ok, i haven’t even watched the ending because i was asleep when it aired but i had my sister tell it to me and i was pissed off beyong words. how could they make Aang x Katara happen? it is so obviously against Katara’s nature and also because she sees Aang as a younger brother. i’ve always been expecting Zuko x Katara because of all the intense interactions between them, like when Zuko took away her necklace and that girl on the anteater thing was like ‘you’re looking for your girlfriend?’ and other things. besides, they’re the only reasonable pairing aside from sokka and his girl. it should have been obvious that the legendary avatar would be willing to give up everything (including his feelings for a girl) in order to save the world. and out of nowhere Azula gets cuckoo and then wham! the fire lord is done with. gosh whatever happened to Zuko’s mom? and what about Katara’s mom too? and i was really pissed about what they didn’t do about Uncle Iroh. he should have been given more of a role in the end, at least that’s what i think. and so just because the actual ending of the show did not sit well with me, i thought up an alternate ending for the show.. which of course only follows what i think should be happening. it may not necessarily go with some previous episodes, but i’m just generalizing ideas about the ending.. so here it is:
As the gang (Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and newly recruited member: Zuko) travels onward toward the Fire Kingdom, Azula is currently set on finding them and exterminating them. She would be more keen on killing Zuko rather than the avatar at this time because Zuko would be deemed the ultimate traitor for siding with the avatar. Of course as she sets her minions to go and hunt them down, the gang are getting more and more connected to each other and thus more concerned about each other. After her first wave of attacks on the gang, which they would surely defeat, she would send the duo Mai and Ty Lee. Since we’ve seen that Mai has had a brief relationship with Zuko, she would be at first hesitant on doing Azula’s commands but eventually she would give in, knowing just how bad Azula can be at torturing and hurting people around her. Upon their fight scene, Mai would encourage Zuko to once again side with them and with his sister. Zuko declines the offer and states that he now knows the right thing to do. After their brief conversation, Mai resigns herself to fighting the gang, with Ty Lee right beside her. They would be defeated but their life will be spared, thanks to Katara who refuses to have them killed, like Toph, Sokka and Zuko vote for.
The duo are made to return to Azula with a message from the gang about how they would remove the Fire Nation’s hold on the other two remaining Nations of Water and Earth and bring back peace to the entire world. Azula is angered beyond words and attacks the two, almost killing them had she not ‘mercied’ them. She instead puts the two in the torture chambers for not being able to bring her brother back or kill him. This would be merely weeks before her coronation as the Fire Lord/Lordess or Lady (lol). Finally deciding that it was now up to her alone to kill her brother as well as the avatar, she asks her father to move the date of her coronation closer, which Ozai agrees to.
Now, the gang should have been forming a plan to attack on the day of Azula’s coronation and calls on all available Water and Earth tribe people who can launch a decoy attack at three different areas of the main Fire Kingdom’s city where the palace, and thus, Azula and the Fire Lord resides. They agreed that the water tribe would be the first line of attack attacking at three separate points away from the main gates of the palace. Then the Earth people would attack through the gates, backing up the Water people who could opssibly be being opressed by this time. More Earth people wil come straight to the palace and guard it from any offensive attempts from the Fire people. The gang will then be coming along with the last line of Earth and Water people as they straight for the Fire Lord. The gang will then come upon Azula, who intends to block their way to the Fire Lord.
Uncle Iroh would be at this time still caged inside a cell somewhere in the palace prisons. Sokka, along with Momo (and let’s not forget Hawkie!) as well as some other Earth and Water tribes will be the ones tryig to free him. It seems an accomplishable enough task since the entire place is under attack.
