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Cobra Kai Season 3: What Does Kreese’s Return Mean?

Andrew Husband Aug 6, 2019

Martin Kove’s classic Karate Kid villain is back for more Cobra Kai.

In the tumultuous second season finale of Cobra Kai, John Kreese’s (Martin Kove) manipulative calculations and incessant bullying finally pay off for the hated Karate Kid villain. He takes the reopened Cobra Kai dojo back from his former student Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and sends the latter on a rather dark and depressing path.

Or, as co-creator Josh Heald explained to Den of Geek while discussing the themes of the first two seasons, “we burned everything down.”

Throughout seasons 1 and 2, Johnny rekindled the Cobra Kai dojo in the hopes of reclaiming the youthful vigor that he and his fellow students once shared. But he quickly learned the dark nature of Kreese’s teachings and, both thanks to his own reflections and his interactions with Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), a young high school student
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Highlights From My Comic-Con Interview With the Cast and Creators of Cobra Kai

My first San Diego Comic-Con was crazy and exhausting and wonderful. I was lucky enough to get into Hall H, see amazing new trailers and footage, make new friends, and interview the cast of my favorite show! Last Thursday, my husband and fellow GeekTyrant writer Billy and I got to go to the roundtable interviews for the cast and creators of the hit YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai. Here are the highlights from each of the interviews, and an extra special surprise at the end.

First we got to interview writers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. We found out that all three of these writers were fans growing up of the original movies and are really excited about the new fanbase that spans multiple generations. When asked if they could give us any hints about the new season, Schlossberg simply said, “Okinawa.”

I then asked if they could
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Cobra Kai Season 3 Will Go Back To Okinawa and More Info From Our Comic-Con Interview

We (Billy and I) got to interview the cast and series creators of the amazing YouTube Premium show, Cobra Kai. I geeked out harrrd, and professed my lifelong crush for William Zabka straight to his face, and got a picture with him, so I can pretty much just leave Comic-Con now. I can take my blisters and my picture and go home happy. But I won’t because there is still so much to see!

Anyway, we interviewed Zabka, who plays Johnny Lawrence; Ralph Macchio, who plays Daniel Larusso; Martin Kove, who plays John Kreese; plus Xolo Maridueña (Miguel), Tanner Buchanan (Robby), and Mary Mouser (Sam). We also got to grill the creators Josh Heald, Hayden Schlossberg, and Jon Hurwitz. They were all so sweet and gracious, and we got a couple great bits of info for the upcoming season.

The juiciest bit of info divulged by the creators was just one word: Okinawa.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3: Daniel Larusso Will Return to Okinawa

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3: Daniel Larusso Will Return to Okinawa
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Cobra Kai” Season 2.]

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
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The Badass Series Cobra Kai Has Been Renewed For Season 3!

YouTube’s Cobra Kai series is seriously one of the best shows that you can watch right now. If you haven’t started watching, you really are missing something really special.

I loved the first season of this series, which is a continuation of the story of The Karate Kid characters Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and Season 2 was even better! The last season was super intense and emotional and it left on a huge and exciting cliffhanger.

So, I’m super happy and excited to report that Cobra Kai has been renewed for a third season! That’s right the story of these wonderful characters will continue for at least one more season. Honestly, I don’t want this show to end anytime soon. I’m just not ready to let go of these characters yet.

In Season 1 we saw Johnny Lawrence reopen the Cobra Kai
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‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 at YouTube Premium

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‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 at YouTube Premium
Cobra Kai” has been picked up for a third season at YouTube Premium, Variety has learned.

Season 2 of the series premiered on April 24. The series, a continuation of the story from the original “Karate Kid” film franchise, features William Zabka and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles from the films.

In Season 1, Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopened the Cobra Kai dojo and introduced its no-mercy style of karate to a new generation of students. Daniel Larusso (Macchio), now a successful businessman, clashes with Lawrence and their old rivalry is reborn. In Season 2, after Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Larusso decides to open his own dojo called Miyagi-do in honor of his late mentor, Mr. Miyagi.

