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This week, the action heads back to Republic City as Korra attempts to garner support for the Southern Water Tribe. Her plans to have the united forces help the south fail and she becomes increasingly frustrated as her options decrease.
Korra arrives in Republic City and immediately bumps into Captain Beifong. Beifong informs her of a Southern Water Tribe protest later that night and tells her to stay away from it before turning to Mako and ordering him to get back to his police work. So what's the first thing Korra does? She goes to find out more information about the protest.
Korra ends up leading the peaceful protest. As the protest makes its way past the Southern Water Tribe Cultural Center a bomb goes off inside the building. Mako is on duty and sees a firebender fleeing the scene and recovers the detonation device. Korra, along with everyone else, assumes the attack was perpetrated by the northerners, but Mako isn't so sure.
Korra meets with President Raiko who explains that he can't send troops to the south. Korra doesn't like his answer, and, after a short and hilarious brainstorming session with Varrick, she decides to go straight to the source. She meets with General Iroh to ask for his help. Zuko's grandson is more than happy to help, but President Raiko shows up and orders him to stay out of the war. Iroh apologizes to Korra but suggests that she visit the Fire Nation and request help from his mother and grandfather.
Korra and Mako argue when she discovers he's the one who tipped off President Raiko. Korra believes Mako is never on her side and Mako tries to explain that he's only doing his job. The fighting gets to be too much and Korra and Mako break up.
At the South Pole, Unalaq sends Eska and Desna to find Korra and reveals that he actually does need Korra to open the second portal. The twins encounter Korra on the open sea as she makes her way to the Fire Nation. They engage Korra and just when she has gained the upper hand, another dark spirit attacks. The twins back off. Korra enters the avatar state and attempts to calm the spirit with the technique she learned from Unalaq. The spirit breaks free, swallows Korra, and we cut to black.
This was another jam-packed episode of Korra. Korra and Mako's break up isn't too surprising when you look back at this season so far. Korra has always been very headstrong and has trouble seeing things from any perspective but her own. Mako has questioned that perspective multiple times this season and Korra has not responded well. This is an echo of Korra and Tenzin's relationship from last season. In season one, Korra was coming to terms with her role as the Avatar and with the fear that she might be able to stop Amon. She gained a lot of confidence in herself, and now she's acting without thought. Korra thinks she has it all figured out, but she still has a lot to learn about herself and about her role as the Avatar.
The Legend of Korra air Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
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