‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3: Daniel LaRusso Will Return to Okinawa

IndieWire | 7/18/2019 | Staff
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“Cobra Kai” will continue to be the best (around) for at least another year. The cast and crew were on hand Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego to discuss the most recent season and tease what’s coming for Season 3. Among those on the panel were the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, and executive producers/creators Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg.

In its second season, the YouTube Premium series reached beyond the bad blood between enemies Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) to include the students in their dojo. Add Johnny’s old taskmaster John Kreese (Kove), and the stage is set for a full-blown, rib-cracking dojo vs. dojo war. The season culminates with a rumble in the kids’ high school where Robby (Tanner Buchanan) kicks Miguel (Maridueña) over the railing of a balcony and to an uncertain fate below. The shocking outcome sets the stage for the two instructors to question their teaching philosophy in the next season.

Part - Self-reflection - Origins - Dojos - Series

Part of that self-reflection will involve digging into the origins of each of the dojos. Throughout the series, Daniel keenly has felt the loss of his sensei Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). In Season 3, part of his exploration into Miyagi-Do will involve digging into its roots.

“We find that Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do … dig a little bit into those origins. In that journey, we will see Daniel LaRusso return to Okinawa,” said Heald. Fans of the franchise originally saw Daniel visit Mr. Miyagi’s hometown in the original film’s sequel, “The Karate Kid II.” In that film, Daniel met and had a brief romance with Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita).

Daniel - Understanding - Appropriation - Karate - Interactions

Daniel’s understanding and appropriation of karate has been mainly through his interactions with his sensei. After Miyagi’s death, Daniel’s learning appeared to have stymied,...
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