Is Bolin Severely Lacking Character Development in The Legend of Korra?

One of my favorite characters so far in The Legend of Korra has to be Bolin. He’s funny, entertaining and he’s fairly a talented Earth Bender. Unfortunately for him, that’s all he really has going for him so far, which makes him the very definition of a one-sided character.

Like Sokka, Bolin is responsible for a good chunk of the humor in the series. But if you recall the character development Sokka underwent in The Last Airbender, he was much more than the “funny guy” by the end of the series. He became dynamic: he was funny, intelligent, skilled with a blade and a natural born leader.

Bolin currently lacks the traits that would make him a dynamic character mostly because his character lacks character development. But like I have constantly reiterated, this should be expected as we’ve technically only scene him in 11 episodes. Nonetheless, I still expect Mike and Bryan to develop Bolin’s character significantly by the end of Book 2.

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Will the Death of Bolin and Mako’s Parents be Talked About in Book 2 of The Legend of Korra?

Towards the beginning of Book 1 of The Legend of Korra, we were informed that Mako and Bolin had lost their parents to a firebending mugger at very young ages. But after this was mentioned, it was never really touched upon again throughout the course of Book 1. Mike and Bryan kind of set that story to the side and continued with the main focus: the Equalist Regime. But I can understand why they chose not to talk about the death of Mako and Bolin’s parent in Book 1. Fitting so many dynamic storylines in 12 episodes is a nearly impossible task. But either way, this is still no excuses to completely scrap the idea all together.

At some point in the series, I expect Mike and Bryan to at least revisit the death again. In reality, it’s actually an extremely important scene in the series as a whole, and by not revisiting it, Mike and Bryan could severally delay the character development of Mako and Bolin. But I have faith in Mike and Bryan to talk about the death at some point. In fact, I’m expecting a flashback of the death sometime during the course of Book 2.

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Character Development of Asami Sato in Book 2 of The Legend of Korra [Update]

When Book 2 finally roles around, the character I expect to be the most developed is undoubtedly Asami Sato. Asami’s role in Book 1 was mainly focused around the whole aspect of shipping: she was with Mako in the beginning, and then dumped for Korra in the end. Asami just seemed like the character that could take the hits, but never deliver the blows. But that was Asami then. The Asami that we’ll see in Book 2 will be much different.

If you think back to Asami’s character in the beginning of the series, you’ll remember an average girl who just happened to be filthy rich since her father, Hiroshi Sato, developed the Satomobile. She lost her mother by the hands of the Agni Kai Triad, but her quality of life still seemed rather fine – for the most part.

Unfortunately for Asami, her life will never be the same after the events of Book 1. According to Mike and Bryan, she’ll face even more hardship and responsibility at the beginning of Book 2. Luckily for us, hardship almost always means character development.

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The Legend of Korra Book 2 Speculation: Character Development

This is a series where we speculate everything there is to know about Book 2 of The Legend of Korra. We have currently covered speculation on the book’s setting. Today we focus on the book’s character development.

Character development is what essentially makes us love the characters of the Avatar World so much. Over the years, Mike and Bryan have done such a phenomenal job developing their characters and giving them the personalities that we have learned to fall in love with. Aang was molded into a much more peaceful character while Korra was molded into a more aggressive character.

In The Last Airbender, almost every main character introduced was developed into a seemingly life-like person. That’s why we cared so much about their relationships: They seemed real to us. So far, Mike and Bryan have developed their characters fairly well in The Legend of Korra, but they still have a long way to go with a few of them.

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