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'Cobra Kai' Season 3 on Netflix: Sam and Robby may finally sort out their daddy issues

The duo hasn't yet come to terms with their fathers and given the way season 2 ended, this probably might be the first issue the teens would tackle in the third season.
UPDATED AUG 29, 2020

*Spoilers for Season 1 and 2*

Now that YouTube Premium has renewed 'Cobra Kai' for a third season, there are many questions that are most likely to be answered. Unless, of course, the creators look to keep the suspense going and leave them unanswered for a probable fourth season. 

One of the main plot points in seasons 1 and 2 that has not been answered is the relationship between Samantha (Mary Mouser) and her father Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). The other duo battling with daddy issues are Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) and his father Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).

In season 1, it is revealed that Robby is Johnny's estranged son and that the latter was absent from his son's life leading to a strained relationship between the two. Eventually, Johnny, who is the central character throughout the 'Cobra Kai' series, comes to know about Robby and tries to make amends, but fails to convince his son. 

Soon after realizing that Johnny was making an attempt to change and become a good person, Robby decides to settle things only to see his dad paying more attention to Miguel (his student in the Cobra Kai dojo, played by Xolo Mariduena). He feels that nothing had changed and continues to cold-shoulder Johnny.

Will Robby and Sam, played by Mouser and Buchanan, finally sort out their daddy issues in season 3? (IMDb)

Season 2 however, shows that the duo have somewhat come to terms as Robby looks up to his father more as a friend until the epic showdown between the young characters in school. 

The brawl between Tory (Peyton List) and Sam also sees Miguel and Robby lock horns and it ends badly when Miguel is tossed off the stairs and breaks his back.  His condition is shown to be critical and season 3 will most likely give us a glimpse of what happens next.

It's also safe to assume that the fight may have fractured Robby's relationship with his father given that Johnny looked at Miguel more like a son rather than a pupil.

In an interview with MEA Worldwide (MEAWW),  Buchanan had teased that, by the end of season 1, his character was in a troubled state. He didn't get any better by the end of the second season.

Meanwhile, Sam and Daniel have their own set of troubles to deal with. While her joining Miyagi-Do was positive for Daniel, it did have its repercussions as it saw her enter into a relationship with Robby, Daniel's student. The end also sees a no-holds-barred bloody showdown where she ends up in the hospital for treatment leading Daniel to think if opening the dojo was a good move in the first place. 

Talking to MEAWW about the relationship with her father, Mouser added that her relationship with  Daniel (despite being a tad sour at the start of season 1) was a blessed one. And the fact that she was trained early on in Karate by her father helped her shape her character into a strong woman. Though, this may change going by the way season 2 ended.


By the end of season 2, both teens are shown to have a troubled relationship with their parents that would need time to be resolved. But again what are the odds that they could do it?

Here's what we think could happen in season 3 when it comes to our heroes sorting out daddy issues. 

Robby is still yet to come in terms with his dad, Johnny (IMDb)

Heart-to-heart conversations with both dads in one room

With one of the focus points of 'Cobra Kai' being building relationships, there could be a scenario where Robby and Sam could bring Johnny and Daniel together and explain things. This may be a bit cliched, but it does seem like a very good possibility.

Daniel and Johnny unite and try to get on top of the situation

At one point in season 2, it looked like the duo had buried the hatchet, even if it was for a brief period. Perhaps there would be more of this in season three now that it is quite clear that Kreese (Martin Kove) is back as the baddie.

The relationship part will be dealt with by the teens themselves

That's what has been happening at the moment. Both Robby and Sam were brought together since they realized that they had the same problems.  While talking to each other was one way of dealing with it, it remains to be seen if they are going to be together given how the fight ended in season 2.

Which approach do you think Sam and Robby would take?

'Cobra Kai' Season 3 is slated to release September 2020 on YouTube Premium.

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