Cobra Kai Season 3: The Story Behind It [Spoiler]Stunning departure
When Cobra Kai’s fist-throwing, hellishly uplifting karate students return to the dojo, there will be a vacant spot on the mat.
The third season of the Karate Kid sequel returns on Friday January 1st (all 10 episodes, Netflix), but as Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do deal with the aftermath of the violent brawl that took Miguel to the hospital, Nichole Brown’s Aisha will be noticeably absent.
Brown first announced the news of her exit in an Instagram story in September 2019, writing: “Officially NOT in season 3 of # CobraKai … What a shame, but thanks for the opportunity and time I had on the show.”
In an interview with TVLine, Executive producer and co-showrunner Jon Hurwitz confirms that Aisha will be MIA for the coming season. The character’s disappearing act is explained in the premiere.
“We love Aisha and we love Nichole Brown,” he says before suggesting the character might return in later seasons. Hurwitz points to other West Valley High School students (and a moronic but well-meaning cousin) who have been advertised but will return in the third act of Cobra Kai.
“C.Some characters we loved in Season 1 didn’t show up at all in Season 2, like Kyler, Yasmine and Louie, ”says Hurwitz. “Before the season we told Nichole the same thing we said to these actors: Just because a character doesn’t show up for a period of time doesn’t mean they’ve left the universe and can’t come back. We love this character and maybe one day we’ll see her again. “
Adds EP / Co-Showrunner Josh Heald: “We still have a long story to tell. We tend to look at the show in the long term, where entrances and exits are impactful and important. Sometimes people have to go to make theirs [re-entry] a little different and bigger. “
Aisha started the series as the estranged childhood friend of Samantha LaRusso (Mary Mouser). After meeting Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), she joined him at Cobra Kai and became Johnny Lawrence’s second official student.
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