The rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence ends The karate kid is one of the most iconic combinations of good and evil in Hollywood history. Their relationship took on unexpected depth in the sequel Cobra Kai. The two have reached a point where their relationship is no longer strictly antagonistic. In an interview, Ralph Macchio, who plays Daniel, described the often-belligerent duo as the ‘Ross and Rachel’ of Cobra Kai in terms of their constantly evolving dynamics.
“Therein lies our Ross and Rachel thing I mentioned earlier. Johnny and Daniel, we like to see them having a few beers and being simpatico, and then we like to see them together in the throats. Another thing that works so well in the show is that the audience can see the different but the same elements of these guys It’s frustrating at times because you just want to put them in a room together and pour a drink and just say, “Get over it.”
Cobra Kai started with Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, looking for a second chance at life by restarting the Cobra Kai dojo as a teacher. When Daniel hears the news, he opens a rival dojo, and the series explores their different approaches to teaching a new generation of Karate Kids about war and honor.
Johnny is still very angry with Daniel for winning the Karate tournament during their high school years, while Daniel still often sees Johnny as the cruel bully from their childhood who made his life miserable for his own entertainment. Still, Ralph Macchio hinted that against the time Cobra Kai comes to a conclusion, Daniel and Johnny will finally manage to put the past behind them and become friends, something fans have long been looking for.
“We certainly hear the fans loud and clear, and the show is designed to take us there [reconciliation]. It is important that you stay ahead of everything, but at the same time you satisfy your audience. It’s a challenge to do. We have so many characters on the show and so many compelling storylines, even beyond just Johnny and Daniel and Kreese’s rivalry as the key to it. “
Indeed, it would be a heartwarming scene if Johnny and Daniel finally become friends, perhaps with Daniel teaching Johnny his Crane Kick technique. But that moment is probably far in the future. Straight away, Cobra Kai is preparing for its third season, in which many old faces from Daniel’s life will resurface. Some secrets pertaining to Mr. Miyagi’s legacy will also be revealed as Daniel travels back to Okinawa where The Karate Kid Part 2 took place.
Cobra Kai stars William Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni Decenzo, Peyton List and Martin Kove. Season 3 will be released on Netflix on January 8, 2021. This news first appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
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