Cobra Kai season 3: release date, trailer, plot, and more

Millicent Thomas
·5-min read
 A still from Cobra Kai season 3
A still from Cobra Kai season 3

Forget YouTube Red – Cobra Kai season 3 is coming straight to Netflix, and we don't have long to wait until the new episodes arrive. The gang are all returning in January, which means we'll finally have a few answers after that climactic final season 2 episode, which saw Miguel's life in the balance.

Thanks to various teasers, we actually know a fair amount about Cobra Kai season 3 already – including whether Miguel pulls through. There are going to be returning villain sand, as you would expect, more than a handful of karate chops. Below, you will find the exact Cobra Kai season 3 release date, a trailer, and a cast list, plus everything else we currently know. Wax on! 

Cobra Kai season 3 release date

The Cobra Kai season 3 release date has been confirmed by Netflix: the new episodes will arrive on January 8, 2021. 

Speaking to CBR, Josh Heald, the show's other co-creator, confirmed that they wrapped production before the end of 2019, adding that Cobra Kai season 3 was pretty much ready to go. "Thankfully, with season 3, we wrapped production before the end of 2019 and we wrapped post-production," Heald said. 

They finished the final mix at the start of quarantine "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." 

Cobra Kai season 3 trailer and plot

It looks like we might get a change of scenery this season, as Hurwitz confirmed that a portion of filming took place in Okinawa – what is Johnny up to over there? The brief teaser above – which is mainly a recap of everything that has happened so far – also hints that we might learn more about the legendary Mr Miyagi.

We know very little about what's in store in terms of plot, and there's one question we're all desperately hoping to get an answer to: does Miguel pull through? 

Well, we have a resolution to the question of "does Miguel die?" as Xolo Maridueña confirmed that he's back for season 3. In a tweet from November 2019, the actor wrote: "Season 4 wrap on Cobra Kai. Can NOT wait for you guys to see the amazing work this team has put together. I am thankful for everyone’s hard work and commitment and humbled to be a part of the Cobra Kai familia." He later clarified he meant to write "season 3" rather than "season 4". 

His survival from being kicked onto a bannister was also confirmed in the season 3 release date announcement trailer, which you can watch below. There's fleeting other footage in the montage, though it's certainly enough to get us excited.

As it stands, all we can do is speculate until we have a full Cobra Kai season 3 trailer. Meanwhile, Johnny Lawrence himself, William Zabka, has assured us all that season 3 will knock it up a gear. "It's not going to disappoint," Zabka told PopCulture. "But it's also unexpected. The one thing that the writers are so great with is that if you tried to track this from Season 1 from episode one, you couldn't because there are so many twists and turns and ups and downs, and it continues in Season 3."

Kreese actor Martin Kove has also teased season 3. “You’re going to see a lot of leadership [from Kreese]," he recently said. "Unquestionably there will be a lot of – I can’t expound on how much action – but there’s a terrific amount of that, and you’ll see the prowess. I can’t really say very much, but it’s quite exciting. And it’s very surprising. All the elements, very surprising. And you’ll be very happy because it goes further into the stories of the characters you love.”

Cobra Kai season 3 cast

We know for a fact Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) will return – and there are a few loose threads from past seasons which might mean we can expect some old friends to appear again, too.

Johnny's son Robby Keen, for example, spent the last two seasons training under LaRusso, but he fled after putting Miguel on life support. There's no confirmation on when we will see him again. Miguel's mother Carmen (Vanessa Rubio) also appeared briefly in season 2 as Johnny's love interest – perhaps that will rekindle and Johnny will gain some sense of stability?

While Netflix is keeping hush about returning characters, John Kreese has also been confirmed to reappear. The big bad is currently running things at the Cobra Kai dojo after stealing it in that shocking season 2 finale.

Cobra Kai season 4

Yes, we're here to talk about Cobra Kai season 3, but Netflix has already revealed that season 4 is "in training". A statement from Netflix reads: "Cobra Kai Never Dies."

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