'Cobra Kai' Returns for a Sixth and Final Season in an Epic 3-Part Event

William Zabka, Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto star in Cobra Kai season 6 on Netflix

The Karate Kid movie premiered 40 years ago—June 22, 1984 to be exact—and decades later a new generation is learning that fighting is the last answer to a problem.

In the original underdog trilogy, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), a mild-mannered janitor and gardener, saves Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) from bullies at his new school. Mr. Miyagi then begins to train Daniel karate under the guise of household chores. One of the most memorable tasks? "Wax on, wax off."

Fast-forward to 2024 and the Netflix series Cobra Kai is teaching the same inspirational message to a new generation. The current-day series follows Daniel and his high school nemesis, Johnny (William Zabka) as competitive parents teaching their kids karate.

Cobra Kai debuted on YouTube in 2018 and was saved from cancellation by Netflix. But all good things must come to an end. Season 6 will be the show's final season. Here's what we know about Cobra Kai Season 6.

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What is Cobra Kai about?

Cobra Kai is a spinoff of the original ’80s Karate Kid movies. The series takes place in present day where our once teenaged characters are now adults. Are they older? Yes. Are they wiser? That's debatable. After the events of Karate Kid III, life moved on for Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, and while life has been kind to Daniel, it hasn’t been so to Johnny.

In the beginning of the series, an aging Johnny is depressed and angry at the world, working one dead-end job after another. He now lives in Reseda, having fallen from his wealthy trappings and away from his verbally abusive and estranged stepfather (played by the late Ed Asner in this series). After saving his teenage neighbor with the karate skills he learned in high school, he finds a renewed interest in the sport and opens up a new Cobra Kai dojo. In doing so, he catches the eye of his old nemesis, Daniel LaRusso, now a successful businessman who owns several car dealerships in the valley.

What is Cobra Kai based on?

Cobra Kai is an original series based on characters from the The Karate Kid trilogy of movies starring Ralph Macchio and the late Pat Morita. Cobra Kai's original home was on YouTube before it was saved from cancellation by Netflix.

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When does season 6 of Cobra Kai premiere?

The sixth and final season will be a 3-part event with a whopping 15 episodes (up from the regular season of 10). The first part will premiere on July 18, 2024. Part 2 will premiere on Nov. 28, 2024 and the final event will premiere in 2025 (date to be announced).

Cobra Kai season 6 cast

Ralph Macchio<p>Netflix</p>
Ralph Macchio


Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso)

The seemingly ageless Macchio, 62, first took on the role of Daniel LaRusso when he was 22—playing a 17-year-old. In the Netflix series on which he serves as an executive producer, Daniel has started his own dojo, Miyagi-Do, to counter the teachings of the Cobra Kai. He and his wife own and operate several car dealerships in the San Fernando Valley, though business has been steadily dwindling.

Fun fact: Macchio's real-life son is named Daniel, after his Karate Kid character.

Pictured: William Zabka
Pictured: William Zabka

William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence)

Johnny is a down and out jack-of-all-trades. He has struggled with every job he’s had. He’s no longer with Shannon Keene, the mother of his estranged son, Robby Keene. In an effort to get his life back on track, Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai Dojo.

The Karate Kid was Zabka’s first movie role. He later studied filmmaking and wrote and produced a short film called, Most, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Zabka also serves as an executive producer on the Netflix series.

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Pictured: Martin Kove
Pictured: Martin Kove

Martin Kove (John Kreese)

Kreese is Johnny’s old sensei and a guy who’s as shady as they come. Giving him the benefit of the doubt and believing people can change, Johnny allows Kreese back into his life and his dojo. Unfortunately, Kreese is just as nasty now as he was 40 years ago. He forcefully takes back leadership of the dojo and teaches Johnny’s students that they should let nothing stand in the way of victory.

Kove has been acting since the early '70s but it’s The Karate Kid that put him on the map. He starred in the two follow-up movies—The Karate Kid II and The Karate Kid III and had later roles in Wyatt Earp and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. His son, Jesse Kove, is also an actor. The two starred in the Hallmark Channel movie, A Taste of Love.

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Pictured: Xolo Maridueña
Pictured: Xolo Maridueña

Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz)

Miguel is Johnny’s new protege. Once bullied, Miguel learned to defend himself under Johnny’s tutelage.

Prior to Cobra Kai, Maridueña played Victor Graham on Parenthood and has had roles on Major Crimes and the Twin Peaks reboot. He recently starred as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in the HBO Max film, Blue Beetle.

Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene)

Robby is the estranged son of Johnny Lawrence. He starts out as a troublemaker but changes his ways after training with Daniel LaRusso. He becomes one of Daniel’s best students before an accident sends his life spiraling.

Before Cobra Kai, Buchanan played the president’s son, Leo Kirkman, on Designated Survivor. He has also had recurring roles on Girl Meets World and The Fosters and starred in He's All That on Netflix.

Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso)

Samantha is Daniel’s teenaged daughter. She is also trained in karate and studies at her father’s reopened Miyagi-Do Karate. After the brawl at West Valley High School, she becomes conflicted about martial arts.

Mouser does a lot of voice work and has also had roles on Scorpion, Criminal Minds and Scandal.

Jacob Bertrand (Eli/Hawk)

Eli was once a nerd, but now he's a punk. After he decided to change the narrative and stop being bullied for his cleft lip, Eli got a mohawk and changed his moniker to Hawk.

Bertrand began his career as a child actor and has had roles on Community, Parks and Recreation and The Middle.

Gianni Decenzo (Demetri)

Demetri is the nerd who wants to fight but doesn’t know how. He joins Miyagi-Do after trying to join Cobra Kai twice with mixed results.

Decenzo has appeared on Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Liv and Maddie and The Middle.

Peyton List (Tory Nichols)

Tory is a troubled teen who speaks her mind and juggles multiple jobs, school, her boyfriend and a sick parent. She is willing to fight anyone who angers her and is responsible for starting the school karate war.

List started her career as a child model. Both she and her twin brother, Spencer, as well as her younger brother, Phoenix, are all actors. List recently starred in B. Loved, a supernatural teen romance available to stream on Max. She is not to be confused with another actress also named Peyton List, who appeared in The CW's Tomorrow People, Hallmark Mystery's A Maple Valley Christmas, and the first season of Star Trek: Picard.

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Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso)

Amanda is Daniel’s wife and business partner in their car dealerships. She is also the mother of Samantha and Anthony. Amanda tries to be the voice of reason when Daniel’s rivalry with Johnny Lawrence is reignited.

Henggeler has had roles on The Big Bang Theory, Jane the Virgin and Bones.

Vanessa Rubio (Carmen Diaz)

Carmen is Miguel’s mom and love interest for Johnny.

Rubio’s previous credits include The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings and Master of None.

Thomas Ian Griffith (Terry Silver)

Griffith returns to the Valley to reprise his character, Terry Silver, who was the main antagonist in The Karate Kid III. Silver is recruited by his old Army buddy, Kreese, to return to Cobra Kai. He eventually turns the table on his old friend and takes over the Cobra Kai dojo.

Yuji Okumoto (Chozen Toguchi)

Chozen was the villain of the story in The Karate Kid Part II. After meeting Daniel again decades later when Daniel revisits Mr. Miyagi's hometown in Japan, the two part ways as friends. Daniel later looks to Chozen to help him.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Okomoto is a third generation Japanese American. He graduated from Hollywood High School which is also the alma mater for such notable actors as Mickey Rooney, John Ritter and Sarah Jessica Parker.

What happened in season 4 of Cobra Kai?

Season 4 found the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament. Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance while Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai. By the season finale, Cobra Kai reigned supreme and took the title at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament.

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What happened in season 5 of Cobra Kai ?

With his win at the tournament, Terry Silver looks to expand the Cobra Kai name with hopes to open dojos across the valley. Daniel teams up with Chozen and has plans to take Silver and Cobra Kai down as Johnny heads down to Mexico with Robby in search of Miguel.

What happens in season 6 of Cobra Kai?

Our sensei and students must decide if and how they will compete in the Sekai Taikai—the world championships of karate.

How many episodes are there in Cobra Kai?

Each of the first five seasons of Cobra Kai contain 10 episodes each for a total of 50 episodes. Season 6 will have 15 episodes spread across three parts. After Season 6 airs, the total number of episodes will be 65.

When does season 6 of Cobra Kai begin filming?

Cobra Kai got an early Season 6 pick up in 2023 and was slated to begin filming that summer but the strikes in Hollywood brought production to a screeching halt. The production has since resumed on the final season.

Take a look at this Behind-the-Scenes video of a table read for Cobra Kai.

Will Netflix premiere episodes of Cobra Kai weekly or will they drop all episodes at once?

The first two seasons of Cobra Kai originally appeared on YouTube. Subsequent seasons premiered on Netflix with all 10 episodes dropping on the same day.

The final season will contain 15 episodes spread across three parts. We expect each part will be five episodes long and will likely drop on the same day.

Is there a trailer for Cobra Kai season 6?

Yes! Check out this teaser trailer for the sixth and final season of Cobra Kai.

Are there images from season 6 of Cobra Kai?

Only a few images have been released for the final season. Take a look below and check out the second gallery for images from Season 5 of Cobra Kai.

View the 8 images of this gallery on the original article

View the 16 images of this gallery on the original article

Where is Cobra Kai filmed?

While the show takes place in the Los Angeles suburbs of Reseda and Encino, filming for Cobra Kai takes place mainly in Atlanta and the surrounding areas with some exterior shots filmed in Los Angeles to help establish location.

Where can I watch Cobra Kai?

You can watch all five seasons of Cobra Kai on Netflix. Season 6 will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

Will there be a Season 7 of Cobra Kai?

Sadly no. Season 6 will be the final season for Cobra Kai.

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