Former rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence join forces to bring down John Kreese in the upcoming All-Valley tournament.
‘Cobra Kai’ has come a long way since finding its new home on Netflix.
The hit action series, which was originally released on Youtube Premium, is now among Netflix's biggest titles.
The series created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, is set 34 years since the events of the original 'The Karate Kid' films by Robert Mark Kamen.
The series sees Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film 'The Karate Kid'.
The former rivals are now teaming up against a bigger threat by the end of season 3.
Let us find out what is going to happen next.
Renewal Status: Renewed
Just in case you missed the announcement, 'Cobra Kai' is renewed for season 4. The show received the green signal on October 2020, long before season 3 premiered on Netflix.
The first two seasons of the series were released on YouTube Premium, with the third season originally commissioned by the Google-owned online video service.
However, the series shifted platforms, and Netflix won the rights to the show against other huge bidders. Seasons 1 and 2 came to Netflix in the summer of 2020 and became a massive hit. Season 3 was already complete long before the two seasons dropped on the streaming giant. However, Netflix did not release the third season until the New Year, January 1st, 2021.
We are still waiting for Netflix to announce the release date for 'Cobra Kai' season 4, but we are ecstatic to know that filming finally began in late February 2021.
Production for season 4 continues as of late March 2021, based on the updates shared by show creator Jon Hurwitz, who revealed that they shot scenes that will make us laugh and cry.
We shot several scenes today that will make you laugh. Then tonight, we shot a scene that will make you cry. Apologies in advance. But you will love the performances. #CobraKai— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) March 26, 2021
Production can take months, but it looks like the show is still on track for an early 2022 release.
Back in 2020, Hurwitz shared a potential return date for the series, although he still does not know when exactly season 4 is coming out yet.
"I don't have the answer, but would imagine Season 4 will come out roughly a year after Season 3."
I don't have the answer, but would imagine Season 4 will come out roughly a year after Season 3.— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) November 8, 2020
We will update this space once we get new information.
The air is heavy with excitement and tension for the 51st All-Valley Karate Tournament. LaRusso’s Miyagi-do and Lawrence’s Eagle Fang dojos are teaming up against Kreese’s Cobra Kai, although we are yet to find out which fighters will be representing each dojo.
Samantha and Miguel are likely to head the combined dojos, while Robby Keene, Tory, and Kyler could represent Cobra Kai.
Cobra Kai could also be calling on a new fighter after we saw Kreese calling his former war-vet friend for backup in the final scenes of season 3.
Just in case you missed the particular scene, Kreese called Terry Silver--who was played by Thomas Ian Griffith. He appeared in the 'Karate Kid Part III' and was the founder of Cobra Kai.
There is a chance that the next season will have different fighting scenes after stunt coordinators Hiro Koda and Jahnel Curfman revealed they are no longer involved in the project.
We already confirmed that Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays Terry Silver, is joining the cast members in season 4.
So far, we are still waiting for confirmation regarding potential appearances from the cast members of the original movie in the upcoming season.
Hillary Swank's Julie Pierce is among the anticipated cast members from the old movie. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Hurwitz discussed the possibility of Swank joining the Netflix series:
“In our writers’ room we speak about literally every character that has appeared in the Miyagi-verse, so it’s obvious that we’ve spoken about Julie Pierce. As to whether or not she’ll return to the series, that’s something you’ll just have to wait to find out.”
In late February, we received further casting news.
Dallas Dupree Young joins the cast list as Kenny, “a bullied new kid in school who turns to karate as a way to defend himself.”
Oona O’Brien is playing Devon “a potential new karate student who is relentlessly competitive, a quick study, and equally quick-tempered when she’s provoked.”
Meanwhile, Vanessa Rubio and Peyton List finally get promoted to series regulars so we can expect them for season 4 too.
Of course, the rest of the main cast members are also expected to reprise their roles. They are:
Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Jacob Bertrand as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz, Gianni DeCenzo as Demetri, and Martin Kove as John Kreese.
Season 4 is currently under production so we will have to wait for months before seeing the official trailer. Enjoy the season 3 trailer in the meantime.