Season 5 of Cobra Kai took a little bit to get going—the whole Mexico storyline, well, it didn't quite pay dividends—but once the crane-kicking karate action and soap operatics hit its stretch run, the show was as good as its ever been.
Part of what makes Cobra Kai great is the fact that its character dynamics are constantly shifting; for the first time, Season 5 saw Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) fully on the same side. They have no reason to be fighting anymore, and so they're fully friends. The show's writers are too smart, and know these characters too well to go down the same paths over and over again. Joining the fun this year is Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto), an old Karate Kid Part II foe of Daniel's from Okinawa; the heroes take on evil billionaire Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), operating with more power and experience than ever before after taking over the Cobra Kai dojo.
John Kreese, you may remember, wound up behind bars, framed by Silver with an assist from Stingray (Paul Walter Hauser). Season 5 ultimately becomes a battle of good (Daniel, Johnny, and basically all of our previous characters, including even Tory) versus Evil (Silver and his star students, which include poor brainwashed Kenny (Dallas Dupree Young) and the idiot Kyler).
Ultimately good wins out; Silver seems headed for jail, where—shocker!—Kreese has pulled a Hannibal Lecter and fully escaped. That will be something to reckon with in the future now won't it?
But we're facing a different question now: mainly, whether Season 6 of Cobra Kai will exist at all.
Has Netflix renewed Cobra Kai for Season 6?
The show has yet to be officially renewed by Netflix, which usually takes a couple weeks or months to officially make the call on a show. That being said, Cobra Kai is such a smash hit for Netflix that it would be a complete shock—and piss off a lot of fans—if it were to not return.
That said, in an interview with Variety, co-creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald—who were childhood friends— said that they're already planning out Season 6. They're currently working on a show for Netflix called Obliterated, and when they work on shows they live together; Hurwitz said in the interview that after they finish a long day shooting Obliterated, their conversation at night often veers into Cobra Kai territory. "There’s plenty in store, lots of thoughts going forward," he said. "There’s a lot we want to do with these characters and we’re giddy about that next step."
Will there be a Season 6 of Cobra Kai?
Cobra Kai hasn't been officially renewed for Season 6 yet, but it's been such a wild success since coming over from YouTube that it would be stunning if it didn't return for another go-around. That said, Netflix has recently announced that several of its more popular shows of the era—including Money Heist, Ozark, and The Umbrella Academy—would return for final seasons to wrap their stories up. The end of Cobra Kai Season 5 seemed to have things mostly in a good, settled place for our characters—Miguel and Robby are on good terms, Miguel and Samantha are on good terms, Robby and Tory are on good terms, Johnny is having a baby with Carmen, etc etc.
The only loose ends seem to be whatever is going on with poor Kenny, and the big one—Kreese escaping from prison.
Hurwitz did, however, seem to tip that Season 6 would be coming, albeit in a bitteresweet message that also made it clear that the season has not yet been written; he, along with Schlossberg and Heald are first working on and finishing Obliterated for Netflix.
— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) August 21, 2022
When will Season 6 of Cobra Kai come out?
While the September release of Season 5 of Cobra Kai came a bit earlier than the New Year's releases of the prior two seasons, it could be a bit longer before we see the gang for Season 6. That's because the co-creators are hard at work on an action-comedy show called Obliterated, which will also air on Netflix. The filmmakers were also announced to be behind a Ferris Bueller spinoff, which could also possibly come before another Cobra Kai season.
Maybe Season 6 of Cobra Kai is back at the New Year's spot in 2023, but we're going to be conservative and guess that it returns in either Spring or Summer of 2024.
What could Cobra Kai Season 6 be about?
As we alluded to above, much of Cobra Kai seems to be in a good place with our main characters. With Silver exposed and Cobra Kai hurting, it seems like it would be logical for the next steps to be Miyagi-Do reforming and Eagle Fang continuing its thing, as Johnny and Daniel continue to work together.
We also need to see what happens in the future with both Kreese (who's now, you know, escaped from prison Hannibal Lecter style) and Kenny (who became a bad kid under Cobra Kai advisement, but who we know from before is, indeed, a good kid). Robby (hopefully!) can help him out there.
In that same Variety interview, Schlossberg hinted that Kreese could once again become the main Cobra Kai villain:
We liked the idea that for a lot of the characters it feels like, “We did it. It’s over. Cobra Kai is done.” Meanwhile, there’s the ultimate Cobra Kai snake out there that is really pissed off at everybody right now. We’ll see if life goes on easy in Season 6, or if Kreese has something to say. Something tells me that it’s going to be the latter.
They also alluded to a few other storylines up in the air: Johnny's incoming child, the dissolution of Cobra Kai and where they could go next, and the possibility of seeing that international karate tournament play out on screen.
"We grew up loving the Rocky movies. There’s that original Rocky and then there’s Mr. T in Rocky III. Once it gets to that craziness, how do you top it? Well, you get Russia and America and Drago," Schlossberg said. "If you’re the best around in karate, what are you going to do? Maybe there’s something beyond just your local area."
Who would be in the Cobra Kai Season 6 cast?
We expect all of our favorites from the past several seasons to return. That means the adults: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Vanessa Rubio, and Martin Kove. We also expect to see all of the key kids back as well, led by Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Peyton List, and Jacob Bertrand. Dallas Dupree Young will of course be back, as Kenny's story is clearly not over, and the same goes for Daniel LaRusso's other son, played by Griffin Santopiero.
The characters in question would probably include Terry Silver—who has seen his arc conclude and is headed to jail—and Chozen—who is probably headed back to Okinawa.
We don't know if Stingray will pop in again, but we wouldn't bet against it. That's a character who always makes the show a bit more fun.
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