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Whether you’re a megafan of . As such, it had to make an adult conflict digestible for a younger audience. That’s why so many tragedies are depicted from Aang’s perspective, or relayed secondhand by other characters.

Netflix’s Avatar, on the other hand, is not limited in the same way. The fans who first tuned in to the series are now adults, allowing Kim to expand the scope of the reboot. Events that were once only alluded to are now free to be depicted fully, and that includes the battle between the Air Nomads and the Fire Nation.

“I felt it was important that we see the event that creates the story of Avatar,” Kim continued. “The famous line is, ‘Everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.’ I wanted to see that.”

In the live-action reboot, the genocide of the airbenders is the incident that incites global conflict. The sequence will be one of a handful of darker moments recontextualized in the series. It’s just one of the ways that the creative team is striving to set the show apart, and appeal to as wide a demographic as possible.

“We just wanted to make sure audiences didn’t think they were getting a kids’ show,” says Jabbar Raisani, who serves as executive producer and visual effects supervisor. “We want to ensure that our show is for all ages.”

It won’t be the first remake hoping to capture the attention of an older audience, especially not on Netflix. The “dark reboot” has been a constant for the streamer, even though it hasn’t always worked. Hopefully Avatar can strike the proper balance without feeling too gratuitous: it is important to see just how this attack began, but as the original series has already proven, sometimes less is more.

Avatar: The Last Airbender streams February 22 on Netflix.

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