Cobra Kai to end with Season 6
James R | On 21, Jan 2023
“We’ve been fighting against each other, with each other… It’s hard to keep track.” That’s the sound of Cobra Kai officially getting the nod for a sixth season – but that season will also be its last.
The series, a sequel to The Karate Kid, sees Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles from the 1980s sports classic as arch-rivals Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence – along with Martin Kove as sensei John Kreese. Several decades older, with the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament a distant memory, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) lives with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships, and Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, promising to teach local kids how to fight with “a method of fighting your pansy-ass generation desperately needs”.
Written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the show was a hit for YouTube’s original programming, before jumping to Netflix for a third season, fourth and fifth season. They stepped up the stakes, with Kreese and Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith, reprising his role from The Karate Kid Part III) twisting the Cobra Kai philosophy into something more dangerous. Season 5, which debuted last year, then saw Daniel turn to one more familiar face to help: Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto, who briefly appeared in Season 3).
Now, after five rounds, Netflix has confirmed that the show will be back for one last bout. The creators announced the news in an open letter to fans, saying they should “strap in for the BIGGEST SEASON OF COBRA KAI YET” and saying that the news is a “celebration of all that’s come, as well as all that’s still left to be told”.