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This article is about the third book of Avatar: The Last Airbender. For the third book of The Legend of Korra, see Book Three: Change.

The Complete Book 3 Collection's cover features Avatar Aang in the foreground with a depiction of Fire Lord Ozai's face in the background.

Book Three: Fire () is the title of the third and final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and the sequel to Book Two: Earth. The title refers to the Avatar Cycle: water, earth, fire, and air, and the book primarily focuses on the story of Aang learning firebending in order to become a fully realized Avatar. It consisted of twenty-one chapters.

The season began on September 21, 2007, with the airing of "The Awakening", and ended on July 19, 2008, with "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King", "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters", "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno", and "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang" all airing on that date. It was followed by several comic trilogies and a sequel, The Legend of Korra, starting with Book One: Air.

Official summary

"Having survived the terrible battle with Azula, Aang faces new challenges as he and his brave friends secretly enter the Fire Nation. Their quest is to find and defeat Firelord Ozai. Along the way, they discover that Ozai has plans of his own. The leader of the Fire Nation intends to use the massive power of Sozin's comet to spread his dominion permanently across the four nations. Short on time, Aang has a lot of bending to learn and no master to help him learn it. However, his friends are there to help, and he finds unexpected allies deep in the heart of the Fire Nation. In the spectacular four-part conclusion, Aang must fulfill his destiny and become a fully realized Avatar, or watch the world go up in smoke. This deluxe box set includes all 21 action-packed chapters from Book 3: Fire."

Episodes

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Original air date: September 21, 2007
Written by: Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 301
Summary:
Aang wakes up on a Fire Nation cruiser with hair after having been in a coma for a few weeks. Zuko returns home after restoring his honor.
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Original air date: September 28, 2007
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 302
Summary:
Mistaken for a Fire Nation school student, a disguised Aang is forced to enroll in a Fire Nation school but finds trouble obeying the rules. Aang's hair helped to disguise him better with his headband. Meanwhile, Zuko tries to confront Iroh in his prison cell. He later hires Combustion Man to kill Aang in secret.
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Original air date: October 5, 2007
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Production number: 303
Summary:
When the group travels to a starving fishing village, they meet a mysterious spirit.
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Original air date: October 12, 2007
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 304
Summary:
Sokka feels as though he is not contributing to the team because he lacks bending abilities, so he seeks out a swordmaster who will teach him the way of the sword. He later goes on to make a sword out of a meteorite.
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Original air date: October 19, 2007
Written by: Katie Mattila
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 305
Summary:
Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee go on vacation to Lo and Li's beach house, where they learn much about themselves and each other. Meanwhile, Aang and the rest of the team are being chased by the man, sent by Zuko, who fires explosive blasts with his mind from a tattooed "third eye".
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Original air date: October 26, 2007
Written by: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Production number: 306
Summary:
Aang and Zuko are taken on parallel adventures, which give them both insight into their forefather's pasts.
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Original air date: November 2, 2007
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 307
Summary:
Katara expresses her disapproval when Toph discovers a way to make quick cash, resulting in a rift that leaves the group vulnerable and produces nearly disastrous consequences after the arrival of Combustion Man.
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Original air date: November 9, 2007
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 308
Summary:
The gang looks into strange disappearances in a spooky town. There, an old lady named Hama teaches Katara some secret waterbending techniques.
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Original air date: November 16, 2007
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Production number: 309
Summary:
The group arrives at the rendezvous point for the invasion four days ahead of schedule with Aang beginning to feel nervous about the fast-approaching confrontation with the Fire Lord, leading him to have nightmares and subsequently stop sleeping entirely.
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Original air date: November 30, 2007
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 310
Summary:
It is the Day of Black Sun and the group meets up with the invasion force with Aang ready to take on the Fire Lord. However, they soon realize things are not going to go according to plan and their surprise attack is not so unexpected.
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Original air date: November 30, 2007
Written by: Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 311
Summary:
The eclipse has started and the gang only has a few minutes to infiltrate an underground bunker and find and defeat Ozai. Zuko confronts his father and learns about his mother's banishment while Aang, Sokka, and Toph fight Azula and her Dai Li agents.
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Original air date: July 14, 2008
Written by: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz & Tim Hedrick
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Production number: 312
Summary:
The gang leaves the Fire Nation, humbled and embarrassed by the failure of the invasion. They head to the Western Air Temple. However, unbeknownst to them, Zuko is also following them in the hope of joining their group to teach Aang firebending.
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Original air date: July 15, 2008
Written by: John O'Bryan
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 313
Summary:
Aang prepares to start his firebending training only for Zuko to realize he has lost all his firebending power, as he no longer draws his firebending power from rage, anger, and his desire to capture Aang. They journey to find the true source of firebending.
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Original air date: July 16, 2008
Written by: May Chan
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 314
Summary:
Sokka and Zuko break into the Boiling Rock Prison, the Fire Nation's highest security prison, to rescue Hakoda. When they develop an escape plan after finding out Hakoda is not there, other prisoners become involved and ruin it. Now the two and a recently discovered Suki have to find another way out of the inescapable fortress.
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Original air date: July 16, 2008
Written by: Joshua Hamilton
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Production number: 315
Summary:
Sokka, Hakoda, Zuko, and Suki form a new escape plan, but it is complicated by the arrival of Princess Azula. In a desperate bid for freedom, the four escape due to the assistance of Mai, leaving Azula shocked and dismayed.
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Original air date: July 17, 2008
Written by: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 316
Summary:
Katara and Zuko journey together to find the man responsible for the death of Katara's mother, Kya, who was killed in a Southern Water Tribe raid.
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Original air date: July 18, 2008
Written by: Tim Hedrick, Joshua Hamilton & John O'Bryan
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 317
Summary:
The gang goes to the Ember Island theater to see a play about their journeys, but are not happy with the production and the inaccurate portrayals of themselves.
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Original air date: July 19, 2008
Written by: Michael Dante DiMartino
Directed by: Ethan Spaulding
Production number: 318
Summary:
Aang is informed of Ozai's plans to burn down the Earth Kingdom with an airship fleet. He disappears during the night, having sleepwalked onto a mysterious moving island. His friends cannot find him and seek aid from June. Meanwhile, Ozai is crowned Phoenix King.
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Original air date: July 19, 2008
Written by: Aaron Ehasz
Directed by: Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 319
Summary:
The gang finds Iroh with June's help. Iroh suggests that Zuko challenge Azula for the position of Fire Lord, with Katara to help. The others decide to intercept the airship fleet. Meanwhile, Aang comes to the conclusion that he must kill Ozai after talking to previous Avatars only to find out the island he was on was a lion turtle. Sozin's Comet finally returns.
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Original air date: July 19, 2008
Written by: Aaron Ehasz, Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 320
Summary:
Sokka, Toph, and Suki begin destroying the airship fleet. Aang duels Ozai, but is soon overwhelmed because of his reluctance to kill him. Zuko fights Azula in an Agni Kai, but is shot by lightning in the process of saving Katara from the oncoming bolt.
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Original air date: July 19, 2008
Written by: Aaron Ehasz, Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos
Production number: 321
Summary:
Katara eventually defeats Azula by trapping her in ice and heals Zuko, driving Azula into insanity. Sokka, Toph, and Suki destroy the airship fleet. Aang defeats Ozai after going into the Avatar State and removes his bending abilities. Afterward, Zuko is crowned Fire Lord, and Aang and Katara share a kiss.

