In the finale to this season of Legend of Korra we see Korra finally battle Amon head-to head.

However, the turn out is unfavorable as Korra loses her bending skills, but somehow retains and activates her Airbending

In another twist, she connects to her past lives and Aang is shown restoring her bending and activating her Avatar State.

However, how are all these events possible?

Is it truly Amon's Blood-Bending that blocks the power or did Amon achieve what Tenzin thought impossible and learn Energy-Bending? And if so, how did bending Korra's energy take away all forms of bending except Air-Bending?

Finally, how is she able to gain all her bending back through connecting with her past lives?


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Honestly, I got the same doubts when I watched this season yesterday. However, I am going to try answering your questions. Please keep in mind that I didn't watch previous three seasons, so I might lack some knowledge about this bending world, so correct me if I am wrong somewhere.

Are all these events possible?

Apparently, they are.

Is it truly Amon's Blood-Bending that blocks the power or did Amon achieve what Tenzin thought impossible and learn Energy-Bending?

No. Amon used bloodbending to take away bending abilities. He was able to duplicate the Energy Bending which is possible to avatars only, using his bloodbending. My guess is that he does something to the blood flow (to the areas that correspond to bending) in brain, that probably disables those parts of brain which are used to control bending. He must have got this knowledge about parts of brain and the energy flow in brain etc. because of his additional knowledge about chi-blocking. We should keep in mind that he is the only person who knows both chi-blocking and bloodbending. Amon must have used these both successfully to duplicate Energy Bending in this aspect.

Amon also doesn't heal/restore his brother's bending abilities at the end. He could have let his brother have at least the water bending abilities so that he could help him in his next quest. However, he doesn't/couldn't do that. Energy Benders can restore these abilities. It seems Bloodbenders like Amon can't do this sort of thing (not yet). This proves that Amon didn't have real Energy Bending abilities.

And if so, how did bending Korra's energy take away all forms of bending except Air-Bending?

It seems that there are parts of brain corresponding to each bending ability. When Korra's abilities were removed, she didn't have the ability to air bend. Also, Amon knew what abilities she had/ didn't have. So, he must have probably removed the other three. Trying to unlock them might have led korra to unlock the one that hasn't been unlocked before, because she was in a situation where she needed to bend in order to save her love. So, she might have directed all her bending chi to the area which she never was able to direct to before. This could also hint that she was connecting to her spiritual self.

Now, if in case there was nothing like parts of brain for each bending ability - it could mean two things.

  1. A person could do other form of bending that is different from what has been taken away. It means that a fire bender can learn water bending after their fire bending has been taken away.

    This is similar to alchemists learning Alkahestry in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood no matter whether they still have Alchemy abilities or not.

  2. Korra must have started connecting to her spiritual self even more strongly and learned the air bending ability from Aang. It was said in the series that Aang connected to his previous lives and had this immense experience behind him to ask from. Korra must have done that, and got the air bending abilities from Aang.

    This would mean that her spiritual quest must have started when she was in the metal container, and made her learn the air bending abilities in the process and finally led to her becoming a perfect avatar.

Regarding what Amon did under the assumption that parts of brain didn't exist, it would mean that Amon wasn't able to simulate the Energy Bending totally. We know that Energy benders have some special abilities among which removing/ restoring bending is a part. Amon should have been able to use his skill only in the removing aspect and not the restoring aspect. Even when he was a child, he says that removing is the best quality among all - this could mean that he must have concentrated on this single aspect and forgot/ disregarded the other ones.

It also means that Amon was never interested in learning Energy Bending, but only the removing part of it, the only thing he was able to do successfully. In any case, Amon didn't Energy Bend.

  • Good points, however I think you mean Aang, not Amon in your 2nd point about parts of the brain. I do wonder if there are different parts of the brain that control different bendings. However, in that case I'm surprised he wouldn't do that to learn the other 3 elements himself.
    – Tablemaker
    Jul 6, 2012 at 14:53
  • @TylerShads: I've edited the post regarding what you said... the names have been little confusing. Yeah, but probably one can't control their own bending abilities. One needs to use bending for that, which means using the same brain parts to bend themselves in real time... the person must have some sort of heavy self control ability to be able to control his bending while on the other hand doing something that might be decreasing the very same ability... which sounds like an impossible thing to do. That must be the reason. Jul 7, 2012 at 6:46

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