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Considering the original film franchise spanned a full four films of karate chaos, the creative team behind Cobra Kai has plenty of material to mine when revisiting that world in the modern day. So might we ever see the other Karate Kid show up?
**Spoilers ahead for the fourth season of Netflix’s Cobra Kai!**
Producer Jon Hurwitz told Fandom they’re all big fans of The Next Karate Kid star Hilary Swank, who starred in the 1994 sequel — the fourth in the franchise — and was trained by Daniel’s mentor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). Up to this point, Cobra Kai has featured former stars and characters from the first three films, most recently Karate Kid III baddie Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) in the show’s fourth season.
The final scene of Season 4 set up the surprise return of Daniel’s former opponent turned ally Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), who was last seen in Season 3 helping teach Daniel some of the older Miyagi-Do moves he’d never been taught. It seems Daniel and Chozen will be joining forces to bring some of that old school karate to Daniel’s new students. That arc, along with Terry Silver’s hostile takeover of Cobra Kai, at least seems to be the driving forces behind the show’s upcoming fifth season.
But beyond that? Hurwitz said they’re aware of the place Swank’s character Julie Pierce holds within the franchise canon, as one of Mr. Miyagi’s final students: “All we can say about her is we love Hilary Swank. We think she’s a phenomenal actress and we love her character in this franchise. She was taught by Mr. Miyagi and she’s somebody who is important to the Karate Kid universe. We can’t say if she’ll return, we can’t say how she’d return if she was going to return.”
Is that vague enough for you? Though they obviously couldn’t confirm anything this far out, Hurwitz did confirm they’ve had conversations about how she fits into this world and what that could mean for the future of Cobra Kai down the line: “We can say that we talk about her and maybe we’ve met her, maybe we’ve worked with her, maybe we haven’t. We can’t tell you anything! It’s gonna continue to be a question until either she shows up or the series ends and we welcome the question every time!”
Considering the fourth season is as popular as anything out there on Netflix right now, and there’s already a fifth season of Cobra Kai in the can, there seems to be plenty of runway left for this story to play out — along with plenty of appetite from fans for more Karate Kid action.
Seasons 1-4 of Cobra Kai are streaming now on Netflix.