NEW: ‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 No Longer Returning as Shared

in Entertainment

Kevin Costner in Yellowstone standing against the sky

Credit: Paramount

The final part of Yellowstone Season 5 is expected to captivate millions of viewers, but there are some significant questions surrounding its release.

The Yellowstone franchise has emerged as a powerhouse in contemporary television, captivating audiences with its riveting portrayal of the Dutton family’s struggles to maintain control of their sprawling Montana ranch amidst mounting conflicts with land developers, Native American tribes, and rival factions. Created by Taylor Sheridan, the series debuted in 2018 and quickly garnered a devoted following for its blend of intense drama, stunning cinematography, and complex characters.

Kevin Costner leaning on a fence in Yellowstone
Credit: Paramount

At the center of the Yellowstone universe is the formidable patriarch John Dutton, portrayed with steely resolve by Kevin Costner. Costner’s portrayal of the stoic and calculating ranch owner has been widely praised, anchoring the show with his commanding presence. Alongside Costner, the ensemble cast features standout performances from Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, and Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler, each bringing depth and nuance to their respective roles.

According to a report by the New York Post, Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan is facing a pivotal decision regarding the involvement of star Kevin Costner in the acclaimed Paramount Network series. With the final season purportedly set to premiere in November, there’s uncertainty surrounding Costner’s return to the show. Though the original plan clearly had Costner in the fold, as can be told by what was leading into the final few episodes of Season 5, these questions about his return have continued to point to major concerns about what the show’s release will look like when they finally make their way back.

Cole Hauser (Rip Wheeler) and Finn Little (Carter) in Yellowstone
Credit: Paramount

An insider revealed to Us Weekly that discussions have been held internally about potential storylines should Costner not reprise his role. One possibility is to pivot the narrative towards the fate of Costner’s character, John Dutton, early in the season. This could involve incorporating a significant event to explain Dutton’s absence or employing a strategic move to safeguard his family from a perceived threat.

“They’ve internally discussed going a couple of different ways with the storyline if Kevin doesn’t return,” the insider shared.

Should Costner opt out of returning to Yellowstone, the focus of the final episodes is anticipated to shift towards the dynamics among the children and ranch hands, exploring their relationships, conflicts, and alliances. However, there’s uncertainty regarding how the show would handle Costner’s potential return as John Dutton if circumstances change. Filming for the final episodes of Season 5 has been shrouded in mystery, partly due to ongoing tensions between Costner and Taylor Sheridan.

Kevin Costner (John Dutton) and Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton) in Yellowstone
Credit: Paramount

Moreover, the production schedule was further complicated by strikes from both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), resulting in delays that pushed the season premiere from November 2023 to November 2024.

One of the series’ notable strengths lies in its exploration of the intricate dynamics within the Dutton family, as well as the tensions that simmer between them and external forces seeking to exploit their land for profit. From political machinations to personal vendettas, Yellowstone delves into the complexities of power, loyalty, and legacy, offering viewers a compelling narrative rich in both action and emotion.

Cole Hauser (Rip), Luke Grimes (Kayce Dutton), and Kevin Costner (John Dutton) in CBS's Yellowstone
Credit: Paramount

As the franchise prepares for the final part of Season 5, anticipation among fans is growing. The prospect of bidding farewell to the beloved characters and witnessing the culmination of their tumultuous journey has generated immense excitement and speculation. With production set to commence soon, enthusiasts eagerly await the resolution of lingering storylines and the fate of the Duttons in what promises to be a gripping conclusion.

Beyond its on-screen success, Yellowstone has also made waves in the industry, garnering critical acclaim and accolades. The series has received praise for its strong writing, captivating performances, and lush cinematography, earning nominations and awards from prestigious organizations such as the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

It was previously announced that two spinoff shows would also be joining the franchise. Yellowstone 1944 and Yellowstone 2024 are expected to be developed in the near future. They join Yellowstone 1883 and Yellowstone 1923 as spinoffs to the beloved television series.

What do you think the future holds for the Yellowstone franchise? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments!

in Entertainment

View Comment (1)