The first images for the upcoming Cobra Kai Season 5 confirm the return of Mike Barnes. The Karate Kid franchise returned a few years ago when the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zapka) was restored through a TV show. The incredible popularity of Cobra Kai meant announcing the Season 5 of Cobra Kai even before Season 4 was released back in 2021.
Cobra Kai Season 5 directly continues the story from Cobra Kai Season 4, as Terry Silver’s Cobra Kai won the All-Valley Tournament, meaning that Daniel and Johnny had to close down their dojos. Meanwhile, John Kreese (Martin Cove) was imprisoned as part of Silver’s plant to create an empire of Cobra Kai dojos across The Valley. This plan as well as Cobra Kai’s willingness to bring back some characters from previous movies led to speculations that The Karate Kid Part III’s Mike Barnes could be returning soon.
That speculation was officially confirmed by Netflix as Sean Kanan will be returning as Mike Barnes in Cobra Kai Season 5. The release of the first images of the upcoming Season 5 features many exciting developments in the story, but the big reveal is the first look at the return of Mike Barnes. Executive Producers Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald teased that Cobra Kai Season 5 will bring back Mike Barnes after Karate Kid III and how it will affect the rest of the season by saying “As Terry Silver calls upon some old friends to put the Valley in a stranglehold, Daniel and Johnny are going to need all the help they can get to stop Cobra Kai in its tracks.”
You can check out the first look images at the upcoming Cobra Kai Season 5 below.
Cobra Kai Season 5 is set to be released on Netflix on September 9. Cobra Kai Season 1-4 is also available to stream on Netflix.