Cobra Kai Season 4 is scheduled to release on late 2021, so fans won't have to wait too long for the Karate Kid spin-off show to return with new episodes on Netflix. The next season will continue the adventures of Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) as they prepare their students for the next All Valley Tournament. Joining them in Season 4 will be Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), who was officially confirmed in late May.
Cobra Kai has become a huge hit on Netflix. After premiering on YouTube's premium service, the show moved to Netflix mid-pandemic and found a huge audience. After premiering Season 3 on Netflix in the beginning of 2021, it didn't take long for Netflix to renew the series for a fourth season. Over time, the series built up its compelling cast of newer characters, and expanded the lore of the Karate Kid films, and Season 4 will continue to do this with the return of Terry Silver.
If you're excited to find out about the story, cast, trailer, and official release date of Cobra Kai Season 4, check out the details below, and make sure to bookmark this page as we will continue to update it as fresher information comes.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Release Date: Netflix confirms 2021 release date
In August 2021, Netflix has confirmed that Cobra Kai Season 4 will be released in December 2021, and on Sept. 25, during the TUDUM globan fan event, the streamer announced that it will be released on Dec. 31.
Here's what Netflix's CCO Ted Sarando said about Cobra Kai Season 4's release date: "We think we'll get back to a much steadier state in the back half of the year, certainly in Q4 where we have the returning seasons of some of our most popular shows like The Witcher and You and Cobra Kai as well as some big tentpole movies that came to market a little slower than we'd hoped like Red Notice and Escape From Spiderhead."
The new season started filming back in February 2021, and it wrapped up on May 2021. Star William Zabka marked the event on Twitter, confirming that the show's production lasted three-and-a-half months.
Is there a Cobra Kai Season 4 trailer or teaser yet?
Update: On Dec. 9, Netflix released the first full trailer for Cobra Kai Season 4, which gives us a closer look at how the karate students are preparing for the All Valley Karate Tournament, and more footage of Terry Silver. Watch the trailer below:
In May 2021, Netflix released a teaser for Cobra Kai Season 4, confirming the return of Karate Kid 3's major villain, Terry Silver. The short teaser doesn't full reveal the aged Terry Silver, but we see a glimpse of his back in the dark.
In August 2021, Netflix shared another teaser that confirms the release window:
The teaser hypes up the return of the All Valley Karate Tournament, but no new footage from Season 4 was shown.
Netflix released the first trailer for Cobra Kai Season 4 during the TUDUM: A Netflix Global Event, and revealed the release date at the end of the trailer.
The first footage for Cobra Kai Season 4 was teased ahead of the Tudum event:
On Nov. 9, Netflix shared more photos from Cobra Kai Season 4, giving us our first look at what to expect from the upcoming season, which includes a look at Johnny attempting the infamous Crane Kick from the original Karate Kid movie.
A new poster for Cobra Kai Season 4 has also been shared on the show's official social media pages. The new poster features the two rival teams that are expected to compete in the next All Valley Tournament.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Cast: Who's expected to return and who are the newcomers?
Fans of Karate Kid 3 will remember the multi-millionaire Terry Silver, the war buddy of John Kreese who sends Kreese off to Tahiti after his embarassment at the hands of Daniel LaRusso and Miyagi. It looks like Silver will return as a villain in Cobra Kai Season 4, as the end of Season 3 of the show reveals that Kreese making a phone call for reinfocements. Netflix already confirmed his return in the teaser above, and actor Thomas Ian Griffith will reprise his role.
Cobra Kai Season 4 will also be joined by Oona O'Brien and Dallas Dupree Young, both of whom are expected to play regular characters in the show. While Netflix hasn't released a lot of solid information about the cast of Cobra Kai Season 4, fans are keen to see Hilary Swank reprise her role as Julie Pierce, the main character from The Next Karate Kid.
Here's a list of cast members expected to return in Cobra Kai Seaosn 4:
Daniel LaRusso: Ralph Macchio
Johnny Lawrence: William Zabka
Miguel: Xolo Maridueña
Amanda LaRusso: Courtney Henggeler
Samantha LaRusso: Mary Mouser
Robby Keene: Tanner Buchanan
Hawk: Jacob Bertrand
John Kreese: Martin Cove
Tory Schwarber: Peyton List
Carmen Diaz: Vanessa Rubio
Netflix also tweeted that Peyton List and Vanessa Rubio are promoted to season regulars, so expect them to reprise their roles in Season 4.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Plot: How the ending of Season 3 could factor in Season 4
Towards the end of Cobra Kai Season 3, the adults in Cobra Kai came together to cancel the All Valley Karate Tournament, arguing that the event probably will just let teenagers hospitalize one another. After all, Miguel started Season 3 in a coma, following Season 2's violent brawl.
However, thanks to a rousing speech from Miguel and Sam about how important this tournament is to them, they got the all-clear for the event to happen, and a deal between Cobra Kai, Miyagi-Do, and Johnny Lawrence's new dojo Eagle Fang was made. If Cobra Kai loses the All Valley Karate Tournament, it'll disband; but if it wins, they will continue with their current course and Kreese will still be the sensei.
Cobra Kai Season 4 will build-up to this tournament, and it's likely that Terry Silver will return in an early episode to make Cobra Kai more of a threat.
The end of Season 3 showed the beginning of the alliance between Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang, so we will finally see Daniel and Johnny team-up as senseis who will train their students to prepare for the next All Valley Tournament. This is a much more hopeful tone than the ending of Season 2, so it would be exciting to see how they will settle their differences to make sure their students can get to the level they need to be to defeat Kreese's Cobra Kai fighters.
The All Valley Karate Tournament will most likely be at the climax of Season 4, but expect the show the continue in Season 5 regardless who wins the competition.
Xolo Maridueña, who plays Miguel Diaz in the show, describes the upcoming All-Valley Tournament in Season 4 during his interview with USA Today: "That first season, it was really just Miguel, Hawk and Robby. This season, we have everyone in the tournament. It really is just like an all-star game or something. It's gonna be savage."
Cobra Kai Season 5: Will there be a fifth season?
On August 27, Netflix announced that it's renewing Cobra Kai for a fifth season. The news comes months ahead of the Season 4 release.
What about Cobra Kai spin-offs?
Executive producer and co-showrunner Hayden Schlossberg spoke to TV Line about their plans for the 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," Schlossberg said. "We do have an endgame for Cobra Kai, but we always compare it to our other favorite show, Breaking Bad, [and how] they're able to keep the story going with Better Call Saul and El Camino."
Cobra Kai creator Jon Hurwitz shared a small update about the Karate Kid/Cobra Kai spinoffs. "We're batting around ideas for various Karate Kid/Cobra Kai spinoffs. Some further along than others. Won't spoil anything beyond that," Hurwitz wrote.