Needless to say, the idea that Ali’s husband had been catfishing poor Johnny would’ve been a particularly tough pill to swallow for both Cobra Kai and The Karate Kid fans. We have not a single clue exactly how the Cobra Kai writing team was planning to spin what would’ve been a massive narrative curveball to say the least, but we’re sincerely happy they didn’t need to.
As it turns out, the writers had good reason for cooking up that alternate narrative, because Shue wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to return, and even if she did, her shooting schedule for Amazon’s The Boys still might’ve prevented it. Per Shue’s interview with Entertainment Weekly, her stint on The Boys is a big reason she signed on to Cobra Kai; it was actually Dan Trachtenberg (director of the pilot episode) who helped convince her to consider it.
“To be honest, I really hadn’t thought about being on Cobra Kai. When I showed up on the set [of The Boys] for the first day, Dan [Trachtenberg] came right over and said, ‘You’re doing Cobra Kai, right?’ I was like, ‘What? I don’t know … Do you think that’s a good idea?’ He goes, ‘Is that a good idea? You have to be on Cobra Kai!'”
Seems Cobra Kai fandom owes Trachtenberg a hearty “thank you,” as Shue eventually took a meeting with the series’ creator Jon Hurwitz. And yes, Ali Mills’ arrival was exactly what was needed to help the show’s dueling protagonists find a path forward. Here’s hoping she sticks around for the upcoming fourth season of Cobra Kai.