The new live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender will change the ages of Katara and Sokka, among other things, making Katara older.
It emerged that the planned live reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender will make a big change: the age of the characters Katara and Sokka. In 2018, Netflix announced that it would produce a live action series based on the original animated series., which saw a resurgence in popularity following its addition to Netflix’s database in the spring of 2020. It was also recently reported that the show found a new showrunner, Albert Kim, after the original’s creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, have left the project on creative differences.
Originally, Avatar Aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons from 2005 to 2008. It is both loved by fans and critically acclaimed, maintaining a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. After being added to Netflix, around 15 years after it was first released, Avatar became the most popular show on the streaming platform in the United States. Avatar, set in a world inspired by Asian culture about people (called Benders) who can supernaturally manipulate any of the four elements, gave birth to many beloved characters. Two of these characters, friends of the protagonist (the Avatar, Aang), are siblings Katara and Sokka. Sokka, the older, non-bender brother, and Katara, Aang’s water bender and main love interest, are Aang’s first friends. They are the only two to live the whole trip of Avatar together, supporting Aang from the very beginning to the very end.
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In light of the news of a new showrunner, Illuminerdi reported that Katara and Sokka’s ages will change. In the original series, Sokka is 15 and Katara is 14. In this new series, Katara will be the older brother at 16 and Sokka will be younger at 14. Aang’s age of 12 will remain the same. Additionally, the show will be structured differently, with 10 one-hour episodes instead of the 20 30-minute episodes from the original’s first season.
This change of just a few years may not seem like much, but it will most likely change the entire relationship dynamics of the character. Sokka’s sarcasm and awkwardness will likely remain, but her oldest son’s feelings of responsibility towards Katara and her family may not. Katara’s responsibility and motherly nature likely won’t change, but her strained relationship finding her sense of duty could. The biggest likely change, however, is the romantic relationship between Aang and Katara which took all three seasons to build. The show is unlikely to maintain a romantic relationship between a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old.
Fans are already hesitant about the departure of the original creators, and this news might do the show a disservice. While it may be disappointing for some, these changes leave open other possibilities that the original show did not explore. One of the main fan wishes is that Zatara – this is the romantic relationship between the Katara and the enemy turned ally Zuko – becomes canon. While this news leaves the public in awe, it certainly indicates more Avatar: The Last Airbender upcoming changes.
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