cobra kai season 3

YouTube just can’t get enough of the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai. Season 2 has only been available for about a week, but the streaming platform has already ordered Cobra Kai season 3. In addition to this news, YouTube has also announced that it will make all of its YouTube Premium originals – including Cobra Kai – free to watch with ads later this year.

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Now that Cobra Kai season two is out, there are some major episodes that warrant spoiler discussions. The cast and creators of Cobra Kai were happy to discuss those episodes as long as the stories ran after the season premiered and we include the spoiler warnings. So this one includes spoilers for episode six. Make sure you’ve seen episode six by the time you read this story, and we won’t spoil anything in episode seven or beyond.

Still: spoilers ahead.

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With its second season, Cobra Kai does two things most viewers might not expect from a straight-to-YouTube Karate Kid sequel: it delivers stakes as high as Game of Thrones’, and it establishes Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as one of the most fascinating and complicated characters since the likes of Walter White.

First: this is a spoiler review, so we’re going to get into some season-long reveals here. If you want a spoiler-free review, I wrote up the first two episodes out of SXSW here.

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Cobra Kai season 2

Season 2 of Cobra Kai delivered a lot of what fans were hoping for, and plenty of surprises. We want to talk about all of it, but we don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So definitely don’t read this until you’ve finished the season finale of Cobra Kai. But when you see one of the payoffs in the season finale, you might be interested to know that a certain fight was even longer on the set.

Spoilers for Cobra Kai’s season two finale follow.

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If you’ve made it to the end of Cobra Kai season two, you’ve probably got as many questions as we did about where it leaves things off. The creators and stars of the show answered some of those questions, under the condition that the stories ran after the season premiered and with lots of spoiler warnings.

So this story addresses a lot of the events of Cobra Kai’s second season finale. Don’t read this until you’ve finished the new season of Cobra Kai.

Major spoilers follow.

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Cobra Kai season 2 trailer

The trailers for season two of Cobra Kai showed some fighting in the high school, but the full melee happens in the season finale. It is an epic battle worth discussing in-depth, but since it’s the season finale we want to avoid spoilers for people who haven’t seen the episode yet.

So make your way to the end of Cobra Kai season two on YouTube. We expect you’ll be blown away by the climax in the school. After you’ve seen it, the creators and cast of Cobra Kai spoke to /Film about how they pulled off that incredible finale.

Major spoilers ahead.

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Mary Mouser Interview

The new generation of teen characters on Cobra Kai informed a lot of what the Karate Kid characters have become. Johnny Lawrence wanted to train bullied kids like Miguel, Eli and Aisha. Daniel LaRusso has been training Johnny’s estranged son Robbie (Tanner Buchanan) while his own daughter Samantha, played by Mary Mouser, finally decided to pick up Karate at the end of season one.

Season two of Cobra Kai has as much drama with the younger cast as it does with the Karate Kid veterans. Samantha and Miguel broke up when Miguel got too aggressively into Cobra Kai. She’ll be training with Robbie under her father’s Miyagi-Do style, and can’t stay out of her father’s rivalry with Johnny.

Mouser spoke with /Film by phone before the second season of Cobra Kai. She told us about training for the second season in some unexpected styles, as well as Samantha’s romantic leanings and taking on the Karate Kid mantle. Season two of Cobra Kai premieres on April 24 on YouTube Premium.

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When Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald created Cobra Kai, they fulfilled the dream of their own Karate Kid fandom, and all the fans who didn’t know how much they needed Johnny and Daniel back in our lives. They also gave YouTube Premium its biggest hit, becoming the centerpiece of the streaming service’s original programming. With the return of John Kreese in the season finale, Cobra Kai kept fans waiting desperately for season two.

Heald, Schlossberg and Hurwitz have even more in store for Cobra Kai this season. Daniel LaRusso has reopened Miyagi-Do, giving free lessons to student,s including his daughter Samantha and Robbie, the estranged son of Johnny Lawrence. New characters like bad girl Tory and grown-up Stingray have signed up for Cobra Kai.

The creators of Cobra Kai spoke with /Film by phone before the premiere of the new season. Cobra Kai season two is streaming now on YouTube Premium. Go watch it, so you can enjoy a second spoiler-filled interview that will run a little bit later.

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Cobra Kai became an instant hit on YouTube Premium because millions of viewers wanted to see where Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso are today. But while watching 10 episodes of Cobra Kai, fans became equally invested in the new generation of high school students training in Karate, especially Miguel, played by Xolo Mariduena.

Johnny really took Miguel under his wing, even more so than his own estranged son Robbie. But training in Cobra Kai make Miguel a little too aggressive  and cost him his relationship with Samantha LaRusso. Miguel beat Robbie in the All Valley Karate Tournament, but only be exploiting Robbie’s injury, sort of like the way John Kreese (Martin Kove) told Johnny to sweep the leg.

Mariduena spoke with /Film by phone before the premiere of Cobra Kai’s second season. Season two will introduce new characters, like the returning Kreese and new Cobra Kai student Tori (Peyton List). Cobra Kai season two premieres on April 24 on YouTube Premium.

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Cobra Kai revisited Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso 35 years after his victory at the All Valley Karate Tournament. His student didn’t win this time, but season two promises to see Daniel reopen Miyagi-Do Karate in Mr. Miyagi’s honor, including training his daughter Samantha.

Cobra Kai became YouTube Premium’s biggest hit and they ordered the second season within a week, after 20 million views. Now the anticipation for season two is even higher than it was for the return of the beloved franchise. Daniel is going to have to face John Kreese (Martin Kove) again, and even relive some forgotten moments from The Karate Kid Part III.

Macchio spoke with /Film by phone out of New York before the premiere of Cobra Kai’s second season. He’d just gotten back from a warm welcome at SXSW and gave us more insights into what challenges still face the original Karate Kid. Season two of Cobra Kai premieres at on April 24 on YouTube Premium.

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