The Cobra Kai juggernaut just can’t be stopped. When the Karate Kid sequel series debuted on YouTube Premium in May 2018, it did so as an underdog, with the kitschy-sounding comedic reboot of the famous ’80s movie franchise featuring Ralph Macchio being released on a streaming service that few had heard of. Cobra Kai was a genuine hidden treasure for those who sought it out (the Ted Lasso of 2018, if you will). YouTube discontinued making scripted originals after its second season, leaving the series in purgatory.
While fans were anticipating the third season, Netflix added the show’s first two seasons last summer and renewed it for a third, allowing a far larger audience to discover its low-key vintage pleasures. The third season debuted on January 1, 2021, and quickly took the top spot of the Top 10. Cobra Kai is not to be taken lightly.
The third season of our show is over. It was very exciting. But now, it’s time to look ahead to the future. What unexpected turns and twists can we expect when Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) join forces? Will there be more appearances by characters from the earlier films? How can the local economy possibly accommodate so many dojos? Let’s assume that, despite “fighting ’till the end.”
Is there going to be a Cobra Kai Season 4?
Yes. Cobra Kai is no longer an underdog show with low ratings. After getting good reviews and more viewers, it will be coming back for another season on Netflix. Season three was actually produced for YouTube, but it was sold to Netflix in 2020 because Google’s video business changed its programming strategy and eliminated its original series. The fourth season is a component of the Netflix agreement, which was first teased in the third season’s teaser trailer.
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If you want to watch more Cobra Kai, a fifth season was announced before the fourth season aired. The show is not going anywhere.
When will Cobra Kai Season 4 be available?
The new episodes will be available on Netflix starting December 31! On September 26, the service revealed that the series would return on New Year’s Eve, and they released a “date announcement” trailer.
Is there any indication that Cobra Kai will return later this year?
Yes, there are several. There’s one mentioned above, as well as another that came out earlier and revealed the first major cast addition: The return of Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, the antagonist who allies himself with John Kreese in The Karate Kid Part III to create issues for Daniel LaRusso. When Kreese makes a mysterious phone, it looks like this pair will be targeting not just LaRusso, but also Kreese’s former protégé Johnny Lawrence. Before Silver’s return was announced, co-creator Jon Hurwitz teased what may come in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “At the conclusion of the season, you saw Kreese make a phone call,” he said. “You might guess who was on the other end of that call by looking at the photo he was looking at. But we can’t really say what Terry Silver would do if someone called him or what they would do if someone called them.
What will characters from the show be back for Season 4?
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will be returning, as well as Martin Kove, whose malevolent John Kreese, we discovered in Season 3, has been a terrible guy since he served in Vietnam. Look for that tale to get even more tangled in the next season, with the inclusion of Griffith as Terry Silver.
Expect to see new characters as well, including the younger generation of Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), Robby (Tanner Buchanan), Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), and Samatha (Mary Mouser). According to interviews, the creators have also hinted at Nichole Brown’s Aisha, who wasn’t seen in Season 3 owing to fans.
Every year, the show’s creators have more opportunities to include the mythology of the original movies into the series’ continuity—and to bring those actors from those films back for a little nostalgia. In Season 3, the story continued with appearances from characters from The Karate Kid Part II, such as Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto). We also saw a long-anticipated return of Elisabeth Shue as Ali Mills, as well as a few other Cobra Kai students from the first Karate.
It’s possible that one or more of the cast members from Part III will return. In an interview with FanRoom Live, actor Sean Kanan, who portrayed Mike Barnes, hinted that he might be brought back into the fold, telling the hosts, “If I were to guess, [I’d say] you haven’t seen the last of Mike
What will Cobra Kai Season 4 be about?
Like the previous three seasons, Cobra Kai Season 4 will continue to explore the decades-long rivalry between Daniel and Johnny. That means salvation, self-sacrifice, and friendship are all on the menu. All of that excellent stuff that the show has used as a basis for its stories since day one. Plus, there’ll be plenty of fist-fights
At the conclusion of the third season, Daniel and Johnny appeared ready to put their differences aside, joining Miyagi-do and the rather named Eagle Fang factions to face Kreese’s soldiers as the All Valley Karate Tournament approaches. But will it be an easy trip? You probably already know the answer based on what you’ve seen so far.
Season 4 will presumably continue to set the stage for a potential series conclusion, but don’t expect everything to be neatly wrapped up. The creators are already planning ahead for Season 5 and beyond—as long as Netflix continues to broadcast the series.” We have an endgame in our heads,” co-creator Josh Heald said. “We’ve had one for a while now, and it’s not in Season 4. It’s way past that.”