It makes me sad that when Mako and the others are thrown into the tent, he’s the one to look up and look directly at Korra. Judging by his facial expression, he’s ashamed and upset that he’s let her down. I’m sure he remembers vividly how he had to watch Korra’s bending being taken away while he was left helpless. I just feel like he’s always in this place and that any kind of strength he feels is diminished by his inability to help Korra successfuly until later on. I might be too symbolic but the fact that he has to look up and into her eyes, in front of her father and tell her that he tried and failed must be painful. He’s always had someone relying on him and as someone who remains independent and in control, he must feel so lost. Korra’s already beat down from being captured, but I don’t believe she held him accountable for anything that was out of his control. That’s why I appreciate the relationship they had - romantic or not. They’re comrades.
(Source: makos-lightningrod, via ravkan)