial gay couple...tv.com might explode.

Love will never be bound by race, gender, religion, ideology, etc, etc, etc. I don't know how many historical examples of this are needed. Every time bigots and the narrow minded oppose such unions and every time they wind up on the wrong side of history.
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Dec 28, 2014
Korra is sort of like our world's Inuit, and Asami, Asian, so it is interracial, but I understand your point, at least from a U.S. perspective.
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Dec 27, 2014
Some said that it is okay to show homosexuality in a children show, but if you are given a choice, do you want your children to be homosexual? Think about that...
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Dec 28, 2014
I'm trying to stop myself from saying nasty words. Instead, I'll cut to the chase - IF TV SHOWS ALTERED OUR SEXUALITY WE'D ALL BE STRAIGHT BECAUSE THAT'S ALL WE EVER GREW UP SEEING. Korra's finale did no harm, instead it made people (of ANY age) who are born gay/bi/different feel a little less abnormal and lonely. And to be honest i see no harm in people being able to accept their sexuality. It's long overdue.
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Dec 31, 2014
What causes the biggest ruckus is is people being able to accept the sexuality of others...which is weird to me since it doesn't affect them in the least {shrug}
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Dec 28, 2014
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Dec 27, 2014
Constant fighting, attempts at world domination and genocide...no problem. Two women holding hands and all of a sudden there's something to think about? Ridiculous!
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Dec 30, 2014
Don't forget smothering the Earth Queen and blowing P'Li's head off!
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Dec 31, 2014
The number of things that are "child unfriendly" is WAY too long to list. But since including a gay couple is the weakest of excuses, there really isn't any point in going into detail. :)
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Dec 27, 2014
When or if I have a child their sexuality would be the least of my concerns. I suggest you reorganize your priorities. Oh and gain some goddamn common sense. But baby steps.....
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Dec 27, 2014
merely viewing a homosexual on television wont make you gay. You've watched the simpsons right? cos smithers is quite gay. does that mean we are going to be like him? What about Omar from the wire. He is a badass. He kisses dudes then robs gangsters with a shotgun. If you think that viewing a homosexual will indeed change children's sexuality then shouldnt the same paradigm be universal? for instance if watching a gay makes you gay then watching a murderer will make you a murderer. or watching a politician lie will make you a liar too. It isn't true is it?
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Dec 30, 2014
Lol...exactly. If these morons think that watching someone gay will make them gay then more than likely they were already gay to begin with!

The worst thing that can happen from watching a homosexual on tv is you yourself learning how to be less ignorant, more open-minded, and *gasp* dare I say....accepting? But i guess there are worst character traits to have, right?
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Dec 28, 2014
You shouldn't use shows that no kid (with caring parents) should watch as an example. :P
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Jan 02, 2015
I watched the simpsons as a child.
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Jan 02, 2015
Yeah.. but i'm not talking just about sexual orientation. The Simpsons is full of unappropriated content for kids (huge ammounts of negative reinforcement for bulling, racism, sexism, homophobia b.e. without parental guidance).
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Dec 26, 2014
The entire finale was cheap lazy fan service.

Korra should have died in that blast and with her death the spirit portal opens.
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Dec 27, 2014
They should really put a down-vote button on this site...
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Dec 31, 2014
First they need to let me cancel an upvote I gave by accident/regret giving
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Dec 27, 2014
The entirety of Book 3 was fanservice and I'm sure you loved it.

Shut the hell up. Using Korra for a progressive message towards the end with Asami was no less satisfying of an ending than the heroic sacrifice trope.
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Dec 27, 2014
That's what I've been saying this whole time. I have no problem with them being a couple but I think Korra should have died opening the portal with Kuvira
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Dec 27, 2014
I did not like how they changed Kuvira so easily
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Dec 27, 2014
yes she became weak and broken so easily. she had more fight than that.

and i dont care if they were a couple but they could have dropped more hints in the past. its like it was a last minute decision to appeal to tumblr fans.
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Dec 27, 2014
they did have some intimate moments but i agree that it did seem "tacked on."
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Dec 26, 2014
Unfortunate and unnecessary.
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Dec 26, 2014
Slightly mixed feelings about this On one hand Asami is probably the best looking character in both Avatar series. On the other hand, I have reservations about same sex relations for a kid show.

