Unanswered Questions and Plotpoints From Avatar The Last Airbender

Iroh notices the spirit of Roku's Dragon Fang.

Inspired by the recent Blog post Things Avatar Fans Want to See in The Legend of Korra We have decide to put together a list of The biggest unanswered questions and plotpoints from Avatar The Last Airbender. This will be questions that might be answered in Avatar The Legend Of Korra ,Things we may never see answered and things that we can come up with our own answers for. Most of this list comes from our community discussion about this(linked below).

See All Unresolved Plot Points in Avatar The Last Airbender in our Community Discussion

Here is the list of Unresolved Questions from Avatar The Last Airbender.

Iroh’s trip to the Spirit World and His past

Iroh notices the spirit of Roku's Dragon Fang.

Iroh notices the spirit of Roku's Dragon Fang.

Iroh is a fan favorite character, he is loved because of his amazing Wisdom and Advice and also because he is one of the most powerful Firebenders in the World. Despite this we know very little about his past. What we know:

  • Iroh wasn’t always so good, he used to be a General of The Fire Nation Army
  • He was the only person before Azula to break through the outer walls of Ba Sing Se, He did this during his 600 day siege of Ba Sing Se
  • During this Siege His Son, Liu Ten, was killed.This loss caused him to abandon the siege
  • It has been mentioned that Iroh went to the Spirit World, Zhao says ” I’ve heard rumors about your journey into the Spirit World” and Iroh sees Aang on Fang when no one else does.
  • Iroh found the Ancient Sun Warriors, he was given the secret of Firebending by Ran and Shao.

What we don’t know:

  • The timeline of his past is all over the place, when did he meet the Sun Warriors and go to the Spirit World.- We can only presume this happened after the death of his son
  • How did he get into the Spirit world ?, from what we know only the Avatar can go in alone and we see Sokka get dragged in by Hei Bei.-My guess Spiritual Tea or he was brought into the Spirit World to get over the Death of Liu Ten.
  • Iroh said he studied WaterBenders and this helped him to develop Lightning Redirection, When did his happen ?

These Questions, More than Likely won’t be answered in Korra as he will be long dead. So the only hope of finding out more about Iroh’s past is if more Web Comics like the “Escape From The Spirit World” are made.

Toph and her Parents

Toph's Parents

Toph left her parents, without their permission, to help Aang, But apart from the letter she sent them we don't know if she made up with her parents

Toph is another character who is widely loved, despite this she doesn’t go through much character development, her main story was about her leaving her controlling parents to be free and see the world.In The Runaway she reveals that she still cares about her parents, and sends them a letter to tell them her true feelings and apologize for just leaving. This is the last we hear about Toph’s parents.

Fans widely presume that after the end of the show she goes to see them and make up, her parents finally accept the real Toph, who is not helpless. This has the chance to be resolved in Korra if there are indeed flashbacks to the Avatar The Last Airbender characters.

Lightning generation and Redirection

Zuko redirects Lightning

Zuko redirects lightning, but after the series does he ever learn how to generate his own?

Lightning as a sub category of Firebending is one of the coolest things in the whole Avatar Universe, but there are some things we don’t know about this amazing for of Bending:

  • Can only the Fire Nation Royal Family generate Lightning ? we only see Iroh, Ozai, Azula generate lightning and we know that Zuko has the ability to do it, these are all in the Fire Nation Royal family. Also Zuko despite knowing the theory behind Lightning generation does not attempt to teach it too Aang. Iroh says “Only a select few firebenders can separate these energies” .
  • Zuko in Bitter work is being thought How to generate Lightning by Iroh, but he fails everytime, Iroh says “You will not be able to master lightning until you have dealt with the turmoil inside you”. By the end of the show Zuko has dealt with his inner turmoil and found his destiny, Can he now generate Lightning.This could be resolved in Korra if their is a flashback to Zuko

Sokka’s Space Sword and Boomeraang

Sokka's Sword

Sokka with his newly made Sword, Made from a meteorite. Lost during the Battle of Wulong Forest along with His Boomerang.


Sokka says himself that he is “The boomeraang guy” , he loves his weapons almost as much(if not more) as his friends. He has lost his Boomeraang many times, but it always came back. Until Himself, Suki and Toph attacked Ozai’s air fleet, Sokka lost both weapons saving himself and Toph. Will he get them back ? or will they come up again in Korra.

