Cobra Kai season 5: episodes, trailer, cast and everything we know about the TV series

William Zabka, Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto in Cobra Kai season 5
William Zabka, Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto in Cobra Kai season 5 (Image credit: Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix)

The legacy of The Karate Kid has taken on new life with Cobra Kai, so fans are understandably excited for Cobra Kai season 5, especially after the way that season 4 wrapped up.

After starting out as a YouTube original before switching to Netflix, Cobra Kai has become incredibly popular with both the fans and critics, including receiving an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2021. Its mix of nostalgia for the 80s franchise and infusion of new characters and comedy have proven to be a winning formula for the show.

Here is everything we know about Cobra Kai season 5.

How to watch Cobra Kai season 5

Cobra Kai season 5 is now available in its entirety on Netflix. As a Netflix original series, you of course need to be a Netflix subscriber to watch the new season of Cobra Kai. Or if you are looking to start from the beginning, all five seasons are ready to play on Netflix.

What is the plot of Cobra Kai season 5?

Last season saw the return of The Karate Kid Part III villain Terry Silver rejoin Cobra Kai to take down Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence and institute his "no mercy" brand of fighting. It all culminated in the All Valley Tournament, where Cobra Kai came out on top (after Silver bribed a judge). Cobra Kai season 5 focuses on the fall out from the tournament.

This includes Cobra Kai expanding its reach across the Valley, especially with Johnny taking a step back, forcing Daniel to close Miyagi Do Karate. However, as Silver gets more emboldened and hires new instructors, Daniel reaches out to an old friend, Chozen Toguchi, for help.

Elsewhere, we can expect Miguel, Robby, Sam and Tory continue to have contentious relationships, while John Kreese attempts to adjust to life in prison after being framed for attempted murder by Silver.

Cobra Kai season 5 episodes

Here is the full slate of 10 episodes and their synopses for Cobra Kai season 5:

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 1, "Long, Long Way From Home"
"Daniel's new ally-turned-housemate tests Amanda's patience. Miguel searches for his father in Mexico. Terry starts to transform Cobra Kai.

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 2, "Molé"
"Chozen and Daniel hatch a risky plot against Terry. In Mexico, Robby and Johnny look for Miguel, who discovers the truth about his dad." 

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 3, "Playing with Fire"
"Another enemy from Daniel's past resurfaces. After a spa day and some soul-searching, Sam comes to a decision about her future with Miguel."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 4, "Downward Spiral"
"Johnny and Carmen's romance flies high while Daniel and Amanda are rattled by Terry's schemes. The teens' feuds spill over at the waterpark."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 5, "Extreme Measures"
"Daniel leans on a friend — and frenemy. Tensions come to a head for Miguel and Robby. A familiar face returns."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 6, "Ouroboros"
"Terry recruits an expert in the way of the fist. Daniel walks away from a fight and Johnny and Chozen pick one. In prison, Kreese confronts old demons."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 7, "Bad Eggs"
"Terry and Kim issue a brutal challenge while Chozen teaches his students a different kind of lesson. Johnny and Daniel demand answers from Kreese."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 8, "Taikai"
"A coveted spot in an elite international tournament ignites a fight between dojos. Tory's loyalties are tested. Sam struggles to let Miguel go."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 9, "Survivors"
"Tory pays a price for defiance. Stingray does battle with his conscience. A celebratory night on the town takes a turn for Johnny, Daniel and Chozen."

Cobra Kai season 5 episode 10, "Head of the Snake"
"A fight night erupts in the Valley as Johnny, Daniel, Chozen and their students summon all their skills and strength to expose Terry and take him down."

Have you watched all of the new season but still have questions? Check out our Cobra Kai season 5 ending explained piece.

Cobra Kai season 5 trailer

The trailer for Cobra Kai season 5 is here. Some highlights, Johnny being the world’s worst ride-share driver, the potential of a LaRusso and Silver showdown and Kreese showing off his skills in jail.

You can also check out a previous Cobra Kai season 5 teaser trailer directly below: 

Lastly, the first clip from the new season sees Terry Silver making a business proposal to new character Kim Da-Eun:

Who is in the Cobra Kai season 5 cast?

Just about all of the main cast is back for Cobra Kai season 5, including series headliners Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence. The two actors are most famous for their roles in the original Karate Kid movies, which has made it a lot of fun to watch them return to these characters as adults, going from long-time enemies to allies.

Other Karate Kid alums in Cobra Kai include Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver. After returning in season 4, Silver is now the big bad in the show. Martin Kove also reprises his original Karate Kid role of John Kreese. Yuji Okumoto is coming back for the new season as Chozen Toguchi (from Karate Kid Part II) after guest starring in season 4. And finally, photos for the new season also reveal that Sean Kanan from Karate Kid Part III is returning as Mike Barnes.

The rest of the main cast is led by the young karate students, including Peyton List as Tory Nichols, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene and Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso. 

Additional returning cast members include Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso, Jacob Betrand as Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz and Gianni DeCenzo as Demetri.

New this season is Alicia Hannah-Kim playing Kim Da-Eun, a new sensei Silver recruits for Cobra Kai.

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