The genius of Cobra Kai – created by Karate Kid superfans Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg – is that decades after the release of the original trilogy, almost every major character from the Robert Mark Kamen franchise has been brought back. scripted films to get their stories rolling. While it seems that almost every major TV storyline has come to a conclusion by the end of Season 5, Ralph Macchio believes there is much more to be told should the series return for Season 6.
“First of all, in the ‘Cobra Kai’ world – which is a kind of karate soap opera; it’s like a telenovela – [for] Every door that closes opens another. That’s by design,” Macchio told Looper. “The writers wanted this season to come to a landing where everything feels right, but they brought in a lot of international elements: the Sekai Taikai and what it is, Kim Sun-Yung and who he is and was. There’s a lot of work to do to break the dam again, but it’s at a point where it would be interesting.”
While Cobra Kai is currently on hold for a Season 6 renewal, Macchio said he’s keeping his fingers crossed in the hopes of an announcement coming soon.
“The writers should have a chance to land it in a satisfying way and potentially open up to some spinoffs and other ideas,” Macchio said. “But it’s cool to play it like, ‘Oh, well, I’m glad that’s done,’ and just when you think it’s safe to go back, just when you think you’re out, pull.” back in!”
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