The “No Mercy” High School combat left each character horribly scarred, each bodily and emotionally. In its wake, Amanda LaRusso (Courtney Henggeler), Daniel’s spouse, advised her household “No more Karate. It’s over,” prompting Daniel to take down Mr. Miyagi’s image from the Miyagi-Do dojo wall. Carmen (Vanessa Rubio), Miguel’s mother and Johnny’s (William Zabka) love curiosity, advised Johnny “I never want to see you again.” When Johnny goes to his Cobra Kai dojo, he’s greeted by Kreese who repeats his meme-worthy line from the unique The Karate Kid, “We have a visitor.” With each Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai dojos out of their palms, what’s left?
“The biggest challenge of season 3 was probably stepping out,” reveals Zabka.
“What is Johnny going to be without the skin of Cobra Kai? But it was also kind of a rebirth because at the end of season 2, Kreese takes the Dojo. So who is Johnny without the Cobra Kai banner wrapped around him? That was a fun challenge.”
After all of the tragedy that befell their teenage youngsters, can Johnny and Daniel lastly bury the hatchet for the sake of their kids? Macchio says they are going to attempt in season 3, however we’ll have to look at and see how that goes.
“From a performing standpoint, there was an excitement to it because I knew script wise, I was going to step up to Johnny Lawrence and say, ‘Let’s put our differences aside and let’s go help this kid, your son, my student,’ and set off on that journey,” Maccho says. “Upfront in the season, these two rival characters have to coexist and work together, where so often in the previous two seasons, it wasn’t until late. We have a handful of scenes during the year in the season.”