Original Finale in ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ would have been a Disaster
Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender has seen a recent resurgence in popularity, and rightly so. It is indeed one of the best shows ever made and deserves the hype that it gets. And a big reason for that is how perfectly the show ended. Its finale was loved by fans around the world and was the perfect conclusion to an epic show. But, had the show ended with the original ending that the writers had intended, it would have been a disaster!
What was Avatar’s Original ending?
The finale was the perfect ending to the internal struggles that our lead characters faced throughout the show. Avatar Aang was a pacifist from the first moment we saw him. And that is why he was reluctant to kill Firelord Ozai in their ultimate battle. Aang was raised by Air nomads and monks who nurtured him for protection, self-defense, and spirituality instead of using his skills to inflict any sort of pain or violence. However, as the Avatar, Aang had to fulfill a different role. And he had to do it at a time when the entire Fire Nation was out to get him, which meant his training was incomplete.
And that is why Aang, instead of killing Ozai, strips him from his powers by bending the elements, a power he learned from the Lion Turtle right before his face-off with Ozai. It was a truly satisfying way of seeing how our heroes, despite the monumental odds stacked against them, managed to pull through. It shows that there’s always a pacific way of dealing with things. However, the original ending that the showrunners got rid of would have ruined everything.
The scrapped original ending
The fact that Avatar: The Last Airbender lasted for only three seasons plays well into the greatness of the show. It doesn’t get boring over time and keeps our intrigue alive just enough to remain invested in our favorite characters. And the show ended on a high note as well. However, the writers had originally thought of keeping the show on for one more season. And it was going to focus on the aftermath of the war. Here’s a Twitter thread by one of the showrunners, Aaron Ehasz:
— aaron ehasz (@aaronehasz) April 1, 2019
The writers could have done so by giving Azula a redemption arc or focused on the happenings inside the Spirit World, where Aang’s mentor, Monk Gyatso, was spending eternity. And, they could have also focused on how politics between the Fire Nation, Water Tribes, and the Earth Kingdom went on after the fall of Fire Lord Ozai. Now, this does sound incredible, however, whenever a show overstates its welcome, it’s never good news.
Thankfully, this idea was scrapped thanks to M. Night Shyamalan’s horrific adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can now look back at Avatar’s 3 seasons with joy, knowing that the fans have perfect closure for the show, with no dragged plotlines. What do you guys think of the abandoned season 4? Would it have been a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.