It’s safe to say that the boat scene was one of the most emotional and touching moments of the entire show. When it came down to it, they were just a pair of broken brothers. Tarrlok and Noatak were both head strong and driven people. They both believed they were doing right even though the way they were going at it was wrong. Noatak was evil in the sense that he hurt people but he was also good in the sense that he just wanted to change a serious and rising problem. Tarrlok was the same, he wanted to make Republic City the best it was but he was blinded by his drive and hurt people along the way.
Those poor brothers were victims of Yakone, a man who robbed them of their childhood. He controlled their lives. And even though he passed away, he still had a tight hold on both of the brothers. Tarrlok wanted to be something more than his father’s tool. Tarrlok wanted to be acknowledged by Republic City because in doing so, he would surpass his father. Noatak, I feel, was painfully innocent. He was so warped around the idea that bending was evil. It was all he’s ever experienced and all he’s ever known.
Every single time Amon spoke of the Equalists and his dream for equality, I couldn’t help but think that part of the reason he was doing all this was for Tarrlok. Tarrlok, his younger and only brother, represented how bending could be used for evil, how an innocent and kind hearted child could be forced to do horrible things, how easily bending could cause fear in people.
There was a moment when Noatak realized that he wasn’t alone, that someone still cared for him. A single tear was all it took to show that. Maybe all Noatak wanted to be loved, to know that he wasn’t alone, to know that his power wouldn’t have to be a curse, to know that someone understood. One tear for the single hope he had, a change at a new life.
The music was so simple and strangely peaceful. I hope Tarrlok came to terms with all the horrible things he had done and that not everything was his fault. I hope he forgave himself for letting his brother go, for not being strong to keep his damaged family together. I hope he knew that he was loved. Because underneath, he was still that young boy who viewed the world with such hopeful eyes. He was just a kind hearted boy who was corrupted by his father’s drive.
They just never had the chance to be happy together. I really would have liked that. What a sad reunion. And what a sad story they told.