Cobra Kai season 3: Are you Team Miguel or Team Robby?

COBRA KAI - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 110 - Credit: Jace Downs/YouTube Red/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television
COBRA KAI - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 110 - Credit: Jace Downs/YouTube Red/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television /

Who will you be rooting for in Cobra Kai season 3?

Recently, Netflix announced a new release date for Cobra Kai season 3. They bumped up the 2021 release by one week, so now the Netflix original series will return on Jan. 1. Happy New Year, right?

Who will you be rooting for when Cobra Kai season 3 returns? Are you Team Miguel or Team Robby?

That’s really a loaded question though, isn’t it? For one, it assumes Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) will live because, as you might recall, season 2’s ending was intense, to say the least.

Tensions between members of the two feuding dojos, Cobra Kai and Miyagi-do, reached a boiling point that resulted in a first-day-back-to-school campus-wide brawl that left Miguel in the hospital. Robby (Tanner Buchanan) had kicked him over a second-floor railing and Miguel had landed on his back on a set of stairs.

Will he survive the fall? And what will be the consequences for not only Robby, but all of the members from both Cobra Kai and Miyagi-do? Because it was a full-on war between them all.

Former best friends faced off against each other, and so did competing love interests, namely Miguel’s girlfriend, Tory (Peyton List), who was jealous of her boyfriend’s former girlfriend, Sam (Mary Mouser), and Miguel, who had it out for Sam’s new love interest, Robby.

Besides competing for Sam’s affections, Miguel and Robby had other reasons not to like each other, though. Not only had Miguel beat Robby at the U-18 All Valley Karate Championships at the end of season 1, but he’d done so under the instruction of Robby’s estranged father, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).

Johnny had been a former Cobra Kai star student back in the 80s. Seeking to recapture his high school glory days, he resurrected the dojo.

At first, that meant teaching everything he had learned from his sensei, John Kreese (Martin Kove). That especially meant continuing Cobra Kai’s motto of “Strike first. Strike hard. No mercy.” Following it had always served Johnny well in high school, both on the mat in karate matches and when bullying classmates.

But Johnny isn’t the same person he was back then. In an ironic twist of fate, his students are the type of kids he would’ve picked on back in the day.

His life also isn’t the charmed one of privilege he’d grown up with either. He struggles to keep jobs, has a drinking problem and has lost touch with his son.

But his neighbor, Miguel, not only brings out the best in him but is also the reason he set out to bring Cobra Kai back. Tired of getting hassled by kids at school, Miguel hounded Johnny to instruct him how to defend himself until Johnny relented and started training him.

Johnny soon realizes not all of the lessons he’d been taught were good. Except, by the time he comes to grips with that, Kreese is back and reclaims the dojo as his own.

Johnny also struggles with a lot of resentment and jealousy towards his former rival, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who owns a successful car dealership, is wealthy and has a beautiful family. He’s also taken in Robby.

LaRusso also finds himself drawn back to karate and ends up opening Miyagi-do. At first, his daughter, Sam, and Johnny’s son, Robby, are his only pupils, but certain members of Cobra Kai, who don’t agree with its philosophies, find themselves drawn to the more nurturing Miyagi-do.

So while it may seem a simple question of Team Miguel or Team Robby and who you might like to see Sam end up with, the question really runs deeper. Picking one or the other is really more of a choice between two dojos and their philosophical approaches to life. In essence, you’re picking between Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do, Team Johnny or Team LaRusso, Team Mercy or Team No Mercy.

Which team are you rooting for? Or, is there room in your heart for both?

We’ll find out when Cobra Kai season 3 starts streaming on Netflix on Jan. 1.

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