The final battle for the souls of Reseda is on the horizon, as Netflix has released a teaser for season 6 of Cobra Kai, which will officially be its last. There’s no release date yet, but we’re assured the end is coming soon. The lauded sequel series to the Karate Kid movies brought many of the characters from the films back, with original nemeses Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in the lead roles. The series has found acclaim for its characterizations, themes of redemption and learning from the past, and its respect for the movies that inspired it, but it’s also a breath of fresh air in the woke wasteland that Hollywood has become. You can see the teaser below:
This is the definition of a teaser, as opposed to a trailer. There’s no new footage; it’s all clips from past seasons and The Karate Kid. But for Cobra Kai, this is enough because it has garnered so much goodwill from its fans that a trip down memory lane is more than sufficient to get us excited for more.
In addition to the teaser, the creators of the series, Josh Heald, John Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, sent out a letter to fans, which you can read below, courtesy of Deadline:
Bittersweet is right, but I get it. A show as incredible, as loved, and as appreciated as Cobra Kai needs to end at the right moment before it becomes stale and runs out of stories to tell. And season 5 ended in a way that suggested the final battle was at hand. And while it feels rude to mention it, William Zabka is 57 years old, and Ralph Macchio is 61; they’re terrific in the show, but how long can they keep this up? I’ll hate to see it go, but I’ll be satisfied with what I’m sure will be a story well told by a trio of creatives who have earned my trust many times over. The promises of this being the “biggest” and “baddest” season are certainly tantalizing.
What isn’t tantalizing is the promise of “more Karate Kid stories.” As wonderful as Cobra Kai is, I really don’t think they should push this any further. Part of what makes the series so great is that Daniel and Johnny are the stars, the driving forces of the story. It never stopped being theirs, and the next generation shares it, lets it shape them. Where can they go from here? I don’t want to see a show with just the kids; I don’t know how interesting they’d be in the absence of their mentors. No, this should be it, the final word on a story long thought told with perhaps its best chapter still to tell.