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'Cobra Kai' season 3 gets early release on Netflix on Jan. 1

By Kara Santos Published Dec 25, 2020 2:20 am

Cobra Kai’s Johnny Lawerence has just given us an early Christmas gift! Season 3 of the sequel series to the iconic Karate Kid movie franchise is now set to drop right in time to kickstart the new year.  

Netflix brought some holiday cheer with the announcement that the highly anticipated third season will premiere globally on Jan. 1, 2021, one week earlier than originally expected.

The streamer released a humorous clip of Johnny (William Zabka) personally changing Cobra Kai's Season 3 release date on Netflix from January 8 to January 1 before "sending it to the internet." Take a look closely at how the show is described in the clip.

"I heard you all whining about Season 3 taking forever. So I called the pawn shop and the guy walked me through this Netflix thing. Dude knows his stuff. Now you get it a week early. See you on New Year's, nerds," said Lawrence in the caption for the video.

Earlier this month, Cobra Kai released the official trailer for season 3, which shows Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) putting their differences aside and teaming up like buddy cops Tango and Cash to save the Cobra Kai team and (hopefully) defeat John Kreese (Martin Kove)

The new trailer shows the recovery efforts of Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who was injured and put into a coma at the end of the Season 2 finale. Johnny works with Miguel to train and learn to walk again, while Lawrence's son and Daniel's protégé Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) ends up in some sort of juvenile detention center. Expect even more nostlagia-inducing Karate Kid cameos in the latest season. Daniel's love interest Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and main antagonist Chozen Toguchi from Karate Kid: Part II (1986) also make an appearance.

According to the official synopsis: "Season 3 finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance."

In case you still haven't seen the first two seasons of Cobra Kai, which originally aired on YouTube Red (now YouTube Premium) in 2018 and 2019 before Netflix acquired the series, you can still binge-watch the sereis on Netflix ahead of the Season 3 premiere.

I don't know about you, but watching (or rewatching) this series sounds like the perfect way to ring in the new year!

(Images via Netflix)