Avatar: The Last Airbender is considered an instant classic when it comes to children's shows as it managed to explore a number of political themes without talking down to kids. Add some of the great characterization and fun fight scenes, and you can see why so many people are still nostalgic for the show more than a decade later. It's three seasons continue to be excellent television but rumors of a canceled season 4 continue to persist.
Speaking with Polygon, showrunners Byran Konietzko and Michael DiMartino said that there was never going to be a fourth season from the show. One wasn't coming from the creators, nor was Nickelodeon going to make that happen without these two. In the end, they seemed to make the right decision since fans can still watch all three seasons and be immensely entertained, despite a few clunky episodes or two.
"There was never going to be a season 4, not from us and not from Nickelodeon. Mike and I planned ATLA to be a three-season arc as far back as our initial pitch in 2002, and in 2008 we finished the story we set out to tell. We finished the show exactly as we had intended. We hadn't considered continuing Aang's story until Dark Horse Comics approached us with the idea of returning to ATLA in graphic novel form. And at that point we worked with writer Gene Luen Yang to expand the story beyond the animated series."
Despite a few rushed elements, Avatar: The Last Airbender continues to be a treat for all ages and if you haven't seen it yet, you are doing yourself a disservice. The series is on Netflix now, along with The Legend of Korra so do yourself a favor and have a cool little marathon with your children.
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