We know why Elizabeth Shue's character Ali Mills is introduced at the end of 'Cobra Kai' Season 2
The character was last seen in 1984's 'The Karate Kid', and her introduction in the last moments of season 2 has fans speculating on the meaning of it
One of the things that 'Cobra Kai' has successfully managed to do over two seasons is dropping a major surprise at the end of each, leaving the audiences wanting more. If the first season brought back Martin Kove's character John Kreese, back from the dead in the last episode, the second brought back another character who is all set to make an impact in the third season (Even though there isn't any official confirmation).
Titled 'No Mercy,' the last episode of the second season ends in the most unexpected ways, and the last few minutes show Johnny (William Zabka) at the beach where he throws his new cell phone and there is a shot of a notification on the phone screen that turns out to be from Ali Schwarber, the ex-girlfriend of both Lawrence and LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), and who is currently a Pediatric Surgeon married to a man named Gregory Schwarber. Ali Mills, as her character was called, was last seen in 'The Karate Kid' (1984).
'Cobra Kai' has managed to bring back characters who have a sense of purpose. For instance, Kreese was back to take over the dojo, one that he felt was rightly his. In this case, while the reason behind Ali's return isn't clear, we just found a potential easter egg. Could Tory be Ali's daughter?
Tory (Peyton List) was one of the characters introduced in the second season and she immediately makes an impact with Johnny and Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) with her impressive karate moves. It was also revealed that the two share a liking for each other. List's full name in the series is Tory Schwarber, the same surname as Ali's, who is called Ali Mill Schwarber. A potential spoiler there! So it does seem fair to assume that Tory might be Ali's daughter or related to her in some way.
Another theory is that Ali could be Johnny's partner going into the next season. While she was Johnny's ex-girlfriend in the movie, it wouldn't come as a surprise if she and Johnny do have a relationship going since all of his relationships are pretty much short lived.
Talking to MEAWW about her character, List explained that Tory was a central character. "She is a kicka** character and doesn't take no for an answer," said List. She also went on to explain that Tory was a character who was open to making friends but would hate it if anyone would cross her in addition to hinting that Miguel and Tory do have a bit of romance.
This confirms one of the reasons for the final fight between Samantha LaRusso (Mary Mouser) and Tory. a showdown that triggers a school-wide, no-holds-barred fight.
One that results in Miguel getting critically injured and hanging on a thread at the end of Season 2.
Coming back, the fact that Ali has messaged Johnny at an important moment cannot be a coincidence, and there's obviously more to it.
'Cobra Kai' season 1 and 2 are available for streaming on YouTube Premium.