‘Yellowstone’ Alert: Season 5 is Officially Filming Again

‘Yellowstone’ Alert: Season 5 is Officially Filming Again
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Yellowstone fans, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. According to the Paramount Network, Yellowstone has resumed production. "The megahit series is currently filming in Montana," reveals the official press release. Even better? More episodes are "slated to return in November." Most likely, production is resuming on the remainder of season 5—often referred to as season 5B. However, Paramount did not specify in the press release what audiences will watch when Yellowstone finally returns. Either way, it's good news!

As viewers of the popular western series are well aware by now, creator Taylor Sheridan and leading man Kevin Costner are locked in a feud that effectively shut down the production for over a year. Back in January 2023, audiences were halfway through season 5 when the mid-season finale ended with a significant cliff-hanger. Since then, we've received an endless cycle of news consisting of Sheridan and Costner blaming each other for the delay. Costner eventually pulled out of the series entirely. Then Paramount announced its plans to end the show—with or without him.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Costner revealed that he's still open to returning to the series. "I'd like to be able to do it, but we haven't been able to," he said. "I thought I was going to make seven [seasons], but right now we're at five. So how it works out—I hope it does—but they've got a lot of different shows going on. Maybe it will. Maybe this will circle back to me. If it does and I feel really comfortable with [it], I'd love to do it."

Eagle-eyed detectives of the unfolding drama may recall this, but one of Costner's alleged points of contention about returning for the season 5 finale was his belief that he'd negotiated payment for seasons 6 and 7—despite Paramount's decision to end the popular western with season 5. The Dutton patriarch also reportedly has a clause in his contract that states the actor retains final say over how his character dies, should Sheridan choose to kill him off. Costner later explained that the delays were due to a lack of scripts. He said that Sheridan overworked himself at Paramount through too many shows and that he was pushed to film for extra days that he didn't have while directing his new film, Horizon.

The upcoming Yellowstone series finale continues Paramount's expansion of the Sheridan universe following the Yellowstone prequel 1883 and the Harrison Ford–starring 1923. (Yes, it's... confusing.) In the meantime, Paramount hopes that the Yellowstone series finale will still come in guns a-blazing. Read on for everything we know about season 5 of Yellowstone.

The Yellowstone cast seems just as in the dark as the show’s devoted audience.Paramount

When Will Yellowstone Return?

According to Paramount, the Yellowstone series finale will premiere sometime in November 2024. The midseason finale, which aired on January 1, 2023, set the stage for the drama to come—and teased the violence that may befall our TV cowboys. So far, season 5 follows John, Beth, Rip, Jamie, and Kayce as they navigate a contentious gubernatorial election, a growing threat from outsiders, and one hell of a blackmail situation between two Dutton siblings. In the last episode, the potential for murder entered the fray.

What Will Happen in the Rest of Yellowstone Season 5?

Before the delay, Cole Hauser (whom fans will recognize as Rip Wheeler) told Hall Wines that the rest of season 5 was "wonderful." Who knows what's left of what the actor worked on, but Hauser stated, "The way we ended season 4—I can't give too much away, but the way season 4 ends, I think the audience... will be happily surprised." If season 4's shotgun wedding was the first treat he teased, could an official ceremony await Beth and Rip in season 5?

First, they have to survive. In an old teaser for the fifth season, the cast discussed how the series didn't plan to "take [its] foot off the gas." John Dutton wins the election for governor of Montana, fires nearly everyone, then makes Beth his new chief of staff. There's nothing this family won't do to save their ranch—according to Kelly Reilly (who plays Beth Dutton), the rest of the season was "gonna be bloody." Jamie is planning to impeach his father and take the governorship, and it seems as if he'll do whatever it takes to achieve his goal. (Even murder!) Sounds like as good a tease as any for the season finale. Buckle up, folks.

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