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This article is about the third book of The Legend of Korra. For the third book of Avatar: The Last Airbender, see Book Three: Fire.
"It's a big concept in Eastern philosophy. The idea of change, and this notion that nature is always changing and that's the only constant, that sort of principle. So we were attracted to it for that reason, and as Mike described, it's about dealing with the changes that happened in the world after Harmonic Convergence, so it seemed to fit."
Bryan Konietzko explaining why Book Three is titled Change.[1]

The DVD cover for Book Three: Change features Korra holding an airbender staff with the Northern Air Temple in the background.

Book Three: Change () is the third and penultimate book of The Legend of Korra, which ran for a total of thirteen episodes. Set two weeks after the end of Book Two: Spirits,[2] the nomenclature refers to the changes induced by the energy shift of the planet due to Harmonic Convergence and Korra's battle with the Dark Avatar.

As of May 8, 2014, the animation for Book Three had been completed by Studio Mir.[3] Production work for Book Three was officially completed on June 3, 2014.[4] The book debuted with the first three episodes airing on June 27, 2014. On July 24, it was announced that following the airing of "The Terror Within", the remaining five episodes of the book would be moved to online releases, including Nickelodeon's website.[5] The book concluded with the release of the last two episodes on August 22, 2014. Although the last five episodes were shown online exclusively for the book's initial run, they aired alongside the rest of Book Three: Change on Nicktoons starting October 6, 2014. It is followed by Book Four: Balance.

