Cobra Kai fans received an early holiday gift as Netflix announces its season 3 premiere a week earlier than expected. Just in time for Christmas, the streaming giant reported its release date will move from January 8th to January 1st. The Karate Kid spinoff series first launched in YouTube Red and transferred to Netflix in June 2020. After re-releasing seasons 1 and 2 on the platform, Netflix now gears up for its first produced Cobra Kai instalment.
In a posted video on Netflix’s YouTube page, the new premiere date was revealed. Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is sitting in front of his laptop looking at the Netflix page for Cobra Kai. He sees January 8 as the release date for Season 3, and says, “Nah, too long.” He then switches the date to January 1.
The Cobra Kai official Twitter account also shared the news with Johnny writing, “Cobra Kai Season 3 now drops JANUARY 1 only on Netflix. So QUIET! Happy Holidays, dorks.”
In addition, Netflix also shared a sneak peek of the school brawl aftermath featuring Johnny and Miguel (Xolo Maridueña). In the scene, Johnny arrives in Miguel’s hospital room only to find him self-pitying because he can’t move his legs. Johnny responds to Miguel in such a way that awakens the latter’s Dojo spirit.
What can we expect from Cobra Kai Season 3?
Per Netflix official synopsis, season 3 “finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance.”
The trailer reveals that Miguel has survived the fall and will undergo therapy to learn how to walk again. Johnny supports him through the process as he leaves Cobra Kai to his former sensei John Kreese’s (Martin Kove) control.
After the fight incident, both Johnny and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) realize that they have failed as leaders. With John Kreese (Martin Kove) taking over Cobra Kai, an impending threat awaits the next generation of karate kids. Whether the old rivals unite against their former sensei or return to their old ruthless ways remains to be seen.
Johnny and Daniel will be joined by Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) and Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) from the Karate Kid universe. The cast also includes Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso), Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), Jacob Bertrand (Hawk), Gianni Decenzo (Demetri) with Martin Kove (John Kreese) and Peyton List (Tory).
Cobra Kai season 3 premieres January 1 worldwide, exclusively on Netflix.