‘Cobra Kai’ Star Ralph Macchio Teases Potential Season 6

Quiet! Cobra KaiSeason 5 may not yet have premiered but Ralph Macchio is already sharing what’s hopefully to come for the Netflix hit. 

“It hasn’t officially been picked up. I need to say that because that is the truth,” Macchio, 60, exclusively shared with Us WeeklyWhile promoting his forthcoming memoir, Waxing On: The Karate Kid & MeOn Thursday, September 29. “[But] we’re feeling pretty good that we’ll get to continue the show and let it evolve and land when it needs to. These guys are great! Jon [Hurwitz], Josh [Heald]And Hayden [Schlossberg]The creators of this show are so talented [having]They are the ones who have the pulse of what fans want. They are the fans themselves.” 

While the New York native — who portrayed Daniel LaRusso in the first three Karate Kid Films from 1984 to 1989, before reprising the role. Cobra Kai  — admitted that there are “some butterflies” about whether or not the martial-arts drama will be picked up for another season, he did share some insight into what the future of the series could hold. 


Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, and Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso in ‘Cobra Kai.’
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“There’s more meat on the bones there. But it’s gotta be entertaining and organic and I think there’s plenty of places to go every season,” Macchio explained. “Whether you bring in Tamlyn Tomita as Kumiko [in season 5 or] Elizabeth ShueIn season 3. Season 3. [also]Have Thomas Ian Griffith – what a great job he’s doing.Karate Kid 3It was never, ever my favourite of the three movies. Now it’s bearing such great fruit and storytelling and refined versions of characters.”

The first 34-year-old All Valley Karate Tournament event is the inspiration for the martial arts dramaty. It features a down-and out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) seeking redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai dojo and reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio).

While the Outsiders actor and Zabka, 56, carry a majority of the emotional and nostalgic weight of the series, Macchio noted the younger cast, who have “just exploded” since the series premiered in 2018, have helped add fresh drama.

“It’s a karate soap opera. I mean, let’s be honest, you know, people are fighting in the valley of the San Fernando Valley of California like it’s world peace. But that’s kind of the fun of it,” the My Cousin Vinny star joked of the show’s two rivalry dojos, Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, facing off in various showdowns over the years. 

Macchio plays more of his part. the “mentor” role to the new generation of karate kids. For the Ugly Betty alum, it’s a 180 shift from his role as Daniel LaRusso in the original films, which debuted almost four decades prior — something he discusses in his new memoir. 

“Some of the most iconic things from that film happened and from my perspective,” he explained to UseLearn more about his experiences The Karate Kid. “'[My book is]This is a celebration of the making and afterlife of the original film. … And then how the lessons of the experience and the movie itself has given what it’s given to the world and my life.” 

Waking Up: The Karate Kid, MeThis publication will be available on Tuesday, October 18. 

Leanne Aciz Stanton reporting