The Korasami ship. It makes me think that Kora broke up Mako and Asami so she could have Asami for herself.

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Dec 30, 2014
Reservations about same sex relations on a kids show...wow. But on-screen death is certainly ok huh
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Jan 01, 2015
Yup. On screen deaths even in animation is common these days I've already been desensitized same sex relationship happens in live action but not as common in animation or least in animations I have seen.

What a strange times we live in these days.
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Dec 28, 2014
The first season finale showed a murder-suicide but you draw the line at same sex relationships for kids shows? lol
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Dec 28, 2014
What if I told you that kids are gay / bi too? I knew at 5 years old. I didn't understand it, I had nobody to talk to or relate to. This nonsense about non-hetero things being unsuitable for kids needs to stop, now. Put the lesbian pornos behind you (which let's face it, are what you're basing your warped judgements on) and accept that we're all human beings.
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Dec 27, 2014
Legend of Korra is definitely mature enough to handle the subject matter. Actually...any kids show is because same sex couples are not something any more harmful/inappropriate than the hundreds of kids movies or shows where two hetero couples share a kiss. We were denied a kiss in favor of hand sex however. Who knows though, maybe you're a crazy who shouts at Nick Jr. whenever two characters hold hands. Also, Korra did not break Asami/Mako up for that purpose. After their failed romances with Mako they naturally evolved into something less platonic. Possibly in part due to their shared experiences and ability to move on from it all faster than Mako.
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Jan 01, 2015
actually very tolerant. Still a bit crazy though aside from this my only other limit in anime is gunslinger girl. :)
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Dec 26, 2014
fanservice
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Dec 26, 2014
the only thing about this series that really gets to me and disappoints me is that there was no story/mention of Sokka's possible descendants.
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Dec 28, 2014
I always thought that was huge mistake to make a show about the right next avatar.. specially given all that open-inconclusive storylines on the previous show where adults use to be pretty much useless.
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Dec 27, 2014
Maybe it will be answered in the comics one day. Maybe he never had children. But look at this way, if it remains a complete mystery all of the Sokka fans can choose which shipping of his actually panned out. Whether it be Ty Lee, Suki, or even a fling with Toph.
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Dec 27, 2014
I know right I've waited four seasons
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Dec 26, 2014
if you read the full blog post of the creators, you'll see that
their thought progress has been exactly the same as my
feelings until Book 3. Korra and Asami were not intended as
a couple until much later in the series, hence why we don't
see except subtle hints of strong friendship here and there.
Well then unfortunately the show runners don't know how to
write then and ruined their own creation. Both characters
were in heterosexual relationships throughout most of the
show. Both characters also pined after the same guy. So you
are telling me that two characters that were straight and not
only straight but were in a love triangle throughout most of
the show just happened to both be bisexual?

Gay would have been fine, if they built to it, but they didn't. THATS the big issue.
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Dec 27, 2014
Heard of the term pansexual? Also plenty of elements in Books 3 and 4 had no build up in Books 1 and 2. They had the freedom to go wherever they wanted with the series because it never had a set plan. Fine, Korra was indeed a "bumpy ride" but its ability to keep experimenting with new topics made it stand out from the original. If you want something contained and predictable no one is stopping you from rewatching ATLA and all its immediately established characters who were mostly not in the peak of their development towards adulthood.
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Dec 27, 2014
I think the very label of bisexual is a misnomer, in the avatar universe it could be possible that they dont distinguish between hetro and homosexual. It is quite possible to find some one from your own sex aesthetically pleasing. So if you then also build intimacy with that person, which is what happened between the two, then there really wasnt any choice behind their sexual proclivity. They like each other regardless of what sex they are.
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Dec 26, 2014
From Konietzko's blog, he says "I have bragging rights as the first Korrasami shipper (I win!). As we wrote Book 1, before the audience had ever laid eyes on Korra and Asami, it was an idea I would kick around the writers’ room." (Error in the above article: both links are to DiMartino's blog.)

A bisexual in a relationship with a member of the opposite sex is still a bisexual. It just looks "straight" to outsiders. Though at Korra's age, it's not like she has a lot of experience dating to know definitively at this point that she is romantically attracted to both sexes.

