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Theories on Bloodbending, Energybending and Yakone

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Holy. Crap.

'When Extremes Meet' was amazing! It blew me away. I was left speechless. I love it when that happens!

I mean, I was loving it just when the New Team Avatar started patrolling the streets. In the very own Batmobile, haha. And did anyone catch ‘The Lone Ranger’ reference? (“Naga, away!”) I was glad to see Korra standing up for the non-benders, but I was even happier that the non-benders even recognized her responsibility to them. And deeper the depth goes...

But that confrontation with Tarrlok…! Oh. My. Gosh. The return of bloodbending! With no full moon! How did he do that?! My brain is reeling.

I wonder if somehow bending has evolved over the last 70 years, but that perhaps people aren’t aware of it. I know the styles have changed (pro-bending, anyone?) but I’m talking about the actual process of bending. Or perhaps it’s been tainted, somehow, maybe from the lack of spirituality that seems to plague Republic City, according to the awesome guys over at Republic City Dispatch. Or…

Dude! What if energybending is responsible? Think about it; bending can be taken away by energybending, so do you suppose it could also enhance someone’s bending?

Whatever the explanation behind this bloodbending phenomenon, I wonder if it will also answer why lightning- and metalbending have become so prevalent. I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about this, though I never actually took note of it myself. I just assumed that it only seems prevalent because in the shots we see of them (Mako working at the factory, the police force) only lightning- and metalbenders make the cut. So it isn’t that these specialized skills are necessarily more prevalent, we just see those who possess the talent collected together. That makes sense, right?

Right. Now about Yakone. Apparently I'm not the only one to notice this, but while Sokka, Aang and Toph are being bloodbent out of shape, Yakone doesn't move. Unless I'm very mistaken, bending takes movement. If Yakone isn't moving, he isn't the one bloodbending the Gaang. And to top that off, the close up of his eyes makes it look like he's being bloodbent himself.

I seriously have chills. Ooh, I can't wait to find out what happens!

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