The condition has been serious since the first season of Cobra Kai.
Viewers collectively held their breath at the end of season 2 when Miguel dropped over the railing. Season 2 is also the time when Kreese was brought back into the fold, and his dark energy and secret agenda came with that.
As the former teacher of Johnny Lawrence, Kreese already had a reputation as someone with a penchant for aggression and an attitude of “no mercy” He likes to make ominous threats and knows no limits, actually.
The audience heard a little bit about Kreese’s backstory during the last episode of Cobra Kai on Netflix, but are they any closer to knowing his motivations and his ultimate goal? There are some questions to be answered going into Season 4.
[Spoiler Alert: This article includes Cobra Kai, Season 3 spoilers]
Has John Kreese got a family?
Season 3 showed that Kreese had some problems growing up with his mom.
He was picked up by a city bully before joining the military and going off to Vietnam before standing up for himself and stealing the kid. He became angry when he learned of the death of his girlfriend through a cruel taunt from the captain of his unit.
When he heard the news, he dropped to his knees, but it is unclear if at some point Kreese continued with someone else.
Has he lived the last 40 to 50 years on his own? Has he had kids? From boyfriends? From an ex? A current interest in love? Who’s there to provide help for him?
That might explain why he has so much time to pick up Johnny and Danny and indoctrinate his violent ways to a new group of children.
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Is Kreese’s sole purpose, with his own karate kingdom, to conquer the world?
Some may have ignored the comment when a parent in town talked about karate gangs at school, but it has become a reality. The presence of Kreese increases confusion among the kids and nobody knows why.
They are girls (mostly minors). Why is he so determined to mold them into chaos-causing war machines? Again, they’re children committing illegal acts. Kreese has no qualms about endangering her liberty, protection or that of others. Just what’s going on.
“So… what exactly is Kreese’s plan? Turn the kids into karate street gangs. Lose for a third time in a row. Smile smugly while Terry Silver cancels next weeks meetings because all he cares about is revenge?”So… what exactly is Kreese’s plan? Turn the kids into street gangs of karate. Lose in a row for the third time. Smile smugly while Terry Silver cancels meetings next week because all he cares about is revenge?
Some viewers noticed that he has PTSD from what he endured during the war, but what has changed after all the Karate Kid movies about him and his villainy?
A little hint about Kreese is provided by the makers of ‘Cobra Kai’
The root of Cobra Kai and its message should be explained by Kreese’s backstory. He’s been through some pain and trauma obviously, but does that explain his evilness?
The co-creators of the series spoke to Entertainment Weekly and even they admitted that he is a threat, with Hayden Schlossberg describing him as a special kind of gray area.
“One of the central themes with Cobra Kai is redemption and looking at these black and white characters and trying to find the gray. Now with Kreese, he’s a shade of gray that’s almost black [laughs],” Schlossberg told the outlet. “So you really have to understand how a person could come up with the Cobra Kai philosophy and really, really believe in it.”
He added that showing Kreese before and during Vietnam allowed them to illustrate how he adopted his mentality. “What we find out is that Cobra Kai is a philosophy born from someone who feels that life is attacking him. If life doesn’t show mercy, we shouldn’t either – that’s what Johnny says in Season 1, and it reflects what Kreese taught him,” Schlossberg explained.
That may not make fans any more compassionate toward Kreese – after all, he does encourage kids to dish out bloody beatings – but this glimpse into his history could hint that a peaceful end is not in the cards for Kreese’s character.