Also, the triangle ended at the end of Book 2. Book 3 episode 1 had "comically awkward Mako" around the 2 exes, with the 2 women bonding and joking about their awkward ex. At least one recap of Book 3's premier joked, back in June, "it's time for the show's new favorite past-time, teasing Korrasami shippers."
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Dec 26, 2014
There is an explanation Not necessarily canon but as I understand in Reincarnation You remain essentially who you are. so since avatar comes in both sexes her taste probably intermingle.
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Dec 26, 2014
Bisexual. Totally happened. Brains have been liquefied. No comprehendo... es malo... es dead.
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Dec 26, 2014
Why couldn't they just keep their mouths shut. When a finale airs the show should speak for itself. The finale ended with a moment of subtlety that was also a little ambiguous, that's a good thing, it leaves things open to interpretation, we can use our imaginations to fill the gap - a good strategy to end a TV show. Now we've had extra details forced on us that weren't in the show and I'm angry about it.

As to my thoughts on those final moments of the finale, as I posted on Noel's review I have no issue with Korra and Asami getting closer but I don't think it was a great final image for the series as it was a bit out of left field despite how many acutely subtle hints had been planted over the years. It did feel a little bit like an attention grabbing move doing it like that. The final image should have been more about the avatar and her role in the changing world, bringing closure. If they'd moved the Korrasami stuff to earlier in the episode it would have been less problematic. Also it looks like Nick's strong restrictions hurt the show, not giving the relationship the buildup it should have.
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Dec 28, 2014
Yes. they should have remained silent. That way nothing would ever change, and no progress would be made.
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Dec 26, 2014
Well, the point of ending on Korrasami was to "evolve the paradigm that marginalizes non-heterosexual people", so they couldn't really keep their mouths shut after realizing that they apparently hadn't made that point clear. Without clarity on that fact the ending falls very flat as the series ends on something, as you say, without proper buildup.

The Korrasami ending does disappoint me. However I'm not disappointed in the creators feeling they need to make some sort of statement, but because it could've been a fantastic love story throughout the series if they just had the guts (power to persuade nick) to write it.
So much as they didn't want to look back and think that they'd missed out on an opportunity to make a political statement, the finale left me looking back thinking about the love story we'll never get to take part in...
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Dec 26, 2014
If you haven't made your point clear then talking about it won't help, it's become a bit of a mess.
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Dec 27, 2014
Apparently the point was made clear enough if it launched off into such discussion. Most just chose to interpret it their own way, and some of those interpretations intentionally veered toward the ending that didn't come into conflict with their stone age belief systems. I don't think Korra and Asami needed to be constantly gripping each other, making out, and declaring their undying love to be seen as a believable relationship. They were separated for most of Book 4, but I think Book 3 should have helped people understand this was less about Mako and Korra now. Maybe Asami joining Korra to go see Zaheer would have driven home how personal things were between them if the 3 years of letters did not. Her conversation with Tenzin elaborated her role and development as the Avatar and most importantly as herself, but I do not think it would have been as memorable of a final image as what they went with. The spirit portal mixed in with the theme of unity was visually appealing and relayed a strong message at the same time. The Avatar world is now caught up with our world, maybe even ahead of it.
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Dec 27, 2014
The bottom line is that Nick's restrictions hindered the show's ability to show Korrasami's relationship explicitly like they have done with all the hetero relationships. That's disappointing, as is the writers trying to add meaning beyond what was shown after the fact.
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Dec 25, 2014
I thought the Korra/Asami romance was hinted at well enough, although that is grading on a curve given how little they actually were allowed to show for a same-sex relationship. If it had been an opposite-sex couple, that they had full license to build up, then what we got would have been underdeveloped. But it definitely didn't feel out of the blue.

Things like Korra blushing when Asami complimented her hair had me wondering for a while now if they creators were just poking fun at the fandom's favorite 'crack pairing' (like they did with Zutara in Ember Island Players) or if they would actually be going for some serious subtext. I'm really happy with how it turned out (grading on a curve there as well, since it's sad that a same-sex couple can only stare into each other's eyes while Aang and Katara got their 'big kiss' closeout). They had good chemistry in seasons 3 and 4.

