‘Cobra Kai’ season 5: Everything we know about the upcoming season on Netflix
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'Cobra Kai' season 5: Everything we know about the upcoming season on Netflix

Netflix’s Cobra Kai has amassed a huge fan following since its debut due to its interesting premise. With a fifth season on the cards which promises to be intense and gritty, fans are already anticipating the return of this Emmy-nominated show on Netflix.

Written and produced by the ‘Big 3’, namely Josh Herald, Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz, this Karate Kid sequel takes place nearly three decades after the end of the All Valley Karate Tournament in 1984 that spurned the budding enmity between Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence.

Starring Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Mariduena, Tanner Buchanan, Jacob Bertrand, Mary Mouser, Gianni Decenzo, Peyton List, Vanessa Rubio, Oona O’Brien and Dallas Dupree, the series has garnered quite the attention for its high-strung action and quality content.

Ahead of the release of Cobra Kai season five, here is everything that we know about it: 

Everything we know about Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ season 5

When will Cobra Kai season five release on Netflix?

During the live event at Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival, Netflix announced via a teaser trailer that Cobra Kai season five is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on September 9th, 2022. 

What do we know about Cobra Kai season five production?  

Josh Heald shared that the writers began writing Cobra Kai season five as early as July 2021, before commencing filming on September 20th, 2021. The cast and crew wrapped up filming on December 19th, 2021. 

Jon Hurwitz and Heald took to Twitter to post a picture of themselves, confirming the end of filming. 

The fifth season has been filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. However, certain portions of Cobra Kai season five have been filmed in Puerto Rico, as confirmed by Hurwitz, as Miguel goes in search of his father. 

Long-time composer of Cobra Kai shared a Tweet which indicated the composers working on the first three episodes of the fifth season. The Tweet indicates Robinson returning with Leo Birenberg to create some unforgettable musical scores for the upcoming season. 

Who are the cast members of Cobra Kai season five? 

While not much is known about the new cast members, Jon Hurwitz has promised a lot of possibilities. He said, “There’s a lot of insanity; if you’re a fan of the franchise, maybe some familiar faces show up, maybe not; there’s going to be a lot of karate.”

Most of the recurring cast members from Cobra Kai season four are returning for the fifth season. 

Let us break down the cast members of Cobra Kai season five on the basis of the karate families: 

Miyagi-Do Students and LaRusso Family 

  • Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso 
  • Courtney Jenggeler as Amanda LaRusso 
  • Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi 
  • Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso 
  • Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso
  • Jacob Bertrand as Hawk 
  • Gianni DeCenzo as Demetri
  • Khalol Everage as Chris
  • Shane Donovan lewis as Lil Red 
  • Jayden Rivers as Abe 
  • Nathaniel Oh as Nathaniel
  • Tony Vo as Steven 
  • Cameron Markeles as Frank 

Eagle Fang Karate 

  • William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence 
  • Oona O’Brien as Devon
  • Aedin Mincks as Mitch 
  • Xolo Mariduena as Miguel
  • Xander Serrano as Dirk 
  • Owen Morgan as Bert

Cobra Kai

  • Thomas Ian Griffin as Terry Silver 
  • Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene 
  • Martin Kove as John Kreese 
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Stingray 
  • Christopher Ryan Lewis as Big Red 
  • Chris Schmidt Jr. as Mikey 
  • A.J. Hicks as Edwin
  • Joe Seo as Kyler Park 
  • Peyton List as Tory Nichols 
  • Selah Austria as Piper 
  • Dallas Young as Kenny Payne

While some fans have speculated about the return of Terry Silver’s friends from Karate Kid 3, namely Mike Barnes and Sean Kanan, nothing has yet been confirmed. Not much is known about the casting of Miguel’s unnamed father yet. 

What might happen in Cobra Kai season five?

Cobra Kai season four marked a major paradigmatic shift in the events across the previous three seasons. After the combined forces of Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang (called the Miyagi-Fang) failed to defeat Cobra Kai at All valley, Terry Silver decided to open new dojos across the valley, making Cobra Kai way stronger than the others. 

With Silver’s expansive plans being “fully realised” according to Hurwitz in the fifth season, the show will see Daniel LaRusso defy his own word and continue training students at his dojo. He will be seen enlisting the help of his enemy-turned-friend Choszen Toguchi, the present Miyagi-Do karate sensei at Okinawa. 

Hurwitz commented on this unlikely reunion by saying, “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. From that alone, I feel like audiences can infer the energy with which Season 5 is going to begin.” 

According to Hurwitz, “there are quite a bit of storylines that start spinning very fast and very aggressively as we enter next season.”

Griffin Santopietro, who plays Anthony, the bully, will be seen taking up karate to fight Kenny as the latter learns karate to bully his previous bully, Anthony. Santopietro said, “One of my favourite things about next season is that you see Anthony is continuing to grow as a person. He feels bad for what he did to Kenny.”

Kenny’s transformation into a bully and the inability to find the middle ground between the Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai karate philosophies will also compel Robby to leave Cobra Kai. or he might just stay back if he is guilt-tripped into fulfilling his duties. Tory, too, might find herself at the crossroads of difficult decisions. 

Miguel, too, will be seen looking for his father. Meanwhile, Kreese, betrayed by Terry Silver, is now behind the bars. Whether Johnny will release Kreese from the jail and help the latter exact revenge is something only season five can answer.

Has Cobra Kai been renewed for season six? 

Cobra Kai season five was announced a little before the fourth season began streaming on Netflix. As of now, a sixth season has not been announced nor has Netflix indicated the fifth season to bring an end to Cobra Kai, which could possibly hint at the sixth season. 

Hayden Schlossberg has recently revealed to Deadline that they “have an end in mind.” 

He added, “How many seasons it takes to get there, we don’t know. We’re enjoying making it so much. If it gets tiring to us, we’ll stop before that; we have a few more seasons already planned out.”

Hurwitz even took to Twitter to talk about how they would like to do “at least” six seasons of Cobra Kai

Rumour mills are abuzz with the news of an alleged spin-off being in the works, specifically a prequel series focusing on Miyagi. 

Hurwitz teased the same projects by saying, “Josh, Hayden, and I have a company together called Counterbalance Entertainment. We’ve got lots of fun in store beyond Cobra Kai, both inside and out of the Miyagiverse. Should have some fun stuff to announce soon!”