When the big wigs at YouTube Red decided that producing original series would no longer be a priority, fans of the popular Cobra Kai series worried for the future of their 2-season hit. However, Netflix has been branching out into producing more original content in recent years, and seized the opportunity to not just buy streaming rights, but rights to the entire series. They’ve re-branded it as a Netflix Original, and season 3 is almost here. We explore trailers and the release date. Be warned, season 1 and 2 spoilers are ahead!
Seasons 1 and 2 had fans on the edge of their seats waiting for 3
As TechRadar summarizes for season 1 and 2. “At the end of Cobra Kai season 2, things look pretty bad for most of the characters. Kreese (Martin Kove), surprising no-one, went full villain, revealing he’d managed to swindle both the Cobra Kai gym and its students away from Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Lawrence’s star pupil Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) is in intensive care after taking a tumble during a brawl between the Miyagi-Do dojo belonging to Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and the Cobra Kai kids.
LaRusso hasn’t escaped entirely unscathed, either. His obsession with Cobra Kai has driven away his wife, and his daughter Sam (Mary Mouser) is in the hospital thanks to the injuries she suffered in the Cobra Kai / Miyagi-Do punch up.
The show ends with both Johnny and Daniel in pieces, blaming themselves for the mess that closes out the second season of Cobra Kai.
And that’s Cobra Kai in a nutshell. It offers something you don’t really get elsewhere. On the one hand it’s a show about middle-aged men and the damage their obsession with the past is doing to them and the people around them. On the other, it’s about two rival dojos of hormone-fuelled, teenage karate masters kicking seven shades out of each other.”
What does the trailer show?!
While most of the trailer is a re-cap of scenes from seasons 1 and 2, it provides a tantalizing sneak peek of season 3. What we see of season 3 drops some serious Karate Kid II vibes, and opens the door to re-visit some cool characters from the second movie.
When will fans be able to watch?
Fans were concerned that the show’s return would be delayed by the pandemic, but executive producer Josh Heald reassures that is not the case. Heald told CBR.com, “‘Thankfully with Season 3, we wrapped production before the end of 2019 and we wrapped post-production…I think there was a little bit of overlap,’ Heald told CBR ‘We were still doing some finishing touches for the effects and some quality checks on Season 3 while the quarantine aspect of the pandemic was just beginning but we finished our final mix — the last big piece of post-production — that was done in-person with raising champagne and eating cupcakes and all the things you do to feel like you’re at your absolute unhealthiest coming out of the completion of a season. [Laughs] So there were no major delays in terms of COVID.'”
Apparently, with the show all but ready to release season 3, it’s now up to Netflix to pick the perfect moment. TechRadar believes it will be sometime in 2021.
An exact date is still in the works
While fans are eager for a more concrete date, unfortunately all we can do is wait for now. It is a relief to know that season 3 isn’t suffering the same fate as so many other shows that are on hold for the foreseeable future. So many fall release dates were pushed back because filming couldn’t proceed, and millions of fans for hundreds of shows are left waiting until late 2021 or even 2022 for shows they expect to already be one or two episodes into by now.
So even though fans can’t be sure of the day they’ll need to have their popcorn ready and schedule cleared, at least we know it’s coming soon. With fewer than 4 months left in 2020, we could be pretty close to season 3!