Season 2 also stars Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler, Jacob Bertrand, Nichole Brown, and Peyton List. Martin Kove appears in the role of John Kreese, reprising his role from the films.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses Break Down That Epic Ending and What It Means for Season 3

‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses Break Down That Epic Ending and What It Means for Season 3
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Cobra Kai” Season 2, including the finale.]

In the Season 2 finale of the “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai,” the students from rival San Fernando Valley dojos don’t wait for a tournament to challenge each other. Instead, high school becomes the backdrop for a no-holds-barred rumble between the Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai teens, and woe to anyone — even the teachers — who get in the way of their flying fists and feet. Without rules or regulations, the brawl spills through the hallways and even up a staircase, ultimately ending with a possibly fatal fall.

IndieWire spoke to series co-creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald about turning high school into a literal school of hard knocks for the finale and possibilities for Season 3:

“We looked at things like ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘West Side Story’ as classics that took these Shakespearean relationships and thrust them into a big brawl,” said Schlossberg.
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Just How Much Karate Do the Stars of ‘Cobra Kai’ Actually Know?

Just How Much Karate Do the Stars of ‘Cobra Kai’ Actually Know?
Much like Daniel Larusso in “The Karate Kid,” the teens in YouTube’s sequel series “Cobra Kai” got pretty damn good at karate pretty damn quickly. But just how much martial arts do the actors know in real-life? We asked five of the key kickers in the generation-spanning franchise that exact question.

Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso

Macchio told us that his martial arts experience is more one as a servant to the martial arts. In other words, while he never entered karate’s formal belt system, he’s its greatest living ambassador.

“In the second film, in ‘Karate Kid: Part II,’ I had more time to train, so I got better at it,” he said. “In the first one, I had a couple of weeks.”

“When we did this back in the day, we practiced it all day,” Macchio recalled. “It was a ballet. We barely touched each other.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Is Still the Best Around at Channeling That ‘80s Machismo

‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Is Still the Best Around at Channeling That ‘80s Machismo
[Editor’s Note The first episode of “Cobra Kai” Season 2 is available to watch for free at the bottom of this review. The full 10-episode season is available on YouTube Premium.]

Cobra Kai” burst through the YouTube Premium offerings to become the paid streaming service’s first true breakout hit, with its first episode – which was offered for free – garnering over 60 million views. The sequel series to 1984’s “Karate Kid” somehow did the impossible, bringing back two of the film’s main characters 30-odd years later and recapturing the energy and heart of ‘80s underdog cinema.

Now “Cobra Kai” is back for a second round in the YouTube dojo to deliver another swift kick of ‘80s nostalgia in all of its blustering and boisterous glory. Appealing to aging Gen-Xers and their kids alike, this multi-generational crowd pleaser continues to explore themes of redemption, forgiveness, mentorship, and acceptance with confidence but not an ounce of subtlety. And that’s Ok.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Creators Tease a New Arena for the ‘Explosiveness’ of Action in Season 2

‘Cobra Kai’ Creators Tease a New Arena for the ‘Explosiveness’ of Action in Season 2
Forget “Game of Thrones” and “Avengers.” When “Cobra Kai” debuts its second season on Wednesday, April 24, it’s time for war. YouTube Premium’s “Karate Kid” sequel series picks up where it left off with Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) opening his own dojo, Miyagi-Do Karate, in the wake of his rival Johnny Lawrence’s (William Zabka) Cobra Kai dojo winning the All Valley Karate Tournament.

“We always loved the idea of these two rival dojos competing for the soul of the Valley,” said Hayden Schlossberg, who co-created the series alongside Josh Heald and Jon Hurwitz. “There was something that was fun about that for us, but it also provided the types of stakes that could lead to awesome scenes. Thematically, this season is about showing mercy.”

