AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER: What Changes Might Happen for Season 2

Season 1 of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender is in the books. The Illuminerdi's Saraswati Ramlogan examines what changes might be in store for a second season!
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Before you get excited, there isn’t any of Season 2 yet for Netflix’s live-action update of Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, we’d like there to be another. I’d be disappointed if Netflix doesn’t renew Avatar for a second season. Yes, there were a lot of changes made to the storyline, and a lot of things were fast-paced but it stuck with the core element of what Avatar is. I’m surprised the producers did a good job with this, especially since the original showrunners walked out.

There also are a couple of things I did not enjoy and think they could have done better, but those are minor things that do not affect the storyline. Also, if you expect this to be a replica of the animation, you’re going to be disappointed.

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(L to R) Maria Zhang as Suki, and Tamlyn Tomita as Mayor Yukari in season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cr. Robert Falconer/Netflix © 2023

Of course, there would be changes in the storyline including the dialogue. If you pay attention to the series, you will also notice that the writers meticulously followed through with a lot of things similar to the animation.

What to Expect in Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 2

Everything seems to be happening quickly in the series, judging from the first season. Realistically, it makes perfect sense that the timeline for Sozin’s comet was removed. It opens room for new possibilities. Ones that we the viewers won’t see coming. I like that we don’t always know what to expect but it still feels like Avatar, just a new story. This also means that we’d see the actors grow up throughout the next two seasons. They’re taking things from both the comics and TV series and meshing them together to create something different, new, and wonderful.

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Another good thing about this is that we’d get a more in-depth look at Azula’s descent into a mental breakdown. It was already present in the first season if you looked closely. I believe Zuko might join Team Avatar earlier than we expected. Who knows? He might join at the end of Book 2/Season 2. It would be criminal to only have one season of this show and not be able to meet Toph. It would also be a shame to not have that final fight between Aang and Ozai. Imagine how amazing it’s going to look in live-action.

I also believe we might get a Zutara (Zuko and Katara) plot. A lot of changes have already been made, what’s stopping the showrunners from making this happen? Absolutely nothing. Don’t forget that Aang and Katara got together at the end of Book 3, so that means if the show veers toward a Zuko and Katara romance, there’d still be time to pivot back to Aang and Katara later on.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender. (L to R) Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Iroh in season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024

Fans have been shipping Zuko and Katara for years and they might get finally their wish fulfilled in this adaptation. Another reason the show might be looking to pursue that angle is that Zuko and Katara are closer in age. It would also add some drama, especially since the main demographic audience for the show seems to be a mature crowd.

While some of you may not like the live-action adaptation, please don’t ruin it for the ones that do. To the ones that haven’t seen it yet, do not listen to anyone, and watch it yourself and then form an opinion. I’ve had friends who loved it, while some did not enjoy it that much.

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The first season of Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series is streaming now on Netflix.

About Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Release Date: February 22, 2024
Executive Producer / Showrunner: Albert Kim
Executive Producers: Jabbar Raisani, Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, Michael Goi
Production: Albert Kim Pictures, Rideback, Nickelodeon Productions
Network: Netflix
Cast: Gordon Cormier, Ian Ousley, Kiawentiio, Dallas Liu, Ken Leung, with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Daniel Dae Kim

Synopsis: Water. Earth. Fire. Air. The four nations once lived in harmony, with the Avatar, master of all four elements, keeping peace between them. But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked and wiped out the Air Nomads, the first step taken by the Firebenders toward conquering the world. With the current incarnation of the Avatar yet to emerge, the world has lost hope. But like a light in the darkness, hope springs forth when Aang (Gordon Cormier), a young Air Nomad — and the last of his kind — reawakens to take his rightful place as the next Avatar.

Alongside his newfound friends Sokka (Ian Ousley) and Katara (Kiawentiio), siblings and members of the Southern Water Tribe, Aang embarks on a fantastical, action-packed quest to save the world and fight back against the fearsome onslaught of Fire Lord Ozai (Daniel Dae Kim). But with a driven Crown Prince Zuko (Dallas Liu) determined to capture them, it won’t be an easy task. They’ll need the help of the many allies and colorful characters they meet along the way. 

Are you okay with the changes that have been made in Netflix’s adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender? Do you think Netflix would give us a Season 2? What did you think of the Season Finale? What are some of the things you want to see in the upcoming seasons? Let’s have a discussion on our social media platforms about this because I could go on for ages about the possibilities. Be sure to follow us for more content like this.

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