Robby isn’t too thrilled to find out at school that his girlfriend Sam had kissed Miguel, but assumes that his girlfriend was taken advantage of. Naturally, the two boys — who also just happen to be the star pupils of each dojo’s master — have their own personal rumble and the action climaxes with Robby kicking Miguel over the railing of a second story landing, causing him to fall onto a bannister below. Although he ends up in the hospital, his condition is unknown when the season ends.
“We had seen Miguel climb the mountain last season [and eventually win the All-Valley Karate Tournament],” said Heald. “He was that bullied kid that we saw outside the mini-mart getting defended by Johnny, and thereupon beginning this surrogate father-son relationship that is the one we’ve been most invested with since Episode 1.
“So in the spirit of punching everybody right in the heart, he’s the character that had the most stakes up until that point. And putting him in the depths just one season after putting him on the mountaintop felt like the right kind of valley for his character to be in at this moment.”
Schlossberg added, “When we started thinking about the story for the show, we’re thinking about Johnny’s redemption story. For Johnny to see the consequences of his rivalry and his opening of Cobra Kai, there’s no greater consequence for him … at the end of this season than Miguel’s injury.”
If it wasn’t Miguel, someone else was bound to get hurt. Although the series is a heightened reality — how many karate brawls break out at school? — it does take seriously the consequences of teenagers using violence to solve problems.
“We knew we were going to end the season with Miguel in peril and seeing that not everything just resolves in a black eye and shaking hands the next day,” said Heald. “If this fight is going on for this long with the many people, it’s inevitable that somebody’s going to get hurt pretty badly. That’s the first time we’ve seen that in 20 episodes, with all these characters knowing pretty extreme forms of karate, and it’s surprising that we haven’t seen a character get this hurt before.”
What This Means for Season 3
“Cobra Kai” has yet to be renewed for a third season, but it seems like a no-brainer for YouTube to order more given that the first episode offered for free was viewed by nearly 6 million people in its first 24 hours. Star Ralph Macchio, who is also a co-executive producer on the series, feels that the viewers will certainly demand it.
“We’re all hoping for Season 3. It’s certainly in discussion, but it has not been official,” he said. “But you’ve seen all of Season 2, so I would think that if you ended it here, the millions that log on through YouTube to see the show will revolt.”
Heald said, “The three of us never stop talking about the ever-evolving storyline of this show, as it pertains to Season 3, 4, 5, 6, etc. Obviously Season 2 ends in such a tragic and heavy way that leaves a lot hanging in the balance. We have a clear roadmap for exactly where we’re going, but it’s too early to tease out any of those themes or storylines.”
The season ends with Johnny getting ejected from his own dojo after his former teacher John Kreese (Martin Kove) takes over and steals his students who want to learn more of the “No Mercy” ways after Miguel’s life-threatening injury. Is it possible that Johnny will take the next step in his redemption and become a new member of Miyagi-Do?
“The potential for alliance on this show is just as strong as the potential for rivalry,” said Heald. “We’ve seen Daniel and Johnny take the occasional baby steps toward seeing eye to eye. But with such a strong, deep rivalry, we’ll have to wait and see if they are ever capable of being on the same team – or if the issues at the center of their rivalry run too deep.”
Of course, one of the sources of their rivalry is an old girlfriend. Daniel is happily married with two kids, and Ali Mills (played by Elisabeth Shue in the original “Karate Kid” film) is also married, but has only appeared on the show through the guys’ Facebook cyberstalking. In the last moments of Season 2, it appears that Ali has sent Johnny a friend request.
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“This season, Johnny is trying to take on the world of dating again and struggling with it. After a few failures, he can’t help but get a little desperate and write a message that he accidentally presses send on, on his Facebook,” said Hurwitz. “In a world in which we’re lucky enough to be able to continue the story, we’ll find out if Johnny’s ever going to find out he has this request from Ali.”
As for Daniel’s feelings toward Ali, Macchio said, “He’s happily married to Amanda in Season 2… listen, you could have feelings for someone even if you’ve moved on and life has moved on. We’ll see where that lands, if it gets explored. That’s the cool thing about this show, anyone in that universe can be canon for subsequent episodes going forward.”
”Cobra Kai” Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available to watch on YouTube Premium.