Cobra Kai's Johnny Lawrence. (Photo by Netflix/YouTube)

‘Cobra Kai’ Shocker: Season 3 Nearly Took A Bizarre Turn

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Cobra Kai fans would have seen a very bizarre twist in Season 3 if not for Elisabeth Shue reprising her role as Ali Mills. The storyline was set to take a shocking turn if Shue was unable to return for a cameo.

According to Cinema Blend, Ralph Macchio recently opened up about the show’s backup plan. During Season 3, Ali comes back to the valley to spend Christmas with her parents. However, while she’s there she meets up with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and they spend a fun-filled day together.

Cobra Kai had a strange backup plan for Season 3

The duo later run into Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) at the country club, and the trio have a full-blown reunion. They end up having a great time together at the party. It seems that Ali was the only person in the world that could get Daniel and Johnny to put aside their differences and focus on their students.

In the Season 2 finale, fans watched as Ali replied to Johnny’s Facebook message. However, it was still unclear whether or not Shue would be able to clear her schedule to reprise her former role. So, the show came up with a contingency plan. Macchio revealed that if Shue was unable to return, they were going to reveal it had been Ali’s husband who was messaging Johnny in a catfish-like situation.

“There was an alternate plan if she wasn’t available. . . . That was the fallback, the ‘how are we gonna vacuum ourselves out of the room’ from what we’ve written, which would be her husband was doing the Facebook back-and-forth with Johnny.

If that had come to fruition, the story would be much different. While it may have been interesting to see Johnny handle the catfishing incident, it would have been just another heartbreak for him to deal with. Johnny has already been through a lot over the past three seasons. Besides, fans wanted to see Ali again.
Johnny and Daniel needed to see Ali again to get closure and clarity about their lives. She made them realize that they were more alike than they believed, and that it was time to put the past behind them.
Undoubtedly, it was her guidance that allowed the pair to combine their dojos, and set up the new storyline for the upcoming Season 4.

Elisabeth Shue opens up about reprising the character of Ali

Recently, Elisabeth Shue opened up to Entertainment Weekly about how much fun it was to work with both of her Karate Kid boyfriends again.
“It was so fun to realize that all of our chemistry was exactly the same. My chemistry with Ralph was the same, the same with Billy — it was odd! It was literally like a high school reunion; it felt like no time had passed. Like none at all. We kept reminiscing and laughing, constantly reliving the first Karate Kid every minute between takes. Nonstop reminiscing about our experience and laughing about what a great movie it turned out to be.”
Cobra Kai Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Netflix.

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