Nearly 40 years after Mr. Miyagi famously taught Daniel LaRusso how to paint a fence and wash a car in the original Karate Kid films, the Miyagi-verse has expanded exponentially, beginning with the release of Cobra Kai, a Netflix original series spin-off of the iconic franchise. The series reunites William Zabka and Ralph Macchio in their breakout roles, while introducing a whole new crew of karate kids.
Premiering in 2018, Cobra Kai has answered the question: What happens to Daniel after his time with Mr. Miyagi? Since their days with Mr. Miyagi, Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), and his peer, Johnny Lawerence (Zabka) have started their own dojos, mentoring a new gang of fighters. Since its conception, the show has re-sparked love for the original films and become one of Netflix’s most streamed series.
Cobra Kai follows three rival dojos: Miyagi-do, Eagle Fang Karate, and Cobra Kai, with each of them teaching new students their own version of the karate way as said students simultaneously navigate the ups and downs of high school. Returning for Season 5, Cobra Kai shows fans that Mr. Miyagi’s teachings continue to inspire the next generation.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Season 5 of Cobra Kai.
Is Cobra Kai Returning to Netflix?
Originally a YouTube Original production, Cobra Kai became a Netflix original series in June 2020. Cobra Kai’s Season 4 saw huge success, landing itself as one of the most streamed television shows on the platform following its release. Netflix has officially announced that Cobra Kai Season 5 will be returning to the streaming platform for another round of karate matches.
When Will Cobra Kai Season 5 Be Released?
Netflix began filming Season 5 of Cobra Kai in September 2021 and wrapped in December 2021. In May 2022, Nextflix announced at their Netflix is a Joke festival that Season 5 of Cobra Kai will return on September 9th.
Where Did We Leave Off in Season 4?
In Season 4, Johnny of Eagle Fang Karate and Daniel of Miyagi-do join together to defeat Cobra Kai’s John Kreese (Martin Kove) and Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). The two rivaling dojos come together to teach the other’s strengths in an effort to overturn Cobra Kai. Despite their training, at the end of Season 4, Cobra Kai is named victor at the All Valley Tournament, meaning the permanent disbanding of Eagle Fan Karate and Miyagi-do.
Who Will Return in Season 5?
Lucky for us, mentors Johnny, Daniel, and Terry and their students, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), Robby (Tanner Buchanan), Samantha (Mary Mouser), Eli (Jacob Bertrand), and Tory (Peyton List), will all make their return to the Netflix show come September.
Who Will Leave the Cobra Kai Dojo?
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 4.]
After Tory, champion of the All Valley competition, finds out that her mentor Terry paid off the referee and ultimately tainted Tory’s hard-earned title, she might be looking to change her alliances. Similarly, Robby might have his doubts about Cobra Kai after his mistake of mentoring Kenny, who turns out to be a major bully. Both characters are likely to rethink their loyalties in Season 5.