Should Ali Mills join the growing cast of Cobra Kai sometime in the future, her presence could have one of two adverse effects on the show: she somehow brings Johnny and Daniel together as allies, or she causes their personal lives to deteriorate, worsening their relationship in the process. The Cobra Kai fans on Reddit established this dichotomy in a thread discussing Johnny and Carmen’s (Vanessa Rubio) budding romance. Reddit user skipford77 offered up the most logical explanation for Ali’s Cobra Kai appearance, tying her medical expertise to Miguel Diaz’s ( Xolo Maridueña) recovery. “Ali won’t be back as a love interest or closure. No one needs closure from a teenage romance,” they wrote, dispelling the theory that she’ll create some kind of love triangle. “She’ll most likely consult on Miguel’s recovery and be the catalyst that gets Johnny and Daniel to work together.”
They continued in a separate and equally rational comment, saying “That would be lame if both these dudes start seriously pining over a high school flame,” and noted that, whether she sticks around for one episode or a handful, she deserves more to do in the grand scheme. “I think her role will be more significant than just the same old thing she did 30+ years ago.”
Other viewers aren’t so certain her role in season 3 will be so innocent, as evidenced by Redditor The-Mandalorian’s claim that, “It’s no coincidence that she’s coming back right as Daniel is having marriage problems and Johnny’s girlfriend never wants to see him again.” User StrLord_Who followed up and cited the relevance of Johnny’s enduring connection to Ali, recalling that “Johnny literally said to his dying friend, ‘I never really got over Ali.’ Of course he needs closure.”
The possibility of Elisabeth Shue’s Cobra Kai introduction is thought provoking, to say the least. It’s difficult to foresee how exactly she’ll fit into the current narrative, leaving audiences no choice but to patiently wait for the newest batch of episodes to answer their burning questions. If season 3 doesn’t do the trick, when it arrives in January 2021, there’s always season 4 to look forward to.