In Season 1, successful auto dealer Daniel comes out of karate retirement when Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai dojo to teach kids who have been bullied to fight back.
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Cobra Kai Season 2 Review (Spoiler-Free)

The YouTube Premium smash hit manages to lose none of the first season’s charm. Our thoughts on Cobra Kai season 2...


This Cobra Kai season 2 review contains no spoilers.

It seems impossible, but it’s true. The second season of Cobra Kai -- the YouTube Premium series that catches up with The Karate Kid villain Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and hero Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) decades after that fateful match at the All-Valley Karate Championship -- is just as good as the first. That being said, season two, which premieres April 24th, is by no means a perfect product of the “peak TV” moment. It’s great television that manages to transform what could have been yet another nostalgia plot into some of the most exciting creative storytelling in recent memory, but that doesn’t mean it’s without issues.

Before we get into any of that, however, let
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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 Review: Pain Does Exist in This Dojo

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 Review: Pain Does Exist in This Dojo
(This review was based on watching the entire second season of Cobra Kai, and may contain spoilers.)

As Eighties movie sequels go, The Karate Kid Part II wasn’t half-bad. It lacked the surprise and joy of Daniel Larusso and Mr. Miyagi’s first adventure together. But in taking their act on the road to Miyagi’s native Okinawa and exploring more of his backstory, it avoided feeling like a retread of the original film. It wasn’t until the more derivative third film, when Martin Kreese and Cobra Kai
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Awesome Full Trailer For Cobra Kai Season 2! "Two Dojos, One Fight"

Are you ready for Cobra Kai Season 2!? I sure am and today we have an awesome full trailer to share with you that gives us our best look yet at what’s in store for the highly anticipated new season.

This next season will put a focus on two rival dojos who are fighting for the top Karate dojo in the city. Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso will continue their rivalry and as Daniel is looking to take down Cobrai Kai, Johnny will have John Creese help him grow the dojo and train his students. Daniel has a tough mission ahead of him because as you all know, Cobra Kai will never die.

As you’ll see, the new trailer is filled with all kinds of wonderful nostalgia. The trailer is also filled with a lot of crazy intensity! Just wait until you see what’s in store! They definitely raise the stakes this season!
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Will The Karate Kid III’s Terry Silver Appear in YouTube's Cobra Kai Series?

After John Kreese (Martin Kove) made his way into the Cobra Kai series at the end of season one and was confirmed to play a big role throughout season two, it seemed like any character from the The Karate Kid universe could appear in the series!

When Kreese showed up, I’ve wondered if we would see Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) or any of the other characters from The Karate Kid Part III appear in the series, and during the Cobra Kai panel at WonderCon, the creators and writers were asked about that.

When asked by a fan if Silver or any of the other characters from The Karate Kid Part III would return for the series and join in on the fight, the writers and the producers wouldn’t confirm or deny. They just said that they are “very aware” of all of the characters in the universe
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Cobra Kai Season 2 Trailer Coming Soon and Fans Can Expect a Season 3

Last summer the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai debuted on YouTube and was met with a lot of love from the fans. The show is awesome, and season two is currently in development.

With the way that season one came to an end with the arrival of Martin Kove back as John Kreese and Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) starting up a Karate dojo of his own at Mr. Miyagi’s house, I’m super excited to see where the story goes. Then, of course, there’s Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) building back up the Cobra Kai dojo and finally finding success in his life while trying to help out kids in the process. He may have some controversial techniques and be politically incorrect, but that’s why I love him!

Writer and executive producer of the series Jon Hurwitz recently took to Twitter to offer some updates about the second season.
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Cobra Kai Season 2 Video Takes You Behind The Scenes of Mr. Miyagi’s House

The first Season of Cobra Kai is one of my favorite shows of the year. It was surprising great and everyone I know that has seen it has loved it.

Season 2 is now in production and with the way that Season 1 ended with Martin Kove coming back as John Kreese and Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) starting up a Karate dojo at Mr. Miyagi’s house, I couldn’t be more excited to see where the story leads. Especially with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) building back up the Cobra Kai dojo and finally finding success in his life while trying to help out kids in the process.