Episodes

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Original air date: June 27, 2014
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Melchior Zwyer
Production number: 301
Summary:
During the two weeks following the events of Harmonic Convergence, Korra has her hands full with trying to remove all the spirit vines that have overgrown Republic City. Her lack of success strains her relationship with President Raiko and brings down her approval rate among the city's populace. When airbenders are suddenly popping up across the world and causing more trouble for the city, President Raiko demands Korra to leave the city, which she takes as an opportunity to travel the world to find the new airbenders. Meanwhile, a dangerous criminal uses his newfound airbending abilities to escape.
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Original air date: June 27, 2014
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Colin Heck
Production number: 302
Summary:
Team Avatar, Tenzin, and Jinora travel across the Earth Kingdom to recruit new airbenders to rebuild the Air Nation, but with little success as they were only able to convince a young boy named Kai to join them. Meanwhile, Zaheer travels across the four nations to free Ghazan and Ming-Hua from their prisons. Upon learning of their escape, Lord Zuko sets course for the Northern Water Tribe himself in an attempt to stop them from freeing their last member, P'Li.
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Original air date: June 27, 2014
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Ian Graham
Production number: 303
Summary:
Team Avatar arrives in Ba Sing Se. While Korra has an audience with the Earth Queen, who demands her to go collect tax money from a small village as a condition for the Queen's help to track down airbenders in the city, the others notice that Kai has gone missing, prompting Mako and Bolin to go look for him. The brothers track him down, but he manages to shake them in the monorail, which takes the brothers to the Lower Ring, where they eventually run into their family from their father's side. Meanwhile, Korra and Asami collected the Queen's money, though the Queen brushes Korra off, leaving the Avatar to storm out of the palace. In the city, Kai finds himself arrested by the Dai Li and subsequently conscripted in the Earth Queen's first airbending regiment.
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Original air date: July 11, 2014
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Melchior Zwyer
Production number: 304
Summary:
Lord Zuko, Chief Tonraq, and Chiefs Desna and Eska face Ghazan, Zaheer, and Ming-Hua in an attempt to stop them from freeing P'Li, though without success. Meanwhile, Mako and Bolin reveal that the Earth Queen is capturing all the airbenders and with Jinora's help, Team Avatar discovers the location of their prison. Despite Lin's warning to Korra that Zaheer and his companions have escaped, causing her life to be in danger, Korra refuses to leave Ba Sing Se without having freed the airbenders. Working together, Team Avatar succeeds in the prison break and they flee the Earth Kingdom capital. Tenzin, Jinora, and the airbenders head toward the Northern Air Temple, while Team Avatar and Lin continue their quest through the Earth Kingdom to find more airbenders.
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Original air date: July 11, 2014
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Colin Heck
Production number: 305
Summary:
Korra's quest to find new airbenders leads Team Avatar and Lin Beifong to the city of Zaofu, home of the Metal Clan. There they meet up with Suyin, Lin's half-sister, whose daughter, Opal, is the new airbender. While Opal and Bolin form an instant connection, tension between Lin and Suyin runs high as they have not had contact in thirty years. Meanwhile, in Republic City, Zaheer infiltrates Air Temple Island in an attempt to find the Avatar's whereabouts, though is eventually exposed by Kya, forcing him to flee.
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Original air date: July 18, 2014
Written by: Katie Mattila
Directed by: Ian Graham
Production number: 306
Summary:
Korra begins to learn metalbending under the instruction of Suyin. Opal admits her reluctance to leave Zaofu due to her obligations to her family while Bolin deals with his fear of learning how to bend metal. Meanwhile, Lin faces her past during an acupuncture sessions, forcing her to relive the circumstances which led to her and Su's strained relationship. After a cathartic release of her repressed emotions, Lin makes amends with her sister as well as Opal, who she convinces to travel to the Northern Air Temple to train with Tenzin. Elsewhere, Zaheer and his group determine Korra's whereabouts shortly after escaping Republic City, deducing that she is under the Metal Clan's protection in Zaofu.
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Original air date: July 18, 2014
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Mel Zwyer
Production number: 307
Summary:
Tenzin attempts to train the new members of the Air Nation with little success. Things become more complicated for the airbending master as Jinora, with Kai's influence, begins to exert her independence and demand her airbending tattoos. The new airbenders are tested when they are forced to face a group of bison rustlers who have captured Jinora and Kai along with several flying bison calves.
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Original air date: July 25, 2014
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Colin Heck
Production number: 308
Summary:
After Team Avatar and the Beifong family say farewell to Opal as she departs to the Northern Air Temple, Zaheer and his group infiltrate the city of Zaofu, in an attempt to kidnap Korra. Their failed attempt results in an investigation on behalf of Team Avatar, who discover that the mole is Aiwei. The truth seer managed to evade arrest and destroys any possible incriminating evidence in the process. Intent on standing up to the Red Lotus, Team Avatar leaves the city in an attempt to track them down.
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Original air date: August 1, 2014
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Ian Graham
Production number: 309
Summary:
After tracking Aiwei to the Misty Palms Oasis, Korra ventures into the Spirit World, where Zaheer distracts her by telling her about the origins of the Red Lotus and their goals. After being alerted by their leader, Ghazan and Ming-Hua travel to the Misty Palms Inn to capture Korra. While Asami escapes with Korra's unconscious body, Mako and Bolin hold off the two members of the Red Lotus, which eventually leads to their own capture. Although Asami manages to evade her pursuers, she and Korra are arrested by the Earth Queen's forces.
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Original air date: August 8, 2013
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Melchior Zwyer
Production number: 310
Summary:
While en route to Ba Sing Se, Korra and Asami manage to escape from their cell, but their attempt to take control of the vessel results in it crashing in the Si Wong Desert. After the airship gets completely destroyed, Asami engineers a sand-sailer out of scrap metal and with Korra propelling the vehicle, the two girls and the four man crew make it out of the Si Wong Desert. Meanwhile, in Ba Sing Se, Mako and Bolin are imprisoned while the Red Lotus strikes a deal with Earth Queen Hou-Ting. However, she eventually ends up being killed by Zaheer, who subsequently has Ghazan take down the city's inner walls. He releases Mako and Bolin under the condition that they deliver a message to Korra.
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Original air date: August 15, 2014
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Colin Heck
Production number: 311
Summary:
While Ba Sing Se erupts in chaos, Mako and Bolin commandeer an airship and set course for the Si Wong Desert to find Korra and Asami. While flying over the Lower Ring, they stop to take their family with them, saving them from the flames that are consuming the city. They eventually track their friends down to the Misty Palms Oasis, where they reunite and relay Zaheer's message: Korra in exchange for the survival of the Air Nation. In an attempt to warn Tenzin of the Red Lotus' approach of the Northern Air Temple, Team Avatar heads back to Zaofu to use their radio transmitter and prepare for takeoff toward the temple. The warning comes too late, however, and the Red Lotus manages to capture all the temple's inhabitants. Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi try to fight off Zaheer, Ming-Hua, and Ghazan respectively, but are eventually overpowered. Although Kai nearly sacrifices himself to help the airbenders reach the bison stables and escape, P'Li manages to corner them all.
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Original air date: August 22, 2014
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Ian Graham
Production number: 312
Summary:
Korra turns herself over to Zaheer to save the airbenders, who are being held captive by the Red Lotus. However, she and her friends get double-crossed by Zaheer's group. As Ghazan tries to bring down Korra's friends, Bolin saves them with his new-found lavabending skills. Meanwhile, Korra and Tonraq face off with Zaheer on Laghima's Peak while the Beifong sisters attempt to bring down P'Li. Zaheer manages to push Tonraq off the cliff, much to Korra's devastation. Suyin succeeds in metalbending her armor around P'Li's head, killing her instantly. With his earthly tether gone, Zaheer unlocks the ancient ability of flight and escapes, successfully capturing the Avatar.
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Original air date: August 22, 2014
Written by: Joshua Hamilton & Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Melchior Zwyer
Production number: 313
Summary:
After succumbing to the poison, Korra enters the Avatar State and battles Zaheer, while Bolin and Mako duel Ghazan and Ming-Hua. The captive members of the Air Nation escape and band together to help Korra and defeat Zaheer, who they manage to recapture. However, the poison in her system forces Korra in a wheelchair and the young Avatar slips into a state of depression. Jinora is anointed as an airbending master by Tenzin, who also proclaims that the Air Nation will return to its nomadic roots and serve as the world's ambassadors for peace and balance.

