Cobra Kai is coming again for a remaining season on Netflix. Certainly, season 6 will mark the present’s finish however maybe not the tip of the Miyagiverse. Right here’s all the pieces we find out about season 6 of Cobra Kai, together with manufacturing information, what to anticipate from the story, why the present ends, who’s starring, and far more.
First premiering as a YouTube unique collection, Cobra Kai formally moved to Netflix after two seasons and has soared in recognition, turning into an enormous hit for the streaming large across the globe.
The collection is a continuation of The Karate Child films which were lively for the reason that mid-Nineteen Eighties. It takes place 34 years after the occasions of the unique Karate Child, which reignites the rivalry between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso.
Cobra Kai Renewed for a Sixth and Closing Season on Netflix
For many prior seasons, Netflix has all the time renewed Cobra Kai forward of recent seasons dropping, so the lengthy look forward to affirmation of season 6 was excruciating.
On January twentieth, 2023 (5 months after season 5 dropped in September ’22), Netflix formally introduced that Cobra Kai would return for a sixth and remaining season.
In an announcement on Twitter, the showrunners expressed their heartfelt gratitude to followers and promised a giant remaining season to shut out the story. Their complete statement is as follows:
“When Daniel LaRusso arrived within the Valley along with his mom in 1984, little did he know that his life was about to be ceaselessly modified. The identical went for 3 younger youngsters from New Jersey who hadn’t but met each other. Daniel’s journey from bullied teen to underdog hero turned an indelible a part of our childhoods, and one thing that we might all the time carry with us in our hearts.
Reacquainting the world with The Karate Child universe has been our humble honor. Making Cobra Kai has allowed us to affix the identical hallowed dojo as soon as inhabited by the nice Robert Mark Kamen, John Avildsen, Jerry Weintraub, and all of the superb unique forged members. It has additionally enabled us to play sensei, increasing the unique storylines and birthing a brand new era of underdogs. We’ve by no means as soon as taken this chance with no consideration.
Our day one aim with Cobra Kai has all the time been to finish it on our phrases, leaving the Valley within the time and place we’ve all the time imagined. So it’s with immense delight and thankfulness that we’re capable of announce that achievement. The upcoming Season Six will mark the conclusion of Cobra Kai.
Whereas this can be a bittersweet day for the fandom, the Miyagiverse has by no means been stronger. This fandom is the BEST on the planet and we hope to be telling extra Karate Child tales with you down the road. As a result of as everyone knows, Cobra Kai By no means Dies.
Within the meantime, strap in for the BIGGEST SEASON OF COBRA KAI YET. And let at the moment be a celebration of all that’s come, in addition to all that’s nonetheless left to be instructed. We couldn’t do it with out you.
We made it.
Strike First. Strike Laborious. No Mercy.
— Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Reacting to the renewal, Hayden Schlossberg said in a Tweet:
“Large because of the followers for getting us to the end line. Now prepare for one remaining spherical and many huge surprises alongside the best way.”
Why the delay in asserting season 6? We suspect it’s as a result of the showrunners had one other mission on the go (at Netflix) within the type of Obliterated set to launch on November thirtieth. That collection wrapped up filming in November 2022, and as soon as post-production/modifying had concluded, they had been free once more to maneuver on to Cobra Kai.
In fact, the creators have all the time teased that the present could solely get to season 6. Talking to Deadline about the potential of a sixth season in early 2022, Hayden Schlossberg said:
“Now we have an finish in thoughts. What number of seasons it takes to get there, we don’t know. We’re having fun with making it a lot. If it will get tiring to us, we’ll cease earlier than that; we’ve a couple of extra seasons already deliberate out.”
This affirms an earlier tweet from Jon Hurwitz, who replied to a Tweet in 2020 stating that they’d love to do six seasons.
Hurwitz has been eager to level out that Netflix didn’t determine to convey the present to an finish moderately, the creators did. In a Tweet on February 27th, Hurwitz stated:
“Netflix didn’t inform us it was the final season. We instructed them it was the final season. We’ve all the time wished to finish Cobra Kai on our personal phrases and we’re grateful we’ve the chance to take action. However that doesn’t imply we’re completed with the Miyagiverse. We love this world.”
How effectively did Cobra Kai season 5 carry out on Netflix?
Utilizing numerous sources, we are able to take a look at how effectively the present carried out in its fifth season following its launch on September ninth, 2022.
For the primary time, we are able to use hourly knowledge supplied by Netflix to have a look at the present’s efficiency.
As we lined in our September 14th High 10 report (which makes use of CVE metrics), the present lagged behind the fourth season. Within the report, What’s on Netflix contributor Frédéric states:
” …its fifth season and its launch of 17.1 million CVE lags just a little behind the 21.4 million CVE of Season 4.
