‘Cobra Kai’ will return on September 9, 2022, with the debut of Season 5. The upcoming season of the hit Netflix martial arts drama Cobra Kai will also see the return of Karate Kid 3 villain, Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan).
That’s right – the sadistic karate-based villain who Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) hired to terrorize Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is back… and judging from these 10 newly-released images, he’s going to be putting up a fight once more.
Of course, this makes a lot of sense. At the end of Cobra Kai Season 4, we saw Silver wrestle control of Cobra Kai from his former friend, John Kreese (Martin Kove) who he also framed for murder… and it looks as though he’s brought in some backup to keep Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in line.
Season 5 comes several months earlier than expected – the show usually debuts around New Year.
And honestly, it can’t come soon enough. Season 4 was a thrilling continuation of the Cobra Kai story with Daniel and Johnny finally putting their differences aside, and it looks as though they’ll need to rely on each other even more in Season 5.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know how Barnes is going to make his entrance into Cobra Kai… but it looks as though he hasn’t stopped training. But these new images do give us a glimpse of the Cobra Kai dojo, which seems to have been given more than a lick of paint by Sensei Silver.
Not to mention, the return of some of our favorites including Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), and even Robby (Tanner Buchanan).
IGN’s review of Cobra Kai Season 4 said that “the heart and soul of what makes the series what it is, is still present. A different kind of hokeyness is evident in Season 4, but it’s met by more complex emotional journeys and unexpected team-ups that will leave fans counting down the days until Season 5.”
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