Only complaint I had about the finale was that Kuvira's 'Freudian excuse' at the end wasn't built up as much as I would have liked beforehand, since developing that in advance wouldn't be something they were forced to tiptoe around (there were some indications of it in a flashback - it just wasn't emphasized quite enough if it was going to end up being key to the climax of the season). They just could have done more with the Su/Kuvira relationship overall.
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Dec 25, 2014
I love it! Yay KorrAsami!
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Dec 25, 2014
I wonder if those suggesting there was no buildup understand that the show could not show kissing, dating, flirting or other basically obvious gestures or dialog suggesting romantic feelings between two characters of the same sex. Even the "silly" stuff that Jinora showed around Kai. So we got only inconclusive hints or the show leaving room for multiple interpretations.

These things are easy to overlook, especially by those who might not be considering the possibility of romantic feelings between two women. For those open to that, or indeed looking for that, various subtle signs were there. Some of the "Korrasami" shippers picked up on these (where they say "oh my god!" in their episode reaction vids is a clue), and even included them in their fanfic (which, no offense, I am really not interested in reading).

For me the "hints" started in Book 3 with their much closer and growing relationship, culminating with Asami's caring for Korra after she fell ill. We got close-ups of Asami taking Korra's hand while saying "if you want to talk, or anything." Even stepping in front of Mako to put her hand on Korra's shoulder while offering to be with her on another continent during her long recovery. In Book 4 Korra's blush at Asami's compliment made it 100% certain to me that Korra had romantic feelings for Asami. Then the tea scene in the clip show all but confirmed Asami still had feelings for Korra.


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Dec 26, 2014
Please don't make me appreciate the clip show episode, it goes against all my principles.
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Dec 27, 2014
Your principles? Please go into detail on how finding something to like in a clip show is a sin for you.
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Dec 27, 2014
Why do I on principle dislike episodes that recycle old material instead of creating new stuff, that create lame framing devices for such material, that don't tell a standalone story, that bring the momentum of multi-episode arcs to a screeching halt and that take up valuable narrative space in a show with already short seasons? I dunno, you tell me.
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Dec 26, 2014
Although I tend to agree, the writers had budget cuts and had to choose between laying off some employees or doing a clip show episode. So I respect their decision very strongly.
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Dec 25, 2014
I don't know why they've gotten so much hate for this. Honestly, I get that maybe ending a beloved franchise (for now, fingers crossed) with a romantic moment may not have been the ending some people wanted. But as to the whole Korrasami deal, I thought it was great and very fitting that they ended up as a couple. And I can't help but feel that if it was Mako instead of Korra holding hands, there wouldn't be that much of a controversy.
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Dec 27, 2014
ATLA ended with Kataang and I'm sure Zutara shippers raged and raged for weeks. Possibly even worse than any backlash this got. Fans have been entitled whiny brats about relationships ever since the first book, so if they hated the Korrasami ending then chances are they have only themselves to blame for making such a big stink about the love triangle. It's ridiculous how much hate was directed at the creators over it. Which is why I'm glad Books 3 and 4 took every chance it had to pair characters together. Both Zaheer and Kuvira had a love interest, plus Zhurrick, Bopal, Kainora, and so on and for some reason less outrage occurred despite more relationship plotlines than ever before. Hilarious how fickle yet oblivious the fanbase can be.
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Dec 26, 2014
You're right! Ending it with a romantic moment is what's ruined it. They put far too much effort into romance and far too little effort into developing the rest of the story.
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Dec 25, 2014
it was the creators giving the finger to nick for the massive miss handling of this series. nick cares more about tnmnt. i not seen last 2 season due to my dvr is a mess with out of airing, different days and switch channels.
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Dec 25, 2014
Are you honestly saying they decided to put Korra in a same-sex relationship as a petty, back-handed swipe at Nickelodeon?

