Netflix’s first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender had three parts, but we’re not sure if the new Netflix version will follow the same pattern.
- The Last Airbender is expected to cover all 20 episodes of the original show’s Book One: Water in its first season.
- However, it might skip some small events. The season finale at the North Pole, not shown in the trailer, is likely to be in the first season due to the casting of key characters from the Northern Water Tribe.
- The new version could even go beyond the original’s three-season plan and have four or five seasons.
Netflix’s first season of Avatar
The original Avatar: The Last Airbender had three seasons, or “books.” It’s unclear if the new Netflix version will follow the same structure. Each animated season followed Aang and friends as he learned a new element, with the first book focusing on mastering water bending. The exciting trailer for Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender shows scenes similar to the animated version’s first season, suggesting the new show will follow a similar path.
However, some important episodes from the animated series’ first season are missing in the live-action trailer. This makes us wonder how much of Book One: Water the first season will cover. Clues in the trailer and cast list give us a glimpse into Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender’s first season, set to release in early 2024.
Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender Covering All 20 Original Show’s Book One: Water Episodes in Season 1
While official episode runtimes haven’t been announced, each of Avatar: The Last Airbender’s eight episodes reportedly cost $15 million, and it’s safe to assume that each will run at least 50 minutes to an hour. If that’s the case, then there should be ample time to cover all the key scenes from the animated show’s first season. The trailer has already provided a look at some of the top moments from Book One: Water, including Aang’s visit to Omashu, his encounter with the spirit monster Hei Bai, and his journey to Roku’s temple on Crescent Island. However, there are also some moments that are conspicuously absent.
Side stories like “The Great Divide” don’t add much to the main story. But the season finale at the North Pole is a significant omission. However, it seems likely to be in the first season of the Netflix show, given the casting of characters from the Northern Water Tribe. Also, the seventh episode of the new season is titled “The North,” hinting at a climactic battle at the North Pole.
How Many Seasons Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender Will Need To Adapt The Whole Story
The Netflix show might go beyond the animated series’ three-season plan.
Even if the first season of Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender matches the animated series, it doesn’t have to stick to the original’s three-season plan. The trailer already shows differences from Book One: Water, introducing Azula and Fire Lord Ozai, and exploring the conflict between the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads leading to the Air Nomads’ genocide. The new show’s willingness to play with timelines and expand on the original story could mean longer explorations of events in Book Two and Book Three.
This could be a great way to delve into the history leading to the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender. For example, the animated series’ episode “The Library” in season 2, featuring the spirit owl Wan Shi Tong, could justify its own full live-action episode as Team Avatar explores the library and its history. If the first season of Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender is successful, it could lead to expanding the show into four or even five seasons.