Netflix's Cobra Kai Season 3: Star Ralph Macchio Reveals Plot Details
The Karate Kid follow-up series Cobra Kai is now available on Netflix. The original series originally aired on YouTube Premium. Season 3 is arriving sometime in 2021, and we have some hints about what’s to come, thanks to our discussions with star William Zabka, as well as the showrunners. Now, Ralph Macchio–who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso–spoke to Conan O’Brien on TBS’s Conan about what’s coming in the upcoming season.
Season 3 will see Daniel LaRusso return to Okinawa, Japan–something that was revealed at Comic-Con in 2019. In the interview, which you can see below, Macchio discusses the choice and what it means.
However, what the former All Valley Karate champion is doing there is still a mystery. “I have been to Okinawa, for some shooting of Cobra Kai season three, which I cannot talk too much about,” Macchio said in the interview. “But I can say it dives into the origin of Miyagi Do Karate. We learn a little bit, some secrets of past history that is new to the audience, and to LaRusso, my character, and we actually went to Okinawa to shoot.”
The official Cobra Kai Twitter also recently released a video of Macchio teaching co-star Xolo Maridueña–who plays Miguel Diaz–how to do the iconic Crane Kick.
While 1986’s The Karate Kid Part II saw LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) visit Okinawa, production never filmed there. Most of the movie was actually shot in Oahu, Hawaii. This is something Macchio pointed out in a video that O’Brien made for his producer Jordan Schlansky–who is obsessed with Macchio. The end result of Schlansky seeing this led him to say, “I can get to Macchio”–mispronouncing it Mahk-ee-oh–which Macchio said became a running gag on the set of Cobra Kai.
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