Spoilers for Cobra Kai season 5 follow: On Netflix, the most exciting and brutal Cobra Kai season has ended. Daniel LaRusso and his allies from Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do defeated villain Terry Silver in a rousing showdown in Season 5.
The one-time YouTube original series has become a long-running hit on Netflix. Even after 5 seasons, fans of the karate soap show no signs of fatigue. Netflix officially confirmed Season 6 in January. However, Season 6 is also the last of the series.
Cobra Kai Season 6: When is coming?
Daniel LaRusso actor Ralph Macchio last announced that work had begun on the scripts for Season 6. Filming would likely start in May 2023. This would make it realistic for the Cobra Kai finale to start in fall/winter 2023 and January 2024 at the latest.
The Cobra Kai makers:inside have been working at a piece rate for years. Between two seasons of Stranger Things there are sometimes several years, Cobra Kai season 5 came only 9 months after season 4, which was also due to the fact that the seasons were shot directly after each other. Production on Season 6, meanwhile, has not yet begun. The end of 2023 seems realistic.
Storyline: What is Season 6 of Cobra Kai about?
Eagle Fang and Myagi Do have qualified for the Sakai Taikai international karate tournament. This competition on the biggest stage possible should provide the framing for season 6. The first half could be devoted to preparation, the second to the competition itself. The return of John Kreese after his Hannibal Lecter-like outburst adds spice. After all, Johnny and Daniel beat the crap out of their old foe beforehand.
Why season 6 is a good conclusion
In an interview, showrunner Josh Heald said of the Season 6 plans:
We still have some tricks up our sleeve to move from this point. But it’s getting bigger with each season. And we always try not to plagiarize ourselves.
Indeed, conditions in the Valley seem tidier than ever. Robby and Miguel have settled their dispute. Miguel has also met his father and closed that chapter (of course, his visit to Mexico could have unexpected consequences). Johnny, still disoriented at the beginning of the series, has arrived; he and Carmen are expecting a child. The final antagonist Terry Silver has been brought down and it can’t possibly get much worse than with him: Daniel LaRusso has thus conquered his trauma.
All in all, the classic Cobra Kai conflicts have been reduced. If old quarrels were to break out again, we’d be going in circles. Season 5 doesn’t feel like the end point yet, but it formed the bridge for a slow harmonious winding down of the series with a final season where once again the sport and the newly forged friendships can flourish. A look back at what has been achieved and lived through. The big question mark John Kreese also fits in with this. He is the last legacy with which the series could return to its roots in the movies before its end.
Are Cobra Kai spin-offs coming?
As is often the case, the end of a series does not mean the end of the franchise. Just like Game of Thrones currently, Cobra Kai may continue with spin-offs dedicated to new corners of the karate universe. Showrunner Hayden Schlossberg says he and his team are currently focused on Cobra Kai, but have spin-off ideas in mind. And Cobra Kai is, after all, the best example of how well a spin-off, or in this case a sequel, can work.
How do you see the future of Cobra Kai?