Well, It's not the single stupidest fucking thing I've ever read, but it's in contention. Congratulations.
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Dec 25, 2014
no the creators of the show. not nick. i am watching season 2 atm and see no set up for the characters and unless they bum, rush it in season 4. (which is confirm)
creators said. We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it. this was season 3 ending and them planing for season 4.(for this)
this was a min series to began with. after that they plan 3 more seasons and had a road map. the whole time.
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Dec 26, 2014
See, your problem is that you are currently watching season 2. Watch season 1, google a synopsis of season 2, then watch the excellent seasons 3 and 4. Season 2 was just painful.
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Dec 27, 2014
Book 2 was immensely enjoyable. As is anything Avatar related, support it and refrain from being a dick about a different animation studio when it was only being used to quell your impatience. As for Unalaq, he was no less fleshed out than Ozai and you lap that asshole up. It was more about Vaatu, Raava, Eska and Desna, Varrick, and giving Team Avatar purposes in their daily lives. Books 3 and 4 would be nothing without Book 2 as their launch pad.
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Dec 25, 2014
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Dec 25, 2014
more added info I think they handled it poorly, they half assed a gay relationship and it felt forced at the end. They could of done better. They only planned it fully a year ago, which was when they knew they were f so lets end with a bang. That's basically what it sounded like. Korra went from Straight as an arrow to bending both ways, which is fine, but don;t just end a show to make a "point" make the point more blunt the whole way through (at least the last 2 seasons)
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Dec 26, 2014
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Dec 26, 2014
if you read the full blog post of the creators, you'll see that

their thought progress has been exactly the same as my

feelings until Book 3. Korra and Asami were not intended as

a couple until much later in the series, hence why we don't

see except subtle hints of strong friendship here and there.
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Dec 25, 2014
By the end of the season, I didn't really see Korra "coupled" with any of the main characters. I personally don't have any problems with Korra and Assami being together; I just wished it had more substance. As it stands, it makes about as much sense as Korra and Bolin getting together.
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Dec 25, 2014
So sick of the writers of this show wasting time and effort on useless romance. That's not what this show is about; it's about the bridge between the spirit world and the physical world. Maybe if they spent more time focusing on the story and less time focusing on 'couplings' we wouldn't have ended up with the worst. avatar. ever.
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Dec 27, 2014
You've only seen one other Avatar. Here's some advice buddy, try taking a shot at getting laid. Romance in animation helps to give these characters more emotion, personality, and growth. Without that kind of attention and nurturing these characters can never break out into anything more than chess pieces being moved around on a board. This show explored family dynamics and a mentor type role too, so romance did not envelop everything, but relationships in general were a very vital theme. As with almost everything. Surely you must understand that the mythology of the show is not its only precedent.
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Dec 25, 2014
Why do so many people think "romance ruins everything"? I don't think it does, the way I see it it's normal for fictional characters to be depicted having those kind of feelings as well. It doesn't have to be the focus, and yes, I do dislike it when a romantic pairing is poorly handled or becomes ALL a show is about, but I don't think it was the case at all here. Romantic relationships are a part of life, it's be weirder if all the characters were completely uninterested in it.

And while yes, Makorra wasn't particularly well handled early on, there's been practically no romance in S3 and 4 (except for the very low-key build up for korrasami), so I don't think the show "wasted" much time on romance. Come on, the Korrasami stuff is barely a couple of minutes at the end of the last episode.