However Season 4 was launched on the primary of January, so which may clarify the distinction (folks have day without work round Christmas). “
This knowledge comes from Netflix’s top 10 satellite site, the place we get 40 hourly figures weekly. Between September 4th and October ninth, 2022, the present was watched for 274.72M hours globally and within the high 10s earlier than dropping out of the rankings.
Right here’s how viewing hours are damaged down per week:
|Week Interval||Hours Seen(M)||Rank||Week in High 10|
|September 4th, 2022 to September eleventh, 2022||106,700,000||1||1|
|September eleventh, 2022 to September 18th, 2022||95,550,000 (-10%)||1||2|
|September 18th, 2022 to September twenty fifth, 2022||38,120,000 (-60%)||3||3|
|September twenty fifth, 2022 to October 2nd, 2022||20,820,000 (-45%)||4||4|
|October 2nd, 2022 to October ninth, 2022||13,530,000 (-35%)||7||5|
How does season 5 evaluate with season 4 in viewership?
There’s a notable drop, however the two collection had the same trajectory. Season 5 kicked off with an 11% drop down from season 4.
The 2 seasons then noticed the identical decline week-to-week:
|Week||Season 5||Season 4|
|Week 1 (Partial Week)||106,700,000||120,060,000|
|Week 2||95,550,000 (-10%)||107,810,000 (-10%)|
|Week 3||38,120,000 (-60%)||41,240,000 (-62%)|
|Week 4||20,820,000 (-45%)||23,840,000 (-42%)|
|Week 5||13,530,000 (-35%)||–|
What to anticipate from Cobra Kai season 6 on Netflix
Beneath, we’ve compiled our predictions, expectations, and what we’ve been instructed publicly concerning the upcoming season.
As an apart, we’ve additionally requested two Cobra Kai superfans, The Cobra Kai Child and Watch Celebration, for his or her predictions on what to anticipate from the sixth season.
Formally thus far, Jon Hurwitz has revealed that season 6 takes place roughly one 12 months away after the season finale of season 2.
What’s the way forward for Cobra Kai?
With Terry Silver’s dishonest antics revealed to his college students, all of them turned their again on their sensei, and he was subsequently arrested for his crimes.
The way forward for Cobra Kai has now been thrown into extreme doubt, and so too will the dojo’s place within the Sekai Taikai.
As Kim Da-Eun has a 50% stake in Cobra Kai, she could overcome this hurdle and use college students from her personal dojos through the use of the Cobra Kai identify and branding.
Will Mike Barnes take over Cobra Kai?
Mike revealed to Daniel and Chozen that he was promised a 50% stake in Cobra Kai by Terry Silver a few years in the past. Whereas he’s not sure if he can discover the doc or the lawyer to show it, there’s a probability the previous enemy of Daniel can proceed to redeem himself and Cobra Kai if he had been to take over the dojos.
Nevertheless, this might additionally result in a possible Cobra Kai civil battle if Mike Barnes leads Terry’s former college students who could must combat the scholars of Kim Da-Eun.
If Kreese is concerned with Kim Da-Eun, we might simply see him attempt to manipulate the state of affairs by getting Kim Da-Eun to stake her 50% in opposition to Barnes’ 50% in a winner takes all guess on the Sekai Takai.
What’s Kreese as much as?
With Kreese making his escape from jail, the one particular person he can now flip to is Kim Da-Eun, the granddaughter of his former grasp.
Silver and Kim Da-Eun had been already a formidable pairing, however Kreese now has nothing to lose, making him extra harmful than ever.
Hurwitz teased in a Tweet, “Kreese definitely has an advanced authorized state of affairs as we enter S6? I don’t suppose it’s protected to imagine something.”
What’s the way forward for Miyago-Do and Eagle Fang?
With Silver defeated, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang ought to be capable of return triumphantly, re-open their dojos, and start coaching the scholars for the Sekai Takai.
Who represents their respective dojos stays to be seen, however we might anticipate Miguel to symbolize Eagle Fang and Hawk to symbolize Miyagi-Do.
Relying on the state of affairs with Cobra Kai, Robby might symbolize the dojo over Kenny; nonetheless, if Robby had been to rejoin Miyagi-Do or Eagle Fang, he could must compete in opposition to both Hawk or Miguel.
Samantha will symbolize Miyagi Do, and Devon Lee might once more symbolize Eagle Fang. As for Tory, her place within the event could possibly be unsure if the Sekai Takai organizers ban her for not coming clear earlier about Silver’s dishonest. This may occasionally additionally result in Tory’s additional redemption if she is allowed to compete.
When will the child be born?
Johnny is having a child with Carmen, and it’s unclear when the child is due, which might affect Johnny’s attendance on the Sekai Takai.
