Cobra Kai Season 5 Ends, Tournament and Battles Explained by Creators

Cobra Kai Season 5 Ends, Tournament and Battles Explained by Creators

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SPOILER ALERT: Don’t Read If You Haven’t Seen Everything From Season 5 Of “Cobra Kai” Streaming Now On Netflix

Each season of “Cobra Kai” seems to outdo itself in terms of dramatic combat, returning “Karate Kid” characters, and tantalizing cliffhangers. Season 5, streaming now on Netflix, is no exception, with the finale teasing an inevitable season 6 – which hasn’t been officially green-lighted by Netflix, but the creators say they’re already planning it.

Season 5 ends with Kreese (Martin Kove) faking his death and escaping from prison, setting his return as a possible adversary when “Cobra Kai” is renewed. With Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) arrested, things should calm down in the Valley unless Kreese seeks revenge on Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). Johnny may also have his hands full with a baby soon, now that Carmen (Vanessa Rubio) is pregnant.

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However, one of the biggest hanging threads of Season 5 is the mention of an international karate tournament called the Sekai Taikai. The best martial artists from around the world are invited to participate, which sounds like the perfect place for the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students to get new opponents. And now that the Cobra Kai students have lost their evil sensei, can they jump aboard and join Miyagi-Do? Not to mention that Daniel, Johnny and especially Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) suffered some brutal injuries in the last fight against Silver and will take some time to heal.

“Cobra Kai” creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg spoke to Variety about the end of season 5 and where they want to go with a possible season 6. The trio are in production for another Netflix series, titled ‘Obliterated’, and they are also in the early stages of making a spin-off from another beloved ’80s movie: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The film, entitled ‘Sam and Victor’s Day Off’, is about what happened to the two parking drivers who took a pleasure ride in Cameron’s father’s Ferrari that day.

Chozen survives his fight with Terry, but it looked like he was nearly killed. Did you have any plans to kill characters this season?

Josh Heald: We thought about someone getting seriously injured as we went into season 5. What could happen to Kreese in jail, what could happen to a Silver-Chozen clash, Silver-Daniel round 2 in the finals? We decided to put things on the line and not turn to people killing each other in karate. It was something that was discussed, “Have we earned the right to go into that phase?” In the end, it felt like, for this season, it pushed things past the point of no return, where it’s hard to imagine staying invested in other elements of the story. That may have taken on too much of an aftermath role.

Will Kreese be the main villain in Season 6 after his jailbreak?

Hayden Schlossberg: We loved the idea that for a lot of the characters it feels like, “We’ve done it. It’s over. Cobra Kai is done.” Meanwhile, there’s the ultimate Cobra Kai snake that’s really mad at everyone right now, we’ll see if life goes easy in season 6, or if Kreese has something to say, something tells me it’ll be the last.

Are you already preparing for season 6? How much story is there left to tell?

Jon Hurwitz: We have more to tell; We’re still figuring out the details of that. We’re filming a new series that we’ve created that we’re currently showing called “Obliterated” for Netflix, another passion project of ours. The three of us have been friends since we were teenagers. When we put on a show, we live together because it’s just easier to work through the night. After a long day shooting “Obliterated”, the conversation very often turns to “Cobra Kai”. There is plenty in store, many thoughts for the future. There’s a lot we want to do with these characters and we’re giddy about that next step.

Will Johnny train his baby karate?

heal: We’ll have to see; that’s a storyline going on. We’re still in 2019 in our storyline, and the seasons tend to pick up pretty close, if not immediately after, the previous season. The fact that a baby is on the way is certainly a crucial piece of growth for Johnny Lawrence and a major evolutionary leap for his relationship with Miguel, Robby and Carmen.

Will we see this international karate tournament next season?

Schlossberg: We grew up loving the “Rocky” movies. There’s that original “Rocky” and then there’s Mr. T in “Rocky III.” Once it gets that crazy, how are you going to top it? Well, you get Russia and America and Drago. All these kids are gaining in karate power skill so you have to create a new obstacle for them to deal with. It felt like in the real world, that’s what would happen. If you are the best in karate, what will you do? Perhaps there is something more than just your local area.

Would any of the Cobra Kai members, such as Tory, Kenny, Devon or Kyler, join another team now that Silver is gone?

Hurwitz: All these characters learned the truth about Terry Silver, and it’s clear they don’t like who their sensei is, the dishonesty, the lack of sportsmanship. Their worlds are shaken up. What are they about? Will they continue on the path of karate? If they try to reach out to these other dojos and get involved, will they be accepted? Season 6 and beyond, we’ll see that next step. Will these children continue to find new conflicts in new ways? Will there be new sources of conflict entering their world when united?

Do you approach your “Ferris Bueller” spin-off the same way you do “Cobra Kai” after “Karate Kid”?

Hurwitz: We are children of the 80s. When we talk about the groundbreaking movie experiences of our lives, there’s a five-year period from ’83 to ’88 where many of those movies fall for us. “Ferris Bueller” was one such moment in our lives. We love side trips. In “Ferris Bueller” this great wish fulfillment takes place with these two servants, who take this great Ferrari on the ultimate joyride. We only get a few glimpses of them taking off, climbing a giant hill, launching the car into the air, and then returning it. What’s going on in their lives? They seem to have a very different experience than Ferris, who lives in the ultimate suburb. What could have led them to need that car, want that car and take it? When you started to unravel all the threads, a lot of ideas started flowing. We’re excited to tell a very different story set that day in Chicago that doesn’t involve trying to read “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” again. It just tries to add to it; we’re not trying to push nostalgia down anyone’s throat. We love and respect movies that everyone says are untouchable, and this is in no way meant to touch or mess with “Ferris Bueller”.

heal: We are not interested in recreating anything. We love it so much, we want to explore it more. The resemblance to ‘Cobra Kai’, it started with a point of view you haven’t seen yet. What if you were in Johnny’s shoes in ‘Karate Kid’? It makes you look back on “The Karate Kid” in a fun, different way. It keeps that movie alive in a different way. If it could work with this, it would be similar.

Do you have any ideas or familiar faces or moments or songs that could reappear?

Hurwitz: We don’t want to reveal what will happen, but needless to say it will take place on the same day as Ferris’ day off. They are in Chicago, they crossed paths on their journey. Some of the iconic set pieces or locations that we saw through Ferris’s eyes, we may see through the eyes of other characters.

This interview has been edited and abbreviated for clarity.

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