Cobra Kai can’t be stopped. When the Karate Kid sequel series first debuted on YouTube Premium in May 2018, it did so as an underdog, with the kitschy-sounding comedic reboot of the famous ’80s movie franchise starring Ralph Macchio being released on a streaming service that few even knew existed. But for those who sought it out, Cobra Kai was a true hidden gem (call it the Ted Lasso of 2018). Sadly, after its second season, YouTube got out of the scripted originals game and the show fell into limbo status.
Enter Netflix, which added the show’s first two seasons last summer and renewed it for a third, allowing a much larger audience to discover its low-key nostalgic charms. The third season dropped January 1, 2021, and quickly occupied the perch atop the Top 10. Underestimate Cobra Kai at your own peril.
With the dust settled from a tumultuous, action-packed third season, it’s time to look ahead to the future. What twists and turns can we expect as Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) join forces? Will there be more cameos from the original movies? How can the local economy support so many dojos? Let’s assume the show will continue to “fight ’til the end” and “reach the final bell.”
Is there going to be a Season 4 of Cobra Kai?
Yes. After earning critical raves and tons of new viewers, Cobra Kai is no longer a scrappy underdog that could be cancelled at any moment. When the show moved to Netflix, it was announced that there would be a Season 4. Season 3 was actually filmed for YouTube, but was sold to Netflix back in 2020 as the Google-owned video service made a shift in its programming strategy. The fourth season was part of the Netflix deal and was teased way back in the teaser for Season 3.
When will Cobra Kai Season 4 premiere?
Here’s where things get a little tricky. There’s no official release date for Season 4 yet. Given the challenges of shooting during the ongoing pandemic, Season 4 could be delayed for a bit as everyone figures out how to continue production safely. In October 2020, co-creator Jon Hurwitz tweeted that the writing of the fourth season was wrapping up, and that they were planning on having “everything written and polished by the time we start filming.”
Given the regular clip the show has been produced at, it would make sense for the new season to arrive a year after the most recent season in early 2022. In a recent interview with PopCulture.com, co-creator Josh Heald confirmed that the crew is looking to make Season 4 in 2021.
“COVID has thrown a wrench into everyone’s plans for exactly when production begins,” he said in the interview. “But our expectation is in early 2021, we will be in production. We are just keeping our heads down and making sure that the story makes sense and the scripts are solid and getting our ducks in a row so the moment that everything looks good, we can begin.”
Is there a trailer for Cobra Kai Season 4?
No, and you won’t see one for a while. They’ve still got to shoot all of the new season, so don’t expect to see a trailer until later this year at the earliest.
Who in the cast is returning for Season 4?
Obviously, it wouldn’t be Cobra Kai without Daniel and Johnny, who have begun to set aside their differences and started working together. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will be returning, along with Martin Kove, whose villainous John Kreese, we learned in Season 3, has been a bad dude since he served in Vietnam. Look for that storyline to grow even more complex in the coming season.
Expect to see the younger generation of Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), Robby (Tanner Buchanan), Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), and Samantha (Mary Mouser) around as well. In interviews, the creators have also suggested that Nichole Brown’s Aisha, whose absence in Season 3 has caused much consternation among fans, could potentially return at some point. “No one’s ever written out of our show,” co-creator Josh Heald told Entertainment Weekly.
Every season also brings more opportunities for the show’s creators to fold the mythology of the original movies into the continuity of the series-and bring along some of those performers from those films for an extra boost of nostalgia. In Season 3, that meant appearances from characters from The Karate Kid Part II like Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto). We also finally got a long-teased appearance from Elisabeth Shue as Ali Mills, as well as a few of Johnny’s Cobra Kai pals from the first Karate Kid movie.
Will the show bring some of the actors from the much less well regarded threequel The Karate Kid Part III into the fold? The end of Season 3, which features Kreese placing a phone call to a mysterious man on the other line, suggests that actor Thomas Ian Griffith, who played Terry Silver in the 1989 movie, will make an appearance in Season 4.
In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hurwitz kept the details of Silver’s likely return appropriately vague. “At the end of the season, you saw Kreese make a phone call,” he explained. “You could guess who might’ve been on the other end of that call based off of the photo that he was looking at there. 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 in season 4.”
What will Cobra Kai Season 4 be about?
Like the three seasons that preceded it, Cobra Kai Season 4 will continue to explore the decades-long dynamic between Daniel and Johnny. That means redemption, sacrifice, and friendship. All that good stuff that the show has made stories out of since the beginning. Plus, you know, fist-fights.
At the close of the third season, following yet another karate-fueled melee (this time at the LaRusso residence), Daniel and Johnny looked ready to put their differences aside, uniting Miyagi-do and the incredibly named Eagle Fang factions to take on Kreese’s warriors as the All Valley Karate Tournament approaches. But will it be an easy journey? Based on the 30 episodes you’ve already seen, you probably know the answer to that.
Presumably, Season 4 will also continue to set the stage for a possible endgame for the series, but don’t look for everything to get wrapped up with a tidy bow. The creators are already thinking about Season 5 and beyond-as long as Netflix continues to make the show. “We have an endgame in our heads,” co-creator Josh Heald told TV Line. “We’ve had one for quite some time, and it’s not in Season 4. It’s well beyond that. In our minds, we have seasons’ worth of story that is necessary to tell before we get to that endgame.”Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.
Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.
What is special about the year of the Rabbit?
As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.
What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?
There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.
New South Wales
Darling Harbour Fireworks When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.
Dragon Boat Races When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.
Lion Dances When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.
Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.
Auntie Philter When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.
Lunar New Year Festival When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.
BriAsia Festival When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.
Chinatown Adelaide Street Party When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.
Crown Perth When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.