Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got two first look images from the second season of YouTube’s Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai, which feature William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence and his Cobra Kai students Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) and Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) as well as Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso with Robby (Tanner Buchanan) and Sam (Mary Mouser) of the new Miyagi-do karate dojo.
“Obviously we ended season 1 with a moment where Daniel had to decide whether to let Johnny Lawrence take over karate in the valley or whether he was going to do something” states executive producer Josh Heald. “So season 2 is definitely going to deliver on Daniel’s promise to reopen Miyagi-do as a full dojo, as a karate school. And what we can tease from dojo vs. dojo is that as we saw in season 1 with Johnny it’s not always easy to fill your dojo with students right away and make an immediate success of a karate dojo in the valley. And with those growing pains, comes more rivalry.”
Meanwhile, executive producer Jon Hurwitz has revealed that Martin Kove’s ohn Kreese is set to play a major role in the second season following the Cobra Kai sensei’s cameo in the season one finale:
“Sensei Kreese has an enormous role in season 2,” says Hurwitz. “We’ve taken the original sensei and run him into the mix in Johnny’s world, and this is somebody who has a loaded relationship with Johnny. He’s a father figure and a mentor and he’s also been a guy who has disappointed him greatly and literally tried to choke him to death — the last time that we saw them on screen together. They have a very complicated relationship. You’ll get to see more sides of Kreese this year and I think what I would say is that Martin Kove’s performance is fantastic this year. I think it’s one of the revelations of season two that I think people are going to be talking about — kind of in the way where when you watched season one were sort of surprised and enjoyed seeing Billy Zabka return as Johnny Lawrence in kind of a different way than you had seen before, and the performance was so great — the same can be said about Martin Kove in season 2. He’s excellent and kind of commands the screen whenever he’s there, and it’s fun watching his dynamic with the other characters in the series.”
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Image Credits: Sony