Who’s the real big bad wolf?
These are my thoughts on Varrick and Unalaq. (mostly about Varrick) Feel free to disagree. This is just me over analyzing things ^^ I know somethings may not add up.
So after watching The Sting, to some it came as no surprise that Varrick was up to something. He clearly planned that bomb and Mako is right on his trail.
Which leads to the question: how much is Varrick involved in this war?
As we all know, Varrick is introduced as a funny, eccentric billionaire who controls the entire shipping business. Upon Unalaq’s invasion, the harbor lock down prevents Varrick’s ships from continuing their work
A meeting is scheduled in Senna and Tonraq house to discuss their displeasure with the NWT’s invasion.
Korra tries to convince the crowd that Unalaq is only trying to help the south restore balance with the Spirits and shows concern that the SWT is even thinking about going to war.
Varrick does have a knack for stirring up a crowd, doesn’t he? (spirit of Independence- crowd goes wild) and is convinced Unalaq is after his wealth.
Korra: You want to start a war?
They come to the conclusion that if Unalaq doesn’t back down, they’ll be forced to fight for their freedom.
May I also point out that while he sits in his throne, it’s his soldiers attitude toward the SWT what is getting everybody all worked up.
So Korra agrees to talk to her uncle, all for the sake of stopping all this before it gets out of hand but Varrick doesn’t seem to have much confidence in the Avatar.
He wants this war to happen.
Unalaq agrees that Korra must prevent the war but she must remain neutral. She tells her uncle about the meeting in her parent’s house seeking for help/advice.
Unalaq: You will naturally want to help your people but you must not show favoritism. It will only make matters worse.
(Don’t make this personal Korra. But what turn of events makes Korra take sides?)
Now here is my theory that Unalaq does not benefit from all this. He speaks of opening the portals and people using it as means of transportation. Good way to coming back and forth and keeping an eye on both tribes.
Mmm, Harry Potter’s vanishing cabinets?
If Korra does succeed in opening both portals, it would put an end to Varrick’s business wouldn’t it?
Why take a week or months voyage when you can get there in a few minutes using the portals and possibly use them to send merchandise as well
A war would set an imbalance between spirits and men, therefore interfere with his plans. Nonetheless, Unalaq is confident that Korra will be able to stop the conflict. (Score one for Unalaq)
It’s natural for Varrick to be threatened by all this. So threatened that he will do whatever it takes to put an end to Unalaq’s plans.
And what does he do? Proceeds in taking the NWT Chief hostage.