Following two thrilling, nostalgia-filled seasons, Cobra Kai didn’t disappoint with its return on Netflix. The Karate Kid collection, which picks up with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as adults instructing karate to a complete new era of youngsters, in addition to their very own youngsters, was full of loads of preventing, long-awaited reunions, some surprising twists and a serious cliffhanger.
The solid — Zabka, Macchio, Mary Mouser, Peyton List, Jacob Bertrand, and Xolo Maridueña — opened as much as ET about how season 3 ends and what’s in retailer for the collection, particularly Daniel and Johnny. Warning: be ready to be hit with tons of spoilers.
Following the return of Rob Garrison as Tommy and Martin Kove because the villainous John Kreese within the first two seasons, Cobra Kai introduced again much more acquainted faces. This season, audiences received to reunite with Elisabeth Shue as Ali Mills, from the primary movie, in addition to Tamlyn Tomita as Kumiko and Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi, from the sequel.
“There’s a scene I have with Tamlyn, who plays Kumiko, where I say, ‘God, it’s been 30 years. It feels like five minutes.’ And that is the truth,” Macchio says. “That was an honest piece of dialogue. There’s a spirit among us, and everyone has supported it.”
While the return of Kumiko and Chozen introduced closure for Daniel, Ali’s go to to the Valley reopened some outdated wounds for each him and Johnny. “We have a reunion of three characters that have become iconic over the last thirty-something years,” Zabka says, joking that “it’s the Bermuda Triangle that will never cease.”
Although Ali’s return is transient, coming on the finish of season 3, it doesn’t really feel prefer it’s the final audiences will see of her. But Zabka refuses to spill. “You’ll have to see; you’ll have to tune in to Netflix when that time comes,” he teases. “That’s down the road.” (Read extra about these reunions right here.)
But on condition that Johnny has additionally lastly realized how he feels about Miguel Diaz’s (Xolo Maridueña) mom, Carmen Diaz (Vanessa Rubio), it will create one other love triangle for him to take care of, particularly as he tries to rebuild his relationship together with his former mentee.
“Miguel’s mom is going to be another big hurdle between the two of them, being that she loves Johnny and she really has a lot of care for him,” Maridueña says. “But as a fan of the show and as someone who loves Johnny, I want nothing more than for him and Miguel to be together again.”
Meanwhile, after quickly reconciling firstly of season 3, Daniel and Johnny discovered themselves at odds once more over how you can deal with the feuding dojos and Kreese’s manipulation of the scholars — to not point out reverting again to aggressive youngsters over the return of Ali.
The season ends with an epic three-way brawl between the getting old sensei, earlier than Kreese comes up with a plan to settle their dispute completely: a match. In the tip, Daniel and Johnny discover that the one method to take down their sworn enemy is to come back collectively as soon as and for all — and mix their dojos.
“The idea of them coming together is awesome,” says Bertrand. His character, Hawk, lastly defects from Cobra Kai and finally ends up becoming a member of the mixed dojo. “I don’t know in practice how successful they’re gonna be, because they’ve very much been at odds with each other, you know, for the last thirty-something years! So, it would definitely be interesting to see if/when that happens.”
Meanwhile, Maridueña says, “We’ve seen time and time again how similar Johnny and Daniel are. But at the same time, just how it feels like oil and water. The two don’t really mix well together.”
However, he provides, “I will say that I think they have a lot that they can learn from each other. Johnny has a lot of great life lessons and Daniel has the same, and as long as I think they keep their distance, they can work together. But I think once one of them steps over that line, it’s gonna be back to square one just like we’ve seen in season 1 and season 2.”
In October 2020, Cobra Kai was renewed for season 4, which Maridueña says they’re about to start out filming. So fortunately followers gained’t be left questioning for too lengthy what occurs to the shaky alliance — and who will come out on high within the extremely anticipated showdown between Daniel, Johnny and Kreese.
Upon listening to the information, List, who performs Tory Nichols, remembers bawling. “They wanted us to Zoom. Like, all the writers got everyone together, all the actors and everyone, to Zoom,” she remembers. “Then afterwards, I was just sitting in my kitchen and I screamed because I was so excited.”
“I am so excited to get to see my castmates, to see my Cobra Kai family,” says Mouser, who performs Daniel’s daughter, Samantha. “It’s been a long minute. So. I’ll be really excited to get back in there with everybody. I’m so excited to get back to kicking and punching things ‘cause that’s the most fun!”
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