Aang’s influence on his classmates

Aang as Kuzon in school

Aang as Kuzon went to School in The Fire Nation, while there he thought his classmates to express themselves ,But did his influence have a lasting effect into their future.

While Aang was in a Fire Nation School he realized that the kids were not “evil” like most of the soliders and Ozai, he saw how the school brainwashed them into thinking the Firenation was good and helping the other nations. While there he threw a Dance Party and thought his classmates to express themselves. Will his classmates grow up to be like the other Fire Nation people or will they grow up Good ?

Swampbenders

Due and Tho ,Swampbenders

Due and Tho are Two Swampbenders from The Foggy Swamp tribe, They are Waterbenders but are unknown to The Northern and Southern Water Tribes.

Aang and his friends are drawn to a Swamp, while there they discover The Foggy Swamp Tribe, a small tribe of waterbenders. This tribe is completely unknown to both the southern and Northern Tribe. Where did they come from ?

Did a group of benders from the Northern or Southern Tribe break off to start their own tribe? They have developed a new style of Waterbending called “Foggy Swamp Style”

Ursa’s Fate and Her role in getting Ozai the birthright

Ursa's fate

Ursa, the biggest mysteries of Avatar revolve around her, Is she still alive ? what did she do to save Zuko and get Ozai to Fire Lord ?

Ursa’s fate

The biggest and most widely disputed question of Avatar, Is Ursa Alive or not ? and the question that link to that, If she is alive why did she not reveal herself to Zuko ?

Here is what we know:

  • In a dream Zuko hears Azula say ” Sleep, Just Like Mother !” in an evil way ,suggesting she is dead, But this is just a dream
  • Ursa wakes up Zuko, tells him she loves him and goes away, suggesting she was banished but still alive.
  • Ozai tells Zuko,During the eclipse that Ursa was banished for her role in the death of Azulon. This could be a lie that Ozai told to get Zuko to stay until after the eclipse
  • In the series finale Zuko goes to see Ozai in Prison and demands Ozai tell him where Ursa is. This strongly suggests that Ursa is still alive, why would they end the series with this question only to find out she is dead later.

There are Rumors that we will see a flashback in Avatar The Legend Of Korra of Zuko finding Ursa.

Ursa’s role in Azulon’s death and getting Ozai the Birthright

When Ozai suggested to Azulon that he be given the Birthright, to the throne, after the death of Iroh’s son Liu Ten, Azulon demanded that he feel the loss of his first son. Ozai was going to Kill Zuko until Ursa stepped in to protect her son. What she did is unknown But What we do know is that the result is that Azulon died soon after, Ozai was given the birthright by Azulon, Zuko was saved and Ursa was Killed or banished.

Ozai tells Zuko that Ursa committed “vicious, treasonous things” the night Azulon died, this suggests she killed Azulon or was involved in his death.

The Question is What did Ursa do during the time when Azulon died and Ozai was given the birthright ?

Dragon Egg

Dragon Eggo Sun Warriors

Is The Sun Warrior's Sun Stone actually a Dragon Egg ?

In The Firebending Masters, After Zuko and Aang do The Dancing Dragon a pedestal rises out of the ground. Zuko picks up the Egg shaped Golden artifact, he says “It feels almost alive”. The Two Dragons Ran and Shao ,while their genders have not been confirmed, may be of opposite genders. This could suggest that the artifact is a Dragon Egg, Ran and Shao’s egg.

Does this mean the Dragons won’t be extinct after Ran and Shao die ?


Other

They were the biggest questions left unanswered from Avatar, here are some more that don’t inspire as much discussion

-Jet and Longshot, did Longshot put Jet out of his misery?

-Did Xin Fu and Master Yu ever make it out of the metal prison

-Does Chit Sang leave his criminal past behind and become good

-Will Sky Bisons and Winged Lemurs go extinct when Appa and Momo die ?

-Where was Chong and the Nomads during Sozin’s Comet ?

In Conclusion

These unanswered questions do not have any negative impact on Avatar as a whole, these questions inspire discussion and gets everyone thinking, While we all want them to be answered , Some may be in Avatar The Legend Of Korra, If they are not answered we can still have great discussions and debates on the answers.

