Cobra Kai season 4 is coming — but maybe not for months. Hey, don't roundhouse kick the messenger! Netflix released Cobra Kai season 3 on New Year's Day and fans are already clamoring for more episodes.
The Karate Kid sequel series has been a huge hit for Netflix since it moved over from YouTube in August 2020. Season 3 clinched the No. 1 spot on the Netflix Top 10 list after its debut. Season 4 will likely be just as popular, so how soon will it be released?
Spoilers ahead for the entirety of the Cobra Kai series, including season 3.
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The recent Cobra Kai finale ended with former teen karate rivals, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), putting aside their longtime feud and teaming up to take on Johnny's ex-mentor, the sadistic John Kreese (Martin Kove). They merged their dueling dojos, Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang, to take on Cobra Kai at the All Valley Karate Tournament.
If Daniel and Johnny's students win, Kreese will leave for good. But Kreese always has a few dirty tricks up his sleeves; this time, he may be calling in an old, even nastier pal who is familiar to anyone who's seen Karate Kid Part III.
Here's everything we know so far about Cobra Kai season 4.
Cobra Kai season 4 release date
Netflix has not set a release date for Cobra Kai season 4 yet.
In October, showrunner Jon Hurwitz revealed on Twitter that the writers had completed all the scripts for season 4.
Final day of the Season 4 writers room. 14 weeks with some of my favorite people in the world. Scripts are rolling in. Excited we’ll have everything written and polished by the time we start filming. It’s going to be another kick ass season! #cobrakai #cobrakaionnetflix pic.twitter.com/a5xBaZcOLZOctober 23, 2020
According to ProductionWeekly, filming is scheduled to take place in Atlanta from January 20 to April 15.
The first two seasons of Cobra Kai had a turnaround time of about six months from filming to premiere. Season 3, however, took a year. Based on those schedules, we're guessing that season 4 is released in late fall 2021.
Cobra Kai season 4 cast
The cast of Cobra Kai season 4 will continue to be headlined by William Zabka as Johnny and Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso. Also returning is Martin Kove as John Kreese and the students of the rival dojos:
- Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz
- Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Daniel's daughter
- Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Johnny's son)
- Jacob Bertrand as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz
- Peyton List as Tory Nichols
- Gianni Decenzo as Demetri
Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso (Daniel's wife) and Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz (Miguel's mother) are both expected to be back.
Based on events from the finale, we may see Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, the villain from the Karate Kid Part III movie. More on that below.
Season 3 cast members that are not expected to return include Yuji Okumoto as Chozen and Tamlyn Tomita as Kumiko, whom Daniel reunited with on his Okinawa trip. It's also unlikely that Elisabeth Shue reprises her role as Ali, the former love interest of Johnny and Daniel who popped up to visit for the holidays.
Cobra Kai season 4 plot and spoilers
The third season ended with another all-out brawl, this time pitting Cobra Kai students against their former friends (now part of Eagle Fang dojo) and members of Miyagi-do. And it took place in the LaRusso home!
Johnny, then Daniel confronted John Kreese at Cobra Kai dojo, threatening to do whatever it took to stop him. Kreese offered them a deal: He would leave town if they won the reinstated All Valley Tournament. The next day, Johnny and Daniel teamed up to start training the students of their merged dojos.
At the end of the finale, Kreese placed a phone call to his old Vietnam buddy Terry Silver (season 3 featured flashbacks to their time as POWs). Terry is a wealthy business who funded Cobra Kai. He was the main villain in Karate Kid Part III, in which he bankrolls a "karate bad boy" to get revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.
It looks like Terry will be back to team up with Kreese again, putting Johnny and Daniel's precarious alliance to the test.
Terry's return would make a ton of sense. Cobra Kai has been incorporating aspects of the movies more and more. Season 3 featured appearances by Karate Kid Part II characters Kumiko and Chozen, as well as a major cameo by Ali (Daniel and Johnny's love interest in the first film). Maybe season 5 will bring back Hilary Swank from The Next Karate Kid?
As for other storylines in Cobra Kai season 4, we expect more love triangle drama from Samantha, Miguel and Robby. Plus, there might be some more movement in Johnny's romance with Miguel's mom, Carmen.
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