Everybody hates filler episodes until they see this one. "Tales of Ba Sing Se" is beloved amongst fans for its careful structure and insight into all of the characters. And yet we're always learning new things about it; here are some details we hadn't noticed before. Vote up your favorites!
A Note About Mako
From Tumblr user wannabebandkid
I think it’s important for people to know that Mako was the original voice actor of Uncle Iroh. He had esophageal cancer. Tales from Ba Sing Se was his last day of voice work for the show before he passed. The drawing of Iroh’s son here in this episode was based on Mako himself when he was young, and the song Leaves from the Vine was written about him because he had also been a soldier. He never got to see the episode air. In Legend of Korra, Mako was named after him. Greg Baldwin took over for him after he passed, but refuses to sing Leaves from the Vine because “that’s Mako’s song.”Good point?
Momo And Appa's Relationship Is So UnderratedGood point?
Uncle Iroh Must've Planned Zuko's HaircutGood point?
Uncle Iroh Must've Been Worried During Zuko's DatePhoto: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon
From Tumblr user marshmallowsweetheart
tfw you’re a traitor who is exiled from the fire nation after a long life of unlearning imperialist ideology and your traumatized nephew who’s like 15 years old is with you and you’re just trying to give him the most stable life possible while creating an environment that will allow him to heal from severe physical and mental abuse but he’s also the crown prince in conflict with himself over his conflicting senses of duty and morality so you don’t really know how to help him live a normal life but then a girl comes into the tea shop you own that he works at and asks him out and you realize that this will be perfect to help him get a little bit of a normal experience plus she seems really sweet and hes blushing so you say yes for him and spend like 10 minutes doing his hair and then 3 hours later he comes back and slams his door and you’re worried that his first and only meaningful interaction with other normal kids his age may have gone really badly and made him feel rejected but then he opens the door back up to tell you he had a nice time and you realize he’s just angsty because hes like 15 so that’s alrightGood point?