With “The Legend of Korra” in the middle of its fourth and final season (episode 2 airs Friday, Oct. 10 on Nick.com) the show’s creators and stars sat down at New York Comic Con for what would be the show’s last Comic Con event. “The Legend of Korra” panel included executive producers Michael DiMartino and Brian Konietzko, as well as stars Janet Varney (Korra), P.J. Byrne (Bolin) and David Faustino (Mako).
The event was not a typical Comic Con panel with no moderator or fan questions segment, and played more like a goodbye from the show to fans, including the cast’s reflections on what the show has meant and a video prepared by Varney, Byrne, and Faustino for fans. However, the panel also screened episode 2 of Book Four to the delight of attendees.
Check out 6 things we learned from “The Legend Of Korra” New York Comic Com Panel:
1. “Korra Alone”
The second episode of Book Four is called “Korra Alone,” and after a premiere that only featured the Avatar in the final scene, episode 2 is almost entirely Korra. The episode centers on Korra’s journey in the three years between Book Three and Book Four and how she recovered from Zaheer (Henry Rollins) poisoning her in Book Three. DiMartino and Konietzko said they wanted to make an episode that reflected the gravity of everything Korra had been through. The fans at Comic Con loved it.
2. The Return Of Toph
There had been rumors the “Avatar” fan favorite character would return in Book Four, but Comic Con confirmed those rumors to be true. Needing some guidance on her road to recovery, Korra stumbles into the swamp cave of an older woman (with the help of a spirit animal) who turns out to be Toph (Philece Sampler). She says she knows Korra “in a manner of speaking” and greets her as “Twinkletoes.”
3. Character Design Updates
If you’ve noticed the characters looking a little bit different this season, you’re not wrong. Brian Konietzko talked about how with the three-year time gap between Book 3 and Book 4, every character needed a bit of a design update. Korra, for example, is taller this season. Kuvira (Zelda Williams), though, was most highlighted with Konietzko showing off drawings of several iterations of the character and her armor, including one where her hair was in a long braid (which he said would have been too hard to animate).
DiMartino and Konietzko revealed something about those sharp new Wingsuits the air benders have been sporting in Book Four. Though it will not be explicitly stated in the series, the creators confirmed that Asami Sato designed the new Wingsuits for Future Industries as part of the modernization of the Avatar universe in Book Four.
5. Video Game
The NYCC panel confirmed that “The Legend of Korra” video game would drop on Oct. 21 for Xbox One, Xbox360, PS3, PS4, and PC.
6. The Cast’s Korra Love
Varney, Byrne, and Faustino’s love for the show was on full display at Comic Con. The three had made a fan video showing them goofing off while recording Book Four and each made remarks about what they thought the show meant to them. P.J. Byrne said the show had the best fans in the world and Janet Varney claimed, “the show is going to exist forever, because it’s just that God d--- good! Sorry I cursed, Nickelodeon.”
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