September 2nd, 2021


A:TLA: Mai in the Boiling Rock

I've long been aware that Mai's words to Azula were perhaps the worst thing she could have said: "You miscalculated. I love Zuko more than I fear you." We know that Azula doesn't feel lovable, believes her mother loved Zuko but not her.

But for the first time, it hit me: Mai knows this, too. She was there for there for The Beach. Mai's not a character whose head I spend a lot of time in, so I don't know quite why she chose to deliver this line the way she did. But she was not innocent of how it sounded to Azula.