The creators explained the ending of Cobra Kai season 5, the tournament and the fights

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you haven’t seen all “Cobra Kai” Season 5, now streaming on Netflix

Each season of “Cobra Kai” seems to build on itself in terms of dramatic fights, returning characters from “Karate Kid” and enticing hits. Season 5, streaming now on Netflix, is no exception, with the finale teasing the inevitable Season 6 — which Netflix hasn’t officially greenlit, but the creators say they already have plans for.

Season 5 ends with Kreese (Martin Kove) faking his death and escaping from prison, planning his return as a possible antagonist if “Cobra Kai” is renewed. With Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) now under arrest, things should be quieter in the Valley, unless Kreese is seeking revenge against Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). Johnny may also have his hands full with a baby at some point soon, with Carmen (Vanessa Rubio) now expecting.

However, one of the biggest themes from season 5 is the mention of an international karate tournament called Sekai Taikai. The best martial artists from around the world are invited to participate, which sounds like the perfect place for students of Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do to get new opponents. And now that the Cobra Kai disciples have lost their evil sensei, can they jump ship and join Miyagi-Do? Not to mention, Daniel, Johnny and especially Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) suffered brutal injuries in the final fight against Silver and will need some time to heal.

Creators of “Cobra Kai”. Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg spoke with Diversity about the end of season 5 and where they want to go with a possible season 6. The trio is in production on another Netflix series called “Obliterated,” also in the early stages making a spinoff of another favorite movie from the 80s: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. The film, titled “Sam and Victor’s Day Off,” will focus on what happened to the two drivers who took Cameron’s father’s Ferrari for a joyride that day.

Chozen survived the fight with Terry, but it seemed like he was almost killed. Did you plan to kill off any characters this season?

Josh Heald: We were thinking about someone getting seriously hurt going into Season 5. What could happen with Kreese in prison, what could happen with the Silver-Chozen, Silver-Daniel 2nd round clash in the finals? We decided to take things on the line and not go to people karate killing each other. It was something that was discussed: “Did we earn the right to enter that stage?” Ultimately, it felt like, for this season, he pushed things past the point of no return, where it’s hard to imagine staying invested in other elements of the story. It may have taken on too much of a role after that.

Will Kreese be the main villain in Season 6 after his prison break?

Hayden Schlossberg: We liked the idea that for a lot of the characters, it feels like, “We made it. It’s over. Cobra Kai is done.” Meanwhile, there’s the ultimate Cobra Kai snake who’s really mad at everyone right now. We’ll see if life goes easy in season 6 or if Kreese has something to say. Something tells me it will be the latter.

Are you already preparing for the 6th season? How many more stories are there to tell?

Jon Hurwitz: We have more stories to tell; we’re still figuring out the details of that. We are in the middle of shooting another series we created and are showing called “Obliterated” for Netflix, which is another passion project of ours. The three of us have been friends since our teenage days. When we’re doing a show, we live together because it’s just easier to keep working at night. After a long day of shooting “Obliterated”, the conversation very often turns to “Cobra Kai”. There is a lot in store, a lot of thoughts for the future. There’s a lot we want to do with these characters and we’re giddy about that next step.

Will Johnny train his baby in karate?

Heald: We’ll see; it is a story in progress. We’re still in 2019 in our story, and seasons tend to pick up pretty close to, if not right after, the previous season. The fact that a baby is on the way is certainly a key part of growth for Johnny Lawrence and a huge evolutionary leap for his relationship with Miguel, Robby and Carmen.

Will we see this international karate tournament next season?

Schlossberg: We grew up loving the “Rocky” movies. There’s the original “Rocky” and there’s Mr. T in “Rocky III.” Once that madness occurs, how do you overcome it? Well, you get Russia and America and Drago. All of these kids are gaining skill in terms of karate power, so you have to create a new obstacle for them to deal with. It felt like in the real world, that’s what was going to happen. If you are the best at karate, what will you do? There may be something outside of your local area.

Would any of the Cobra Kai members like Tory, Kenny, Devon or Kyler join another team now that Silver is gone?

Hurwitz: All of these characters have learned the truth about Terry Silver and it’s clear that they don’t like who their sensei is, the dishonesty, the lack of sportsmanship. Their worlds are rocked. Where do they turn? Do they continue on the path of karate? If they try to reach out to these other dojos and get involved, will they be accepted? Season 6 and beyond, we’ll see that next step. Will these children continue to find new conflicts in new ways? Will new sources of conflict enter their world if they unite?

Do you approach your “Ferris Bueller” spinoff in a similar way as you do “Cobra Kai” after “The Karate Kid”?

Hurwitz: We are children of the 80s. When we talk about key movie experiences in our lives, there is a five-year period from ’83. until ’88, where many of those films agree with us. “Ferris Bueller” was such a moment in our lives. We love side trips. In “Ferris Bueller”, a big wish comes true with these two servants, who take this amazing Ferrari on a top drive. We only see them for a few moments as they leave, climb a huge hill, lift the car into the air and then bring it back. What is going on in their lives? They seem to be having a very different experience than Ferris, who lives in the outer suburbs. What could have caused them to need that car, want that car and take it? When you start unraveling all the threads, it sparked a lot of ideas. We’re excited to tell a very different story set in Chicago that day that doesn’t try to recreate “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” It’s just trying to add to it; we are not trying to force nostalgia down anyone’s throat. We love and respect movies that everyone says are untouchable, and this in no way wants to touch or mess with “Ferris Bueller”.

Heald: We are not interested in remaking anything. We love it so much that we want to explore it more. Similar to “Cobra Kai”, it started from a point of view you didn’t see. In “The Karate Kid”, what if you were Johnny? It makes you look back at “The Karate Kid” in a fun, different way. It keeps that movie alive in a different way. If things work out with this, it will be similar.

Any ideas or familiar faces or moments or songs that might come up again?

Hurwitz: We don’t want to spoil anything that’s going to happen, but needless to say, it’s happening on the same day as Ferris’ day off. They are in Chicago, their paths crossed on the way. Some of the iconic scenery or locations that we saw through Ferris’ eyes, we may see through the eyes of other characters.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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