Based on ‘The Karate Kid’ films by Robert Mark Kamen, Netflix’s action series ‘Cobra Kai’ follows Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, two karate mentors who rekindle their rivalry after a long period of three decades. Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, the martial-arts show originally released on May 2, 2018, on YouTube Red, but eventually found a home on Netflix after season 2.
One of the biggest hits on the streaming giant, the show has been well-received by the critics, earning praise for its characterizations, nostalgic narrative, and humor. Despite its astounding success, the series was criticized for its lack of diversity in its lead cast, especially considering the storyline’s Eastern roots. Nevertheless, with the fourth installment of the show on the horizon, fans are as eager as ever for the fiery fights to commence once again. On that note, here’s everything you need to know about ‘Cobra Kai’ season 4!
Cobra Kai Season 4 Release Date
On October 2, 2020, Netflix announced the renewal of ‘Cobra Kai’ for a fourth season, even before the release of the third installment. And ever since season 3’s arrival, admirers of the show have been waiting for the dojos to engage in some more blazing showdowns. Well, the wait is finally over as ‘Cobra Kai’ season 4 is set to premiere with ten episodes on December 31, 2021, at 3 am ET on Netflix.
New alliances. Higher than ever stakes. The battle for the soul of the Valley reawakens December 31. pic.twitter.com/gzTKezWS7Z
— Cobra Kai (@CobraKaiSeries) September 25, 2021
The filming of season 4 officially commenced in February 2021 and went on till late April 2021. While the fans are counting the days for the fourth season’s premiere, on August 27, 2021, Netflix announced that the show will return with a fifth season as well. Sources revealed that filming for season 5 commenced in September 2021 and is expected to wrap up by the end of 2021.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Cast: Who is in it?
Most of the beloved cast members will be back for the fourth round. They are Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene), Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso), and Jacob Bertrand (Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz). Moreover, we can expect the return of Gianni DeCenzo, who portrays Demetri. The late actor Pat Morita may continue to appear as Mr. Miyagi as the series uses archive footage from ‘The Karate Kid’ films.
Vanessa Rubio (Carmen Diaz) and Peyton List (Tory Nichols) have been promoted to the main cast for the upcoming installment. Furthermore, there are a few additions to the cast for the fourth season. Dallas Dupree Young has joined in to portray Kenny, a kid who starts learning karate to defend himself against bullies at school. Oona O’Brien will appear as Devon, a competitive karate student with a quick temper. Thomas Ian Griffith, who portrays Terry Silver in ‘The Karate Kid III,’ has been roped in to reprise his role in the new season.
Cobra Kai Season 4 Plot: What can it be About?
The third season ends with the alliance of Johnny and Daniel to defeat Kreese in the U18 All Valley Karate Tournament. After Kreese’s proclamation that he will leave Cobra Kai if they lose, Johnny and Daniel start to train their students together at the Miyagi dojo. Meanwhile, Kreese calls an old friend for help. On the other hand, Hawk turns against his Cobra Kai mates to join Demetri upon realizing the gradual deterioration of Cobra Kai. Robby sides with Kreese and is the hope and confidence of Cobra Kai in the tournament.
The fourth season of the show will focus on the All-Valley tournament. With Johnny and Daniel joining forces, it is evident that they have the upper hand. But Kreese’s phone call to Terry Silver may change the dynamics of the predicament. As Tory and Samantha’s rivalry continues, we can expect this subplot to develop further. While the karate tournament guarantees some tough battles, we may see Johnny and Daniel working on their relationship. Given their history and decades-long rivalry, their alliance may not be as stable as one hoped.
In an interview given to Collider, William Zabka (Johnny) talked about Daniel and Johnny’s new alliance. “We want this to work. And here we go. There’s a lot to clean up here with these kids all coming together, and now it’s time to march on into battle. These are two complex characters who are so similar and so different,” he said. With the tournament as the nucleus of the storyline, we may see many developments in the characters’ personal lives as well.
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