Book Three was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 2, 2014.

Volume title Episodes Release date
Book Three: Change (DVD) All episodes of Book Three December 2, 2014
Book Three: Change (Blu-ray) All episodes of Book Three December 2, 2014

Trivia

  • Due to Nickelodeon shortening the series' screentime, Book Three episodes were twenty-two minutes long, down from twenty-three minutes as in previous books.[6]
  • On June 8, 2014, episodes three through six of Book Three were accidentally leaked on the Mexican Nickelodeon website, MundoNick.[7]
    • The leaked episodes prompted the production team to release an official trailer for the third book on June 11, earlier than originally planned.[8]
  • On August 7, 2014, the tenth episode of Book Three was leaked as well.
  • Book Three: Change ends with the Avatar substantially wounded, much like Book Two: Earth of the original series. It also parallels Book Three: Fire in the fact that both end with a ceremony and the imprisonment of the primary antagonists.
  • This was the first book in the franchise in which neither Katara nor Aang appeared.
  • The book both starts and ends two weeks after the resolution of a major event: the defeat of UnaVaatu and the defeat and imprisonment of Zaheer, respectively.
  • This is the only book of The Legend of Korra in which the final battle did not take place in Republic City.

References

  1. Christopher John Farley (November 22, 2013). The Legend of Korra Creators: Writing Pretty Much Done For Final Book in Saga. Speakeasy. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on November 22, 2013.
  2. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Heck, Colin, Zwyer, Melchior (directors). (June 27, 2014). "A Breath of Fresh Air". The Legend of Korra. Book Three: Change. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  3. Ebonynightwriter on Tumblr (May 8, 2014). Studio Mir's Facebook replied to two fans' questions.... Tumblr. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  4. Michael Dante DiMartino on Tumblr (June 3, 2014). Today we finished the final sound mix of Book 3 at Levels audio.... Tumblr. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.
  5. Book 3 Moving to Digital Release!. Korra Nation (July 24, 2014). Retrieved on July 25, 2014.
  6. Michael Dante DiMartino (June 16, 2014). WRITING THE SCRIPT. Wordpress. Retrieved on June 16, 2014.
  7. Bryan Konietzko (June 10, 2014). Bryan Konietzko addresses episode leaks. Tumblr. Retrieved on June 11, 2014.
  8. Bryan Konietzko (June 11, 2014). Bryan Konietzko on the official trailer. Tumblr. Retrieved on June 11, 2014.

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