In a recent post on Twitter, show executive producer Hayden Schlossberg notes that this season is going to have longer episodes. Is this a response to the show being more of a fixture on Netflix than ever before, or to its rapidly-expanding success? It’s a fun thing to think about, but does there really need to be a reason?
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From our vantage point, we attribute the longer episodes mostly to the fact that Cobra Kai has expanded its universe in such a way where it can do this without stretching the story too thin. A great comparison is Apple’s Ted Lasso, which also had longer episodes for a good chunk of season 2. This was likely tied in part to have a deeper, richer world, and characters who merited that bit of extra time week in and week out. Given that Cobra Kai is adding Terry Silver plus keeping a number of established favorites, we tend to think they will make the most of whatever time here they ultimately have.
Remember that Cobra Kai season 4 is set to premiere on Netflix come December 31; a season 5 has already been ordered, and new episodes have been in production for at least a little while now.
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