Finding beauty in the end of Korra

"Korra and Asami" | Art by November Funk. Used with permission.
I was a little surprised, though looking back at the show’s last two seasons, I can see there were subtle hints. Korra has her relationship with Mako in the first seasons of the show, but then there isn’t much in the way of romance after that. However, her friendship with Asami grows throughout the entire series, to the point where she writes Asami a letter and tells her what is going on in her life when she doesn’t open up to any of her other friends.

Even though the ending does not jive with my personal beliefs, I found it beautiful.

During my introduction to the show, I actually wasn’t sure if Asami would last past season one; she is given the opportunity to join the Equalists and has motive for doing so, but she ends up sticking with Korra throughout every ordeal. I’m glad she does, because her tough, independent, and moral character is largely why I continued watching The Legend of Korra to the end.

Asami faces all sorts of temptations and has every reason to spite Korra (you’d think benders murdering her mother and Korra stealing her boyfriend would be enough to turn her to the dark side), but instead she responds with love and friendship.

So of all the things that happen in The Legend of Korra series finale, the moment that stands apart most is the final scene where Korra and Asami are staring at each other romantically, holding hands and heading off into the glow of the spirit world together.

This ending to the series caused quite a stir. Some viewers responded with confusion, some with denial, some with anger, and some with delight that their hopes for “Korrasami” had come true.

I might have seen the ending coming if I hadn’t been watching the show through a heterosexual lens, though I think my slight surprise over two women (who had previously fought over the same man) becoming a couple is understandable.

Asami has every reason to spite Korra, but instead she responds with love and friendship.

Even though the morality of the ending doesn’t jive with my personal beliefs, I can’t help but find it beautiful. Korra and Asami had bonded in a profound way by the end of the show; their relationship had taken its time “with kindness and caring,” as show creator Bryan Konietzko put it. The two women cared for each other for who they were, having gone through many rough patches together throughout the show, and that deep bond, built on trust, is in itself a beautiful thing.

Would I have wanted this touching relationship to occur between Korra and a male character? Personally, yes. But I can’t be angry at a show for not conforming to my beliefs. If it wasn’t for my understanding of my faith, I would probably be fine with same-sex attraction because it adheres to society’s understanding of equality.

I don’t have to agree with the morality of the ending to find beauty in it. And I’m pretty sure Jesus’ response wouldn’t be a fire and brimstone message to Korra viewers or creators. In fact, I’m pretty sure Jesus would be hanging out with the people who love the ending and discussing it with them while the overly religious argue about how best to dole out punishment.

Allison Barron

Allison Barron

Commander at Geekdom House
Allison is like Galadriel, offering wisdom where needed but turning treacherous as the sea when competitive games are involved. She is the executive editor of Area of Effect magazine, co-host of the Infinity +1 podcast, and staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture. When she’s not writing, designing, or editing, she is often preoccupied in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away.
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