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The '80s nostalgia is strong with the official trailer for Season 4 of Cobra Kai on Netflix. Set to a kickass remix (and we mean that quite literally) of Def Leppard's "Rock of Ages," the footage sets the stakes, which are higher than they've ever been. The 51st annual All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament looms on the horizon and it'll come with a revolutionary twist. What that is exactly remains to be seen, but the proposal is enough to make one of its planners utter: "God help us all."
Meanwhile, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) have put aside their decades-old rivalry to train up a new batch of young students while their mutual enemies — John Kreese (Martin Kove) and Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) — are doing the same. Silver, of course, hasn't been seen since the events of The Karate Kid Part III when he attempted to drive a wedge between Daniel and his sensei, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). Our heroes need to tread lightly, though, because Kreese and Silver are making sure that their own pupils know all the old Miyagi tricks.
"How are they going to take their two styles and combine them?" series co-creator and executive producer Jon Hurwitz remarked during a recent interview with ScreenRant. "It is a bumpy road and we'll see if they'll be able to come out the other side successful."
Watch the trailer below:
"He's kind of like every other character we're bringing back into [the Cobra Kai] universe from the original movies," fellow co-creator/executive producer Josh Heald said when asked about Silver's return to The Karate Kid universe. "They've grown, they've reflected upon who they were, and they have an opinion about what life is like for them now and for the rest of the world now. We know with characters like Johnny, it was a life full of resentment. We know with characters like Chozen [Yuji Okumoto] in Season 3, it was a life full of regret and embarrassment. We know with Daniel, it was a life full of rewards and looking back on the past as beautiful stepping stones to get where you're at."
Season 4 of Cobra Kai arrives on Netflix Friday, Dec. 31. A fifth season has already been green-lit.
"We have more beyond season 5," Heald teased. "We are not writing to the end of the series in Season 5 right now. We can't believe we've filmed two seasons of the show this year. In our minds, it's crazy to believe how far ahead of the story we are than what the audience has seen so far. Season 5 is another enormous season with a lot of new flavors and a lot of things that you haven't seen before yet on the show. And it's not the end."