The episodes were first released on four DVDs, with five episodes per DVD (except for the last DVD, which contained six episodes), before a box set containing all twenty-one episodes of the season was marketed. The DVDs were initially released throughout 2007 and 2008.

DVD Volume title Episodes Release date
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 3: Fire, Volume 1 "The Awakening", "The Headband", "The Painted Lady", "Sokka's Master", "The Beach" October 30, 2007
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 3: Fire, Volume 2 "The Avatar and the Fire Lord", "The Runaway", "The Puppetmaster", "Nightmares and Daydreams", "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion" January 22, 2008
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 3: Fire, Volume 3 "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse", "The Western Air Temple", "The Firebending Masters", "The Boiling Rock, Part 1", "The Boiling Rock, Part 2" May 6, 2008
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 3: Fire, Volume 4 "The Southern Raiders", "The Ember Island Players", "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King", "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters", "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno", "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang" July 29, 2008
Avatar The Last Airbender – The Complete Book 3 Collection All episodes of Book Three – see above September 16, 2008

Trivia

  • The season-finale aired as a two-hour television movie viewed by 5.59 million viewers in the U.S. This is the highest rating both series have ever had.[1]
  • Like the previous seasons, the third book received critical acclaim and won several awards, including "Best Animated Television Production for Children" at the 2008 Annie Awards.[2]
  • Greg Baldwin becomes the new voice of Iroh this season, replacing Mako Iwamatsu, who passed away in 2006.

References

  1. Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender Hits All-Time Series High. News Blaze (July 22, 2008). Retrieved on July 21, 2014.
  2. 2008 Annie Awards: For Your Consideration. Annie Awards. Retrieved on September 10, 2014.

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