Cobra Kai Season 5 revolves around battling the big villain Terry Silver, who took over the eponymous dojo after Season 4 ended and is expanding across the valley. The finale ends with a truly epic bang, but with so much going on it’s easy to get bogged down by some of the finer details about what exactly happens in the season 5 finale. We’ve broken down all the twists and turns of the finale right here so you can keep up with every punch, kick, and shocking moment.
Of course, we’re going to be dealing with major spoilers, so come back now if you didn’t make it to the Cobra Kai Season 5 finale! Your black belts and read everything you need to know about this KO final.
Cobra Kai Season 5 Ending Explained
The ending begins with the incarceration of John Kreese (Martin Kove); He spent the entire season behind bars. But tragedy strikes when he is attacked by other inmates. He hits the ground, bleeding from his stomach and looking particularly ashen. Is the fearsome Sensei really dead? We’ll see… Elsewhere, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) find out who kidnapped them in that luxury limousine.
It’s none other than Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan), the bad boy of karate! Mike seeks revenge after Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) sets his furniture store on fire earlier in the season in retaliation for Mike helping Daniel. After a brief fight, Mike is convinced his real enemy is Silver, and he, Johnny, and Chozen set off to take the fight straight to their nemesis. Daniel isn’t convinced, which leaves him stranded across the street from Stingray (Paul Walter Hauser). appears, with Carmen (Vanessa Rubio)
and Amanda (Courtney Henggeler) in the car with him. Their children are in trouble and they need help as soon as possible in the Cobra Kai Dojo: the youngsters want to defeat Cobra Kai once and for all. With Tory Nichols (Peyton Lista) help, her goal is to break into the dojo and find security footage of Silver attacking Stingray in order to expose the Sensei for who he really is. As expected, things get violent very quickly in Silver’s house.
Johnny while Chozen and Silver go heads the head with guns. Mike will pass out almost immediately but we won’t be too hard on him as he’s out of practice. Carmen’s ultrasound image, showing her unborn child, falls in front of him. He gains a new boost of energy and fights the Sensei, but it’s still not enough until Mike arrives and saves the day. Come on Mike!
But Silver emerges victorious from his confrontation with Chozen, who is badly injured in Silver’s pool with a massive sword wound to his back. The villain then heads to the dojo where, as you may recall, Daniel is. I’m going too.
In the dojo, the children realize that the pictures have disappeared. All seems lost until Tory offers another video to use instead. However, Cobra Kai’s children are in Miyagi-Two and Eagle Fangs. They show up trying to get to the office where Samantha LaRusso (Mary Mouser), Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), Hawk (Jacob Bertrand), Demetri (Gianni DeCenzo), Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan), and Tory are searching according to the pictures. How did Cobra Kai find out?
Well, Mitch (Aedin Mincks) betrayed his friends. An all-out fight erupts in Cobra Kai’s dojo. Using the egg technique Chozen taught them earlier in the season, the Miyagi-Two and Eagle Fangs shield Anthony LaRusso (Griffin Santopietro) in the middle as he tries to upload the video. He gets it working and broadcasts it to the Cobra Kai TV screens – everyone watches as Silver is exposed for tampering with the All Valley.
The clip Tory selected is a conversation between her and Silver confirming that Sensei cheated by bribing the referee. The Cobra Kai kids turn on Silver. However, he refuses to go down without a fight, and at Amanda’s urging, Daniel intervenes. on the mat to face him. Daniel uses the same techniques Silver taught him to defeat the villain, which is punctuated with flashbacks from The Karate Kid 3 of Silver teaching him the moves.
The strategy works even though silver is down but not out. To win the fight, Daniel uses a well-known move for the first time in the series: that iconic crane kick. That’s enough to end the fight and beat Silver, hopefully for good this time. With Silver defeated and the traps uncovered, Cobra Kai appears to be finished.
The police arrive, as do Johnny, Mike and… Chozen! He survived his horrific injury but needs medical attention so he was taken to an ambulance. Mike turns up no worse, and a priceless painting is stolen. of Silver’s house, which he intends to sell to try to recover from losing all of his livelihood. Silver is arrested and taken away. Miguel and Sam rekindle their relationship
Relationship, just like Robby and Tory. Awww. But what about Kreese? Well, it turns out that Kreese faked his death again. The blood stains are actually jelly and he stole his medical card to escape from prison.
That means Kreese is on the loose again, but how that plays out is a question for Season 6 (should it happen).
The plan to unmask Terry Silver as the real culprit in Stingray’s brutal attack falls through when footage is discovered to be missing. That leaves the kids stuck aimlessly until Tory volunteers a new clip. The images you selected are not. apart from his conversation with Silver about the rigged All Valley.
In it, Silver admits to bribing the referee and giving Tory the win. That ends for once his credibility in the eyes of his students and his influence over the valley and (we Hope) for everyone.