Today we have a video to share with you that was recently shared at Nycc and it features Tanner Buchanan (Johnny’s son Robby) and Mary Mouser (Daniel’s daughter Samantha) giving us a tour of the set of Mr. Miyagi’s house. Xolo Maridueña
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Cobra Kai Q&A: Star Xolo Maridueña Talks Acting, Parenthood & Being Part of The Karate Kid Legacy

Cobra Kai is the YouTube breakout hit of the summer. Xolo Maridueña, pronounced Sholo, is one of the young stars taking the classic cult Karate Kid franchise to the next level.

The talented actor talked to TV Fanatic about his acting journey, his time on Parenthood, as well as what it is like to be part of the Karate Kid revival.

TV Fanatic: I'm thrilled to meet you. I've been a big, fan of yours since you were on Parenthood and I have watched Cobra Kai twice. You're just amazing in the show, and we'll get into that a little bit later but first tell me how you got into acting.

Xolo Maridueña: Seven or eight years ago my family moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. My mom had a friend who was an agent, and she was like let's go out for commercials or print to get me exposure in the entertainment industry.
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Teen Choice Awards 2018 Nominations: Riverdale Leads Final Wave

The second and final wave of Teen Choice 2018 awards have been revealed, and Riverdale dominates the competition with seven additional nominations.

Netflix thriller, Stranger Things brings up the rear with another five nominations, while Freeform's The Bold Type garnered four.

Have a look at the full list of wave two nominations below.

Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)

Anna HopkinsShadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Cameron Monaghan – Gotham

Gabrielle AnwarOnce Upon a Time

Mark ConsuelosRiverdale

Mind Flayer – Stranger Things

Odette AnnableSupergirl

Choice Breakout TV Show (#ChoiceBreakoutTVShow)


Anne with an E

Black Lightning

On My Block


The Resident

Related: Teen Choice Nominations: Shadowhunters, Riverdale Lead the Way

Choice Breakout TV Star (#ChoiceBreakoutTVStar)

Iain Armitage – Young Sheldon

Luka Sabbat – Grown–ish

Lyric RossThis Is Us

Nafessa WilliamsBlack Lightning

Oliver Stark – 9-1-1

Vanessa Morgan – Riverdale

Choice TV Ship (#ChoiceTVShip)

Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart – Riverdale

Grant Gustin & Candice Patton
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‘Riverdale’ and ‘Stranger Things’ lead 2018 Teen Choice Awards nominations second wave

‘Riverdale’ and ‘Stranger Things’ lead 2018 Teen Choice Awards nominations second wave
Riverdale” reaped a leading seven bids in the second wave of 2018 Teen Choice Awards nominations that were announced on June 22 while “Stranger Things” follows with five. Both TV shows also figured prominently in the first round, which also included movie and music races. While this second set of nominations is focused primarily on the small screen, several categories also cite contenders drawn from the big screen.

The Teen Choice Awards take place on Sunday, August 12 and will air live from the Forum in Los Angeles on Fox beginning at 8 p.m. Et (tape delayed in the west). Voting opened on Tuesday, June 19, at 9:00 a.m. Pt and can be done at TeenChoice.com or via Twitter. Fans are allowed 10 votes per category, per day, per platform user ID. To vote via Twitter, tweet a category hashtag (please see below) with the nominee’s name.

See: 2018 Teen Choice Awards nominations:
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Teen Choice Awards 2018: Riverdale Leads Final Wave of TV Nominations

Here’s some news that’s sure to get the River Vixens shaking their pompoms: The second (and final) wave of 2018 Teen Choice Awards nominees were released Friday, led by Riverdale with seven nominations — including two fan favorite ‘ships.

Following closely behind is Netflix’s Stranger Things, which snagged five additional nominations, and Freeform’s The Bold Type, which is sitting pretty with four.

Read on for the full list of TV nominations from the second wave (and be sure to go back and check out the first wave, just in case you missed it):

Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain
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