Cobra Kai Season 5: Cobra Kai fans know that the fourth season was jam-packed with all kinds of thrills, relationship drama, and dramatic karate showdowns that were initially laid out in The Karate Kid series of films, which inspired the Netflix series.
The cast and creators previewed an even more dramatic and unpredictable fifth season after the All Valley Karate Tournament during a showcase discussion at the 39th PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Friday.
Cobra Kai Season 5 Cast
Nothing about the Cobra Kai Season 5 cast has been confirmed yet, but certain characters are expected to return. For starters, Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence are almost expected to return, which means Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will as well. Courtney Henggeler and Vanessa Rubio will almost certainly reprise their roles as Amanda LaRusso and Carmen Diaz, respectively.
Then it’s nearly a certainty that the main villain will reappear. Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) will play a major role in Season 5, and we’ll almost certainly see John Kreese (Martin Kove) return (after a possible term in prison, of course – more on that later). Yuji Okumoto, who initially repeated his role from The Karate Kid 2 in season 3, is returning as Chozen.
Xolo Mariduea will play Miguel Diaz, Mary Mouser will play Samantha LaRusso, Tanner Buchanan will play Robby Keene, Jacob Bertrand will play Hawk, Gianni DeCenzo will play Demetri Alexopoulos, Peyton List will play Tory Nichols, Joe Seo will play Kyler Park, Selah Austria will play Piper, Khalil Everage will play Chris, Aedin Mincks will play Mitch.
Griffin Santopietro will likely return as Anthony LaRusso after his extended role in season 4, while newcomers Dallas Young as Kenny Payne and Oona O’Brien as Devon are also expected to return. It’s unclear whether Paul Walter Hauser will reprise his role as Stingray after his surprise appearance in season 4.
Cobra Kai Season 5 Plot
Season 4 was a big paradigm shift for Cobra Kai, and Cobra Kai Season 5 will likely deal with the aftermath. For one point, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang (or Miyagi-Fang) combined powers were insufficient to defeat Cobra Kai at the All Valley, who won both the ladies’ side of the competition and the overall prize.
Following the massive win, Terry Silver has promised to open more dojos all across the Valley, making fighting back against the Cobra Kais even more difficult next season. And it’ll almost certainly be a brawl. Despite the agreement to stop teaching karate if Miyagi-Do or Eagle Fang do not win the tournament, Daniel LaRusso is committed to bringing Cobra Kai down. He’s enlisted Chozen’s assistance this time.
Chozen passed on a secret (and very efficient) Miyagi-Do technique to Daniel the last time they met, so we may expect the former antagonist to have more tricks on his sleeve in the new season. Silver and the Cobra Kais are going to face a significant challenge as a result of the alliance.
Cobra Kai Season 5 Release Date
Cobra Kai Season 5 has wrapped, however, the release date has yet to be determined. Season 4 just debuted on Netflix in December 2021, so new episodes may still be a while away – but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn about the upcoming season in the meantime.
To keep you occupied while we wait, we’ve compiled all there is to know about the upcoming season right here. We’ve done our best to predict when Cobra Kai Season 5 will be available on Netflix, as well as when a trailer will be released.
We’ve also got who’s who in the cast, what’s next after the new season, and even some exclusive statements from co-creators Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz about season 5. So, without further ado, buckle up your black belts and read on for the ultimate Cobra Kai season 5 guide.
We should anticipate seeing the series somewhere in late December 2022 to (very) early January 2023 if the series follows its typical release schedule. However, now that the season is over, it’s possible that it’ll arrive sooner rather than later. Let’s hope the next round of karate competitions comes sooner rather than later.
Cobra Kai More to Know
One of the fascinating issues to be addressed is Johnny’s re-established relationship with his long-estranged son Robby (Tanner Buchanan). The latter looks ready to put Cobra Kai behind him and forgive Johnny for his failings as a parent. Despite the loss of his dedicated student/foster son Miguel (Xolo Mariduea), who travelled to Mexico in search of his biological father.
After playing Johnny as Daniel’s repentant, a misunderstood opponent who is now an often naïve but well-intentioned underdog throughout the series. Zabka said it’s nice to watch Johnny start in a somewhat positive place.”Johnny is in a fantastic situation because he’s reclaimed the one thing that was missing from his life, and that’s the hug with his kid,” Zabka told PEOPLE.
“So, while he did not win the competition and will not become a sensei, he received his heart’s prize, his blood.”Zabka said, “But he’s also lost his best pupil for reasons he’s not sure of. He had no idea he’d made a mistake and uttered the wrong thing, saying, ‘I love you, Robby,’ when he should have said, ‘I love you, Miguel,’ which put Miguel into a tizzy and sent him on the hunt for his father.
So, in terms of karate and all that, I feel Johnny is comfortable. He doesn’t appear to be concerned by his loss of The All Valley. He reclaimed custody of his kid, but he also lost custody of his other son, a student.”
“The fun of Cobra Kai Season 5 is you don’t know where it’s going,” said Hurwitz, 44, who said that he and fellow creators Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg, as well as the writing team, never tyre of mining the Karate Kid source material for new inspirations.