Cancel Your Plans Because 'Cobra Kai' Season 3 Is Coming to Netflix One Week Early

Kelly O'Sullivan
·3 min read

From The Pioneer Woman

We're just going to get straight to the point: Miguel is alive. (Of course, you probably could've guessed that. Cobra Kai never dies!)

After the nail-biting, gut-wrenching, totally over-the-top Cobra Kai finale ended with Johnny's (William Zabka) young protege on life support, fans were seriously worried about his future. But the first trailer for Cobra Kai season 3 is finally here and—thank goodness—it shows that Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) pulled through.

The fact that he survives is obviously great news, but things in the Cobra Kai universe are still decidedly not great. Miguel suffered a really bad fall and doesn't seem able to walk, let alone do karate. Robby (Tanner Buchanan)—who pushed Miguel over the railing at the high school—looks like he might've ended up in a juvenile detention facility. LaRusso's (Ralph Macchio) daughter Sam (Mary Mouser) is still torn between her relationships on either side of the karate rivalry, so she's pretty upset. And let's not forget that Johnny handed his dojo over to Kreese (Martin Kove), who is even more evil than he was 35 years ago. So, like we said—not great!

Luckily, Cobra Kai fans won't have to wait long to find out how this whole mess plays out. Read on for all the details we know about Cobra Kai season 3, including the Netflix release date, cast news, spoilers, and more.

When will 'Cobra Kai' season 3 be released?

Photo credit: Cobra Kai
Photo credit: Cobra Kai

Everyone expected Cobra Kai to be released in 2021—but we didn't think it would arrive the first day of the year! The show was originally slated to return on January 8, but Netflix bumped up the premiere date to January 1, 2021.

As an added bonus, Cobra Kai also revealed that "season 4 is officially training to join the fight." In other words, this show isn't going anywhere!

What is 'Cobra Kai' season 3 going to be about?

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Television
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Television

Based on the trailer, Miguel's injury and recovery will play a huge part in the storyline as we find out whether or not he can continue to practice karate. There's also sure to be some drama related to the complicated love triangle that Miguel, Sam, and Robby are in. And, of course, Johnny and LaRusso still have their own issues with each other to work through.

There will also be a major change of scenery in season 3 of Cobra Kai. The show's creator, Jon Hurwitz, confirmed that it was (at least partially) filmed in Okinawa, which Karate Kid fans will remember as Mr. Miyagi's beloved homeland.

Although Karate Kid Part II was said to have taken place in Okinawa, it was actually shot in Hawaii—so viewers can look forward to seeing the real deal in January!

Will there be any changes to the 'Cobra Kai' cast?

Photo credit: Columbia Pictures/Karate Kid
Photo credit: Columbia Pictures/Karate Kid

Now that we know Miguel is alive, it seems like all of Cobra Kai's main characters will be returning for season 3.

There will also be a couple familiar faces from Karate Kid Part II joining the fight. The '80s movie's main villain, Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), and Daniel's love interest, Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita), will both play a part in season 3. Watch the trailer again and see if you can spot them!

No one expected Chozen and Kumiko to return, but viewers have been speculating for months that Johnny and LaRusso's ex-girlfriend might make an appearance in the upcoming season. Don't even get us started on the fan theories about Elisabeth Shue's return—we could talk all day!