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Netflix's 'Cobra Kai' recently dropped a first look at season 4, and even gave us fans a release date! Are you excited to punch in and watch?

Here’s when you can stream ‘Cobra Kai’ season 4

Thanks to a recently dropped trailer, we now know the official release date for season 4 of the anticipated Netflix series Cobra Kai, which of course is a spin-off of the original 1980s Karate Kid franchise starring Ralph Macchio. Season 4 of Cobra Kai will officially debut on December 31st, 2021, just a day shy of a full year since Netflix dropped season 3 of the hit karate show. Spoilers ahead. 

The upcoming season will offer fans a glimpse into many answers we’ve been seeking since the season 3 finale, specifically regarding just how well both Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence will work together as dojo partners, as well as how John Kreese plans on defeating the pair once and for all. The lines have been drawn between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, and it’ll likely be one fight that will last for the ages. 

Let’s take a quick look at how Cobra Kai came to be, as well as what we might expect out of season 4 of the hit Netflix series, specifically regarding John Kreese’s newly seized Cobra Kai dojo and the friend he has recruited to help put an end to Miyagi-Do once and for all. 

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid, directed by John G. Avildsen, starred Ralph Macchio as new-kid Daniel LaRusso and Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. 

When Daniel & his mom move from New Jersey to Los Angeles, things seem quite intimidating as Daniel tries to find his West-coast footing. Luckily, after meeting Ali (Elisabeth Shue) things don’t seem all that bad, that is until her ex Johnny (William “Billy” Zabka) interferes and picks on the new kid in town. 

Once it’s clear that Johnny has been trained in karate at the Cobra Kai dojo by jerk sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove), Daniel seeks the guidance of the wise Mr. Miyagi in hopes that’ll he’ll train him in the art of karate in order to fight Billy in an upcoming local tournament. Ultimately, Daniel defeats Johnny, going on to face other threats in later sequels. 

Cobra Kai

Originally launched by YouTube Red in 2018, Cobra Kai told the story of Johnny, long after the events of The Karate Kid as he lives his day-to-day life as a handyman in L.A.

After losing his job, Johnny defends a local high school boy Miguel from a band of bullies. Perhaps reflecting on his own past, Johnny decides to re-open and re-brand the Cobra Kai dojo in hopes to restore not only confidence in his students but to find purpose in his own life. 

Daniel LaRusso, in the meantime, works as a successful owner of a car dealership. His life, however, is also a bit like Johnny when it comes to human connection, as he searches for ways to connect with his own children. Ultimately, Johnny & Daniel’s paths meet once more, as do multiple returning characters played by their original actors from The Karate Kid franchise as the Cobra Kai series goes along. 

Kreese recruits help for season 4

Well all remember how season 3 ended, with Johnny and Daniel joining forces to take down Kreese in his dojo as well as teaming up at Miyagi-Do. Now, thanks to a new teaser, it has finally been confirmed that John Kreese was calling up war buddy & Karate Kid Part III villain, Terry Silver during the finale of Cobra Kai season 3, a theory that many fans had predicted. 

Cobra Kai has made a constant effort to bring back familiar faces from the days of The Karate Kid trilogy, including Chosen (Yuji Okumoto) from The Karate Kid Part II, as well as everyone’s favorite “girl-next-door”, Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue) in season 3. It only makes sense that the show would try to bring back the shady businessman & karate master Terry Silver to help out John Kreese and finish what they had started years ago.

This theory was, before confirmed by the latest trailer, backed up with evidence from season 3’s flashbacks with Kreese in Vietnam, where he saves a fellow soldier whose name we never learn, promising Kreese that he’ll always be there for him in the future. Terry Silver kept that promise in The Karate Kid Part III, and now it appears that he’ll keep it again. We’re so freaking excited for season 4 of Cobra Kai

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