The advantage Kreese and Silver have against Daniel and Johnny will grow as season 4 of Cobra Kai unfolds. Season 3 of the top-rated Netflix series saw new rivalries emerge and old rivals reconcile, with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) now on the same page as they prepare to compete against Cobra Kai in the All Valley Karate competition. With the destiny of all three dojos on the line, the stakes for the All Valley have never been higher in The Karate Kid canon.
Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), the major adversary of The Karate Kid Part 3 and the original corporate owner of the Cobra Kai dojo, will make his comeback in Cobra Kai Season 4. Silver’s return was teased by Netflix in a 23-second YouTube teaser that displays the character’s silhouette while his most famous words from The Karate Kid 3 fire in quick succession. The footage concludes with Silver’s most famous statement appearing on the screen: “Now the true suffering begins.”
In season 4 of Cobra Kai, Kreese and Silver will undoubtedly have an advantage over their opponents. Former Cobra Kais John Kreese and Terry Silver are poised to lead their pupils in difficult conditions and provoke strategic violence at will in order to destroy the other teams. Kreese and Silver have extensive experience as dojo heads, but LaRusso and Lawrence are both newcomers. Terry Silver owes his life to Kreese, who rescued him from a Vietnam deathmatch. Silver has now vowed a lifetime obligation to the Cobra Kai sensei, and both men’s military expertise will be important in their forthcoming confrontations with the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos. Kreese and Silver can both utilize their military experience to encourage and mobilize combat-based recruits in their own image.
Their ruthlessness, learned through years of jungle warfare (as seen in Kreese’s season 3 background), allows each man to deliver unethical commands that their opponents would never conceive of, providing them a tactical advantage. Their capacity to instil collective tenacity in order to guide their dojos through difficult times should not be underestimated. The two men’s most powerful weapon against Daniel and Johnny is their plethora of sensei expertise. While Daniel and Johnny have just recently started their dojos and are still finding their feet as leaders, Kreese and Silver have huge stores of training to draw upon. John Kreese has a wealth of experience, having previously run the Cobra Kai dojo for 6 years prior to the events of the first Karate Kid film.
Terry Silver has even more dojo experience, having founded Cobra Kai in 1979 as part of his obligation to Kreese, before returning to teach a new generation of students his “Quicksilver” methods in The Karate Kid Part 3. The siege mindset embodied by Kreese and Silver throughout the Karate Kid canon produces proven results and shapes tough, vicious disciples. Despite their failures in earlier Karate Kid films at the hands of the wayward Daniel LaRusso, they should not be counted out in Cobra Kai season 4 all these years later.