Also Ang spent a lot of Atla having a crush on Katara (besides all of the other characters' romantic entanglements), so by your standards wouldn't that make him a worse avatar than Korra?
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Dec 27, 2014
In the original avatar, aang has a crush on kitara but its not until the battle of black sun that he does anything about it. then he gets his kiss in the final ep. so theres really only two times that aang and kitaras relationship takes up any real time. sokka has his thing with the moon goddess and with Suki but neither relationship takes up much screen time. Zukko and Mei have a heated relationship too but again it doesnt take up much time.
In legend of korra, right from the beginning there is a love triangle with bolin, mako and korra, then Asami is introduced creating another triangle with mako and korra (with bolin playing the floater), then bolin is yearning after korra whilst she yearns after mako, who is infatuated with Asami. so as you can see. there is a lot more time spent explaining relationships in legend of korra than in legend of aang. but then the characters are older, they would be more likely to be suffering with these types of problem......
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Dec 27, 2014
I don't think they was that much more romance on LoK overall, it just wasn't as organic as on AtlA. Ang's feelings were referred to really often even if he didn't act on them (he kind of did in "cave of two lovers" though), Sokka was in a committed relationship for a while, and a big chunk of some episodes were Zuko and Mai going on dates. But that was all put in gradually along with other storylines, so it didn't feel as forced and in-your-face as LoK's S1 love triangle (square, actually).
IMO LoK probably should have waited longer for the characters to be more grounded before they went and fell in love with each other (also I do prefer slow-burning romantic developments). So I think the problem doesn't lie with "putting romantic storylines in shows" in general, just shaky writing in general, which ruins anything kind of storyline, romantic or otherwise. I actually think the Korrasami thing was pretty well-done though.
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Dec 26, 2014
I disliked that the final moment of the show was about romance instead of Korra coming to terms with her place in the world. I dislike romance in shows that aren't about romance. Just my opinion.
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Dec 27, 2014
I get it, but my point was that shows shouldn't be about just one thing. Restricting a show to one genre and saying it can't go out of it usually makes it boring and the characters have no depth. My opinion as well.
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Dec 26, 2014
There wasn't a lot of romance in "The Last Airbender." Remeber the last scene? To jog your memory, it ended with a kiss.
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Dec 27, 2014
it wasnt one of the themes of the programme though, in legend of korra there are storylines just about relationships between the main characters. It's one of the main arcs of the series.
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Dec 25, 2014
Worst avatar ever? You mean the one who single-handedly defeated Vaatu (a spirit of chaos that no avatar since the first has ever had to face), who brought together the physical and the spirit worlds, and who made it possible for the Air nation to re-emerge from the brink of extinction?

Wow, you have some pretty high standards for avatars, standards that apparently no avatar ever has been able to live up to.
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Dec 27, 2014
Is it possible he meant worst avatar series not worst avatar of all the avatars in the series avatar?
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Dec 27, 2014
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Dec 25, 2014
Did you seriously vote up the big blue korra? That was some of the worst writing I've ever seen! LMAO
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Dec 27, 2014
How much writing have you seen? My guess is not much.
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Dec 25, 2014
Oooh is that why they pulled the series from the regular schedule and decided to have it streaming instead?

I see... well I liked the ending. Easy does it... no hurry.
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Dec 26, 2014
No, it was the explicit on-screen deaths in season 3 that got the show pulled. However, all episodes eventually aired on television.
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Dec 27, 2014
You're both wrong. Nick moved it to the internet to make more profit off of it than it was getting on Friday nights on TV. Airing it alongside TMNT or rerunning it a little more often was simply too much effort for Nick to properly handle or seem to even consider.
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Dec 25, 2014
The ending was offputting because the relationship seemed forced. It's a happily ever ending without any proper buildup between the characters. If you're going to have a relationship like that, why not put it in the middle of a season where you can do something with it. Although Korra seemed butch from the start, she and Asami never showed any interest in each other. Since Asami just lost her father, maybe Korra is taking advantage of her grief. Someday it could been seen as offensive to gays and lesbians.
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Dec 26, 2014
Pretty sure your comment on Kora 'seeming butch' as the only possible hint that she could have a gay relationship is going to be what is offensive to LGBT community.
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Dec 24, 2014
Thing is, you look at the way every other relationship in that series just spontaneously happened: "I love you, Deska!" "I love you, Varrick!" Two of the villains revealed they were in love shortly before one of their heads exploded. Korra and Asami was handled more realistically than any other coupling on the show. They built it up gradually so the pairing developed actual chemistry you could feel. By the time it happened, I believed it.
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Dec 24, 2014
I'm really sick of this "not enough development" BS, I mean could have there been more, absolutely, but for a animated series I think they did the best they could. Denying their development or not liking them together does not negate all of the development throughout the last two books. They clearly grew closer across the Books 3+4. It was Asami with Korra at the end of book 3, and it was just Asami that Korra wrote to name a few. Could have there been more background development, for sure, but all things considered I think it made sense both for the show and its characters.

And calling it fan service is ridiculous. Korea ending up with Mako would have been the same fan service just for the fans of a different "ship."

