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How Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Ending Sets Up Season 2


Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender hasn’t been renewed for another season yet but they’re already setting it up.

Avatar: The Last Airbender. Daniel Dae Kim as Ozai in season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Photo: Robert Falconer | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER.

With all the changes that were necessary to translate the original animated Avatar: The Last Airbender into live-action, the Netflix series was still largely faithful to the source material. Plots were condensed, swapped around, or altered, but the same general arc of the season held in place. Aang and the gang traveled to the Northern Water Tribe as they were pursued by Zuko and members of the Fire Nation. 

Along the way, however, there were changes and the biggest one that bookended either side of the first season was Sozin’s Comet. In the original series the comet was introduced part way into the first season, explained to Aang by Avatar Roku. He laid out that the comet’s power was able to be harnessed by Firebenders, amplifying their powers. 100 years previously Fire Lord Sozin used this to start the Hundred Year War and, chillingly, the comet will soon return. The current Fire Lord, Ozai, will be able to utilize the power of the comet in less than a year, giving Aang a massive deadline to master all four elements and save the world.

The first episode of Netflix’s Avatar opens with a prologue set in that time period 100 years ago, where we witness the effects of the comet supercharging Firebenders. This gives them the ability to wipe out the Air Nomads. In a brutal sequence Airbenders are burned alive and even the powerful Monk Gyatso’s attacks only fan the flames of his enemies. As a Fire Nation soldier taunts, “you may have prevailed on another night. But not when we have the power of the comet.”

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