The most recent season of The Legend of Korra was a wild ride, both creatively and from a business standpoint. The season took us on an incredible journey involving a whole new crop of air benders popping up around the world thanks to Korra’s actions at the end of season two. The story eventually led to an epic battle between the avatar and a group of terrorists hell-bent on taking her out, so that the avatar cycle would end with her death. On the other hand, for reasons unknown (that were vaguely discussed during Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino’s appearance on the Nerdist Writers Panel), Book Three’s premiere date was rushed from fall 2014 to summer with next to no marketing, then pulled from television midway through the season to conclude as an online exclusive. Needless to say, things got a little wonky in the end.
Now, we expected that Nickelodeon would premiere the final season sometime in 2015, probably the summer. However, in a short video released on Nick’s website, Bryan and Michael have confirmed that the final season of the series, titled “Balance,” will premiere on October 3rd and run exclusively online like the back half of season three, with one episode releasing each week.
The decisions that television networks make are always shrouded in mystery, and usually we only end up knowing half of the story (as was the case with the season three date shift). We’ll probably never know what happened behind the scenes that led to Nick’s decision to move up the final season, and it’s hard to determine what this means for their future goals as a network, but since it’s already finished, we can take solace in the fact that the story we’ll be seeing is the story we were meant to see. With the show moving online, there are a lot of ways to interpret what the future of the Avatar franchise looks like. Hopefully, The Legend of Korra won’t be the last time we visit this world, but for now, at least we’ll be getting an artistically driven ending to a series that’s been nothing but tip-top since its premiere.
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