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Comments - 107 Posts

  1. Skipper 287 Said: Comment by Skipper 287 on October 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
     

    We also don’t know who Iroh’s wife is. They never mention her.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Oh yeah, I never realized that, she’s never mentioned throughout the entire series.

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    Wolfie1798 Reply:

    I’ve only just noticed that recently myself. One theory I have, and this is purely my own personal theory, is that perhaps maybe she died in childbirth. Zuko never mentions her, maybe that’s because he didn’t know her, which would be the case if she had died in childbirth seeing as Lu Ten is older than Zuko. Also, when Ozai and Azulon were talking about Iroh’s birthright, surely they would have considered the fact that he could have had another child if his wife was still alive right? And he possibly would have had more children as well. There is no real evidence to support the theory, but it seems logical to me.

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    Breanne Reply:

    I recently noticed that myself. My theory, and this is my own personal theory with absolutely no real evidence behind it mind you, is that she probably died in child birth. One reason I think this is because it doesn’t seem like Zuko even really knew she existed which he probably wouldn’t if she died in childbirth because his cousin seems to be several years older than him. Another reason is because when Ozai and Azulon are talking about Iroh’s birthright after he lost his son, they don’t seem to consider the fact that he could have another child. Maybe the reason for this is because he can’t because his wife died. Also, if she were still alive, Iroh would probably have had more than one kid as he seems to really enjoy children and loved being a father. That’s just my guess.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah that’s a good theory. And it would also explain why iroh was so attached to his son and later zuko.

    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Yeah, that makes alot of sense, that probably is the Actual Story.

  2. Kelly Said: Comment by Kelly on October 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
     

    oh yeah you guys are right! That made it unclear. Maybe the creators thought it was better that way to keep things simple when she or lu ten died.

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  3. Kelly Said: Comment by Kelly on October 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
     

    I also think that Iroh, being wise and a leader of the white lotus, has trained himself to try to communicate or go into the spirit world. I think, and so do some other people, speculate that he was looking for his son Lu Ten.
    PS: It is also rumored that Koh has Lu ten’s face (which was the last face we seen on him, which was of a young man) and he kind-of looked like Lu Ten in the picture of him seen in “Tales of Ba Sing Se, Tale of Iroh,” but older. What do you guys think?

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    As far as Lu Ten being stole by Koh, I don’t think so because it’s mentioned that he died in an Earth Nation siege.

    I like the idea of him training himself to go into the spirit world, that seems like something he would do, especially if he could communicate with his son like you mentioned.

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    woodzanager Reply:

    I got one question how would orphan know how to train to enter the spirit world because even avatar Wang didn’t know what he was doing at first and he’s the great bridge. But it is an interesting concept

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    woodzanager Reply:

    I mean iroh phone has weird spell check thing

    Tracy Reply:

    I know Iroh took that journey into the Spirit World, we also know that he can see spirits because he saw Aang on Fang. But he also had the vision of taking Ba Sing Se. I think there was something definitely special about Iroh.

  4. Toph Bei Fong Said: Comment by Toph Bei Fong on October 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
     

    The Toph question is still a mystery? It’s a possiblity that it happend, hopefully they will show something in Legends of Korra I really do, but I also think her parents would still have some sort of problem in the begining if she does return, but eventually they would accept her as she is, not a helpless blind girl. Plus I think she would become a better earthbender than she is now. Also Zuko’s mom I really really want to know something tells me thats going to be the big ticket there in LOK.

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    Tracy Reply:

    What the heck were Toph’s parents names, I know it was mentioned in a commentary, but I need a spelling.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Poppy and Lao

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    Tracy Reply:

    Thank you. I kept thinking her name was some kind of flowery name. She really wasn’t too bright, was she?

  5. Steve Said: Comment by Steve on October 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
     

    I wonder what became of the northern water tribe chief ( cant remember his name atm ) and who would become his heir…

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    His name is Chief Arnook(i i remember correctly), i am not sure about the leadership structure of the NWT but why was Yue a princess and Sokka and Katara were not Prince and Princess despite their Father being the Chief.

    I guess they could have had another child or another family became the Chief.

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  6. Toph Bei Fong Said: Comment by Toph Bei Fong on October 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
     

    The egg thing is pretty weird, I just think it is an artifact.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Zuko did say it feels Alive, There are 2 dragons, it is egg shaped.

