Cobra Kai season 5: Release date rumours, cast and guide to Netflix series
A fifth run of the Karate Kid spin-off has officially been confirmed. **CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR COBRA KAI SEASON 5**
There’s good news for Cobra Kai fans: production has begun on Netflix’s next karate showdown.
The streaming giant actually confirmed the hotly-anticipated Cobra Kai season 5 in August 2021 – four months before season 4 had even landed.
Now that season 4 has dropped and left us with a number of burning questions, clamour for season 5 from Cobra Kai fans is even higher than ever.
The hit series focuses on the competitive martial arts scene in Southern California through the eyes of frenemies Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose complicated relationship began in the original Karate Kid.
And it looks like we could have more to look forward to beyond season 5, with a Ralph Macchio not ruling out a potential new Karate Kid movie.
But which cast members are returning for Cobra Kai season 5 and when is it coming out? Read on for all the latest season 5 release date and cast rumours. However, be warned: there are full season four spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up with season four yet.
Cobra Kai season 5 release date rumours
There's good news and bad news on the release date front.
Cobra Kai was renewed for a fifth run well before season 4 had aired, with the news first having been made public in August 2021.
Production began shortly after that announcement and by late November co-creator Jon Hurwitz had revealed that filming was already almost finished.
That said, we haven't been given any indication of when the fifth season will debut, and there will likely still be a bit of a wait before the new episodes arrive on Netflix.
However, if we had to make an educated guess, we could see season five landing in late 2022 or early 2023.
Cobra Kai season 5 cast
The cast for Cobra Kai has been steadily growing since the series made its debut on YouTube Red back in 2018, with various new characters and returning faces from the Karate Kid movies having joined throughout.
As ever, the two headliners for the fifth season will be Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who once again reprise their iconic roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, while other names from the franchise's history like Martin Kove as John Kreese and Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver are also expected to return.
Meanwhile, Yuji Okumoto should also return as Chozen Toguchi after appearing as the iconic character in the season five finale, playing the role for the first time since The Karate Kid Part 2.
And of course, the younger generation of stars will be back for the new run as well. including the likes of Tanner Buchanan (Robby), Peyton List (Tory), Joe Seo (Kyler), Sam (Mary Mouser), Eli/Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) and Demetri (Gianni DeCenzo) as well as recent additions such as Dallas Dupree Young (Kenny).
Cast member Jacob Bertrand has teased what to expect for Eli ‘Hawk’ Moskowitz and the rest of the young martial artists in the Karate Kid sequel.
“You definitely will see a new side of Hawk," he told Men's Health. "He's definitely gotten more confident since winning the All Valley, and there's a lot of eyes on him.
“He's in a different position than he has ever been before, where he's aware there are other people looking up to him. But there's also still a lot of tension, none of that went away.”
He added: "And there's some pretty cool team-ups. There are some very cool people who end up working together that you don't expect. I don't know if that's a big spoiler or not.”
There's less certainty as to whether Xolo Maridueña will be back, however, after his character Miguel fled to Mexico to find his father during the events of season 4. Should we get any clarity on that, or some news about potential new additions to the cast, we'll post all the latest news here.
Cobra Kai season 5 trailer
There's no trailer just yet – but Netflix has a habit of regularly teasing the new show throughout the year, so keep checking back here for all the latest updates.
Cobra Kai season 5 plot theories
It's still too early to know exactly what might happen during the next season of Cobra Kai – but we can make a few guesses based on what went down in season 4.
According to co-showrunners Josh Heald and Jon Hurwitz, the biggest game changer is the return of Chozen Toguchi from Karate Kid II at the end of season four.
"Chozen is somebody who ties into the more aggressive past where fighting wasn't about a contest, it was about life and death. He still feels like he owes Daniel some help, and he wants to make amends even though Daniel has forgiven him," they told TVLine.
"From that alone, I feel like audiences can infer the energy with which season 5 is going to begin. There are quite a bit of storylines that start spinning very fast and very aggressively as we enter next season."
The season 4 finale certainly makes things interesting going forward: the episode also saw Terry Silver double-crossing Kreese, resulting in the latter's arrest – and it looks like Silver could pose the biggest threat from this point onwards.
The fate of Miyagi-Do is in a tricky position heading into the new run – no longer a functioning dojo as a result of the bet made over the All-Valley tournament. The future of the Dojo may rest in the hands of Tory, whose knowledge about Silver's bribery could potentially see her come to the rescue.
There's also the matter of Miguel, who ran away to Mexico in a bid to find his father – and it's likely that Johnny will be occupied trying to find him in season 5.
Meanwhile, Cobra Kai's executive producer Hayden Schlossberg recently teased on Twitter: "Cobra Kai Season five answers the long asked question– what would have happened had Daniel lost at the end of Karate Kid Part three? Nerds of the Valley, be afraid."
Cobra Kai seasons 1 to 4 are currently streaming on Netflix.
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