Day Two: Favorite Katara Quote?
"You make one step backward, one slip-up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang, and you won’t have to worry about your destiny anymore.”🩸
I adore this quote, even more I adore this scene. I’m glad Zuko wasn’t accepted with open arms. That would have been too easy for someone who had hunted the Gaang, threatened their lives, and gave them obstacle after obstacle in saving the world. Even more so, I love the fact that Katara is the one making this statement. As the heart of the Gaang— and a fierce protector of the people she loves— it’s very fitting that she’s the one to threaten Zuko. Aang might not be able to fight in a deadly way against Zuko; we’ve seen it a million times in the show, he was never fighting to kill— save for the Avatar State. But Katara, who left her village, put her life on the line countless times for this journey, is completely capable of ensuring that the ones she loves will survive. She’s determined, fierce, and is willing to do what’s necessary. She’s so determined she fought a master waterbender and also stole a water bending scroll! She’s so determined she fought off a legion of Dai Li, protecting Aang! We know she’s capable of doing what’s necessary, even if she’s an idealist. We also know that’s she’s physically capable of carrying this threat out. Katara is a master waterbender, a blood bender, and healer. She could take Zuko any day, any time, and she had in previous scenes. Katara talks the talk and walks the walk, which makes this statement all the more powerful.
I also think this scene is great as it implies her character development. Katara, ever the idealist, trusted Zuko in Ba Sing Se. She brings up this statement, even. This scene indicates that she has learned; she’s learned that trusting people outright is something to be wary of, especially when they could be a threat to her mission and her people. Katara’s idealism has been stunted after the Book 2 encounter with Zuko, and this scene clearly shows that.
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