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William Zabka deserves an Emmy: He made Johnny Lawrence the heart and soul of Cobra Kai

"The Emmys aren’t until September, but I’m kicking off the Nominate Cobra Kai Movement now," says Lorraine Ali. "Season 4 of Netflix’s martial arts series, and more pointedly its lead William Zabka, should be top contenders in the comedy categories. If I could end this paragraph with a low roundhouse kick and knee strike to drive my point home, I would." Cobra Kai, she notes, may have landed a comedy series Emmy nomination last year, "but the action may have distracted voters from Cobra Kai’s strength as an inventive, cohesive series that over four seasons has refined its comedic rhythm like its characters have perfected their fighting skills. At the forefront of the charge is series lead and co-executive producer William Zabka" in reprising his rich-kid bully Johnny Lawrence role with his and Ralph Macchio's Daniel LaRusso's Karate Kid fortunes reversed. "Johnny’s glacial self-improvement — two good deeds forward, three six-packs back — could have become a mere shtick in another performer’s hands," says Ali. "But Zabka has craftily pushed the stubborn character to grow without forfeiting Johnny’s dude-like essence. Though set in his ways, the All-Valley tournament champ is never the same from season to season, despite his penchant for Judas Priest cranked to 11 and Manwiches seasoned with beef jerky. He is the heart and soul of the show." Ali adds: "Thanks largely to Zabka, Cobra Kai is a comedy that needs to be taken seriously."
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Cobra Kai season 5 and beyond: Does William Zabka know the endgame?

Season 5 is already done with production, and hopefully we’ll be getting a chance to see it at some point this year. While not too much concrete is known about the story just yet, one thing does feel clear: It was not written to be the final season. There is something more to come presumably on the other side, though whether we get it will depend largely on what the folks over at Netflix decide.
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Cobra Kai's William Zabka Reveals His Favorite Part of Johnny and Daniel's Tenuous Partnership

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Season 4 of Cobra Kai. Read at your own risk!]. Is Cobra Kai's Johnny Lawrence ready at last to wax on, wax off?. That's the most provocative opening question of the fourth season of Netflix's wildly popular update of The Karate Kid franchise: will Johnny (William Zabka), the one-time high school martial arts adversary and now an oh-so-slowly evolving ally of grown-up Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), actually learn a life lesson or two from Mr. Miyagi's fabled philosophical techniques, or will Johnny's Eagle Fang teaching simply revert to the brutal win-at-all-costs tactics of his former dojo, Cobra Kai?
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'Cobra Kai' Season 4: William Zabka Reveals the Johnny/Kreese Scene That Needed Workshopping

[Editor's note: The following contains spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 4.]If you follow the Cobra Kai news cycle in between seasons, you’ve likely heard about a Season 4 scene that Martin Kove “had a problem with.” While doing a panel at Planet Comicon Kansas City in August 2021, Kove explained that he and William Zabka had an issue with a Season 4, Episode 10 scene and decided to rewrite that scene themselves. They sent their version to the writers but ultimately, the decision was made to “just keep it the same.”
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'Cobra Kai' Season 5: What's Eagle Fang's Future? William Zabka Teases Johnny's Priorities

[Editor's note: The following contains spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 4.]We knew the deal going into Cobra Kai Season 4. The losing dojo at the All Valley Tournament has to shut down for good. The initial thought was that it was either going to be Cobra Kai or the Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang combo, but when Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) fail to bring their dojos together, it became two smaller entities fighting a behemoth. Yes, Miyagi-Do did come quite close to taking the title, but one’s got to assume that Daniel and Johnny would have had a better shot of ending Cobra Kai’s reign if they stuck together.
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Who is Cobra Kai’s William Zabka married to?

Happy New year! Cobra Kai season 4 is now available to stream on Netflix as of today, and fans of the show are curious who Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is married to in real life. Since the Karate Kid was released back in the ’80s, fans have wondered if William...
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Are Cobra Kai’s Ralph Macchio and William Zabka Friends in Real Life?

Since the first ‘Karate Kid’ film came out in 1984, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) have been pop culture icons. After ‘Cobra Kai’ premiered in 2018, it introduced these two characters and their legendary rivalry to a new generation of audience. While the young characters are important to the storyline and their respective actors portray them superlatively, the interactions between LaRusso and Lawrence are at a different level. Macchio and Zabka set the screen on fire every time they are together on screen. If this has made you wonder whether these reel enemies are friends in real life, this is what you need to know.
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Do Ralph Macchio and William Zabka Know Karate in Real Life?

‘The Karate Kid’ is one of the most iconic films of the 1980s. It not only went to become a timeless classic but also had a pivotal role in people’s renewed interest in karate. The sequel series ‘Cobra Kai,’ after its premiere in May 2018, heralded a resurgence of popularity of the original movie and reintroduced Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) to a whole new generation of audience. In ‘The Karate Kid’ franchise, their characters are accomplished martial artists and karate practitioners. If you are wondering whether Macchio and Zabka also know karate in real life, we got you covered.
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Cobra Kai: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka would welcome Andrew Garfield!

Could Cobra Kai down the road have an appearance from none other than the great Andrew Garfield? We know that it’s a really fun thing to think about. If you missed the news from earlier this month, the former Spider-Man and The Social Network star revealed that he’s such a fan of the Netflix show, to the point that the cast recorded a series of video messages for him! It has to be one of the most adorable things ever and now, stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are more than happy to welcome him on board, if he ever does choose to turn up.
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