I’m really loving all the symbolism Bryan, Mike, and the crew are throwing in this season (if episode 1 is any indication of the later episodes, at any rate), and Kuvira’s bending is no exception. I am just. in awe okay.
Kuvira, from what we understand of her intentions, pretty much represents Fascism, a form of government that puts emphasis on the state (country, whatever) and encourages (or, well, forces) the citizens to hold the state above all. Hence Kuvira’s “uniting the Earth Kingdom” thing, and her acts of coercion against the governor of Yi.
So, she’s pretty much Fascist. What does that have to do with her bending?
Kuvira, as you probably notice when watching all her super rad fight scenes, does this thing with metal plates where she binds, blinds, and gags her opponent. I don’t know if you’ve all taken a history class that covered WWII, but if there’s one thing fascist governments are known for, it’s censorship. Kuvira takes away these people’s ability to see, move, or speak. She is also the one with the power to remove these bindings.
Basically: “You see what I let you. You only have a voice when I let you have a voice. You only do what I allow you to do.”
Kuvira’s bending seems to be reflecting her political ideals and I’m so damn excited oh man.