Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4 never happened, and here's why and what the original story plan was. Following its debut on Nickelodeon in 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender's three "Books", as each season was called, followed the adventures of 12-year old Aang, the world's last living Airbender. As the Avatar, Aang is the only person with the ability to "bend" each of the four elements of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. With the Fire Nation set on conquering the other lands of the Four Nations, Aang must master the elements in order to end the war, with some help from his friends.
The Avatar franchise would also expand further with the 2012 launch of its follow-up series, The Legend of Korra, which focused on the story of the titular Avatar to follow Aang. In the midst of the two, Avatar would make a less-than-successful transition to the big-screen with 2010's The Last Airbender, the reception of which was a complete 180 degrees from the show that spawned it.
Long after its beginnings, Avatar: The Last Airbender remains as beloved today as it was in its own time, while its story has since been continued in graphic novel form as well as prequel novels, such as The Shadow of Kyoshi. Despite this, Avatar: The Last Airbender is very unlikely to continue with a fourth season of the main series. Here are the reasons for why Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4 won't happen.
The Last Airbender Movie Got In The Way Of Season 4
Writer Aaron Ehasz revealed on Twitter in 2019 that Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4 was considered. However, the development of M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender movie put a stop to that. This wasn't per the request of Shymalan, though, as according to Ehasz, Shymalan himself actually wanted the show to continue with season 4, while Avatar creators Bryan Konietkzo and Michael Dante DiMartino wanted the movie to move forward. Though Konietzko has denied plans for Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4, where Ehasz has said season 4 would have gone is surely something most lovers of Avatar would have been eager to see.
What Avatar's Season 4 Story Would've Been About
As far as what territory Avatar: The Last Airbender would have explored in season 4, Ehasz also revealed that the story would have focused on a redemption arc for Zuko's sister Azula. Zuko's own arc throughout Avatar: The Last Airbender had been one of redemption, while Azula was a major antagonist on the show, with season three concluding with Azula losing her mind before being defeated by Katara. According to Ehasz, Azula's path to redemption would have been heavily reflective of Zuko's journey, with Zuko himself essentially guiding her in the same way that Uncle Iroh had done for him.
Netflix Is Making A Live-Action Avatar Series Instead
While Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4 was never produced, the series will be returning to television in the form of a live-action reboot on Netflix, with the direct involvement of Konietzko and DiMartino. While few details are currently available of what the new Avatar series will entail, it will doubtlessly delight millions of fans for the return to the Avatar universe it will provide. Furthermore, the reboot will also offer a shot for Avatar to gain some live-action redemption of its own after the catastrophe of The Last Airbender movie. While this likely ends any possibility of Avatar: The Last Airbender season 4, the show's Netflix reboot will nevertheless open the door for a new tale in the world of the Four Nations.