Cobra Kai season 6 release updates, cast, and everything we know so far

Time to claim your favorite dojo because Cobra Kai is officially returning for a new season. We’ve been tracking all the big news about Cobra Kai season 6, and luckily, there’s been another development to share with fans.

The beloved nostalgia-filled comedy last added new episodes in September 2022, and with the months going by without a renewal announcement, fans were starting to get nervous. But fortunately, Netflix has given the series the greenlight and they’re calling this the “biggest” and “baddest” season. It’ll also mark the final season.

Cobra Kai is a sequel spinoff to the classic Karate Kid movies, with many of the original cast members reprising their roles. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka star opposite one another as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively, over 30 years after the first film. Now fathers, the two have different perspectives than they did as kids, but they still butt heads now and then.

We’re updating this story as we learn more information. The latest update was on Monday, March 27, 2023. 

Cobra Kai season 6 is the final season

The creators of Cobra Kai, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, shared a letter with fans via Netflix today with the announcement. They explain the decision to end the show, noting that they’ve wanted to conclude Cobra Kai “on our terms.” Though they see this as the end of the story, they do tease that spinoffs could happen at some point in the future.

“This fandom is the BEST on the planet and we hope to be telling more Karate Kid stories with you down the line. Because as we all know, Cobra Kai Never Dies,” the creators write. Check out the full announcement in the tweet below:

Has Cobra Kai season 6 started filming?

Despite new episodes coming in September 2022, the cast and crew have not started filming Cobra Kai season 6 yet. Jon Hurwitz confirmed on Twitter that the writers room for Cobra Kai season 6 just started writing the season in February 2023.

With Cobra Kai season 6 still in the writing process, we’re still quite a while away from the production start, and that’s not good for the release date. We do have some updates on when production could be starting, though.

According to fans who attended the Cobra Kai panel at Atlanta Comic-Con in February 2023, Ralph Macchio revealed production on Cobra Kai season 6 starts in May 2023.

Unfortunately, Netflix has not confirmed the start of production in May yet, but that’s not out of the ordinary. Netflix usually waits until production officially starts before revealing important news like this to fans.

As we’ve seen with other seasons of the series, the cast and crew can work pretty quickly on this show. We’ve seen shorter gaps between Cobra Kai seasons than we’ve seen for pretty much every other Netflix show.

Does Cobra Kai season 6 have a release date yet?

Cobra Kai season 6 does not have a release date just yet. We probably won’t know the release date for a while, but there’s been an interesting wrinkle to share with fans.

Still, if production starts in May, we have to assume that lasts through the summer and into the fall. With post-production, we’re looking at late 2023 or early 2024 for the release date.

At this time, a late 2023 release date is almost out of the question with production starting that late in the year. It might be too late for a 2023 release anyway. Plus, Cobra Kai season 6 is going to be the final season of the series. Netflix is going to roll out the season during a time when it can stand alone and shine, and I don’t think Christmas or New Year’s Eve/Day would be that time.

The other part of this equation is that, in the renewal announcement that was released in January 2023, they teased “THE BIGGEST SEASON OF COBRA KAI YET.” We don’t know what that means exactly, but we have to assume that could mean more choreography, more action sequences, potentially new locations, and more.

We’d love to see Cobra Kai season 6 before the spring of 2024, but it doesn’t seem all that likely. For now, expect to see Cobra Kai season 6 in the spring of 2024.

Release Prediction: Spring 2024

Cobra Kai season 6 teaser

It’s too early for the official Cobra Kai season 6 trailer, but Netflix did release a teaser video announcing the final season. It doesn’t look like there’s new footage in the clip, but it’s still enough to get fans hyped over the news. We’re so excited to see our favorite characters on our screens again and can’t wait to watch how the story ends! See the video here:

Cobra Kai season 6 cast

At the time of this writing, we can assume the main cast and most of the supporting will return for Cobra Kai season 6. This includes:

  • Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso
  • William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence
  • Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz
  • Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso
  • Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene
  • Jacob Bertrand as Eli ‘Hawk’ Moskowitz
  • Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso
  • Peyton List as Tory Nichols
  • Martin Kove as John Kreese
  • Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi
  • Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz
  • Dallas Dupree Young as Kenny Payne

The cast for season 6 is subject to change so we’ll keep this report updated once we hear of any casting news!

Will Hilary Swank be in Cobra Kai season 6?

There’s been so much chatter about Hilary Swank, who played Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid, joining the cast of Cobra Kai season 6. So far, there haven’t been any confirmations that it’s going to happen. Obviously, we want it to happen! We’ve seen so many great Karate Kid cameos through five seasons. It would make a lot of sense to bring back Julie Pierce, especially as these characters will be taking part in a global tournament in the sixth and final season.

Swank previously mentioned that she has not been asked to be in the show. Macchio recently shared his thoughts on the matter and mentioned he would be open to it, according to CinemaBlend.

If they can work Swank into the series, it’ll be revealed prior to the season 6 premiere, most likely. It’s hard to keep big stars secret in 2023!

Cobra Kai season 5 ending and what it means for season 6

The ending of Cobra Kai season 5 is so wild, but we have a feeling that season 6 will be even more eventful. Kreese escapes prison in the season 5 finale, so we’re sure he’ll be a main player in the next season and will probably be seeking vengeance from Silver yet again. We’ll be curious to see what his relationship with Daniel and Johnny will be, considering the two kind of made amends in season 5. There’s a chance they’ll team up in the new season.

Tory and Robby are back together by the end of season 5, as are Sam and Miguel. We’re predicting season 6 will give both couples the happy endings they deserve. Johnny and Carmen’s relationship is also getting more serious and the sixth season will most likely see them welcoming a baby into the world. Johnny will no doubt struggle with fatherhood yet again, but I think he’ll do a better job this time around.

There’s a lot on the line for Cobra Kai season 6, and we’re so happy the story will continue for one more installment! Cobra Kai is one of the best shows on Netflix right now!