Avatar: The Last Airbender Ended 10 Years Ago and It Was Perfect

Update: With the news coming today that a live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is coming to Netflix, we figured it was the perfect time to reflect once again on how perfect the original series’ finale was. Read on for our thoughts on that classic episode…

Full spoilers follow for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

How many TV shows can you name off the top of your head that had an ending that met your expectations or appreciation of what came before? More often than not, we run into a series that overstays its welcome. Perhaps its story gets stretched to absurdity to meet the demand for more seasons (see Lost). Maybe its characters, perpetually upping the ante in shenanigans or drama, stray from their story arcs, becoming exaggerated parodies of their formerly endearing selves (think Andy in The Office, or Andrea in The Walking Dead). And sometimes shows pull a Dexter, and… well, we all remember Dexter.

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