[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 4.]
The end of Cobra Kai Season 4 features a very big moment for Peyton List’s Tory. After three seasons of intense training while also fighting for her own reputation and doing everything she can to support her family, Tory finally gets to step into the spotlight as the first female champion of the All Valley Karate Tournament, besting her rival to claim the grand prize for Cobra Kai.
Yes, ultimately it’s revealed the odds were in Tory’s favor courtesy of Terry Silver’s (Thomas Ian Griffith) manipulation, but there’s still no denying that Tory is an extremely skilled fighter who put in some serious work to get herself on a better path in Season 4. While there is some heartbreak for Sam (Mary Mouser), Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang, there’s an undeniable thrill and satisfaction that comes from seeing Tory get the thing she so desperately wanted to achieve. As she explained to Robby (Tanner Buchanan) in Episode 8, “All these Encino kids have their whole lives cut out for them. I’ll never have that. But if I could just win this one time then I could look at that trophy and know I was best at something.”
When Tory does wind up scoring that trophy in the season finale, rather than celebrate her big win, the first thing she does is rush over to Sam to ask if she’s okay. It’s an especially curious moment because one might expect Tory to immediately enjoy the personal victory, but instead, after being declared the winner, she checks on her archenemy.
During a recent episode of Collider Ladies Night, I asked List what it was like figuring out the right way to approach that particular beat. Check out what she said in this After Hours clip!
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