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Cobra Kai season 5 release date, teaser trailer and everything we know so far

Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence bow to Mary Mouser as Sam LaRusso in Cobra Kai
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Get ready for more karate action, because Cobra Kai season 5 is on the way! Season 4 just ended, but fans can't wait to see what's next for Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and their karate students. Fortunately, they may not have to wait long — since Cobra Kai season 5 has already finished filming!

Cobra Kai is one of the best Netflix shows and among the streamer's most popular series. A sequel to the Karate Kid movies, it follows former rivals Johnny and Daniel as adults some 30 years later. They came into conflict again when Johnny re-opened his old Cobra Kai dojo to teach a new generation of students. Daniel restarted Miyagi-do in response, and their pupils clashed on the mat and at school.

In season 4, Johnny and Daniel put aside their feud to join forces against John Kreese and Terry Silver, who've taken over Cobra Kai. They made a deal — if Johnny and Daniel's students win the tournament, Kreese and Silver will leave the Valley for good. 

But when Cobra Kai prevailed, and Kreese was sent to jail, Daniel made a surprising decision about the future of Miyagi-do. 

Here's everything to know about Cobra Kai season 5.

Cobra Kai season 5 release date

Netflix has confirmed that Cobra Kai season 5 will arrive on September 9 — almost four months earlier than we have expected. Previously Netflix released new episodes around New Years, and we were expecting that trend to hold.

We're not hugely surprised the show is arriving earlier this year, however. Filming on Cobra Kai season 5 was completed in December, which co-creator Jon Hurwitz confirmed with a photo posted to Twitter (opens in new tab) captioned "Five. Fin. #ByeAtlanta #CobraKai," which also features Josh Heald (who has many credits on the show, including co-creator, co-executive producer and co-writer).

But whatever the reason for the advanced release, we're not complaining.

Jon Hurwitz and Josh Heald, apparently finished with filming Cobra Kai season 5

(Image credit: Jon Hurwitz via Twiter)

Cobra Kai season 5 teaser trailer

In the first teaser trailer for Cobra Kai season 5, we see that Daniel is actually enlisting one-time enemy Chozen to fight the true big bad: Cobra Kai and Silver. While that's happening, Johnny is traveling to Mexico to find Miguel (who is looking for his own father).

Cobra Kai season 5 cast speculation

The cast of Cobra Kai in season 4

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While the cast of Cobra Kai season 5 isn't totally confirmed yet, but after the release of the first trailer it looks like all the major cast members are returning.

Naturally, that list is led by William Zabka as Johnny, Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and Thomas Ian Griffith as new Cobra Kai boss Terry Silver. Daniel will be teaming up with one-time enemy Chozen, once again played by Yuji Okumoto, as teased at the end of season 4.

The show will almost definitely bring back John Kreese, even though he may be in jail, alongside Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso (Daniel's wife). Vanessa Rubio's Carmen Diaz (Miguel's mother) also briefly appears in the first trailer.

Cobra Kai also looks to be bringing back most of the students of the three dojos, with the trailer confirming the return of:

  • Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz
  • Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Daniel's daughter
  • Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Johnny's son
  • Peyton List as Tory Nichols

It's likely that the other major students will be returning as well, including:

  • Jacob Bertrand as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz
  • Gianni Decenzo as Demetri Alexopoulos
  • Dallas Dupree Young as Kenny Payne
  • Oona O'Brien as Devon Lee
  • Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso, Daniel's son

The late Pat Morita also appears in the trailer, in the form of a Karate Kid III flashback, which suggests he may more archive footage of Daniel's mentor.

But ten episodes is a long time, could we end up seeing anyone else?

When taking over the Cobra Kai dojo, Terry alludes to recruiting some help, which could mean the possible appearance of Sean Kanan as Mike Barnes from Karate Kid III. 

The series has now drawn past characters from three of the Karate Kid movies — which gives fans hope of seeing Hilary Swank reprise her role as Julie Pierce from The Next Karate Kid. 

Co-creator Jon Hurwitz was very cagey about the subject in an interview with Fandom (opens in new tab)

"All we can say about her is we love Hilary Swank. We think she's a phenomenal actress and we love her character in this franchise," he said. "She was taught by Mr. Miyagi and she's somebody who is important to the Karate Kid universe. We can't say if she'll return, we can't say how she'd return if she was going to return.

"We can say that we talk about her and maybe we've met her, maybe we've worked with her, maybe we haven't. We can't tell you anything! It's gonna continue to be a question until either she shows up or the series ends and we welcome the question every time!"

Cobra Kai season 5 plot

The Cobra Kai season 4 finale left us with quite a few unresolved threads. The first is that Daniel decides not to honor the agreement he and Johnny made with John Kreese. Instead of shutting down Miyagi-do, he brings in Chozen to go on the offense. Season 5 could see Daniel use more aggressive tactics to take down Cobra Kai. 

Speaking of the enemy dojo, Terry Silver masterminded the arrest of his former buddy, Kreese, by framing him for beating up Stingray. Now, he has total control of Cobra Kai and is ready to open new locations all over the Valley. The vibe is very much Cobra Kai as the evil Empire, with Daniel and Johnny leading the Rebel Alliance. 

However, Terry may lose two of his best students. Robby seems to be rethinking the "no mercy" philosophy after witnessing mentee Kenny bullying Anthony LaRusso. Trailer footage has him accompanying his father to retrieve Miguel from Mexico, suggesting he's back on his own path — and has begun reconciling with Johnny.

Likewise Tory seems to be grappling with the revelation that she only won the All Valley tournament because Terry was bribing the tournament referee. She may decide she's not comfortable with such unfair practices. 

And lastly, there's Miguel. The former champ disappeared after bowing out of the competition due to a strained muscle. He left a note for his mom and Johnny, informing them that he's on his way to Mexico to meet his father — who is apparently a bad guy. Johnny vows to find and bring him back. 

Is Cobra Kai season 5 the final season?

While Netflix hasn't officially ordered Cobra Kai season 6, we think it's a safe bet to assume it'll happen. 

And the show's creators already have plans for more installments. "We have more beyond Season 5. We are not writing to the end of the series in Season 5 right now," Josh Heald told Screenrant (opens in new tab)

Kelly Woo
Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.