Right now it kind of seems like Unalaq is being set up to be the bad guy. To me it seems more like he is trying to good but is too extreme in trying to do so.
I was thinking about it and Varrick seems like a good candidate for a bad guy. Owner of a global shipping company that specializes in seling new technology. Also who just barely made a deal with future industries the company that invented several new weapons for the equalists most prominent of which would bethe biplanes that Asami is still trying to sell.
Now we see Varrick trying to start a civil war that, if started, could potentially lead to a world war.
Could it be possible that he's trying to do so because that would create a new globabl market for war machines and he stands to make considerable profits?
What if his weird behavior is just him acting so that people underestimate him because they believe him to be stupid or crazy?
Of course at this point it's too early to accurately guess any of this and for all we know there could be a completely different bad guy. I wouldn't be surprised if the main bad guy for this show was a spirit manipulating events in the physical world. Or maybe there isn't really a main bad guy at all and we'll see more of a man vs. Nature conflict in this book.
I still think it's an interesting possibilityfor Varrick to be the villain, or at least a villain.
That is my guess too. Why? Because if they make Unalaq bad it would just be Amon-Tarrlok all over again. Yes Tarrlok was more of an antagonist in the end but still. But Tonraq doesn't seem like he is pure good or anything close he did some things he leaved NWT and settled in the south.
Many view Varrick as comic relief an nothing more but I suspect there is more to this buffoon than meets the eye.
We've already seen Korra fighting the twins in this promo. We've also see Unalaq being in a place that looks like a prison place. Korra's parents have been under arrest. We've also seen Korra, Mako and Asami in that jail place that Unalaq was in. Unalaq was fighting against someone who can firebend so it's either Korra or Mako. So I think it's pretty obvious that at some point Unalaq and the twins are going to be the villans. But for some reasons we've haven't seen Varrick in the trailers at all. It is possible that he's the villan and they're just making Unalaq and the twins villans for a couple of episodes. I think they're gonna be the bad guys at first but then Varrick will turn out to be bad. But it's still really unclear. So it's kinda a 50/50 situation.
I think it would be really interesting to see Korra fighting her own family. We've never seen that before. Roku had a close friend Sozin and he let him go so I wonder what Korra is going to do. It's her uncle and it'd be interesting to see how emotionaly it will be for Korra to fight her own family.
Unalaq is a great character so far. And the fact that they chose to make Tonraq the brother who didn't respect the sacred places and whatnot is an interesting and intelligent twist nonetheless as we were led to beleive Tonraq is the "wicked brother". Though none of us believed that for more than one minute.
Because *ahem* sitting alone in a bare lit room on your throne doing nothing doesn't scream evil mastermind. NOOOO.
I just feel like there's something bigger going on then what we already see happening with Unalaq.
I get the feeling that if Unalaq is a bad guy, that there's a bigger bad guy that has a more sinister plan than whatever Unalaq's is.
Maybe there's a spirit pulling the strings. Or maybe Varrick is. Varrick did after all seem to have a major part in the materialization of the Southern WT 's spirit festival. Maybe he helped make the festival into more of a carnival because he knew it would cause these problems with the spirits and the tensions between the NWT and SWT, and that somehow gives him an opportunity to accomplish something we aren't yet aware of.
You have a point with Varrick and it could be true because it makes sense but I have the same feeling as you that there is something way bigger behind it all.
I am interested in how Unalaq developed that new "waterbending" technique to calm the spiritis. At fist I thought it was some sort of energybending but only an avatar can do that so how can he do it? And how does calming the spirits relate to waterbending at all? Does it qualify as a sub-skill or what?
I believe that Varrick is the bad guy. Think about it. Is it me or is he in every scene where plans for the civil war take place (such as the meeting between Korra and the president). Also, Varrick could be bribing the police to turn a blind eye torwards the bombing and say it was caused by water benders so that the Northern and Southern tribes grow more bitter of each other. And why would he want to start a war? He said so himself in Peacekeepers, "if you can't make money during a war, you just flat out can't make money". This intends that Varrick started the war so that he can make more and more money on his products (and the movie he is making of Bolin that just happens to be about the war that could cause the tribe to become even MORE resentful of each other).
@Tchuron: This is actually why Varrick would make a great villain. All too often do we see villains like Ozai, or Unaloq, or Amon, people we KNOW are evil right from the word go because they embody pretty much every villain trope known to mankind. How refreshing would it be for a major antagonist to actually be surprising, for them to actually be the comic relief guy who it turns out was playing everyone, including the audience, the whole time? I for one think that a twist like that would actually make for a very interesting and memorable villain, as opposed to the cookie cutter card carrying villain that we so often get.
I agree Chi13i. It isn't that often we get unique villans that are not ones we've seen before. Plus, if Varrick is the bad guy then perhaps we can see characters like Bolin have major development from finding out that Varrick played them all along.
I was starting to doubt after watching the civil war pt. 2 but after seeing peacekeepers I again think it's definitely a possibility. It's just too convenient how everything has been lining up for him to contribute to and profit from the civil war. Especially after he made the suggestion of selling mecha tanks to the South. Either he hasbeen planning this the whole time, or everything has just happenedby crazy coincidence.
Plus, someone wealthy had to have paid of the Agni Kais to attack the Southern Water tribe cultural center.
Yeah, I'm starting to think Varrick can't be trusted. He's merely a water tribe turncoat with no allegience to any flag or nation. Seeing as how Varrick was desperately trying to get support from Republic City, the bombing has Varrick written all over it.
I definitely think that Varrick has some major baddy material in him. He seems a lot like a war monger who will in the end sell weapons to both sides to get rich. I mean come on he supported both sides of the presidential campaign to get either of the candidates in his pocket. Though, while I definitely like thie idea of Varrick being the ultimate antagonist in this season, I also see a major antagonist in Unalaq. I see a lot of connections between this and WWII. Does anyone else see a connection between him and Hitler? All this unification stuff sounds a lot like when the Nazis annexed Austria and Czechoslovakia to me at least.