Calling all senseis and students! Netflix’s Cobra Kai is returning next month! Entertainment Weekly is marking the occasion with the release of exclusive images from the show’s upcoming third season. There’s definitely more turbulent dramatics and no-holds-barred karate coming our way!
Now, if you recall, the show left off with Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) badly injured from a brutal fight with Robby (Tanner Buchanan). Judging by one of EW‘s images, it appears Robby will be paying the price for his actions with some time in lockup. Said fight sent ripples throughout the core cast. It drove a wedge between Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser), as well as Daniel and his wife Amanda (Courtney Henggeler). Johnny (William Zabka) and his former student Miguel didn’t leave the second season on good terms, but it looks like the latter’s critical condition will hopefully bridge the divide.
Of course, Martin Kove (John Kreese) will, presumably, continue to hold the title as the show’s Big Bad in Season Three. Johnny’s older, contentious sensei returned to sow seeds of discord and reclaim what he believes is rightfully his — Cobra Kai. Demetri (Gianni Decenzo), who struggled while under Daniel’s tutelage last season, appears to be flourishing at Miyagi-Do. Tory (Peyton List) and Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) are continuing to work hard under Kreese’s watchful eye.
The first photo intrigues me the most. What situation, besides a karate tournament, could possibly bring Johnny, Kreese and Daniel together? Not to mention, the tension is palpable even in photo form. According to Entertainment Weekly, the image is derived from episode eight of the third season. That’s broaching season finale territory. Perhaps there’s another big showdown on the horizon. Regardless, I’m more than ready for Season Three.
You can check out the exclusive photos below for yourselves. Cobra Kai stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Courtney Henggeler, Peyton List, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo and Martin Kove. Season Three will strike first, strike hard and show no mercy Friday, January 8, only on Netflix.
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