I get the writers want us to like Korra in her own way and make her her own persona (I didn’t know what other word to use), not just the Avatar after Aang (like so many people still do), and I’m fine with it.
I think the problem is that they, since the beginning of LOK, relied so much on Aang and other ATLA characters (who were loved and truly missed) to attract and engage the old viewers to the new series, by showing them in flashbacks, memories and other ways, causing part of the fandom to care and get even more attached to them, wanting to know more about their lives after ATLA and not centering their whole attention in the new main character: Korra. And that’s exactly the problem for me, they constantly showed us these great and loved characters all through book 1 and part of book 2 (Iroh, Wan Shi Tong, the first Avatar Wan), “stealing” attention we should be investing on the new generation, and not giving them real character development, which was truly needed for us to relate.
I’m not saying what they were trying to do in book 2 finale is necessarily a bad thing, but it seems that the only way they could come up with for Korra to finally become the main focus, have some much needed character development and find her inner self, was to begin cutting connections and attachments to the old series, especially to Aang (see Tenzin’s scene, the statue, lost connection with past lives, entering adifferent and new era), so viewers can move on from him and some others, even the newly introduced Wan, and properly start seeing Korra as we used to see Aang in ATLA. I repeat, I don’t think this is wrong, Korra is creating her own destiny and she is definitely starting to show some serious growth, but I feel like all of a sudden we are being forced to forget about Aang, a character we grew to love and care about, so it’s not possible to forget or get rid of him in 2 episodes. Ok, I know I’m probably overreacting since it was only the season finale and we don’t know what might happen in the future, but that’s what I felt and took from those few scenes.
Finally, and I’m not trying to compare, Aang learned that he wasn’t defined by his past lives actions and he could make his own decisions while having the huge task of bringing balance and peace to the world, so I hope Korra can become the great Avatar that her era needs and build her own legend, and if the writers think that it was something that needed to be done for the sake of the story, I guess I can give them the benefit of the doubt and wait to see what new surprises lie ahead and how the next seasons develop for these great characters.
By the way, I did like this season better and really enjoyed the season finale.