5 Stages of Grief Over the Netflix Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

5 Stages of Grief Over the Netflix Live-Action ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s live-action remake just lost franchise creators Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and we’re not okay. Correction, we’re mad, sad, and all sorts of emotions that have led us to where we are now: the 5 stages of grief over the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.

So, take my hand, prepare yourself, and let’s work through the GIGANTIC loss on Netflix’s part!


As soon as the news came out that the original content creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender would no longer be involved with the live-action remake, the freak out began. Not just my freak out. I’m talking the entire collective internet, including those who remember the disaster that was the first live-action remake and those just falling in love with ATLA for the first time.


This emotion came swiftly but surely to all those mourning the loss of DiMartino and Konietzko leaving the live-action remake. They are the original creators! What kind of vision must Netflix have that even THEY WOULDN’T WANT TO BE INVOLVED!? Are they changing the characters we know and love to unrecognizable versions of themselves? Are ships going to be shifted for angst purposes?


This part of grieving the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender came on swiftly. There’s no way that Netflix would truly do us like that, right? RIGHT? Maybe there was a misunderstanding, something lost in translation, that made it so DiMartino and Konietzko were like, “We’re out! Deal with it yourself, you uncultured swine!” (That’s not what they said but what we imagine they did. In their minds.)


Firstly, using this gif set me and everyone who views it for a fresh serving of feels. It’s one of the most beautiful moments from the series and will never be forgotten. Secondly, the Netflix adaptation is going to happen no matter what. And maybe DiMartino and Konietzko leaving is a sign that the live-action wasn’t even worth watching or giving a chance in the first place.


Wait a second. Fuck this noise. Acceptance can go right out the window with the live-action Netflix remake. We don’t have to accept any vision that wasn’t supported by the original content creators. And if anything, knowing that they left makes me want to never ever watch the new version. You hear that Netflix? NEVER EVER.

Personally, there is no Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action remake coming to Netflix. PERIODT.

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