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'Cobra Kai' Season 4 Ending Explained: Unexpected winner makes the show interesting

In the final moments of the show, we get to see an unexpected winner and someone going to jail
UPDATED DEC 31, 2021
Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence in 'Cobra Kai' Season 4 (Netflix)
Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence in 'Cobra Kai' Season 4 (Netflix)

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4 is here and the stakes are much high this time around. It’s time for the All Valley Karate Tournament and if Miyagi-Do loses the tournament, Sensei LaRusso would have to stop being a Sensai and hang up his belt. The latest season starts with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) teaching kids to win the tournament.

However, something happens between them and they get away. Now, Miyagi-Do has one team and Eagle-Fang has another team. They all are training to win the tournament and the D-Day has arrived. It’s time for the tournament and everyone is ready to give their best shot. Cobra Kai is also ready for the fight and its fighter are going for the kill.


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It’s a fight between good and evil, but who’s going to be the winner? Let’s find out what happened at the end of Season 4.

Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz in 'Cobra Kai' (Netflix)

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4 Ending Explained: Did Robby and Miguel meet at the finals?

Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) and Robby have advanced to the semi-finals. Miguel will be going against Eli Moskowitz (Jacob Bertrand) of Miyagi-Do in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Robby (Tanner Buchanan) is fighting Dimitri. During the first match, Robby beats Dimitri by taking all the points. Now, it was time for the defending champion Miguel to go against Eli. They both were having a great fight and had one-one point each. However, Miguel was trying to go for the kill by doing a special move. But, he twisted his back and fell to the floor. He pulled his muscle on the back and the referee gave him 30 minutes to get fit and return to the mat.

Johnny comes to meet Miguel and tells him that he can do it. He also tells Johnny to show the world and anyone who bullied him that he is better than anyone else. Apart from that, he tells him that he won’t be his Sensei if he loses the match. Johnny and everyone are waiting for him outside, but he never comes. Miguel loses the game and Eli gets through to the finals.

Xolo Mariduena as Miguel in 'Cobra Kai' Season 4 (Netflix)

On the other hand, Sam (Mary Mouser) and Peyton List (Tory Nichols) have qualified for the finals as well.

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4 Ending Explained: Who won the men’s final?

Robby and Eli face each other in the final. Initially, Robby is dominating and gets the points. Eli gets to his corner and asks LaRusso about what should he do to beat him. LaRusso realizes that it’s time for the offense now. So, he lets Eli fight as Johnny told him to. LaRusso tells Eli to take the defense to Robby. Eli becomes a different fight altogether and dominates Robby. He gets one point and now they have one-one point each.

Their fight gets intense as they show their amazing moves in the match. The official time of the match finishes with 1-1 scoreline and they to the “sudden death” part. The fighter who gets the first point wins. While fighting the last point, Robby looks at Kenny (Dallas Dupree Young) and what he has become at Cobra Kai after seeing what he did to LaRusso’s son Anthony.

Robby (Tanner Buchanan) and Eli (Jacob Bertrand) in 'Cobra Kai' Season 4 (Netflix)

He gets a bit distracted, but Eli and Robby continue to fight. In the end, Eli hits Robby on the chest and gets the final point. Eli Moskowitz wins the men’s final and is the champion.

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4 Ending Explained: Did Sam triumph over Tory in the finals?

They start the match with a lot of history. Sam has evolved into a fighter and now her dad allows her to be attacking. Before their match, LaRusso goes up to Johnny and requests him to be on their side. He says yes and they are on the same side. Sam shows Tory how evolved she is and she takes the first point. The fight continues and they are neck-to-neck, not giving chances to one another. But Tory gets two points to her name and in the final moments, Sam also comes back to tie the game. In one of the moments, Tory’s elbow hits Sam’s right eye, making it difficult for her to see correctly.

Sam gives her best shot, but in the end, because of the injury, she falls short and loses the match. So, the champion of the women’s division is Tory. However, we soon find out that Terry had given the match referee money to not give fouls to Cobra Kai. So, that's how Cobra Kai won. 

Peyton List (Tory) and Mary Mouser (Sam) in 'Cobra Kai' Season 4 (Netflix)

With that, it’s Cobra Kai that wins the tournament as a whole.

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In the final episode, Ray is finally conscious and is about, to tell the truth about who beat him. One of the detectives comes to him and when he asks about the culprit, he takes the name of Sensei Kreese. Even though, it was Terry Silver who beat him. In the end, we are shown that it was Terry who threatened him to take his name. So, the police arrive at Kreese’s residence and take him away.

Martin Kove as Terry Silver in 'Cobra Kai' Season 4 (Netflix)

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4 Ending Explained: How does it all end?

Miguel has left his mother and embarked on a journey to find his father. Johnny Lawrence and his son Robby have finally come together to make their relationship better. On the other hand, LaRusso visits Miyagi’s grave and tells him that he did whatever Miyagi told him to, but it was not enough. So now, he would have to go on all-out offense to take down Cobra Kai and he is accompanied by Miyagi’s son.

So, the ending has made it clear that we are surely going to have Season 5 of ‘Cobra Kai’ and it will see Miyagi-Do doing everything it can to finish Cobra Kai. We might even see Kreese coming with them to finish what Terry started.