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Bring Zuko Home

by Attackfish Scales

In most children's shows, adults, if they are around, are given little, if any, development. Iroh of Avatar: the Last Airbender bucks this trend. As his relationship with Zuko, his nephew and one of the central characters is explored, his own culpability in the Fire Nation's war of conquest, as well as his own experience with redemption help him to understand and advise his nephew and surrogate son as Zuko seeks to redeem himself both before and after he figures out what he needs redemption for in the first place.

Iroh's grief for his dead son shadows his relationship with his nephew. As Zuko risks his life again and again in his determination to please his father, and later, to go the right thing, Iroh's fears that he will lose Zuko too are some of the most poignant explorations of adult emotions in children's media.

Bring Zuko Home

Iroh just wants his nephew safe and whole. Set to "Bring Him Home" as sung by Alfie Boe for the Les Mis 25th anniversary concert, live at the O2.

from Avatar: the Last Airbender (2005)
Creator: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Distributor: Nickelodeon
Posted by Attackfish Scales