    It all points to Baby Purple Dragon,LOL

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah that’s a good theory, plus iroh didn’t kill the dragon probably because he knew there was a chance to save the species from extinction.

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  7. Shah Said: Comment by Shah on October 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
     

    i remeber reading somewhere that zuko does learn to generate lightning in a episode that was supposed to be in place of the play. but they took it out for unknown reasons.

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  8. Chris Said: Comment by Chris on October 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
     

    As far as Jet goes, the creators Mike and Bryan confirmed that he died at San Diego Comic Con 2008. Oh well. I need the mystery behind Ursa to be solved though!

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Yes we know he died, but the unanswered thing is how, did Longshot put him out of his misery or did they wait with him during his final moments.

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  9. john Said: Comment by john on November 7, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink
     

    what happened to the earth king (and his bear)? 🙂

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  10. Sabiedxmx Said: Comment by Sabiedxmx on November 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
     

    I was always confused about Sokka getting the white lotus piece from his sword master in the fire nation… did that mean he may be part of the white lotus???
    or was that just for them to find the other white lotus members???
    And I wanted to see how well Zuko would take to being a firelord and being GOOD (we all know he has problems choosing a side)
    Will Sokka ever get to see yue again??
    wish there would be a series based A few years after Sozins Comet. To see where everyone is 🙁

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  11. woodzanager Said: Comment by woodzanager on November 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
     

    I widh they made a book 4 or atleast another movie 10 or 15 years after sozans comet to answer the big questions. Here’s my guess at what happened: I believe ursa died because I’m pretty sure she would have revealed herself to zuko on the day of his coronation. And for the airbenders I don’t think aang would use energbending to give peopple the ability to airbend because that doesn’t seem like something he would do, to me atleast. The whole thing with toph and her parents I believe they would have happily accepted her back because when ahe sent the people to return her (can’t remember their names sorry) they believed that toph was kidnapped so once toph returned home and explained everything to them they would understand because they deeply loved and cared dor her. Plus we never got to see what toph wrote to her parents by sending hawky (sokkas messenger bird). I’m sure sokka saw yue again in his dreams sometimes (as long as he wasn’t dreaming about food eating people haha). I’m sure zuko did a good job as firelord because he had iroh and aang to help him and since he delt with the turmoil inside him I believe he was able to make lightning. The only thing that really baffles me is what happened to azula after she lost it, was she put in prison just like firlord ozai? As far as the earth king and boscoe (his pet bear) goes I believe once ba sing se became free from the fire nation he returned to rule his nation. Also, what happened to the dai li, I assume they were all improsined as well. Thanks, reply if u have more questions or there was something I failed to mention. I’m just curious as to where all the main characters lived. Did they all live in the fire nation with zuko or did aang and katara go to live at one of the air temples or did they go to the southern water tribes. Did suki and sokka live on kyoshi or did they also go back and live at the southern water tribe or perhaps they went to live with kataang at one of the air temples because if all the characters grow apart from one another as they grew old. I always wondered if toph got together with the duke. Because I felt as though they got pretty close during the end of the series.

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    Runiya Reply:

    But in the end we saw that they all went back to Ba Sing Se to Uncle Iroh’s teashop. So, they might not live with each other but frequently visit each other. It could be possible that they lived in the Fire Nation for a while until they grew up a bit more.. like until they were about 18 – 19 and then they might go their own way. Like Aang still has to travel the world, because he is the Avatar. Sokka would probably go back to the Southern Water Tribe and like teach the kids their sword fighting 🙂 Suki might go with him.. or they might go to Kyoshi. Katara would probably follow Aang. Toph, she might just stay at the Palace, or possibly go back to her parents, but I doubt she would because she loves being adventurous and I doubt she could do that with her parents. Even though she loves them I still think they would tie her back. They still think of her as their little girl and i don’t think they could ever get over the fact that she is an amazing bender and has been through all these problems. Personally, I feel that they will always be close, even though it is hard to travel across nations. They will find time to just chill in Uncle’s Teashop because what they had to go through will bring anyone close to each other.

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  12. Sabiedxmx Said: Comment by Sabiedxmx on November 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Permalink
     

    who was sparky sparky boom man ( guy with the 3 eyeballs that blew up stuff )
    was he a bender?
    how did Zuko know to go to him and have him take out the avatar??
    who was this mysterious man!!

