‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3 Is Coming Sooner Than You Might Think

Evan Romano
·10 mins read

From Men's Health

  • Cobra Kai is the 34-years-later sequel to the iconic Karate Kid movies of the '80s.

  • The show follows original characters Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka)

  • While Seasons 1 and 2 debuted on YouTube Premium, they've now moved to Netflix, where Season 3 will eventually premiere.

Die-hard fans of The Karate Kid were probably already thrilled about Cobra Kai, the series set 34 years after the original 1984 film, back when its first two seasons debuted on YouTube Premium in 2018 and 2019. Now, any superfans who missed it initially—and a whole plethora of new fans—have gotten wildly into the show now that it's made its way to Netflix. The show pretty much immediately topped the streaming giant's top chart the moment it went live on August 28th, and has remained near the top since.

Cobra Kai had received universally great reviews upon release—the first season has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the second has an 88%—and the acclaim in the time since the show has hit Netflix has been just as strong; it's been such a big deal that Ralph Macchio, for just one example, went on TODAY last week just to chat about the show. Keep in mind, this is a show that hasn't had any new episodes in more than a year!

It might be surprising to some that a 34-years-later sequel series is so good, but a few factors working in its favor help to make that all check out. It starts with stars Macchio and William Zabka returning—there's no faking that. Plus, the people behind the show know what they're doing; Cobra Kai was co-created by Josh Heald (who wrote Hot Tub Time Machine) and the combination of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who together were behind the Harold and Kumar films and 2012's American Wedding. There's a good resume of funny here, which explains the show's sense of humor (and viewers can certainly find a lot of that Harold and Kumar/Hot Tub Time Machine-type humor with the hysterical Season 2 character, Stingray).

So as fans are enjoying the comedy, the drama, the fighting, and everything else about Cobra Kai, we got to the bottom of everything there is to know about the forthcoming third season. It's coming in 2021—it's not going to sneak up on anyone this time.

Is there a Cobra Kai Season 3 trailer?

While there hasn't yet been a proper trailer released, there was a tease of Season 3 in a video shared by Netflix titled "The Karate Kid Legacy Continues." Most of the video is highlights from the first two seasons of the show with select clips from the original Karate Kid movie, but at the end of the video there's a tease for the new season.

"Mr. Miyagi treated me like a son," Daniel is heard saying as scenes from Japan are shown. "He wouldn't keep any secrets from me."

The next shot shows a Sai being put into the ground next to Daniel's head. "Are you sure about that?" a voice asks him.

This unexplored secret will certainly be pivotal to Cobra Kai Season 3 when it comes out. Until then (or, at least until we have a real trailer), we'll just have to guess what that secret is.

When Is Cobra Kai Season 3 coming out?

The third season of Cobra Kai is due out in 2021. Netflix hasn't announced an exact date yet, but in the initial announcement where the streaming giant revealed that it had acquired the series from its previous home on YouTube Premium, it was also announced that Season 3 had completed filming, and the season would be out next year.

Photo credit: Steve Dietl
Photo credit: Steve Dietl

That same "The Karate Kid Legacy Continues" video also says in the caption that "Season 3 enters the tournament in 2021."

Hurwitz has also frequently referenced that Season 3 is, essentially, locked and loaded.

"Filmed. Edited. Ready to go," he wrote in a recent tweet. "Look out for it on @netflix in 2021."

Back in December, Hurwitz quote tweeted Schlossberg sharing a photo from a Season 3 scene being shot in Okinawa, Japan. At that point, he revealed that filming for the new season was complete. "Now @CobraKaiSeries Season 3 is officially WRAPPED!" he wrote. '

Will the cast return for Season 3?

Yup. The principle cast will all be back for the third season of Cobra Kai, including, of course, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Both leads shared on social media last winter when they wrapped production.

Martin Kove, who returned for Cobra Kai Season 2 to once again play the character Sensei John Kreese, will also be back for Season 3.

Mary Mouser, who plays Daniel's daughter, Samantha, will also be back.

Perhaps the biggest question mark for Season 3 is whether or not Xolo Mariduena, who plays Miguel Diaz, would return after the Season 2 cliffhanger. But producers have confirmed his return, and he tweeted about wrapping production on Season 3 (come on, they weren't going to take Miguel out of this story. What a great kid.)

Rest assured, Miguel will be back.

One cast member who it doesn't appear will be back is Nichole Brown, who plays Aisha Robinson in the show. A Reddit user named /u/AngelusLapsis caught an Instagram story that she posted last year revealing that her character won't be returning for Season 3. And Brown herself recently posted an Instagram about Cobra Kai with a caption in the past tense.

"Y’all, @cobrakaiseries is #1 on @netflix !! It was such a pleasure to be on that show, go check it out!!" she wrote, which would seem to be fairly solid confirmation that her time on the show has come to an end.

Jacob Bertrand, who plays bullied-turned-bully Hawk, will be back for Season 3 as well. You can see him discuss his role (and his hair) in Season 3—and more scenes with both Sensei Creese and his former-best friend Demitri (who will also be returning.)

Last November, Bertrand also posted a photo to his Instagram—featuring long dyed red hair...aka a not-done-up mohawk—where he does a backflip. Looks like Season 3 will find Hawk getting even more physical, and potentially more dangerous, than ever before.

Season 3 will mark Daniel LaRusso's first real trip to Okinawa.

The Karate Kid Part II has a plot that takes place in Okinawa, Japan, but the movie was actually filmed in Hawaii. So, as Hurwitz noted in a December tweet, Season 3 marks the first time Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso has ever actually visited Okinawa for real.

At last year's San Diego Comic Con, Heald discussed how both dojos, Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, will dig further into their backgrounds and where they came from. That led into Daniel's Season 3 trip to Okinawa. “We find that Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do … dig a little bit into those origins," Heald said. "In that journey, we will see Daniel LaRusso return to Okinawa.”

Photo credit: Guy D'Alema
Photo credit: Guy D'Alema

It will feature the return of another classic Karate Kid character.

Chozen Toguchi, played by Yuji Okumoto, was the villain when Daniel went to Okinawa in 1986's The Karate Kid Part II. In the footage Netflix released of Season 3, fans spotted the return of that familiar face.

Daniel's first love interest, Ali, could very well return.

Ali, played by '80s icon Elisabeth Shue, is one of the most memorable characters of the films, and Heald was asked if she would return at a panel. “I respectfully decline to answer the question,” he said. That's definitively not a "no!"

Fans will also remember Season 2's big cliffhanger, where Ali, now a surgeon, sends a friend request to Johnny's newly-created Facebook account. It seems there's definitely a certain direction things are going there.

Get ready for a huge ending.

In January, Hurwitz did a bit of playful tooting of his own horn—namely, pointing out how absolutely badass the Cobra Kai Season 3 ending is.

"I cannot wait for you to see the Cobra Kai Season 3 finale," he wrote. "But I especially can't wait for you to see the last 90 seconds. People are gonna go nuts. I know I do every time."

After the way Season 2 ended....wow. We can only imagine how that school brawl could be topped. Can 2021 come a little bit sooner? Please?

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