‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka on Expanding ‘Karate Kid’ Universe

We’ll be the first ones to admit it: waiting for April 24th to roll around for YouTube Originals’ Cobra Kai to return for its second season is taking forever. Coming off an amazingly well-received – by viewers and critics alike –  freshmen season, Jon Hurwitz (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Hayden Schlossberg (The Pact) have been making the interview rounds to tease fans on what they can expect when the Karate Kid sequel series returns.

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Cobra Kai Pictured: Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Ralph Macchio

Now, stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) are getting in on the fun, sitting down with the fine folks at ET Canada to talk all things Cobra Kai. In the following extended cut of the interview, Macchio and Zabka discuss what it felt like to have the first season so weel-received; how season 2 will expand the Karate Kid universe; the way the series honors the late Pat Morita; knowing when it was the right time to go back to the franchise; and the lines most often thrown at them in public:

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Cobra Kai Pictured: Jacob Bertrand, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña

Season 2 brings fans back into the action with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) after the shocking Season 1 cliffhanger featuring the return of John Kreese (Martin Kove). When a new rivalry between opposing dojos is born in the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Daniel realizes his next countermove is to open his own karate training school called Miyagi-Do, in honor of his mentor Mr. Miyagi.

What was once a personal feud between Daniel and Johnny escalates beyond their differences to engulf their students, who as teenagers, are already challenged to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Which path will they follow – Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do?

 

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Joining Macchio, Zabka, and the rest of the returning cast for the second season are Peyton List (Bunk’d, Jessie), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom, BlacKkKlansman) and (as we saw in the season finale) original film star Martin Kove.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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