Cobra Kai season 4 release date, cast and everything you need to know

Alia Waheed
·9-min read
Photo credit: Jace Downs - Netflix
Photo credit: Jace Downs - Netflix

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Cobra Kai spoilers follow – including season three's ending.

After the show's arrival on Netflix on New Year's Day, fans of Cobra Kai have already raced through season three and are now busy predicting what could be on the cards for season four.

The latest chapter spoilt us like a tray of Ferrero Rocher – and we cannot wait for more.

Here's everything you need to know about Cobra Kai's future.

Cobra Kai season 4 release date: When will we get more episodes?

Cobra Kai star Ralph Macchio, who plays Daniel-san, had already said that they have planned out Cobra Kai up to series six(!). With that in mind, we'd expect more thrills, spills and appearances by former cast members to look forward to for years to come.

The script for season four has been in the works for months, and Cobra Kai writer Jon Hurwitz said they were hoping to start shooting very soon.

Photo credit: YouTube Red - Netflix
Photo credit: YouTube Red - Netflix

"We're still figuring out some of the specifics, but the intent is for early [2021], to get back on set, with all the COVID protocols in place, and to get back to some karate ass-kicking in the valley," he said in an interview with Gamesradar.

Hurwitz also told eager fans on Twitter that the new series will air a year after season three, so it seems we are currently looking at a January 2022 release.

However, season three of Cobra Kai aired a week earlier than originally scheduled, so it could also be a case of "watch this space" because anything could happen.

And there's even been talk of more spin-offs.

"Our hope is that we can really expand this whole Karate Kid universe and reinvigorate the fanbase, so that it's a story we can continue telling," co-creator Hayden Schlossberg told TVLine.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

"We do have an endgame for Cobra Kai, but we always compare it to our other favourite show, Breaking Bad, [and how] they're able to keep the story going with Better Call Saul and El Camino.

"We spend time with Kreese's backstory [in season three], but we could've spent more time with Kreese's backstory. We have so many things to tell in these half-hour episodes, it ends up not being enough. We're just having a fun time as friends getting to work in the sandbox of The Karate Kid and hope to keep it going."

Cobra Kai season 4 cast: Who will be returning?

The new season will feature all our favourite faces including Ralph Macchio as Daniel and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence and their star students Sam LaRusso (Mary Mouser) and Miguel (Xolo Maridueña).

Expect to see more of 'binary brothers' Demitri (Gianni Decenzo) and Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), the latter of whom comes back to the fold after saving Demitri from getting his arm broken during a fight with Cobra Kai.

They will face off against Robby Keene, played by Tanner Buchanan and Tory (Peyton List). We can also expect some new faces joining Kreese's Cobra Kai, as he goes on a hunt for new recruits to boost his team.

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Photo credit: Netflix

Chatting to Cinema Blend about the importance of including the character of Kreese, co-creator Hayden Schlossberg said: "For some people, Johnny Lawrence was just an antagonist and a bully, but we saw a lot of potential in that character and the same goes with John Kreese as the big bad of Cobra Kai.

"At least Johnny Lawrence had a hint of humanity in him. Kreese was the one who taught him this no mercy philosophy. He had very little redeemable qualities about him, but we know that all these characters are human beings, and with the real estate that we have as a series we’re able to do those types of deep dives. We were just really interested in why someone would have the no mercy philosophy that he would have, and why would he want to teach that to kids?"

He added: "We just really enjoyed getting into that character and what made him tick, and you see now that this philosophy, this way of the fist, is his way of handling what life gives you and that’s kind of what he’s trying to give these kids."

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Photo credit: Netflix

We could also see a return of Sam's best friend, Aisha Roberts (Nichole Brown), who left the school after the massive brawl at the end of season two, and can also expect a bigger role for Anthony LaRusso – who, up to now, has consisted of being Sam's annoying little brother.

Also look out for the anticipated return of dodgy millionaire Terry Silver, the original owner of Cobra Kai who owes Kreese after he saved his life while they were fighting in Vietnam. He also has his own beef with Daniel and Mr Miyagi and is out for revenge.

"At the end of the season, you saw Kreese make a phone call. You could guess who might've been on the other end of that call based off of the photo that he was looking at. But we can't really speak to how Terry Silver would respond to that call – or whoever was on the other end of the line would respond to that call. I think you'll have to see if that character returns," said Cobra Kai creator and executive producer Jon Hurwitz (via EW).

However, the writers are keeping schtum on whether Thomas Ian Griffith, who played the fiendish businessman in the film, will reprise the role.

Cobra Kai season 4 plot: What will happen?

It was hard to imagine the Cobra Kai team could come up with a more dramatic grand finale than the school brawl at the end of season two, without going all Matrix on us, but somehow they managed to top it with season three's ending.

Let's recap. Sam and Miguel got their friends together to convince them to call a truce between their rival dojos, but were ambushed by Cobra Kai thugs at the LaRussos' house. There we saw Tory go into full Fight Club mode in a confrontation with arch-enemy Sam.

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Photo credit: Netflix

This led to a vicious confrontation between Kreese and Johnny in which Daniel ended up saving Johnny's life. The three men agreed to wait until the All Valley Championships to settle their differences, and make a deal that whoever loses leaves the valley for good, but we soon realised Kreese plans to play dirty.

One of the best things about the show's ending was that we finally got to see Johnny and Daniel join forces in the biggest reunion since Robbie Williams rejoined Take That. But, it looks like we're set to find out that it won't be all plain sailing for the former high-school foes in season four.

"Giving them this moment was something we've always known was coming, but we are doing it in a way where we've also established who these characters are," said Josh Heald, one of the producers and writers of Cobra Kai, in an interview with TVLine.

"They're both very strong minded in their own philosophies, ideals and pasts. There does appear to be a very distinct battle ahead, a very clear boundary and set of circumstances that have brought them to this moment, but time will tell if history repeats itself and they fall back into old habits again."

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Photo credit: Netflix

Season three also showed that things are not always as they seem in Cobra Kai, and the writers of the show have left more than their fair share of red herrings such as rumours that Daniel's trip to Japan would uncover some dark secrets about Mr Miyagi. Instead it just confirmed he was the sweet old man of the films who could kick your ass and fix your tap.

It also put an end to speculation that Ali was Tory's mum. This still leaves a big question mark over how Tory fits into the KKU (Karate Kid Universe) apart from to make Sam's life a misery.

So far we know her mum is on dialysis, but will we find out more about her backstory? It seems more than likely seeing as the previous seasons has given us the origin stories for all the main characters, most recently Kreese, who we discover was a victim of bullying himself, and whose mother died by suicide when he was still in high school before heading off to Vietnam.

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Photo credit: Netflix

Season four also looks set to focus more on Robby, who has his own issues with both Johnny and Daniel – something which Kreese uses to his own advantage. But will Robby go full Cobra Kai or will his Miyagi-Do roots bring him back from the edge?

"Robby is somebody who has a deep history with Johnny, he now has a deep history with Daniel. In season three, you see him on this roller coaster journey, figuring out how to deal with the aftermath of what happened with Miguel and figuring out who to trust and and who's truly there for him. You see how season three ends and he's there with Kreese.

"So in season four, we'll have to see — does he go full Cobra Kai? Does he embrace the quote-unquote dark side in every way, or do the lessons of his past have an impact as well? So season four certainly has a strong journey for the Robby character," Hurwitz also told EW.

Cobra Kai season 4 trailer - Where can I watch?

We'd expect teasers and a brand new trailer much closer to the release of season 4.

Expect a lot more of the same...

Cobra Kai is available to stream on Netflix.

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