Breaking Free of Bloodbending: An Analysis on Amon
Thus far in ATLA and LOK, we’ve seen people escape from bloodbending three times - Katara in The Puppetmaster, and both Aang and Amon in Out of the Past. From these times, we can conclude that there are at least two confirmed ways to escape the hold of a bloodbender.
Note: this is written in support of the theory I wrote last night, so it’s probably a good idea to read that first.
It's the anon who had the message with (cont). I sent the other half, but it seems you didn't get it :(. My concern with your theory is two parts: the fact Yakone has no concrete relation to the flashbacks, and B, your pic comparison. In ep 6 flashbacks, we get a good close-up of the criminal. If you compare images to Lighting Bolt Zolt, rather than Tarrlok, you'll see a much bigger resemblance. The hairline, nose, grin and other features resemble Zolt much more than Tarrlok. (cont)
(cont from other ask) Look at this comparison picture and you’ll see my point. (iDOTimgurDOTcom/NTpBM). Lighting Bolt Zolt resembles the criminal in the flashback much more than Tarrlok. Also, from your theory, one chained man isn’t strong enough to bloodbend a whole room, he had help. Now going off this, we have a couple of options. A)The flashbacks are not from 42 years ago and the man in court is Zolt himself. B) The criminal (Maybe Yakone) is Zolt’s father and gang predecessor (cont)
(cont) I think that, since we don’t know for certain if Yakone is the one in the flashbacks, they aren’t from 42 years ago, but rather they deal with Zolt / “his father” / a his gang’s trail. Going off some age math, Aang would have to be in his 50’s or so, and Zolt in his 20’s, which is a stretch, but is still plausible (Aang was visibly wrinkly in his close-up in ep 6). That’s my spin on the flashbacks, but yours is amazing and pretty plausible too. Thanks for reading, despite my long asks.
You’re right, there’s definitely a major resemblance there. I can totally see this man in court being connected to Zolt somehow.
Don’t worry about it being too long! I love it when people send me theories. This could absolutely happen. Thanks! <3
I love your theory, but their is a BIG HOLE in it: your appearance comparison. The man in the flashback, I believe, is not Yakone until we have some very solid proof, which we didn't get this episode. There have been no canon connections between the flashbacks and Yakone. Any connection between them is theory, and the man in the flashback remains unidentified. (cont)
I’ve been waiting for you to continue this, but I don’t think you have! I’m going to go ahead and answer it now.
You’re absolutely right in that identifying this man as Yakone is a huge assumption at this point. However, from a narrative standpoint, it makes total sense. We learned about Yakone and the fact that he posed a threat to Republic City 42 years ago in the very same episode where Korra’s first flashback happened. What would be the point of hinting at certain past events earlier in the episode and then showing flashbacks to something else entirely without giving any indication of what the flashback is about? That’s cluttered and confusing storytelling.
I’m a little confused about your first sentence: you say the problem is in my comparison of Tarrlok’s and Yakone’s features, but then go on to describe something else entirely. Am I missing something obvious? I’m sorry if I am!
You're theory has to have some sort of TRUTH in it. Because, "Yakone is a name meaning 'Red Aurora' in an Inuit dialect. The language of origin is Ahtna Athabascan, which really isn't Eskimo (Inuit which is up on the north slope versus the Interior tribes of Ahtna). As a metaphor it can mean 'blood spray on the snow'." And the creators of the series always chose names of some form of importance.
Ooh, thank you for this! I’d heard his name meant something like “blood on the snow”, but I couldn’t find the source, so I didn’t include it.
I'm one of those 600 followers of yours to ask a question. :D Do you think that the other council members know that Tarrlock is/might be Yakone's son? Y'know, considering that they look pretty similar and such?
Hmm! That’s a good question. At this point, I’d say it could go either way. If they DO, they may be falling in line with him so easily out of fear of his abilities and/or retribution from the Red Monsoons. But right now, I think it makes more sense for nobody to know that Tarrlok is Yakone’s son, including the Triad. Tarrlok is trying to grab power for himself. Being the son of a feared criminal and having connections to a gang isn’t going to help him at this point, so he’s keeping it quiet.
I always thought it was obvious that Yakone is Tarrlok's father, I mean they look exactly alike and people are shouting it like it's some thing that no one's ever heard before so I'm like why are you saying that it's obvious...
Physical similarities are a lot harder to gauge in an animated production! The shape and structure of a character’s facial features change slightly from scene to scene, since different artists are drawing them, and the designs are simplistic enough that EVERYONE looks the same to some extent. A lot of people probably just wrote off any similarity as coincidence. The real kicker comes now that we know both Tarrlok and Yakone were bloodbenders. This was just enough information to really make a connection.
Your Therory is solid but the whole Katra showing up out of nowhere was kinda odd. Aang has his arm out, and to me it looks like he is counter bloodbending Yakone. so if you cut out the Katara part and assume Aang was bloodbending Yakone it makes more sense. Unless Aang is being bloodbended by one of the gang members? Sorry if I'm rambling on. Just thought I'd put my two cents in.
A couple of people have said that, actually, and I think that makes sense! I said it was Katara because I figured it would have to be someone who wasn’t being bloodbent themselves, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be Aang instead. It seemed to me like Aang had been forced to hold still in the middle of reaching out to Yakone, since Yakone was looking at him and laughing. And then when Yakone’s eyes go all funky, it looks like he’s facing forward again.
I love it when people ramble at me! It makes my day. No worries!
An Analysis of the Flashbacks
As of this morning’s episode, I think I’ve been able to piece together what happened 42 years prior to the events of The Legend of Korra.
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is not the same person as this dude.
While it’s definitely possible that they’re related (and I’m working on a post about that right now!), Tarrlok is only 37 years old. The flashbacks are almost certainly the events of 42 years ago mentioned in episode 4, and the unknown man is probably Yakone.
I’ve seen a lot of people mix them up! Don’t.