Had there been the same development yet Asami was a dude I kind of doubt we'd be debating the validity of the ending, but we'll never know.
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Dec 25, 2014
If Asami was a dude, there would be no debate whatsoever. I'm extreeeemely sure about it... But the best way to go about is to not read any comments regarding the finale. They are either extremely shippy, extremely judgemental, some (a huge minority) are downright homophobic. And of course there are the hundreds of people commenting through nostalgia filter, hating everything that has to do with Korra and praising everything that has to do with Aang... Seriously, the more I read these comments the more I hate The Last Airbenver which at some point was one of my favorite shows.

That being rambled, a little more background development wouldn't have hurt. But then again, I could totally see this coming and I'm not the "shipper" type so... Maybe the developmend is in the eye of the beholder. I guess there are people on the Internet that think hand holding after three years is rushing it but hey... If they want to take their relationships slowly, who am I to judge?
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Dec 24, 2014
I'm kinda amazed that so much people are against this development I mean both characters are great, and they seem much more balanced together than apart.
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Dec 25, 2014
Because it's ultimately irrelevant. This isn't a romance end of story.
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Dec 25, 2014
So people are getting extremely bent out of shape about something irrelevant?

Almost seems like an ignorant reaction. HMMMM....
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Dec 25, 2014
If they wanted to write about romance they should have done a romance show. This is Avatar, bridge between spirit and physical worlds, not *insert show about romance here* (since I don't know any :S)
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Dec 25, 2014
No silly, people don't like that irrelevant stuff is focused on more than actual story. SMH
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Dec 27, 2014
Except it did focus on the actual story. Grow up and stop acting like pairings in a TV show automatically make it a soap opera not giving enough time to your favorite aspect. This show is about whatever the hell it wants to be about. Genres can be spread all over the place within a single series, quit being so one track minded.
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Dec 24, 2014
There was enough development to justify it and honestly those saying there wasn't either had already talked themselves into denial because noone would have thought Nick would allow it or are using it as a mask for their personal views. Of course some just completely miss any attempts at subtlety lol.

Honestly IGN had one pic that showed one of multiple flirtations between them. The scene of Korra blushing with Asami. Then there was also the whole only writing her...
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Dec 24, 2014
I think people just assume that after that last scene they were getting married and decided to adopt children and etc. It took 3 years for them just to hold hands and go on a private vacation and people say it's rushed...

However, as Bryan said in his tumblr post, it wasn't until the last season that they actually realised that they just assumed that they couldn't go through with it. And as it turned out, it didn't bother Nick (except that no kissing which is appearently in their policy or something?). This meant that all the signs were extremely subtle to the point of people denying the subtle signs and actually making semi-valid points of the development. If they had asked earlier the signs could have been a lot more evident.
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Dec 25, 2014
And as far as we know there aren't any adoption clinics in the spirit realm so they couldn't adopt now even if they wanted to.
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Dec 26, 2014
You adopt kids from clinics?
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Dec 26, 2014
Doesn't everyone?
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Dec 24, 2014
I have nothing against korrasami and would be more supportive of them if they were more developed but the fact that the showrunners decided that the final shot of the entire avatar franchise should be Korrasami fanservice, when the audience has seen little to no chemistry between them on screen, is maddening. Asami isn't even a memorable character, she's basically Suki from ATLA! Just because you want your show to be progressive doesn't change the fact that your story is terrible.

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Dec 26, 2014
It's almost like they did it to get attention and... oh look! They sure did. I've never seen so much praise for a pretty uneven story, all because of a trendy last scene. I was disappointed Korra ended up gay or bi or either... because she is a strong, powerful woman, and it just seemed So Cliche, like boys writing stories about women without any real understanding of women at all.
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Dec 24, 2014
Well that was not really the best idea they had, not to say a bit bad.
I have nothing against them together if there was a background to sustain that and not just something coming at the last minute on the last episode. They may had the idea from a long time but they did nothing so why now?
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Dec 24, 2014
I really applaud them for going this route, and by "them", I mean Nickelodeon. Bryke has pushed the envelope before in terms of the characters they've had in their show (just look at Toph), but for Nick to sign off on this is illustrating a great change in the times. Yes, they had to toe the line, but the subtext was there - and very clear! - and that's a great first step.
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