YouTube Originals’ Cobra Kai has been having a pretty strong 2019: shortly after officially kicking down the door on its sophomore season in late April, the series was picked up for a third season. Now the the Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) – William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) starrer has officially been renewed for a third season, they get to sit back and enjoy the perks of being beloved at Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC). But even though the series won’t be back until 2020, Macchio was kind enough to break a little news when speaking with Entertainment Weekly: Daniel’s packing his bags and heading to Okinawa, Japan – and considering how things were left at the end of the second season, we can’t blame him for trying to find a little bit of that “Miyagi magic” – and learn the origins of both Miyagi-Do Karate and Cobra Kai:
— Cobra Kai (@CobraKaiSeries) May 3, 2019
“For season 3, something I can tease is that, albeit we have a lot of cleaning up to do based on the events of season 2, some of the stories will dive into the origins of both Miyagi-Do Karate and Cobra Kai. Like, the beginnings of those two forms of martial arts, and we’ll learn stuff about both that we never knew. And that includes LaRusso going to Okinawa, which is a piece of season 3.”
Two things no one from the cast would confirm were whether Karate Kid actress Elizabeth Shue would (finally) make an appearance on Cobra Kai, and how Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) is doing after his accident in the finale. Even without that information, it’s certain that Miguel and Johnny’s (William Zabka) relationship will never be the same.
To see for yourselves why Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and HaydenSchlossberg‘s Karate Kid sequel series concept was the one good enough to bring Macchio back to Miyagi-do, check out the following recap of season 1 as well as a trailer/overview for the recently premiered second season:
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?
In this previous preview, Cobra Kai proudly wore its Karate Kid love on its sleeve with a scene between Daniel and Robby (Tanner Buchanan), as Daniel flashes back to old friend and sensei Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) to explain the Miyagi-do dojo’s philosophy to Robby. Except by the end of the scene, Daniel has an expression on his face that tells us that maybe Robbie isn’t getting the point…
Meanwhile, Johnny has some matters from the tournament that still need to be settled – having no interest in seeing his dojo go the way of the old Cobra Kai and proving Daniel right – especially at the hands of John Kreese (Martin Kove):
Speaking of Kreese… looks like he’s making his intentions known to Johnny – but is that a good thing?
In the following behind-the-scenes feature, the cast takes us behind the scenes to show the production was able to imitate the important aspects from the original Karate Kid film: