So let us talk about Hama for a second.
Puppet master is set in between a streak of incredible amazing episodes but in its scary way it’s still outstanding.
Hama herself is a tragic character, as she was a young and powerful water bender in the middle of cultural genocide, literally fighting until all of her cultural is being deported, including her.
They are put into a inhuman prison - which doesn’t really make any sense. From the fire nation point of view… what is the reason behind it? War is expensive so now you are just going to take lots of people, put them in a prison just so that you have to feed them? And guard them? You can’t even let them work for you, as they are too skilled. Seemes not like the brightest idea to me.
But she is put in a inhuman prison and rots away until she becomes dehuminazed. So she does a thing that is (apparently) extremely removed from anything a sane and good person would do: she bloodbends.
I know in the show it’s portrayed as some what understandable but still bad, we see it in Kataras reaction. But I don’t think it is. It’s under stable, valid and it saved Hamas life.
In extreme situations you will do things, that you thought weren’t possible or outside of your moral values.
Hamas bloodbending seemes to be just as bad as the fire nation deporting her - which it isn’t. I guess we can assume that Hama would never had done such a thing, if the fire nation didn’t put her in such a life or death situation. They just got a inhuman reaction from someone they treated less then human.
And I do not unterstand what Hamas reasoning is for taking village people as prisoners. Yes yes I know, she is blinded by hate and whatever. But why would she take them prisoner? Why not kill them and dunk them into a river? Prisoners are expensive and a lot of work. And the way she kept them was still so much better then the treatment she got! Yes, these people were put in captivity and chained to a wall - but at least they were not alone. There was not cultural genocide.
Was is nice? No. Did the captured people do anything bad? Nothing we know about. But was it SOMEWHERE near what the fire nation did? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
And what about the end? This lady has been tortured and broken by the fire nation just gets put back in a prison. And we can’t assume that she is put in a better prison. Because she is still too dangerous for normal captivity. So the only way to keep her is the same inhuman way - expect it isn’t. She could still blood bend at full moon nights, assuming that it doesn’t matter if she sees the moon or not. The full moon is a monthly recurring event, that even I can feel each month - and I’m far from a bender. So we would need a even worse way to capture Hama.
So… let’s summarize, my friends. We have Hama - a victim of cultural genocide - tortured in a prison until she breaks and becomes inhuman herself. After freeing herself she tries to work through her trauma by acting in the way the fire nation had her learn in order to survive. And ends up in a equally or worse prison by her tormentors again.
She is not a “good” person. But she treatment she got in the end does not sit right with me.