Meanwhile Zuko, Toph and Katara decide to face Azula so Aang can face Ozai. Three agaisnt one looks like an easy win for Azula but she knows all their weaknesses now and she is easily able to stand against them. The three of course follows a plan and lets Toph attack first then Katara and then Zuko. It was good at first but soon they lose Toph; her feet gets burned by Azula as she heats up the entire floor, which none of them anticipated and thus Katara was too late at saving her. Toph is left alone behind a huge column and together Katara and Zuko try to strategize against Azula. They struggle for a long while and Katara agrees to back up Zuko’s attacks. As Azula and Zuko fire at each other, with Katara close by. Azula uses this to her advantage and aims a lightning at Katara instead of Zuko. Zuko jumps to Katara’a help and absorbs the lightning attack. He barely manages to reflect it off. From the impact, he and Katara are blown off and hurled against a column. This is when Sokka would be coming in to throw off Azula in a pivotal moment ad Zuko will be able to defeat her.
Since Sokka’s back, we now know Uncle Iroh is saved; so where is he now? He heads for Ozai wanting to help the avatar in his quest as well as to do his nation justice. So now the long awaited fight scene has a surprising turn since now Aang will be more confident in defeating Ozai while Iroh helps him out for a bit. Of course Uncle Iroh will be no match for Ozai but his help will be indeed a good leverage for Aang. With Iroh as a brief distraction, Aang will be able to go in the avatar state and then fight Ozai with a bit more power than before. The fight drags for a while but soon, it will be evident that Ozai is no match for the avatar.
The avatar kills Ozai and he disintegrates into nothing as Aang reverts out of the avatar state. Iroh is lying at one corner, telling him to hurry and check on his friends as well as Zuko. He follows Iroh’s request as he remembers his friends fighting Azula and he heads back to them. There he finds Katara healing them all and Zuko and Sokka keeping an eye on an unconscious Azula who was now in chains and caged in the elements. The Fire Nation was finally defeated.
Now we see the time ahead and the day is the coronation of Zuko as the Fire Lord. The gang would be present at the ceremony. He seemed resigned to his fate but at the last moment he changes his mind and offers the crown to his Uncle Iroh. Iroh would decline and say that he was the right person to regain the honour and rebuild the empire of the fallen Fire Nation. Zuko is pleased that his uncle deemed him as the best choice to lead their Nation into the right path. That night, Zuko excuses himself from the partying and visits Azula who was now unable to bend fire (due to Aang’s learned ability). He asks her about their mother and here we see that she was angry at their mother for loving Zuko more. However, she reveals to him that she was banished to live in an insignificant location where little or few people lived close by.
Now this is were my powers of deduction takes center stage (lol). From here on in, it will be completely my personal speculation about Zuko’s mother, and thus, what events it will lead to.
I believe the Painted Lady may be Zuko’s mother. So following this theory, Zuko could be reunited with his mother, which along the way, he finds out that Katara once pretended to be the Painted Lady in order to help the villagers (which would be reddening Katara’s cheeks). And so we are given a glimpse of the Katara x Zuko pairing.
Sokka and his girl (whose name escapes me at the moment) are obviously going to get together. The only problem now lies on the love matters of Toph and Aang. Being the younger characters, they are not necessarily supposed to ‘end up’ with anybody seeing how young they are in the story. Although they are not ineligible to accumulate friends or crushes. Now there are two ways to solve Aang and Toph’s dilemma:
(1) Aang and Toph are sitting together outside watching the stars and Aang is saddened that as an avatar he had to give up on his feelings for Katara, but he knows that it was all for the best. Toph, would typically slap him on the shoulder and say ‘Twinkle-Toes, I’m proud of you.’ And the two would be the best pals as they grow.
(2) Well, who knows? You gotta admit, Toph and Aang look good together (not to mention Toph’s personality is so cute and lovable) so as time passes, there is that possibility that the two would get together, but seeing as how Aang is the avatar, well…. think about it.
And that’s that. Tell me what you think. =) hahahaha i was just telling my sister how i wanted the avatar to end and this is how long it took to write it down from memory. and of course disclaimers: avatar obviously does not belong to me, ditto for the images used in this post. …this is basically fanfiction, isn’t it?? lol and i’m really sorry for not mentioning Appa.