Warning: SPOILERS Below For Cobra Kai Season 1!
Mercy is for the weak, but patience is definitely needed for fans eager for Cobra Kai season 2. YouTube Red's hit series continues the story of The Karate Kid over 30 years after Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) defeated Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) to win the All-Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament. After the events of season 1, season 2 is poised to pick up the rivalry between Daniel's Miyagi-do dojo and Johnny's resurgent Cobra Kai karate school.
When season 1 began, Daniel was a happily married family man and owner of a successful car dealership. Meanwhile, Johnny was a broke, alcoholic "loser" who reopened the Cobra Kai dojo to make ends meet and recapture the glory of his teenage years. Despite Johnny's boorish behavior, he attracted new karate students, including a protege named Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who started dating Daniel's daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser). But when Daniel saw Cobra Kai resurrected, he began using all of his resources to stop the nightmare of his high school years from coming back. It all culminated in a showdown at the All-Valley Karate Tournament where Daniel coached Johnny's estranged son Robbie (Tanner Buchanan) against Miguel, backed by Johnny.
Cobra Kai won over longtime fans of The Karate Kid thanks to the strong performances by Zabka and Macchio, smart writing with clever callbacks to the films, engaging new characters, and a few surprises. But season 1 was just the beginning - here's what to expect from Cobra Kai season 2.
Cobra Kai Season 2 Is Already In The Works
YouTube Red greenlit Cobra Kai season 2 immediately after the season 1 premiere episode aired. In fact, season 1 currently holds a 100% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and the pilot episode boasts over 50 million views on YouTube (which released the first two episodes for free, with the rest behind the YouTube Red paywall).
With that kind of overwhelming reception, Cobra Kai was a shoo-in for a second season, which will consist of 10 half-hour episodes just like season 1. Writing of season 2 episodes began during summer 2018 soon after season 2 was announced.
When Will Season 2 Release?
Unfortunately, even with the instant renewal, it was impossible to produce season 2 in time to release it by the end of 2018. But production is currently underway on Cobra Kai season 2. It began shooting on September 26, 2018, in Atlanta and Los Angeles. They even perfectly recreated the late Mr. Miyagi's house, which will be the location of Daniel's dojo.
Though no release date for season 2 has been set yet, since season 1 was released on May 2, 2018, with all 10 episodes instantly available to stream, fans can expect to see Daniel vs. Johnny again by late spring/early summer 2019. It would make sense given that Cobra Kai season 1 started filming in October 2017 and released on YouTube Red the following May.
What Is The Story of Cobra Kai Season 2?
When Cobra Kai season 1 ended, Johnny got his revenge on Daniel when he coached Miguel to win the All-Valley Karate Tournament. However, Johnny saw that his methods actually corrupted Miguel and his students after his protege won by beating his own son, Robbie. Instead of elation, Johnny felt even more defeated before he received an unpleasant surprise: the reappearance of his abusive old sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove, who joins season 2 as a series regular). Meanwhile, Daniel rededicated himself to teaching Miyagi-style karate to counter Cobra Kai and turned the home of the late Mr. Miyagi into his new dojo, where he's taking in new students, including Robbie and his daughter Sam.
Cobra Kai season 2 is poised to pick up right where season 1 left off: Miguel and his fellow Cobra Kai are now winners but they're bound to become even bigger "jerks" now that Kreese is back in the picture. Daniel has to control his own worst impulses as he tries to follow in Miyagi's footsteps as sensei. Cobra Kai season 2 will also introduce even more new characters, including Peyton List as Tory, a troubled teen new to the valley, to further complicate Johnny and Daniel's eternal rivalry.
Cobra Kai season 1 is available to stream on YouTube Red.