Ahead of Cobra Kai‘s fifth season, leading lady Peyton List sat down with the folks at Variety to discuss the show’s latest season and what it has been like growing up on the hit Netflix drama. The fifth season of Cobra Kai is the biggest season yet with growing families, bigger risks, and crazier fights, and no one is more surprised than List that Season 5 managed to outdo Season 4.
While talking to Variety, the actress explained that she was sure Season 5 would be more relaxed than the prior seasons. But that was far from the case, especially for the original cast of the Karate Kid films. “With the All Valley tournament, I thought, “Season 5 is going to be a lot more relaxed on the fighting. I’m probably not going to be with stunts at all.” And then of course the writers just completely turned that around. Especially for the big guys, the older guys, there are just some intense fights. And so many returns of characters from the past that we haven’t seen that are very surprising.”
List joined the cast of Cobra Kai during the show’s second season, and she’s been a mainstay ever since. As the show has gone on, though, the actors (including List) have continued to grow and age, while the series has seemingly kept them at the same age/grade. When asked how much longer she feels she could keep playing Tory, List didn’t seem eager to leave the role behind but she did seem ready to see the show’s young cast grow.
When we first started, Xolo was still in high school and a couple of the other kids were still in high school, but now all of us are basically out of college. That’s one that I’m really curious about. With the writers I’m like, “What grade are we in now? What semester are we in?” We’re just taking it season by season, but we all look so drastically different each season. I have no idea. I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I would say by next season we graduate, but I don’t know if they would take it past that.List
It remains to be seen how many seasons the writers have planned or what the end game will be for the young cast. Previous interviews suggested Season 6 could be the final season, but with how Season 5 ends, it’s clear there’s still plenty of story left in the tank just waiting to be told.
Season 5 of Cobra Kai is now streaming on Netflix. If you haven’t already, you can check out our review by heading over here.