The trailer for Season 3 of Cobra Kai dropped yesterday, giving viewers a long-awaited taste of what to expect when Netflix’s breakout hit returns for more martial arts and melodrama in the New Year. Given the explosive events of the Season 2 finale, there are some burning questions that need to be answered—and this epic new teaser gives away some pretty big hints about how the story will unfold. Here’s everything we know about where Season 3 will take the characters of Cobra Kai based on the footage we’ve seen.
Daniel and Johnny
As much as fans have grown to love the younger generation of characters that make up such a large part of this show, Cobra Kai is still, at its heart, the story of longtime enemies Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. The two men clashed repeatedly throughout the first and second seasons, and the conflict between them seeped into their rival dojos and the kids who trained there, resulting in the epic smackdown that took place at the high school in the Season 2 finale.
After such an explosive confrontation, you would expect Daniel and Johnny to be at each other’s throats once again: but the trailer seems to be heavily hinting that they will finally be joining forces to take down the real bad guy, John Kreese, who showed up in Season 2 and stole the Cobra Kai dojo out from under Johnny.
Miguel functioned as an audience surrogate for viewers who were unfamiliar with the Karate Kid movies, and is arguably one of the show’s central protagonists, so it was highly unlikely that his injuries at the high school would prove fatal. However, there won’t be any miraculous overnight recovery in Season 3; in the trailer, Miguel is paralyzed, and it looks like much of his storyline will involve his extended recovery, with his sensei providing support (despite being turned away from the hospital last we saw by Miguel’s mother Carmen).
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While initially introduced as a street-savvy petty criminal, Johnny’s wayward son is actually more of a brooding softboi, and he finally found a place he felt he belonged in the second season of Cobra Kai, joining Miyagi-Do and falling in love with Daniel’s daughter Sam. But his anger after seeing Sam and Miguel kiss fuelled his fight with Miguel at the high school, and he fled the scene after kicking Miguel over a railing. When we catch up with Robby in the trailer, he is on the run and sleeping rough, and it looks like he ends up in juvenile detention, where he finds himself in the middle of even more trouble with his fellow delinquents.
The LaRusso family
At the end of Season 2, Daniel’s wife Amanda forbade Daniel and their daughter Sam from continuing their karate training, after Sam was injured in the brawl at the high school. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ultimatum doesn’t look like it will stick for long: in addition to seeing Sam back in her Miyagi-Do training with her dad, we also get a glimpse of Amanda dealing one hell of a slap to John Kreese… meaning that the entire LaRusso family has beef with the sinister sensei.
And some familiar faces
We don’t see much of the other teen characters in the trailer—there’s no footage of Aisha—but it looks like the animosity between Hawk and Dimitri is going to get worse than ever, and it’s possible that Tory will start using her karate skills to make money.
Perhaps most enticingly to longtime Karate Kid fans, however, is the appearance of two characters from the second movie: bad guy Chozen, and Daniel’s old flame, Kimiko. While much of Cobra Kai to date has focused on the events of the first film, bar the occasional mention of Terry Silver, it looks like Season 3 will be delving deeper than ever into Karate Kid lore—and we can’t wait.
Season 3 of Cobra Kai will start streaming on Netflix on January 8, 2021.
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