Based on Robert Mark Kamen’s ‘The Karate Kid’ films, the Netflix action series ‘Cobra Kai’ follows Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, two karate mentors who rekindle their rivalry after a long span of three decades. Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, the martial arts series originally launched on May 2, 2018 on YouTube Red, but it finally found a home on Netflix after season 2.
One of the streaming giant’s biggest hits, the series has been well received by critics, garnering praise for its characterizations, nostalgic narrative, and humor. Despite its great success, the series has been criticized for its lack of diversity in its main cast, especially considering the eastern roots of the plot. Still, with the series’ fourth episode on the horizon, fans are more eager than ever to see the fierce fights begin again. In that sense, here is everything you need to know about season 4 of “Cobra Kai.”
Cobra Kai season 4 release date
On October 2, 2020, Netflix announced the renewal of ‘Cobra Kai’ for a fourth season, even before the third installment was released. And since the arrival of season 3, fans of the series have been waiting for the dojos to engage in fiery new matchups. The wait is finally over, as “Cobra Kai” season 4 will launch with ten episodes on December 31, 2021 at 3 am on Netflix.
Filming for season 4 officially began in February 2021 and continued until the end of April 2021. As fans count down the days to the premiere of the fourth season on August 27, 2021, Netflix announced that the series would also return with a fifth season. Sources have revealed that filming for season 5 began in September 2021 and is scheduled to end in late 2021.
Cobra Kai season 4 cast: Who’s on it?
Most of the beloved cast members will be returning for season four. They are Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene), Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso) and Jacob Bertrand (Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz). Also, we can look forward to the return of Gianni DeCenzo, who plays Demetri. The late Pat Morita may continue to play the role of Mr. Miyagi, as the series uses archival footage from the “Karate Kid” movies.
Vanessa Rubio (Carmen Diaz) and Peyton List (Tory Nichols) have been promoted to the main cast of the next episode. Also, there are some additions to the cast for season four. Dallas Dupree Young has joined the series to play Kenny, a boy who starts learning karate to defend himself against bullies at school. Oona O’Brien will play the role of Devon, a competitive karate student with a strong character. Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays Terry Silver in “The Karate Kid III,” has been recruited to reprise his role in the new season.
Cobra Kai season 4 plot: what is it?
The third season ends with Johnny and Daniel joining forces to defeat Kreese at the U18 All Valley Karate Tournament. After Kreese announces that he will be leaving Cobra Kai if they lose, Johnny and Daniel begin training their students together at Miyagi’s dojo. Meanwhile, Kreese asks an old friend for help. On the other hand, Hawk turns on his Cobra Kai comrades to join Demetri and realize Cobra Kai’s gradual deterioration. Robby is on Kreese’s side and represents Cobra Kai’s hope and confidence in the tournament.
The fourth season of the series will focus on the All-Valley tournament. With Johnny and Daniel joining forces, it is obvious that they have the upper hand. But Kreese’s phone call to Terry Silver could change the dynamics of the situation. As the rivalry between Tory and Samantha continues, we can expect this subplot to develop further. While the karate tournament guarantees tough fights, we got to see Johnny and Daniel working on their relationship. Given their history and decades-long rivalry, their alliance might not be as stable as expected.
In an interview with Collider, William Zabka (Johnny) talked about Daniel and Johnny’s new alliance. “We want it to work. Here we go. There is a lot to clean up here with the union of these young people, and now is the time to go to the fight. They are two complex characters that are at the same time so similar and so different, ”he said. With the tournament as the core of the plot, we also got to see many developments in the personal lives of the characters.