With all of the cancellations happening, it’s understandable that many people thought Cobra Kai season 4 had no chance of happening. But don’t worry, the season has already been shot and will be available on Netflix later this year.
However, the show’s creators believe that Cobra Kai is a spinoff, which is true given that the show has detailed the lives of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso since its return. Fans can’t deny that it’s been great to see Johnny reuniting with the Cobra Kai members who are still alive or Daniel making peace with Chozen last season.
And the return of Terry Silver, who has been confirmed for the next season, was fantastic, as was the appearance of John Kreese. Even seeing Elizabeth Shue return was satisfying because it provided some much-needed closure to a story that many of us grew up with.
“We’ve always had a clear idea of where the story is going, but we’ve said from the start that we don’t know how many seasons it’ll take to get there. Even in Season 1, when we were in the writers’ room, we discovered many ideas that just didn’t fit into those five hours in the first season, so they pushed them to the following season. We talked about ideas that appeared in Season 3 or will appear in Season 4 at the show’s start. Some ideas then fall by the wayside. There is no additional pressure to extend the series. We’re still having a good time making it. In our minds, there is still a lot more story to tell.”
So it’s been established that they do have a plan for how things will end. Still, with the All Valley Tournament coming up next season, it’s safe to say that Cobra Kai is on its way out or that a surprise awaits if Daniel and Johnny lose and have to move on.
Even if some people disagree and don’t see Kreese as an all-out villain, the fact that he was ready and willing to kill Daniel, remember “Time for you and Miyagi to reunite” from season 3, should make it clear that he’s not a heroic figure in any way.
Furthermore, Terry Silver’s returning shows that Kreese is willing to go to any length to ruin Johnny and Daniel. One could argue that this story progressed from redemption to all-out war, and if another couple of characters return, could set the battlefield, and if we’re lucky, we might even see Mike Barnes return as well.
It’s unclear how long the show will last, but it sounds like the creators might have more ideas in the works, and the potential spinoffs could also keep things going for a while. However, they would focus on importance because it could backfire if they chose to follow those they do not identify.
Cobra Kai is one of the most popular shows on Netflix, and it has been since season one when it debuted on YouTube Red and quickly became one of the most anticipated shows of the time. It’s hard to believe it’s been a few years since the show debuted and resurrected the story of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso. At this point, it almost feels as if these two are destined. To be mentioned together even if they do eventually part ways.
Season 4 is going to be a roller coaster ride. There’s no doubt about it because the events of the third season were powerful and meaningful. They did a lot to advance the story, from Daniel making peace with an old enemy to Johnny trying to save his son to Kreese making that ominous phone call to set up the following season.
Without a doubt, things will take off in a big way, and it’s easy to believe that season 4 will outperform everything that’s come before, no matter how high the bar is set. It will be challenging to wait now that it has been announced.