There have been a lot of questions about the fate of Nickelodeon’s popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender since at least November, when the cable network abruptly stopped airing the third, and final, season.
Last week TVShowsOnDVD.com began sifting through the confusion, particularly as it relates to the show’s DVD releases, but didn’t get very far. (You see, Book 3, Vol. 3 is set for release on May 6, even though most of the episodes it contains haven’t aired in the United States. To further muddy matters, two of the episodes have aired in Canada … but not in the U.S.)
But now Toon Zone has posted its coverage (Warning: spoilers) of the Avatar panel from this weekend’s New York Comic Con, which clears up the schedule. Mostly.
The website reports that the trailer for the second half of Book 3 ends with the words, “The Journey Concludes July 2008,” “at which time all remaining new episodes of Avatar will air. Privately, a Nickelodeon PR representative confirmed that the release date for the third DVD of the season will not change from May 6, 2008, meaning that several episodes of the show will be available on DVD well before they air on television.”
A little strange, certainly. But at least there’s an answer.
Perhaps stranger still is that the series was always planned as a trilogy; there won’t be an “Air” book. (For those not in the know, the books, or seasons, of the Avatar are tied to the elements: Book 1 is “Water,” Book 2 is “Earth” and the current Book 3 is “Fire.”)