Netflix’s ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Loses Showrunner For Seasons 2 & 3

Netflix’s adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender sees a significant change in its creative leadership as Albert Kim exits his showrunner role.

Netflix reports Christine Boylan and Jabbar Raisani are set to lead as executive producers while Kim moves to focus on new projects at Disney. Despite the shift, Kim remains an executive producer, contributing to the series’ future development and joining the second season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians at Disney+.

The first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix, adapting Book One: Water from the original 2005 series, marked a significant achievement. It charted Avatar Aang’s quest to master the elements and challenge the Fire Nation.

Kim played a pivotal role in shaping the live-action adaptation’s debut season, which faced challenges including the departure of series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Nonetheless, season one emerged as a Netflix triumph, inspiring the platform to adapt the series further. The success of Avatar: The Last Airbender demonstrated Netflix’s capability to translate animated classics into live-action hits, further solidified by One Piece.

Despite achieving commercial success, critics highlighted deviations from the original’s essence and character depth. Kim’s departure raises questions about the creative direction for upcoming seasons. Still, the foundational narrative from the source material offers a clear path forward.

With the introduction of key characters like Toph and Long Feng in season two, Avatar: The Last Airbender promises to explore the Earth Kingdom while adhering to its original storyline. Boylan and Raisani’s involvement in season one (as co-executive producer and executive producer respectively) positions them well to continue the journey, ensuring a smooth transition in leadership.

Netflix has committed to Aang’s story, green-lighting two additional seasons. Boylan and Raisani’s previous contributions to the series assure fans that Avatar: The Last Airbender remains in capable hands as it navigates its next chapters.