According to Deadline, Alicia Hannah-Kim has joined the series as a South Korean Sensei named Kim Da-Eun who is a part of Terry Silver’s (Thomas Ian Griffith) plans to quickly grow the Cobra Kai franchise. Along with the addition of Hannah-Kim, Season 4 newbie Dupree Young, who portrays Kenny Payne, has been upgraded to a series regular for Season 5.
Given how the end of Season 4 played out, with Martin Kove’s John Creese being arrested, it seems likely Da- Eun will play a leading alongside Silver. We know that Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) has already brought in his former enemy, Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), to help out Miyagi-Do as William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence took off to Mexico in search of Miguel (Xolo Maridueña). Da-Eun looks to be filling the shoes of Creese for Cobra Kai. Whether or not Da-Eun becomes another victim of Silver remains to be seen.
Hannah-Kim recently appeared in HBO Max’s Minx as Wendy Mah. She has also appeared in Freeform’s Alone Together and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. As for Payne, outside of Cobra Kai, he has appeared in Nickelodeon’s Cousins for Life.
The fifth season of Cobra Kai wrapped production back in December. The creator of Cobra Kai, Josh Heald, has previously teased that the series would run for six seasons. As of this writing, Netflix has not confirmed the sixth season, but scripts are already being written.
Season 5 of Cobra Kai hits Netflix on Sept. 9th.