Netflix’s Cobra Kai has been a fun ride for fans of the 1980’s The Karate Kid franchise, once again pitting Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Maccio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as martial arts rivals later in life.
In its first three seasons it has balanced the nostalgia of the original films by bringing back old cast members like original dojo leader John Kreese (Martin Kove), while also telling the story of a new group of aspiring martial artists at the Cobra Kai dojo.
For the upcoming fourth season of Cobra Kai, another familiar figure will be returning to the dojo — The Karate Kid Part III villain Terry Silver, played by Thomas Ian Griffin.
In The Karate Kid Part III, Silver was a friend of Kreese who sought to help him get revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi after beating Cobra Kai in the All Valley Karate Tournament. Silver pushed a brutal philosophy, willing to win at almost any cost.
Now, framed in silhouette and with narration highlighting his philosophy, Netflix has teased Silver’s return with a short trailer, which ends with the message: “Now the real pain begins.”
Watch the trailer below.
Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) talked with Griffin about returning to the role of Terry Silver, saying: "I never imagined I'd be stepping back into this role, but what an incredible opportunity to bring Terry Silver full circle. When they say Cobra Kai never dies, they mean it!"
Cobra Kai season 3 debuted on Netflix on Jan. 1, 2021. Season 4 already had a commitment from the streamer even before the latest season dropped.
We’ll just have to wait and see how LaRusso and Lawrence will deal this classic nemesis. No official release date for Cobra Kai season 4 has been announced, but according to EW, production has wrapped on the new season.
All seasons of Cobra Kai are available to stream on Netflix.
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).
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