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Ralph Marchio and cast tease 'huge' season 5 and 'life and death' situation at 'Cobra Kai' premiere

A good rule of thumb is that if you see Netflix boss Ted Sarandos pull out his phone and hit record, a spectacle worth seeing is about to unfold. That’s exactly what happened on the sprawling lawn of Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Wednesday: 07 In the afternoon, a pair of headlights on an Eagle Fang karate minivan illuminated a dirt road in front of the red carpet for anchors The fifth season premiere of Cobra Kai of Cobra Kai.

When the green ride rolls up in front of a crowd of media and a crowd of enthusiastic fans (many wearing Cobra Kai gear), a pair of spark fountains shot into the air. Franchise stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka (drive) jumped out to the music of DJ Miss Ninja to a rock star welcome. Along with Global Head of Television Bela Bajaria , Sarandos captured the entire scene and then smiled as he congratulated the stars on their biggest event to date .

“It’s the best,” Jon Hurwitz tells The Hollywood Reporter , alongside partner creators Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald. “Anytime you see these guys in public together, it’s a spectacle because you’re seeing Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. You don’t see Ralph and Billy in that moment. This is awesome for the fans and awesome for everyone who has been working on this show 30 Episodes have moments where they can get to an event and really immerse in it.”

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka arrive at the premiere of the Eagle Tooth Karate minivan for the show.
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A sweaty night in Los Angeles with lingering temperatures, Drenched all over 30 Spend. The entire Cobra Kai family took to the red carpet, many easily forgiving the heat and humidity and celebrating the occasion while partnering with Street Food Epic Spread Cinema is complete with food trucks and outdoor screenings for hundreds of fans and VIP insiders.

Xolo Maridueña is pinching himself. “It’s the biggest venue we’ve ever been to, and let me tell you, if you look at that hill over there, that’s my old school,” he explained, pointing to Cathedral High. “I was standing in front of that school when I found out I got the role of Cobra Kai . [Co-creators Jon, Hayden and Josh] under Called me during class and told me I got the part and I was about to break down. It was very surreal to be here tonight. It felt so round.”

CELEBRATED Events aside, the plot of the new batch of episodes, which premiered on September 9, has received attention. Season five begins after the shocking results of the Whole Valley Championship. Terry Silver is expanding his Cobra Kai empire and trying to make his “No Mercy” style karate the only game in town. With Chris behind bars, Johnny Lawrence putting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he caused, Daniel LaRusso must turn to an old friend for help. THR is asking for Cobra Kai talent to tease what will happen to their characters.

Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso): “For me, it was my biggest arc in the entire series because, you know, Daniel is The only person who really understands Terry’s madness is Silver. So, he ends up looking like a lunatic and losing control of everything in his life to the point where he has to hit rock bottom and find his balance again. It’s exciting. Second half of the season Really starting to build and build for the fans.”

Hayden Schlossberg (co-creator, executive producer): “This is the season when those things happen One is getting so crazy. It’s a karate soap opera, as we joked, but now that we’re in season five, the show is entering some life-or-death situations. Big things happen, if you’ve been on Track the entire action and you’ll find it’s a game-changing season.”

Martin Kove (John Kreese): “Season 5 was fantastic. With Think about this comparison: The Lord of the Rings is a good movie, when you get to The Return of the King , it’s a perfect movie. We had a good first few seasons, but by season 4 and now season 5, it’s so rich .. People read a lot of stories. The kids are watching the show, the parents are watching the show, and it’s become a family experience. It’s become The Ed Sullivan Show There’s something for everyone, that’s why it’s a phenomenon. The whole family can gather around the TV and watch the show. At the end of the day, the writing is brilliant.

“For me For his role, the world is now his oyster. He’s been [released] and there’s still people to haggle. So, apparently Terry Silver had to chop off his head. Ralph, I don’t care because Ralph cheated on me in prison. It’s funny how I deal with Billy because John Kreese loves almost as much as Cobra Kai – values, integrity – is Johnny Lawrence. However, Johnny Lawrence violated him. He is number three on the Revenge list. I love playing fragile games, but also high-textured, emotional scenes. My moment at Tory [Peyton List], I prefer to play tough guy like in Karate Kid. I didn’t sign up for this show just to be a tough guy. “

Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz): “At this point, Miguel has more questions than answers. The holes Johnny filled with his fatherly love and the relationship he gave Miguel had some flaws. I think there are some things they might not have discussed, so Miguel is at a crossroads right now. He wants to do what he thinks is right. For the longest time, that was karate, now it’s the new thing. He is taking a leap of faith. In a way, Johnny helped him gain the confidence he needed. “

Jacob Bertrand (Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz): “Hawk feels super confident, maybe since he won the game, he hasn’t been overly confident. He should be humbled, but he has grown a lot. This season, he showed his growth. “

Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene): “I basically said he started from scratch. Before he thought he knew what was right, but now, he’s trying to make himself better. He’s learning where he messed up and he wants to try and make it better. He finally knew what to do. This season, it’s all about whether he can do that. “

Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso): “Sam’s journey in season five is all about self-reflection. She has been shifting her energy and focus while trying to help where she believes is best for the greater good. I think, maybe, she realizes now that she has to look inward and help herself before she can help others. It was a good starting point for her. “

Griffin Santo Pietro (Anthony LaRusso): “You’re going to see Anthony grow a lot in who he is and who he wants to be. For all things this season, let’s just say the stakes are up a hundred. “

Dallas Dupree Young1421807230 (Kenny Payne): “You see Kenny continue to grow as a trainee Terry Silver’s leadership . You’ll see him grow into a fierce competitor and a fierce guy. For everyone this season, the stakes are higher than ever. You’ll see characters evolve and grow as their values ​​are tested. This is a very important season. “

Gianni Decenzo (Demetri Alexopoulos): “We’re seeing a lot of Demetri trying to figure out this new environment he’s in. I don’t know without spoiling too much, but he has the girl of his dreams, his karate is getting better and better, and you’ll see this guy’s journey. “

Thomas Ian Griffith (Terry Silver): “Well, it’s funny because he’s taking over the world. Being betrayed in season four, and what it did to him was to say to himself, “Now, I have to live that dream, I have to keep going.” He’s very committed to putting [the karate dojo] anywhere. Then you see him slowly staggering here and there, the demon slowly being taken advantage of. I think it’s been a great journey and the season has a great end, from where he started to where he ended. It’s Shakespeare. The writers have done a fantastic job and I’m honored to be a part of it. ”

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Ted Sarandos and Bela Bajaria pose on the red carpet before the screening.
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Atmospheric views of Los Angeles Historic Park.
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The atmosphere during the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix Cobra Kai Season 5 at Historic Park in Los Angeles in September , 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Atmospheric view of Los Angeles Historic Park.
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