‘Cobra Kai’: 3 Questions Fans Need Answered in Season 4
Cobra Kai Season 4 has a lot of explaining to do. The Karate Kid spinoff series follows Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) 35 years after the events of the 1984 film as they pass on their karate knowledge to a new generation. Season 3 evoked a rollercoaster of emotions and dropped plenty of surprising twists, leaving many fans eager to see where the story will go.
Unfortunately, the new season doesn’t have a release date just yet. However, in the meantime, viewers can ponder what they hope to learn from the coming episodes. Here are three major questions fans need answered in Cobra Kai Season 4.
[Spoiler alert: The following story contains spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 3.]
What will Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence’s combined dojo look like?
In the final scenes of the season 3 finale, Daniel and Johnny engaged in an epic fight with Cobra Kai Dojo’s original leader, John Kreese (Martin Kove), the man who taught Johnny everything he knows. Determined to keep Kreese from passing his violent teachings onto The Valley’s young karate students, Daniel and Johnny insisted that he leave town. However, Kreese proposed a deal: if they beat him in the upcoming All Valley Karate Tournament, Kreese will leave and never look back.
Daniel and Johnny accepted the deal, but they knew they’d have to team up to take Kreese down for good. Daniel’s Miyagi-Do Karate merged with Johnny’s Eagle Fang Karate to train for the competition.
It’s no secret that Daniel and Johnny have two very different teaching styles. Plus, they remained enemies for so long. Will a merged dojo really work? The two karate champions are likely to clash at some point. It may be up to Sam (Mary Mouser) and Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) to keep them in line.
“What I’m most looking forward to in the Daniel/Johnny team-up is the challenge. Navigating their varied personalities and stubborn mindsets as they work toward the same endgame,” he said. “Their history is nuanced and multi-layered. They are wired so differently even though their intentions are aligned. Billy and I love diving into the friendship as well as the rivalry.”
What trouble will Terry Silver cause with John Kreese in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4?
Those who watched The Karate Kid III may remember the villain, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). The film revealed that the corrupt, wealthy businessman bought Cobra Kai Dojo for Kreese, his long-time friend. Kreese struggled to pay rent after Daniel’s 1984 All Valley Tournament win ruined his reputation as a sensei, but Terry refused to let him leave the business.
Instead, Terry sent Kreese on a vacation and started a revenge plot against Daniel. He tricked Daniel into training with him but used violent techniques that led Daniel to injury.
In Cobra Kai Season 3, viewers learned that Kreese and Terry, also known as “Twig,” met in the Vietnam War. Kreese saved Terry’s life, which explained Terry’s loyalty to his friend. The finale showed Kreese giving “Twig” a call, setting the stage for Terry’s possible return. The showrunners later confirmed that Griffith will reprise his role in Cobra Kai Season 4.
Seeing Terry again might bring up some negative memories for Daniel, which could throw him off his game. Plus, Kreese has already caused enough harm, so joining forces with Terry will likely make things even worse. Many fans can only imagine what kind of trouble they’ll cause in training Johnny’s son, Robby (Tanner Buchanan).
Will history repeat itself at the All Valley Tournament?
The recurring theme of Cobra Kai is history repeating itself, albeit with a few twists. So, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see a student of Daniel’s take down a student of Kreese’s, just as Daniel himself did to Johnny all those years ago. However, now that Robby is training under Kreese, it’s difficult to say what Daniel and Johnny will do to protect Robby from harm.
The winner of Cobra Kai Season 4’s All Valley Tournament seems unpredictable; many fans never know when the writers will throw another twist at them. One thing is for sure: those karate kids have some long training days ahead of them.