Cobra Kai is a Netflix show, so episode releases are usually not the identical as regular tv applications. Netflix opts to launch complete seasons unexpectedly to encourage binge-watching, which the platform has develop into infamous for. Unfortunately for Cobra Kai followers which means that there’s just one batch of episodes this yr.
Additionally, Cobra Kai’s season are brief, coming in at solely 10 episodes. Because Cobra Kai began out as one of many first streaming collection on Youtube Red, the primary season was experimental to see if the platform might even work. Now the show has moved to Netflix however they’ve chosen to stay to the identical 10 episodes per season model.
In addition to sticking to their model, there are just a few different causes that Cobra Kai has such a restricted quantity of episodes.
Broadcast networks not dominate tv
For years broadcast networks managed each facet of tv. Part of that was the quantity of episodes that may be produced per season of a show. According to an article on Vulture.com, the usual quantity of episodes per season was 22. They say that “Programmers wanted as many episodes as potential to make sure they’d sufficient content material to fill the nine-month season that ran between September and May.”
Since then, the tv trade has modified, significantly with the rise of cable networks like HBO. HBO applications like The Sopranos started airing with 13-episode seasons. The shortened run allowed for simpler scheduling, in addition to much less manufacturing. In the Vulture article Charlie Collier, former president at AMC, says that cable networks “would search for the window, regardless of the size, the place we thought our storytelling might stand out.”
The variety of episodes per season has continued to shrink over time with networks experimenting with ten episode and even eight episode seasons. Shorter runs have additionally allowed for smaller commitments from expertise, which allows exhibits to draw larger stars, like Matthew McConaughey’s eight episode run on HBO’s True Detective.
There shall be extra Cobra Kai within the close to future
Fortunately for Cobra Kai followers, Netflix has given the show a house for the speedy future. Following the second season, Youtube introduced that they have been going to start phasing out the Youtube Red platform and focus extra on particular person creators. That meant that Cobra Kai was obtainable for a brand new streaming service to tackle.
According to an (*3*) on digitalspy.com, “The script for season 4 has been within the works for months, and Cobra Kai author Jon Hurwitz mentioned they have been hoping to start out capturing very quickly.” Hurwitz mentions that they hope to get again to filming in early 2021, so long as COVID-19 protocols permit them to. Additionally, Hurwitz talked about that season 4 will doubtless launch a yr after season 3, that means we are able to count on it to come back out someday in 2022.
Even although every season of Cobra Kai has come out in batches of ten episodes it sounds just like the creators have lots extra story to inform. According to the identical digital spy article, “Cobra Kai star Ralph Macchio, who performs Daniel-san, had already mentioned that they’ve deliberate out Cobra Kai as much as collection six.” Six seasons of Cobra Kai might see the plot go in quite a lot of instructions that no one is anticipating, and shall be enjoyable to look at.