Can we appreciate lin beifong for a second? Yeah, everyone always mentions her great strength, bravery and sacrifice, which is great and all, but I haven’t really seen anyone talk about her development. In season one, she was the definition of grumpy old lady, snapping out at korra, loathing Tenzin and pretty much anyone that could be connected to her past. You can see her break herself down- and essentially fall. But then things start to build up; in zaofu, her past which she’s tried so hard to bury is right back with her. Her fears aren’t in her head anymore. It’s real. And when she gets back to zaofu, she’s constantly reassured that it won’t be so bad, “lin, how great it will be to see your family! They’re the nicest people in the world!” But then when she gets there, what’s she greeted with? Insults and belittling, lies and manipulation. Lin Beifong, the lone wolf, has finally shared just the slightest bit of her fears, is finally trying to connect with someone, and the same people who encouraged her and reassured her are the ones turning on her. “You’re just a bitter old woman. No wonder Tenzin ended things with you years ago!” And that’s it. She’s alone. She though that losing her bending- her identity, would be the worst she’d have to endure. But the pain compares nothing to this. When Lin cries, it is no doubt one of the saddest moments in the entire show. It’s one of the most realistic moments. There’s seriously no reason for her to keep going. She’s alone, she’s hated.
But she still does. The very next night she’s back and fighting for others. And the second after she becomes the bigger person and forgives Su, she changes completely. Lin’s personality is so very kind and generous, and she continues to protect everyone. But she knows it’s okay to get help. And she no longer does it “because she has to”, but because she loves to.
Lin, a person who already hauls her own weight and almost everyone else’s, turns into one of the kindest and best people in TV history. People don’t notice it, but she goes through a very similar journey as zuko with her scar. Lin Beifongs development is truly the most underrated thing in the show.
Art by solar-sea.