Cobra Kai is an American martial arts comedy-drama television series that is a prequel to Robert Mark Kamen’s original The Karate Kid films.
Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg created the show, which is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
For the first two seasons, the series was available on YouTube Red / YouTube Premium before moving to Netflix with the third.
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 film The Karate Kid and its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1988) in the series (1989).
Cobra Kai Season 5 Ending Explained by Creators
Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg discuss the season 5 finale and what it means for season 6. The Karate Kid sequel series has been a success as a martial arts comedy-drama starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.
Cobra Kai Season 5 has remained at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes since the entire season was released on Netflix on September 9, and audience scores are similarly high at 95 percent.
Cobra Kai season 5 saw the resolution of several grudges and villains, with Miguel and Robby settling their beef early in the season and both reuniting with their girlfriends in the finale. Macchio used his iconic crane kick to defeat the head of the snake, Terry Silver, who also faced a tough battle against The Karate Kid Part II antagonist Chozen.
Silver eventually fell during the season, after his Cobra Kai students abandoned him and he was arrested for his cover-up assault on Stingray. The real cliffhanger, however, is how John Kreese has returned from the dead to escape prison.
Let me ask you: Do you have one more fight left in you?
The sixth and final season of COBRA KAI is coming soon to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/uCTLSa68dx
— Cobra Kai (@CobraKaiSeries) January 20, 2023
In an interview with Variety, the Cobra Kai creators explain that they intended to have someone seriously injured this season, which ended up being Chozen, who was cut by Silver’s samurai sword in the epic multi-battle finale.
They also talk about what the season 6 finale means, implying that Kreese isn’t done with Cobra Kai and that his former students will face difficulties as they are displaced from their dojo.
With many fans claiming Cobra Kai season 5 is the best season yet, the show’s creators appear to be already thinking about the show’s future and end. The creators have stated that there is already a plan in place for the series’ conclusion, with the pieces beginning to fall into place for Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang’s ultimate fate.
Many rivalries have already been resolved in Cobra Kai season 5, but it appears that there will be more karate fights and grudges to settle as Kreese returns and the Sekai Taikai tournament approaches.
After a chaotic and rewarding season 5 finale, viewers are likely eager to hear from the creators, but they don’t reveal much about season 6, other than what audiences can gather for themselves.
However, the creators do compare Sekai Taikai to Rocky elsewhere in the interview, implying that the karate students will have to prepare for their biggest fight yet on a global scale. While some of their decisions are explained in the season finale, viewers will have to wait until Cobra Kai season 6 to see how they play out.
The Episode Review
So Cobra Kai’s fifth season comes to an end, with plenty of action and drama. There’s a big fight in both the Cobra Kai dojo and Silver’s house, and many loose ends are left hanging for season 6.
The most notable is that involving John Kreese, but we also have Kim, Kenny, Cobra Kai’s future, and what all of this means for the world tournament.
Season 5 has felt like a filler between two much larger storylines, and as a result, this year’s story suffers a little. It’s still entertaining and has standout moments, but it doesn’t have the same zing.
Despite this, there’s plenty to like here, and season 6 promises to be quite the dramatic affair.