Cobra Kai Creator Explains How The Netflix Series Continues Honoring The Karate Kid As The Story Keeps Growing

Cobra Kai started as a series that primarily related on The Karate Kid lore to tell a fresh story. Now that the Netflix show has Season 5 on the way, however, it’s fair to say that the acclaimed series has managed to create its own interesting characters and plot developments and doesn’t need to lean on the past as much. With that in mind, continuing to honor the classic film series and characters like Mr. miyagi might be more challenging than it once was. And one of the co-creators of the show recently fielded a question on that very subject at an event.

Series co-creator Hayden Schlossberg was one of several TV creatives to take part in Variety’s A Night In The Writer’s Room event, where he talked about how the show continues to pay tribute to The Karate Kid as the Cobra Kai world expands. Schlossberg explained that while there are a lot of new stories in the show’s universe, they haven’t lost sight of the fact they still need to respect what’s come before:

It’s fun, you expand the universe. You have new characters, and with new characters [a] new perspective, new backgrounds, and so that brings the modern element to it. But we start out with, ‘Hey, remember the roots.’ The Bonsai tree grows and you get to explore different types of characters in a TV series that you wouldn’t in a movie. But the roots are bullying, mentors, it’s overcoming things, it’s dealing with the past. It’s that visceral feeling of feeling weak and then somebody gives you something. On this show it’s karate, but in life it can be a million different things that changes you and give you confidence. And so each season, by each season finale there’s some crazy thing that’s happening.

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