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    woodzanager Reply:

    My best guesse at to who sparky sparky boom man was is that he was a firebender who instead of extending fire from his arms he could direct his chi flow through eye his alowing him to blow things up. That’s my best guess and I’m sticking with it. And the only reason that zuko knew combuskon man was at the western air temple is because he oroibably heard the ship land that combuskon man used to get over there.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Combustion man is just a Firebender who can concentrate his Chi Flow through his third Eye and create the blasts.I believe Mike and Bryan said he learned it as a child and blew off his arm and leg, which is why he has a metal arm and leg, I take it that he has a reputation as a great bounty hunter which is why Zuko knows of him.

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  13. woodzanager Said: Comment by woodzanager on November 12, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink
     

    Zurich knew to got to sparky sparky boom man because in the show when they first showed him zuko mentioned that and I quote “I’ve heard about you, they say your good at what you do and even better at keeping secrets. The avatar is alive, I want you to find him and end him”

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    Sabiedxmx Reply:

    thank you for the help 😀

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    woodzanager Reply:

    I thought tenzin was teaching korra airbending not waterbending

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Oh shoot I made that mistake before. You’re right tenzin is teaching korra airbending. Sorry about that, was a typo.

    woodzanager Reply:

    I figured you just typed it in wrong. thanks for the cool site.

  14. Nuriko Said: Comment by Nuriko on November 12, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink
     

    *SIGH!* So many questions, no one will answer! Its driving me nuts! The one I wanna know the most about is “Sparky Sparky Boom Man”, Ursa {Azula and Zuko’s mother. Wife of Phoenix King/Fire Lord Ozai.} and most of all Toph!!!

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  15. mastermind Said: Comment by mastermind on November 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
     

    i have 3 questions:
    1)aang and katara are probably only 12. will they get married or breakup later?
    2)how did sukie get control of the fire nation war balloon during sozins comet?
    3)will zuko become a member of the white lotus after iroh dies?

    P.S. how cool would it be if korra finds sokkas meteorite sword 🙂

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    It’s been confirmed (by the creators) that katara did marry aang. As in the new series korra will be taught air bending by kataang’s son tenzin.

    I wonder if zuko will join the white lotus as well.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I think its safe to say that Sokka joined OWL seeing as Piandao saw poential in him and gave him a lotus tile, Zuko probably did to on Iroh’s recommendation.

    Suki controlling the War Ship well she landed on top of it then she rigged it up so she could control it from the outside, i presume Sokka thought her some Inventing Skills.

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    woodzanager Reply:

    Did tyou mean “I presume sokka taught her some inventing skills”?

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  16. a_girl Said: Comment by a_girl on November 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
     

    well dante basco is having interview you could give some questions and we’re all just going to have to wait and keep our hopes up o_o
    http://avatarthelastairbenderonline.com/groups/avatar-the-legend-of-korra/forum/topic/interview-with-dante-basco-rufio-and-zuko/

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  17. Toph Bei Fong Said: Comment by Toph Bei Fong on November 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink
     

    Hopefully some of our questions will be answered. 😀

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  18. LightningSpeed-Zuko Said: Comment by LightningSpeed-Zuko on November 23, 2010 at 7:03 am | Permalink
     

    Yea on the subject of Zuko being able to eventually generate lightning himself…I think it’s a given that he did learn it…as the only thing keeping him frm learning it was him not solving the conflict within himself. He does this when he realizes his shared past is parallel to Aangs…and then decides to side with Aang and the others.

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  19. Elsy Said: Comment by Elsy on November 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink
     

    it wasn’t really answered what happened with azula after she was defeated.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah I hope we get to see some of her fate.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Nick.com said after the finale that she was taken to an around the clock mental facility to be monitored constantly.

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    mastermind Reply:

    i heard aang energy bended her and then she was sent to the boiling rock

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  20. KingBumi Said: Comment by KingBumi on November 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
     

    Mine is not really an un answerd question but something weirdish. on the episode where aang and the gang crosses that valley and the earth kingdom refuge lady gives birth. The baby is born with a full head of hair… is that unusual because I have never seen a newborn with a full head of hair.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    You’re right. I didn’t notice that until now that you mention it. And it’s probably just artistic representation maybe? Or they just forgot ha 🙂

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