As many followers of Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” will bear in mind, season 2 of the acclaimed show led to a cliffhanger, with younger Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) despatched right into a coma by the hands of Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan). As it seems, followers weren’t the one viewers of the show who may need been nervous about what Miguel’s damage meant for the character shifting ahead. Shortly earlier than the season aired, Maridueña shared his fears about how his – and Miguel’s – roles within the collection would possibly change.
Here’s what the actor needed to say.
Maridueña Was Worried He Might Have No More Stunts
As followers of the collection know, the accidents Miguel sustains on the finish of season 2 are felt by Miguel properly into the season, unable to regain feeling in his legs in any respect till his mentor Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) takes him to a Dee Snider live performance in episode 5.
It was due to Miguel’s damage that the then-19-year-old developed fears of what would possibly turn out to be of his function. Maridueña defined in a December 2020 Zoom roundtable, as per CheatSheet, that, though he was excited to shoot Miguel’s dream sequence in episode 1 of season 3 (whereas Miguel remains to be in a coma), he quickly realized his function within the season would doubtless be very completely different than that of earlier seasons. “I used to be like ‘oh dang, I’m not going to have the ability to do stunts for some time’,” he defined. “That’s going to be a bummer, however in that first episode, I acquired an opportunity to re-enact among the All Valley match fights which was fairly enjoyable they usually put a brand new spin on it so I actually loved that.
Luckily for Maridueña, nonetheless, the filming for the scenes the place Miguel was incapacitated was capable of be shot shortly, doubtless partially resulting from all of the hospital scenes being filmed collectively:
I really feel like up till possibly the fifth episode, it appears like plenty of my scenes had been filmed form of in the identical chunk… When you see it on display you are like, ‘Oh crap, he is within the hospital for a few episodes,’ however I really feel like having the entire scripts beforehand allowed us to take an enormous chunk of filming and simply clump it collectively.
Maridueña Was Worried About Miguel and Johnny’s Relationship
As followers would possibly bear in mind, a part of the explanation why Miguel confirmed Robby mercy earlier than Robby threw him over a balcony is as a result of Johnny tried to instill the values of mercy in his college students. In the Zoom roundtable, Maridueña additionally mentioned how Miguel’s relationship with Johnny is likely to be strained on account of this:
I feel identical to any function model, Miguel instilled plenty of belief into Johnny along with his phrase. Having it backfire on the most important second actually goes to be a take a look at on their relationship. Fortunately, I really feel like they’ve been via sufficient already to maneuver previous it, however I do not suppose it is going to come with out its challenges.
He expounded on this level, relating how Miguel’s religion in his old mentor is likely to be shattered after what occurred with Robby:
He desires greater than something to make Johnny proud. Because of that, one of many hardest choices he made was exhibiting mercy to Robby. Having him get kicked off a balcony for it, I feel he’ll resent Johnny a bit of bit, simply as anybody would. You’re the individual I belief most and I did what you stated and this nonetheless occurred to me, so how am I speculated to belief what you say anymore? … I hope it is nothing that Miguel and Johnny cannot determine.
In an interview with Looper after the third season premiere, Maridueña additionally spoke concerning the psychological injury accomplished to Miguel after the second season finale:
I actually suppose the battle with Miguel is much less concerning the bodily side of it and extra concerning the psychological side of getting one thing taken away from you. And I feel each karate and Johnny are two issues that imply greater than something to Miguel, so having these two issues taken away from him, I feel, is sort of worse than being paralyzed.
Throughout season 3, Miguel goes via an extended journey of emotional and bodily restoration alongside Johnny, lastly culminating with a unification of Daniel LaRusso’s Miyagi Do with Johnny’s Eagle Fang. Robby, nonetheless, remains to be underneath the tutelage of the malicious John Kreese (Martin Kove), and has but to make up with Miguel or the remainder of the teenage cast. How far this rivalry will lengthen will solely be seen in season 4.
Be positive to catch the upcoming season on Netflix when it’s launched Dec. 31.