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Cobra Kai S4: Ralph Macchio Says Show Always Wanted Terry Silver As The Main Villain

Cobra Kai Season 3 ended up on a rather explosive note. Daniel Larusso’s Miyagi-Do teamed up with Johnny Lawrence’s Eagle Fang karate. Together they aim to end Cobra Kai’s tyranny in the Valley. So John Kreese, the current owner of Cobra Kai, decided to call in a favor from an ‘old pal’ from his war days. Terry Silver is all set to return to Cobra Kai Season 4. Kreese and Silver will be the deadly duo against Daniel and Johnny’s combined forces. Although Terry Silver just came into the show now, Ralph Macchio says the show had always wanted him to be the main villain instead of John Kreese.

In an interview with The Wrap, Ralph Macchio was asked several questions about the upcoming season of Cobra Kai. He claims that the idea of terry Silver joining in was “in the crosshairs” for quite a while. If we read between the lines, it means Silver was being eyed to be what John kreese ended up being in Season 3 – the Big Bad Wolf. He said and we quote:

“One thing we’ve done is we’ve really talked through the arcs and how to not give too much at once,” Macchio said in the Interview. “Keep those Easter eggs just carefully placed, keep those O.G. guest stars peppered at the right time to propel the story in an organic way.”

When Did The Show Start Considering Silver For Cobra Kai?

The show was actually planning to add Terry Silver into the Cobra Kai universe. The idea of a cameo by Terry Silver was floated and considered multiple times even before season 3 began. Situation and times did not permit for the show to go ahead with the plan. Post multiple conversations, the show runners decided on a timeline for bringing in Silver back into the Karate Kid franchise. Macchi claims bringing in the character was dependent on:

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“how he plays in regard to the Kreese character, the Johnny Lawrence character, the [Daniel] LaRusso character. It’s another wrench in our karate soap opera.”

So somewhere along the line, Silver’s status as the Thanos to Johnny and Daniel changed. Instead of replacing John Kreese, he would aid Kreese in taking down the original All-Valley champs. Ralph Macchio was head over heels for Thomas Ian Griffith, who played Terry Silver in The Karate Kid Part III.

“Thomas is really wonderful. I’m really happy for him. I just texted him this morning, ‘Strap in. Life’s about to change. Welcome to the dojo.’ He sent back a term of endearment, as well.”

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Why Terry Silver Is A More Brutal Foe Than Kreese

Introduced in The Karate Kid Part III, Terry Silver is even more ruthless and brutal in his ways than John kreese. And that is saying something. Poster reveals of the fourth season showed Silver with his back to the camera. There’s a lot to unpack. Cobra Kai is truly going all out to push us down the nostalgia lane. And as to the question whether Silver will replace Kreese in the future, that is still going to be a huge question mark. John Kreese is indeed outmatched. He would need another soldier in his army. Will Silver strike Daniel and Johnny first or be the snake we know he is and bite Kreese when he’s not looking?