Cobra Kai Season 3 Preview: Daniel Revisits His Past to Find Answers

With Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg's Cobra Kai set to return for a third season to its new home on Netflix on January 8, viewers have already learned that for Johnny (William Zabka) and Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to take on (and takedown) very, very "big bad" Kreese (Martin Kove), each of them will have to confront and defeat some demons from their respective pasts. For Daniel, that means heading back to his teacher's homeland to see if there's anything more he can learn about Miyagi-do. From the look of the official trailer, Daniel's about to learn a whole lot of things about Mr. Miyagi he never knew- and he'll learn them from some familiar faces. as you see in the trailer, The Karate Kid Part II stars Tamlyn Tomita and Yuji Okumoto have returned to their roles of Kumiko and Chozen, respectively. But as you're about to see from the following preview images, we're a little concerned that some old grudges will never go away.

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Cobra Kai Season 3 Preview: Daniel Revisits His Past to Find Answers
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Here's a look at the character profile teasers that were released for Kumiko and Chozen:

In August, Hurwitz revealed that all of the film trilogy's characters are potentially in play (as it clearly appears in the brief season 3 scene above): "We love The Karate Kid trilogy and anyone who has seen Seasons 1 and 2 has seen us make references to all three of the original Karate Kid films. And we also say that it's our belief that anything that has happened in a movie Mr. Miyagi was in, which includes The Next Karate Kid, is part of the Miyagi-Verse and our series takes place in the Miyagi-Verse." Hurwitz continued, "Any character who has lived within this Miyagi-Verse has potential to show up at some point on Cobra Kai and I can say that the three of us, as writers, have literally discussed pretty much every person who has appeared in those films, from these large characters you're talking about, like the Terry Silvers of the world, to the most minor characters who had one or two lines."

COBRA KAI Season 3 finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance.

That said, as fun as it is to bring these characters back for the fans it's important that the characters they use bring something meaningful to the series' overall narrative: "We view that as all characters who live in our universe and, at any moment in time, have the potential to show up as long as they're relevant to the present-day story that we're telling and don't feel like they're thrown in there for cameo purposes or for simply for nostalgia's sake," Hurwitz explained. "There needs to be a real, dramatic reason [in] present-day why any of these characters would be relevant to our story. I can say that, going forward, we should expect more characters from The Karate Kid films to return but I can't say who or when or pretty much anything beyond that."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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