Elsewhere, the Order of the White Lotus battles for the freedom of Ba Sing Se. The show's pilot first aired on February 21, 2005, and its highly anticipated two-hour finale aired on July 19, 2008. He explains that all beings are connected, as the swamp is , and the visions are of people they have met or will meet. Now both groups must survive the horrors of the swamp and find each other. Note: Iroh's tale was dedicated to his voice actor , who had just died 7 days after Chapters 10 and 11 initially aired. Meanwhile, Zuko succumbs to an illness which Iroh believes is a manifestation of the deep internal conflict within his nephew, as he attempts to grapple with the gulf between his inner self and his image of what he thinks is required of him as a prince of the Fire Nation. Benders used martial arts mixed with mystical powers to control one of the four classical elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.
Toph reveals her power by defeating Fu's gang, but her parents become even more restrictive. However, in the process, they are seen and recognized by the same mercenaries who are searching for Toph, and the bounty hunters plan to capture Iroh and Zuko, who are valuable prisoner in both the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation. However, several new characters appear: Jessie Flower voices , voices , voices Mai, voices Ty Lee, and voices Long Feng. The guru senses the terrible burden within Appa, nurses him back to health and imparts to him Aang's location; before sending Appa to be reunited with Aang, the guru attaches a message for Aang to Appa's harness. The gang travels to the Earth Kingdom to meet with a general who plans on using the Avatar State to beat the Fire Nation. Aang takes some of Appa's fur to act as a decoy to lure their pursuers away, but he is cornered by.
The team eventually convince the King by showing him the destroyed Fire Nation drill and Long Feng is arrested for treason. Aang, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen, was the main character of the series and the sole remaining member of the Air Nomads. Launching into an offensive, Iroh delays Azula, Zuko, and the Dai Li long enough to allow Katara to escape along with the gravely injured Aang, and then surrenders, being taken prisoner as a traitor to the Fire Nation. After hearing the story, Zuko realizes he knows who killed her, and takes Katara off to find him. Pursuing both Zuko and Aang is , Zuko's younger sister. Sokka, voiced by Jack DeSena, was the sole non-bender among the show's main cast and demonstrated the ability of intelligence to overcome raw power. Sokka and Katara, a brother and sister, represented the Water Tribe and accompanied Aang throughout the series.
Aang attempts to trade him for King Bumi, but Princess , calls off the trade; she is now backed up by her friends Mai and Ty Lee, recently re-recruited because each is a skilled fighter. Though blind, Toph was able to see thanks to her prodigious Earthbending skills. In the United Kingdom, only the season boxset was released without being released in four volumes first. Book 2 was released on Region 2 on July 20, 2009. Episodes were written by a team of writers, which consisted of , Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick, John O'Bryan; along with creators DiMartino and Konietzko.
Over the course of the show's three seasons, Aang came to terms with himself and learned to bend all four elements, leading to a final confrontation with the ruthless Firelord. Appa arrives at Ba Sing Se, but just short of reuniting with Aang he is ambushed and captured by Long Feng. After a long trek and much hardship in the desert, tracks down the sandbenders who stole Appa, and learns that Appa was traded to a merchant and is likely in Ba Sing Se, the imposing capital city of the Earth Kingdom. To Iroh's dismay, Zuko instead chooses to help Azula attack the Avatar. Their torch burns out, plunging them in darkness thus revealing glowing lights in the ceiling, allowing the group to escape and make it to Omashu, which they discover has come under control of the Fire Nation. They are to be escorted to Omashu, where Aang intends to find King Bumi to teach him earthbending.
The show also received acclaim for its visual appeal. Elsewhere, Zuko confronts Iroh in jail, but doesn't get the response he was looking for. The season was created and produced by and , and starred , , , Jessie Flower, , , and as the main character voices. The lack of sleep makes everyone irritable, and causes a quarrel between Katara and Toph. Archived from on 9 May 2008. Xin Fu kidnaps Aang and Toph thinking he was cheated.
In the meantime, and are visited by Zuko's sister, , who has come bearing a message from the Fire Lord, requesting their return home. The others escape from the library but are devastated by the loss of Appa. Archived from on May 27, 2011. While at Xin Fu's earthbending tournament, Team Avatar witnesses a display of powerful earthbending by a young blind girl named , who Aang recognizes as the girl from his vision in the spirit swamp. The boxset was released on July 20, 2009. Elsewhere, Jet repeatedly tries and fails to gather evidence that Zuko and Iroh are firebenders, and his allies in the Freedom Fighters begin to believe he is losing his steel. His last attempt, challenging Zuko to a sword fight, ends in his own arrest and being brainwashed by the Dai Li into believing there is no war in the city.
Meanwhile, Aang faces off with Ozai, but finds himself overwhelmed by the immense power he has gained from Sozin's Comet. Everyone acts weird whenever the war is mentioned. The season's executive producers and co-creators are Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who worked alongside episode director and co-producer Aaron Ehasz. At an oasis, the group encounters a professor who tells them about a hidden Spirit Library in the desert. Katara uses a vial of spirit water earlier given to her from the pool of the spirits after the Siege of the North in order to save Aang as the team, with a deposed Earth King Kuei in tow, flees from Ba Sing Se, now in the hands of the Fire Nation after a century of resistance.