'Legend Of Korra' on Netflix: How to Show Links to 'The Last Airbender'

Avatar: The Last Airbender has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix, with the Nickelodeon show breaking the record for the show with the longest run on the streamer's top 10 TV series chart. Now, its spin-off show, The Legend of Korra is streaming on the network.

Though the show is set in the same world as Avatar and has a number of links to it, The Legend of Korra is a very different show to its sister, with a whole new set of characters. However, there are some links between the two shows that its makers have made in a number of interviews over the last decade.

How The Legend of Korra links to Avatar

The official synopsis for The Legend of Korra reveals exactly when the show fits into the timeline of the Avatar franchise.

"Taking place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, this story follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang - a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern Avatar world, Republic City - a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology."

The two shows being set in the same universe, however, is not the only thing that links the two properties. In The Legend of Korra, Korra (voiced by Janet Varney) is trained in airbending by Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), who is the son of Avatar: The Last Airbender main character Aang (Zach Tyler).

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'The Legend of Korra' is set in the real world of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Nickelodeon

Speaking to the AV Club in 2012, however, Avatar co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino said that though the aim was to set the show in the same world, he wanted to make sure it had a very different feel.

He said, "I think Bryan [Konietzko, Avatar co-creator] and I consciously wanted to do something very different from the first series, because we didn't want to just repeat the same story beats, where an Avatar has to learn all the elements and fight in a big war. We wanted to differentiate it as much as we could from the old series. So yeah, we were like, "It'd be great if she was a little older, was a teenage girl." And then, yeah, just trying to come up with a different type of conflict that we hadn't done, so it's like this class-warfare thing."

Some of the elements of The Legend of Korra, meanwhile, started life as ideas for Avatar: The Last Airbender that were never used. Korra's polar bear/dog Naga, for example, was based on a 2002 drawing Konietzko did while developing Avatar.

DiMartino told The Hollywood Reporter: "When we were developing the original series back in 2002, Bryan had done a sketch of a bipedal polar bear-dog creature. We never found a place for it in Avatar: The Last Airbender. But when we came up with Korra's character, we wanted her to have an animal mode of transport and revisited that old drawing."

The development of The Legend of Korra, meanwhile, began in 2009, when Nickelodeon approached the pair about developing another show. Konietzko said of this to The Mary Sue: "When Nickelodeon, in 2009, told us they wanted us to come back and do another series where we could do whatever we wanted, the first thought we had was: Let's do a story about the next Avatar. That was the first thought. The second thought was: Let's make it a girl."

The Legend of Korra is streaming now on Netflix.