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The Lake of Reflection
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Attribution information

Howy Parkins


Jennifer Skelly

Production information

The Lion Guard





Air date

October 26, 2019

Episode guide

Long Live the Queen


Triumph of the Roar

My scar. Nirmala says it might not ever be totally healed. But if it never heals, I might not be able to use the Roar again. And without the Roar, I don't know if I can lead the Lion Guard.

"The Lake of Reflection" is the sixteenth episode of Season 3 of The Lion Guard. It premiered on October 26, 2019.

Plot summary

Makucha and his army launch an attack on the Tree of Life. The Night Pride challenges them, though Baliyo's yawning exposes how exhausted they are from a night of patrolling. The Lion Guard arrives in time to help, but Kion and Rani's dual leadership results in confusion.

Mama Binturong spies on the Lion Guard and learns that Kion cannot control the Roar of the Elders

Eventually, the Lion Guard and the Night Pride succeed in driving off the army, though Rani criticizes Kion for not following her lead. Fuli jumps to Kion's defense, but Kion admits that he no longer has control of the Roar. Nevertheless, he offers to patrol the Tree of Life during the day in order to give the Night Pride time to rest, and Rani gratefully accepts his offer. Unbeknownst to the team, Mama Binturong is spying on their conversation from a nearby tree.

As the Lion Guard departs, Fuli tells Rani that Kion does not appear to be healing, but Rani assures her that the Tree of Life's healer, Nirmala, knows what she is doing. However, as Rani joins back up with Baliyo and Surak, she admits that Fuli may be right.

Nirmala leads Kion to Pratibimba, where he must reflect on his actions

Meanwhile, Nirmala leads Kion to Pratibimba, also called the Lake of Reflection. Nirmala explains that Kion's scar does not define him and that he must reflect on his past and future actions in order to remember who he is.

At the same time, Mama Binturong schemes with her allies against the Lion Guard and the Night Pride, ordering the army to attack in-between shifts at sunset.

The Lion Guard patrols the Tree of Life, coming across a dispute between Heng Heng the panda and Kely the lemur over a bamboo stand. The team decides to bring the two before Rani, who will decide who can claim the bamboo stand.

Kion recalls how a younger Lion Guard saved Ono's egg from Janja and his clan

At Pratibimba, Rani approaches Kion. The two walk around the area as Kion admits his doubts about his scar and his ability to lead the Lion Guard without the Roar. Rani wonders if the Roar is necessary and considers if the Roar should be returned to the Tree of Life. Just then, the Lion Guard approaches with Heng Heng and Kely. After hearing the two's stories, Rani decides that Heng Heng can have the bamboo stand when she is required to eat and that the lemurs can have it in-between those times.

As Kion returns to his reflections, Rani tells Fuli that Kion may be unable to heal any more. She then relates what Kion had said about his inability to lead the Lion Guard without the Roar. The Lion Guard returns to Kion, and Anga relates the time that a much younger Lion Guard had rescued Ono's egg from Janja's clan ("Remember What Makes You You"). After the story, Kion feels inspired and revitalized, having realized that he does not need the Roar to lead his team.

Kion meets the spirit of Askari at Cikha Escarpment

After the story, Ullu arrives and warns the Lion Guard that Makucha's army is launching another attack. The Night Pride arrives, and Kion leads the two teams in their attack. The teams succeed, and Rani praises Kion for his great leadership skills.

The next morning, Kion tells his grandfather, Mufasa, that he wants to return the Roar to the Tree of Life. Mufasa advises him to go to Cikha Escarpment, where Askari discovered the Roar. Kion does so, but when he arrives, Askari appears and offers to teach Kion everything he knows about the Roar.



Guest starring


Behind the scenes

  • The episode was released early on September 2, 2019, on DisneyNOW.
  • This episode marks the first time the series showed blood, this being when Ora coughs out Beshte's blood after biting him when Bunga uses his stink on him. Thus, the episode marks the first time, not only in The Lion Guard, but in a Disney Junior show that blood is shown.[1] However, the episode has since been edited so that Ora merely spits out saliva.


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