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Netflix premiered the Cobra Kai Season 5 teaser at its Cobra Kai: Live and Badass event. The teaser is now available to watch online, but Showbiz Cheat Sheet was there to see it first. In addition to some major scenes from season 5, the teaser also flashes the Cobra Kai Season 5 premiere date, which is coming sooner than expected. We also found the first Cobra Kai Season 5 photos on Netflix’s press site.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Cobra Kai Season 4 and the Season 5 teaser.]

'Cobra Kai' Season 5 Premiere: Chozen wields sais at Daniel
L-R: Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto | Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 5 won’t wait until New Year to premiere 

Cobra Kai Season 5 premieres Sept 9. This breaks the show’s tradition on Netflix. Season 3, its first new season on Netflix, premiered Jan. 1 2021. Then season 4 followed Dec. 31, so both seasons premiered over New Year’s weekend. But, the momentum is too strong to wait until the holidays in 2022.

Cobra Kai Season 5 also wrapped production earlier than other seasons. While season 3 was in the can when the show moved from YouTube to Netflix, season 4 only filmed at the beginning of 2021. The show took a shorter break in 2021 and completed Cobra Kai Season 5 by December. So it’s ready to go. 

Where did season 4 leave off?

Like every season of Cobra Kai, season 4 ended on a cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more. It’s not as dire as season 2’s high school fight that left Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) in the hospital, but it was as exciting as season 3’s team-up between Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do.

Terry Silver and Tory lead Cobra Kai dojo students
Thomas Ian Griffith and Peyton List | Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix

Tory (Peyton List) won the All-Valley Karate Tournament for Cobra Kai. According to the bet the three dojos made, Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do have to stop teaching Karate. But, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) made some backroom deals to secure the victory. He also orchestrated John Kreese (Martin Kove)’s arrest. 

Daniel (Ralph Macchio) isn’t just accepting defeat. He called Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) in from Okinawa to join him against Cobra Kai. Meanwhile, Johnny (William Zabka) has bigger problems than Karate. Miguel has gone to Mexico to look for his biological father, whom Carmen (Vanessa Rubio) reveals doesn’t know he has a son. 

'Cobra Kai' Season 5 premiere finds Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) get off the bus in Mexico
Xolo Maridueña | Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix

What will happen in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 5?

The teaser for Cobra Kai Season 5 answers a lot of questions without giving too much away. Johnny is going to Mexico to find Miguel, but he doesn’t have a very good plan. But, we already see Miguel back in California, fighting with Robby (Tanner Buchanan) outside Miguel and Johnny’s apartment building. The Cobra Kai Season 5 photos show more of Robby teaming up with Johnny.

Johnny and Robby wear FBI shirts in 'Cobra Kai' Season 5
L-R: Tanner Buchanan and William Zabka | Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix

Silver franchises Cobra Kai into bigger, badder mega-dojos. Daniel does cover the Miyagi-Do sign with canvas indicating at least a temporary closure. Chozen and Silver face off with Silver warning, “You’re playing with fire, Danny boy.” Chozen responds, “Then I am gasoline.”

A shot of Tory looking melancholy at her trophy indicates the continuing turmoil she feels. The Cobra Kai Season 5 photos include one of Samantha (Mary Mouser) too. There are even clips of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in Karate Kid Part III, as Cobra Kai has used alternate takes from the Karate Kid movies as flashbacks. In some action clips Johnny kicks a surfboard in half. 

'Cobra Kai' star Mary Mouser stands in a darkened dojo in season 5
Ralph Macchio and Mary Mouser | Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix

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