Will Julie Pierce make an look?
Practically all important characters from the unique Karate Child films have returned to reprise their roles in Cobra Kai. The one omission thus far is Julie Pierce, beforehand performed by Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank.
It will be extraordinarily enjoyable to see Swank return to reprise her function as Julie, because the character might return to assist prepare the Miyagi Do college students to organize the Sekai Takai.
If there’s a additional battle with Kim Da-Eun, it will be extremely enjoyable to see Julie Pierce go one-on-one with the Korean grasp of Tang Soo Do.
Who will return for the sixth season of Cobra Kai?
Cobra Kai already has an especially intensive forged checklist, however we might anticipate nearly all of the forged to reprise their roles from the fifth season for the sixth season, together with;
- Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso
- William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence
- Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso
- Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz
- Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene
- Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso
- Jacob Bertrand as Hawk
- Gianni DeCenzo as Demetri
- Martin Kove as John Kreese
- Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz
- Peyton Checklist as Tory Nichols
- Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso
- Dallas Dupree Younger as Kenny Payne
- Yuji Okumoto as Chozen
- Oona O’Brien as Devon
- Alicia Hannah-Kim as Kim Da-Eun
When will filming begin on Cobra Kai season 6?
The earliest we heard concerning the growth of the sixth and remaining season was concerning the author’s room opening up in mid-February 2023. The present’s remaining season reportedly has a price range between $2 and $3M per episode.
Quite a few folks attending the ATL Comedian Conference in late February reported that Ralph Macchio acknowledged they had been “aiming” for a Might 2023 manufacturing begin.
Filming for the present is to once more happen in Atlanta, Georgia, however showrunner Jon Hurwitz teased that he expects one thing to be filmed outdoors of the US state like most earlier seasons.
Based on ProductionWeekly, Cobra Kai season 6 might be filmed below the codename, THE ABORIST, and urged that the present’s remaining season might be filmed between late Spring 2023 and be concluded in late Summer season 2023.
Nevertheless, on Might 1st, the WGA strike started and paused any growth on the present, delaying any manufacturing begin. Speaking to Deadline on Might twentieth, the three creators behind the present acknowledged they had been resulting from start manufacturing the day the strike started.
Hurwitz additionally stated in a post:
“We hate to strike, but when we should, we strike onerous. Pencils down within the Cobra Kai writers room. No writers on set. These aren’t enjoyable occasions, however it’s sadly mandatory. The second a good deal is in place, we’ll get again to kicking ass. Within the meantime, sending power and help to the negotiating committee. You bought this.”
In June 2023 at Netflix TUDUM in Brazil, Cobra Kai was among the many roster of reveals and films that had been featured. There, we obtained a primary take a look at the forged reuniting to have a readthrough of the script for Cobra Kai season 6.
In July 2023, SAG-AFTRA joined the WGA in putting, that means that filming can’t resume till each strikes have been resolved as each unions cowl Cobra Kai. The WGA strike concluded after a deal was struck in late September with Hurtwitz celebrating the information by encouraging a SAG-AFTRA deal however including that he’s “Able to get again into the dojo!”
On September twenty fifth Hurwitz confirmed that scripts for the fifth season weren’t complete ahead of the strike saying:
“A lot of the Cobra Kai season hasn’t been written but. We’ll get again into the writers room within the coming weeks. As soon as the SAG strike ends, we’ll work out after we can get again on set.”
In order of September twenty ninth – writing can proceed on the brand new season however manufacturing can’t begin till the SAG-AFTRA strike has been resolved.
You’ll be able to see extra Netflix reveals and films which were impacted by the SAG/WGA strikes right here.
When can we anticipate to see Cobra Kai season 6 on Netflix?
Within the comparatively brief span of twenty months, we’ve seen the discharge of three seasons of Cobra Kai on Netflix, beginning with season 3 in January 2021 and, most just lately, the fifth season in September 2022.
Whereas subscribers have already turn into used to seeing new seasons of Cobra Kai on Netflix semi-regularly, the look forward to a sixth season could possibly be the longest.
Given the strike, it’s wanting extremely unlikely we’ll see the present return in 2023 and even for a lot of 2024 at this level. As a substitute, we’re predicting a really late 2024 launch date on the absolute earliest however could possibly be into 2025 by the point we return to the dojo.
As you could have heard, Sony Footage is presently producing a brand new Karate Child film, though particulars are slim. Though we all know it’s set to be a return to the unique “Karate Child” franchise that starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. It’s being directed by Jonathan Entwistle and written by Rob Lieber. Like Cobra Kai, it’s been closely impacted by the strikes having initially resulting from start manufacturing in Montreal, Canada this Summer season.
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Kasey Moore contributed to this preview.