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Netflix Has Renewed Cobra Kai For Season 5

And filming has already wrapped. Here's what that means for fans.
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Fellow students of Cobra Kai, Eagle Fang, Miyagi-Do—or your fictional karate studio of choice, really—listen up. We have good news and bad news. The bad: The 10 episodes of Cobra Kai Season Four have already come and gone. The new episodes hit Netflix on December 31st, and if you're reading this right now, we're guessing you already ate them up, in which case, you should read our breakdown of the finale. Now, the good: the streamer has already announced that Cobra Kai will return for a fifth season.

Of course, that bright spot doesn't come as a total surprise, given that the series has been riding a wave of both nostalgia and ingenuity to nearly the same heights that the original Karate Kid franchise once reached in the 80s. But we'll take it as some much-needed good news to start off 2022, all the same.

Here's everything we know about Cobra Kai Season Five so far.

When Will Season Five of Cobra Kai Debut?

If you're a Cobra Kai superfan, you know that the creators behind the series run a tight production schedule, never letting much more than a year pass between seasons since their debut. Season Five will be no different. One of Cobra Kai's masterminds, Jon Hurwitz, has already announced that filming for the next season has already wrapped. Our best guess is that we'll see the finished product in late 2022 or early 2023.

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Where Could Cobra Kai Season Five Take Its Heroes? (And Villains, Too.)

As we wrote in our deep-dive on the Season Four finale, the plot going forward isn't too hard to guess. We're going to see another The Karate Kid II-esque road trip, only with Johnny and Miguel instead of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. The sensei and student will head to Mexico, as the latter searches for his father. (Does Miguel's dad know karate? Probably!)

Back in the valley, Terry Silver has reverted back to his manic-aggressive Karate Kid III self, looking like he might be the endgame villain for this series, aiming to turn the entire state of California into a Cobra Kai dojo. Season Five will likely see Daniel, along with his frenemy Chozen, do everything they can to stop Silver. Maybe Hilary Swank's Julie Pierce, last seen in The Next Karate Kid, will finally show up to put an end to all the craziness. We'll save you predictions for every one of the thousand-some kids on this show, but assume that whatever allegiances they had at the end of Season Four, they'll jump ship to another side by the end of the next batch of episodes. That's how Cobra Kai goes.

What about the future of Cobra Kai beyond its fifth season? Well, it's hard to tell. The trio of producers behind the series have long teased spinoffs set in the Karate Kid world, which they've dubbed the Miyagi-verse. (Number One on our wishlist is an Okinawa-set origin story for Mr. Miyagi.) As for Cobra Kai itself, you could easily see the series ending its run while it's still massively successful, or continue on as long as William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are willing to reprise their iconic '80s roles. Either way, we're not going to see a 55-year-old Miguel mentoring a new generation of fighters during Cobra Kai Season 43, right?

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