Netflix still isn’t ready to tell you anything new about Cobra Kai Season Four. The twenty-second teaser released today only confirms something we already knew — Terry Silver is joining the baddies’ side when the show returns.
If you don’t know who Terry Silver is…well, a lot of people don’t, because he comes from one of the later Karate Kid sequels at a time when everyone’s interest had checked out. It didn’t help that the movie was completely bonkers and routinely ranks on the bottom when the four existing Karate Kid movies are ranked by websites. But it’s part of the lore regardless, so here he is.
To the show’s credit, they’re doing a good job easing viewers in to the existence of Terry Silver. The most recent episode explicitly spelled out his relation to John Kreese, the cruel dojo master who originally ran Cobra Kai when Daniel and Johnny were kids and runs it now. Kreese and Silver were both prisoners of war during Vietnam, held captive in the same encampment…and though the movie only hints at this relationship, the show presented a full flashback.
That’s Silver’s original actor, Thomas Ian Griffith, in the silhouette. “Since the beginning of the series, we’ve been carefully orchestrating the right moment to unleash Cobra Kai dojo co-founder Terry Silver back into the universe,” state showrunners Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. “That moment is now.”
As the teaser states, “Now the real pain begins.” Cobra Kai will be back for a fourth season at some undisclosed point on Netflix.