Cobra Kais Ralph Macchio on series’ future beyond season five Not closing the door

Cobra Kai: Netflix release season four trailer

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Season four of Cobra Kai wrapped up after another thrilling All-Valley Tournament and new challenges on the horizon for Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang. With a fifth season wrapped up and ready to go, Ralph Macchio has opened up about the future of the smash-hit Netflix series.

Fans will have already binged all 10 new episodes over the New Year break, but the fight has only just begun for Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang.

After finally reconciling (maybe for good this time) with Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka), Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) has another ghost from his past to take down.

A fifth season of Cobra Kai has already been filmed, but Netflix still hasn’t confirmed whether this is the last fans will see of the Karate Kid and his students on screens.

In a recent interview, the show’s iconic lead assured fans he’s keen to let Daniel’s story continue.

“I am not closing the door on anything,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.

The actor was pressed on whether Cobra Kai could be wrapped up with a sequel film of sorts, rather than a sixth or even seventh full season.

Netflix often pulls the plug on shows still in their prime, but Daniel and Johnny could return one last time for a feature finale a la El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

Ralph explained: “Once this worked on this level, I would be foolish to say, ‘But that won’t work’.

“I am open to all that — of course, with the right content and execution.”

Cobra Kai is already based on a series of feature films centred on the titular Karate Kid, so one final film in the franchise could be a fitting way to bring Daniel’s story to a close.

However, the actor is keen to ensure all the characters, new and old, are given their dues whenever the time comes to end the series.

He continued: “Even though they say, ‘Cobra Kai never dies,’ at some point, we will have to wind up this series and tie up the stories properly.

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“And hopefully, Netflix gives us that opportunity to finish it and then is up for other chapters in other ways.”

As season five is already finished, Ralph seems optimistic the show could continue for a sixth shortly afterwards.

Following the Cobra Kai dojo’s historic yet crushing win at the All-Valley, the series could be building up to an epic rematch between the three dojos.

Plus, dangerous new sensei Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) is still at large after framing John Kreese (Martin Kove) for an assault against one of his ex-students.

Ralph is still highly protective of his most iconic role and contributes his ideas each season to ensure Daniel is properly represented.

“This character is very precious to me,” he added. “But he is so precious to me that I need someone to oversee the entire painting and not just the colours I represent.”

“[The writers and creators] have earned that and deserve that, so that is how we move forward. At the end of that day, no one knows better than them where it is going and what they want.”

Although the star won’t be able to decide for how long Cobra Kai can continue, hopefully, Netflix recognises his passion and lets the series end on its own terms.

Cobra Kai seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.

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