Nickelodeon’s latest announcement has been met with a general outcry from The Legend of Korra fandom. Though The Legend of Korra ranks as the network’s most-watched animated series premiere in three years, after accidental releases and subsequent poor ratings, The Legend of Korra: Season 3: Change will have it’s last five remaining episodes pulled by Nickelodeon until further notice.
Even with Season 3: Change getting back to the roots of what made the Avatar: The Last Airbender world so engaging, The Legend of Korra has not reflected that view in its numbers. Sitting at a steady 1.1million – 1.5 million views for Season Three: Change doesn’t look too hot when compared to the previous season’s 3.8 million – 2.6 million average viewers per episode.
Keeping in tradition with how Nickelodeon has treated this franchise, Nick execs decided that the best course of action is to put The Legend of Korra on hiatus for an indefinite amount of time, pulling the last five episodes from the network’s line up. Friday’s scheduled Episode 8, “The Terror Within”, will go on air as planned but will allegedly not be followed by Episode 9, “The Stakeout.” As Nickelodeon has yet to comment on the situation, it’s unclear if the remaining five episodes of the thirteen episode season arc will be aired at all and what this means for Season Four, which is the planned series finale.
Some fans have speculated that the decision comes in part from the leaked episodes before the season three premiere. Four mid-season episode leaks pushed execs to release The Legend of Korra with less marketing than intended and rush out multiple episodes per weekend to try and play catch up. With seven episodes already released since the season premiere at the end of June, perhaps Nickelodeon just wants to take its time with the second half of the season and plans to release them at a later date. Which, after giving us baby sky bison, is probably the best course of action.
Despite the announcement, Dark Horse still plans to reveal new The Legend of Korra items alongside Game of Thrones merch at San Diego Comic-Con. With a panel planned as well, perhaps Nickelodeon will have some more details for Season Three: Change in store for us. What do you think about Nick’s decision? Discuss it with us in the comments below!