Get ready for more karate action, because Cobra Kai Season 5 is on its way! Season 4 has just ended, but fans can’t wait to see the sequel for Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and their karate students. Fortunately, they might not have to wait long – since Cobra Kai Season 5 is already done filming!
Cobra Kai is one of Netflix’s best shows and one of the streamer’s most popular series. A sequel to the Karate Kid films, he follows former rivals Johnny and Daniel into adulthood some thirty years later. They clashed again when Johnny reopened his old Cobra Kai dojo to teach a new generation of students. Daniel restarted Miyagi-do in response, and their students clashed on the mat and at school.
In Season 4, Johnny and Daniel put their feud aside to join forces against John Kreese and Terry Silver, who took over Cobra Kai. They’ve made a deal: if Johnny and Daniel’s students win the tournament, Kreese and Silver will leave the Valley for good.
But when Cobra Kai won the day and Kreese was sent to jail, Daniel made a surprising decision regarding Miyagi-do’s future.
Here’s everything you need to know about Cobra Kai Season 5.
Cobra Kai Season 5 release date speculation
Netflix has yet to set a release date for Cobra Kai Season 5. However, we can make educated guesses as to when it might arrive on the streaming service.
Season 3 dropped on January 1, 2021, while Season 4 was released on December 31, 2021. Season 5 could follow that schedule and be released at the end of this year.
But there is a chance that it will arrive sooner. Filming for Cobra Kai Season 5 wrapped up in December, which co-creator Jon Hurwitz confirmed with a photo posted to Twitter captioned “Five. End. #ByeAtlanta #CobraKai,” which also features Josh Heald (who has many credits in the series, including co-creator, co-executive producer, and co-writer).
For Season 4, the time between the end of filming and the release date was seven months. If Cobra Season 5 follows suit, it could air in July or August, which is perfect for back to school.
Cobra Kai season 5 casting speculation
While the casting for Cobra Kai Season 5 is yet to be fully confirmed, we expect all of the major cast members to return.
Naturally, this list is headed by William Zabka as Johnny and Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso.
The show will almost certainly bring back Thomas Ian Griffith as Cobra Kai’s new boss Terry Silver and Martin Kove as John Kreese, although he may be in jail.
Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso (Daniel’s wife) and Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz (Miguel’s mother) are also set to return.
Cobra Kai Season 5 is expected to bring back most of the students from all three dojos, including:
- Xolo Maridueña and Miguel Diaz
- Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Daniel’s daughter
- Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Johnny’s son
- Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso, Daniel’s son
- Peyton List as Tory Nichols
- Jacob Bertrand as Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz
- Gianni Decenzo as Demetri Alexopoulos
- Dallas Dupree Young as Kenny Payne
- Oona O’Brien as Devon Lee
The finale set up the return of Yuji Okumoto as Chozen, who apparently traveled to America to help Daniel in Miyagi-do.
While taking over the Cobra Kai dojo, Terry hints at recruiting help, which could signify the possible appearance of Sean Kanan as Mike Barnes from Karate Kid III.
The series has now drawn characters from the past from three of the Karate Kid movies – giving fans hope to see Hilary Swank reprise her role as Julie Pierce from The Next Karate Kid.
Co-creator Jon Hurwitz was very cautious on the subject in an interview with Fandom.
“All we can say about her is that we love Hilary Swank. We think she is a phenomenal actress and we love her character in this franchise,” he said. “She was taught by Mr. Miyagi and she is someone who is important to the Karate Kid universe. We cannot say if she will return, we cannot say how she would return if she does return.
“We can say we’re talking about her and maybe we’ve met her, maybe we’ve worked with her, maybe we haven’t. We can’t tell you anything! It’s going to continue to be a question until it shows where the series ends and we welcome the question every time! “
Cobra Kai season 5 plot
The Cobra Kai Season 4 finale left us with quite a few unresolved threads. The first is that Daniel decides not to honor the deal he and Johnny made with John Kreese. Instead of shutting down Miyagi-do, he summons Chozen to go on the offensive. Season 5 could see Daniel using more aggressive tactics to defeat Cobra Kai.
Speaking of the enemy dojo, Terry Silver organized the arrest of his former boyfriend, Kreese, accusing him of beating Stingray. Now he has full control of Cobra Kai and is ready to open new locations all over the valley. The vibe is very Cobra Kai as an Evil Empire, with Daniel and Johnny leading the Rebel Alliance.
However, Terry could lose two of his best students. Robby appears to be rethinking the “merciless” philosophy after watching mentee Kenny bully Anthony LaRusso. And Tory saw Terry bribing the tournament referee. She may decide that she is not comfortable with such unfair practices.
And finally, there is Miguel. The former champion disappeared after retiring from competition due to muscle tension. He left a note for his mother and Johnny, informing them that he was on his way to Mexico to meet his father, who is apparently a villain. Johnny swears to find him and bring him back.
Is Cobra Kai season 5 the final season?
While Netflix hasn’t officially ordered Cobra Kai Season 6, we think it’s a safe bet that it will.
And the creators of the series have already planned other installments. “We have more beyond Season 5. We’re not writing about the end of the series in Season 5 at this time,” Josh Heald said. Screenrant.