With YouTube Originals' Cobra Kai officially kicking down the door on its sophomore season last week to strong reviews from viewers and critics, we're shifting the focus from series co-stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) to the two newest additions to Johnny's Cobra Kai: Peyton List's Tory and Paul Walter Hauser's Raymond. In the following behind the scenes video, both List and Hauser offer their perspective on what their characters bring to the dojo – and the series:
To see for yourselves why Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg'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: