'Cobra Kai' Season 3 may see Elisabeth Shue return as Ali Mills which may have adverse effects on Johnny and Daniel

The character's re-introduction was teased in the final few minutes of the second season and one of the questions that season 3 has to answer is, who will be the most impacted? Johnny or Daniel?


                            'Cobra Kai' Season 3 may see Elisabeth Shue return as Ali Mills which may have adverse effects on Johnny and Daniel

One of the factors that made 'Cobra Kai' a staggering hit was the re-introduction of popular characters from 'The Karate Kid' movie series. Not just did the characters bring in a sense of nostalgia, but they also made a resounding impact on the storyline. Take, for instance, the return of John Kreese (played by Martin Kove) in the final episode of season 1. His appearance potentially set up a baddie throughout season 2, and it was shown that he had the last laugh in the end after taking control of the Cobra Kai dojo.

Talking to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) about the thought behind bringing back Kreese, Josh Heald, one of the creators of the series said that Kreese was a powerful figure in the series. "He is an impactful character and we had to upset the applecart and that was the idea," he said.

"Kreese adds so much more dynamism and is the ultimate challenge for the characters," he added. Just like Kreese's return, one more reintroduction that was teased at the end of season two was that of Ali Mills (played by Elisabeth Shue). While the character was not shown, her name showed up when she sends a friend request to Johnny (William Zabka) in the final few minutes of the episode, which he doesn't notice.

While the reasons for bringing her back is yet to be revealed, which we'll know in the third season, the idea again, as Heald puts it, is to upset the applecart. This time, it would not just be for Johnny, but for Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as well, since the two were shown to be dating in the first 'Karate Kid' installment after Mills breaks up with Johnny due to his bullying behavior.

Ali Mills will be back. But who will be the most impacted? (IMDb)

'Cobra Kai' as we know takes place 34 years after the events of 'The Karate Kid', and while the central character, Johnny, is shown as a washout, his counterpart, Daniel was seen as a successful car dealer in the valley, and is married to Amanda LaRusso (Courtney Henggeler).  But with Mills coming in, in the third season, one of the questions that will have to be answered is, "who will be the most affected with her return — Johnny or Daniel?'

For those who have watched both seasons, it is fair to assume that Mills would probably get back to Johnny, probably knowing his current state rather than Daniel. The former was shown as single throughout the two seasons after it was revealed that his wife had left him and that his brief dating stint with Carmen Diaz (Vanessa Rubio), who plays Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) came to an abrupt end following Miguel's tragic accident in the season finale.

And perhaps, this may also be a much-needed confidence boost that Johnny would get as he is shown to have lost his best friend in Miguel, his potential date in  Carmen and most importantly, his Cobra Kai dojo, making him absolutely distraught by the end.

But again, Daniel was shown as a character who lacked a sense of balance in his life in the two seasons and the fact that he dated Mills could mean that he would be affected as well if she goes back to Johnny. But again, it would ideally make more sense that she would probably be with Johnny, as a friend, if not a steady date. (There was a passing reference that she was married to Gregory Schwarber, an oncologist and she was a pediatric surgeon herself in Denver).

At this point, it is unclear on what role she plays.  But her re-introduction is sure to play a pivotal role in the third season which is slated to premiere in September 2020.

'Cobra Kai' seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming on YouTube Premium.

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