A peace offering for my dear friend Ally because we were jokingly throwing canons at each other’s ships yesterday :)
She’s a die-hard Masami fan and I’m a die-hard (albeit conflicted) Makorra shipper. But we both know which is the only ship that really matters.
i’m shrieking with laughter right now oh god
i can suddenly imagine Asami and Iroh getting on, like, viciously well and everyone kind of regrets it because they just take the piss out of all the little kiddies
Thoughts on Mako, Korra, and the development of their relationship:
I thought the progression of Mako and Korra was quite mature for their circumstances and age - in fact, I would say that it was much healthier than other TV relationships (don’t get me started on Glee relationships). Here’s why:
From the beginning, Korra made it clear that she had feelings for Mako. After realizing that Mako was with Asami, she decided to go out with Bolin. It was clear that they had a great time together, but she did not have ~feelings~ for him.
And yes, she kissed him and he kissed her back - which is not cool, but very common for people their age. I’ve done it, and I’ve felt like shit and then said that I need to stay with my partner (which is what Mako did). And yeah, I didn’t tell that person either and eventually we broke up. And I dated that other person for a while after.
But let’s get back to Korra. Both of them realize that this is shit, and Korra tries to become friends with Asami. They turn into real bros. After Hiroshi turns out to be a big douche, Korra tells Mako to be with Asami because she needs him. THIS IS BEING A GREAT FRIEND AND THE BETTER PERSON. Mako does this, but you can see that part of him as he has always been the protector, the strong one.
Korra gets captured. You know what jump-starts feelings like no tomorrow? Thinking that the person that you love is gone forever. Mako wore his emotions on his sleeve, and it must have been confusing as all hell for him because he was torn: torn between taking care of someone who he cares about who’s father is a real bag of dicks and helping fight the biggest battle he’ll ever face with the girl he loves. That is a shit storm in the making.
When the kiss comes public knowledge, Mako did what any boy who’s dealing with A) liking two people at the same B) being caught redhanding and C) dealing with being a complete asshat would do: handle it badly, try and smooth it over, have it not work and then be frustrated because he knows he screwed up and he genuinely did not want to hurt anyone.
The breakup (aka THERE WAS A BREAK UP). When Mako chose to go with Korra to fight Amon while Iroh, Bolin, and Asami went to help the army, that was a great example of a break up that needed to happen but didn’t involve hysterics. Both Asami and Mako knew that their relationship was not going to work out. And it was clear that Mako was going to go with Korra from the second she told them to hold up. By this point, both Asami and Mako are past being frustrated and hurt, and just know it’s time to move on. Their breakup was perfect - they both knew that the other cared about them, but it was their time to deal with other issues (Mako’s feelings for Korra, and Asami’s issues with her father).
The Great I Love You Debacle
I can tell you that 100% Mako did not want to tell Korra that he loved her that way. He, with good intentions, was trying to show Korra that he loves her, not because she is the Avatar but because she is Korra. And you know what? She didn’t reply with an “I love you too” not because she didn’t love him, but it just wasn’t the first thing on her mind. If someone took something away from you that was at the core of your being, I bet you wouldn’t care less if JKR made you the star of her next book. If she had replied all lovey-dovey that would be a terrible sign, as LOK would be proving that love conquers all and blah blah blah. NO. She needed to deal with her own shit before she could even THINK about talking about her feelings with Mako.
There are things that bother me (don’t get me on her miraculous ability to airbend or AVATARSTATELOLOLZZZZ) but the relationship progress between Korra and Mako is not one of those things.
Sam is smart and y’all should consider her thoughts on this subject.