Terry Silver, what happened to him?
Silver escapes his home almost unscathed after Johnny, Mike and Chozen attack him there, but he finds his fate at the Cobra Kai Dojo. After Tory finds the video proving Silver was tampered with at All Valley last season, the Sensei is exposed as an imposter and his students turn against him.
However, it’s not over, and ends up in a fight with Daniel. The OG Karate Kid follows Silver’s lessons from the third film to beat him, and the icing on the cake is the Crane Kick, that famous
move that defeated Johnny Lawrence in the first film. Silver ends up in handcuffs, and when Stingray finally admits the truth about the attack, Silver faces a lengthy prison sentence. So, it looks like the villain is defeated forever.
Did John Kreese Die?
John Kreese is alive. Yes, the sensei faked his death for the third time. In the end, however, it’s a bit different because we actually see him put his plan into action. It appears that Kreese was stabbed multiple times., then bleeds out.
But the blood is actually red jelly, which Kreese’s argument with the prisoner across the desert pays for, and Kreese steals his doctor’s security card to get out of prison. Where he’s going next is unclear… but we suspect he’s up to no good and likely has something to do with this world tournament.
Who is Mike Barnes?
Mike Barnes, played by Sean Kanan, returns from The Karate Kid 3. In this film, he was a villain named Karate’s Bad Boy. Silver recruited him to beat Daniel in the All Valley tournament, but in a particularly nasty way: the plan was for Mike to win a point against Daniel, then do something to take the point away as a penalty, and so on until the last round .sudden death. Then the plan was to end the match in one fell swoop and take home the trophy for Cobra Kai
OK against Mike, but some of Miyagi-san’s wisdom helped him get back on his feet and score the victory point in the sudden death round. However, in Season 5 of Cobra Kai, Mike is no longer a villain. a furniture store and reveals that he was disfellowshipped from karate after All Valley. When Daniel goes into his shop, assuming Mike is working with Silver again, Mike surprises him by saying he’s a nice guy and actually offers helpful information.
It backfires, however, and Terry burns down Mike’s shop. In the end, Mike reappears with the intent of getting revenge on Daniel, though he soon realizes his real enemy is Silver. He goes straight to Silver’s store with Johnny and Chozen. home and quickly falls unconscious. Fortunately, however, he wakes up in time to save Johnny from a near-fatal beating. After the fight at the Cobra Kai dojo, Mike shows up with a painting worth selling: that should in some way help him recover from his lost business.
Did Chozen survive the sword fight?
When Silver leaves Chozen unconscious in his pond, forgive your worries about Chozen being dead. After all, he got a nasty blow from a sword. But the end of the episode shows that Chozen survived the skirmish, he only has one wound that needs medical attention, so the last time we see him he’s in an ambulance. Whether Chozen will return for a possible Cobra Kai Season 6 remains to be seen.
Cobra Kai, Miyagi-Do, and Eagle Fang kids
After Silver’s deception is exposed, none of the Cobra Kai children support him. Tory and Robby eventually reconcile after admitting an apology is due, but Kenny Payne (Dallas Dupree Young) doesn’t want to speak to Robby alone. even. As for Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang’s children, Sam and Miguel get back together and even profess their love for each other. Everyone also comes out of the dojo fight unscathed.
When will the world tournament happen?
There is much talk about Terry Silver’s latest evil plan to win the world’s largest karate tournament, officially titled Sekai Taikai, which would make his karate method the way of fighting in the world, and in a flashback, Silver talks about using his fortune to make the tournament the “Super Bowl” of karate. Obviously, Daniel and Johnny don’t want Silver to win such a big competition, so they consider joining their combined Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojo. Both Cobra Kai, Daniel, and Johnny’s dojo qualify for the tournament. But we don’t really see the Sekai Taikai this season, which means it’s likely to reappear in a potential Season 6.
While Silver is down, Kreese is at large, so there’s a good chance Cobra Kai can enter the tournament. Whether Kreese will have students on his side, however, is another matter. Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang also need to compete under one name, but Daniel and Johnny aren’t making any decisions about what that will be like, so we can only speculate on what they’ll call their dojo. Daniel called her Miyagi-Fang. in the season 4 finale, making him a contender.
Sensei Kim Da-Eun
Sensei Kim Da-Eun joins Terry Silver in the middle of Season 5 on his hunt for villains in Way of the Fist Cobra Kai fighting style. In a flashback to when Silver and Kreese were training with the man, a young Kim Da-Eun watches them train from a hiding place behind some pots. It’s not entirely clear what happens to her at the end of the season, as she was last seen watching Silver and Daniel’s dramatic showdown.
Whether he will team up with Kreese to win the Sekai Taikai World Karate Tournament in a potential Season 6 remains to be seen, but he seems like the most likely bet for this particular character.