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After an interminable period with no news about Yellowstone's future, Paramount Network has been giving fans plenty to get excited about this year. In early February, the network officially announced that the megahit ranching drama will return for a fifth season, and then added to the anticipation with word that their fifth outing will be super-sized. Per the Wall Street Journal, Yellowstone's upcoming season will be picking up an additional four episodes, for a total of 14, split up into two seven-episode installments.
In September, actors Cole Hauser (Rip), Kelly Reilly (Beth), and Luke Grimes (Kayce) gave Entertainment Weekly a few hints about what's in store for the upcoming season. As one might expect, it doesn't sound like things will be all smooth sailing for newlyweds Rip and Beth.
"What I like about what [Taylor Sheridan] wrote is that he slow burns this year with me and Beth," Hauser said. "In the beginning, there's some wonderful moments between the two of us, some stuff that she's going through in her past, that she's having to acknowledge for the first time, and me trying to help her through that."
"The war feels internal this year for her," Reilly added, "[She's] haunted by the past, afraid for the future and fighting with all she has for the present moment."
However, it doesn't sound like the couple's in any danger of breaking up. Per Reilly, "Beth has always been devoted to Rip. Marriage does not change her. I think his love for her and hers for him is one of the very few things that keeps her demons at arm's length (mostly)."
As for Kayce, his own struggles don't sound to be abating any time soon following his dramatic vision at the end of season 4. "In true Kayce fashion, there's no relief from the sort of rock and a hard place that he's in between," Grimes said.
Here's what we know so far about Yellowstone season 5.
The first trailer has arrived.
After months of waiting, we finally have our first real look at what's ahead for the Duttons. Today, Paramount revealed the first full trailer, which includes some big revelations. The biggest? After beginning his run for governor last season, John Dutton looks to have nabbed the top spot, putting him in a major position of power in Montana—and putting his family squarely in the crosshairs.
Check out the full trailer:
Previously, during the MTV Video Music Awards awards, Yellowstone debuted a teaser trailer for the upcoming season, including our very first glimpses at what's ahead for the Duttons, and the promising tagline "All will be revealed."
Watch the teaser below:
When will season 5 premiere?
On May 18, Paramount Network finally announced that the fifth season of Yellowstone will debut on Sunday, November 13, ahead of the series premiere of Tulsa King.
The announcement came just days after the news broke that the show had officially begun production, confirming executive producer David Glasser's statements in a January interview with Variety that production was planned to begin in May.
That information was later echoed in a second story by Variety, where the publication not only only affirmed a May production date, but also stated that the first installment of the season would premiere some time in the late summer—a timeline that now appears to have changed, with the official debut moved to the fall.
As for when the second installment of episodes will be airing, there has yet to be an official announcement.
Here, a sneak peek at filming:
What's in store for season 5?
In August, star Kevin Costner spoke with Extra about where the show is headed this season, and possibly into the future. In season 5, he revealed, John's story centers on attempting to hold on to his land. "People who think that one man has too much, there’s people that know what they would do with the land," he said. "The whole thing of all these people attacking this guy and he’s trying to hold on to it, and I can relate to that."
As for the ever-present rumors of John dying, Costner said, "I don’t want to die… just too much to do. In terms of this story, I don’t know where that’s gonna go… I haven’t really thought about it." He also stated "I think that [show creator Taylor Sheridan]'s been writing a really high level. I’ll say when I don’t want to do it anymore," which certainly makes it sound like the Dutton patriarch is safe for the time being.
Another fact he's apparently staying hand-off about? The show's end. When asked whether he speaks with Sheridan about the show wrapping up, Costner explained, "I don’t because I think probably, in some way, we’re making it up… I think what comes on the page will be the thing that I look at."
In June, Kelly Reilly, who stars as deliciously cut-throat Beth Dutton on the show, opened up to Vulture about season 5, offering some tantalizing hints about the next season. In response to whether John Dutton will win the Montana governorship, as he set out to in season four, Reilly said, "I will say as the kingdom gets bigger, it becomes more difficult to manage."
Meanwhile, though some of the obvious villains may have been swept off the board in season four, she says that there are plenty of new adversaries coming after the Duttons and their ranch, including some that echo the real world. "They’re coming. They’re infringing. It’s like what is really happening in Montana. It is being bought up by billionaires."
As for the show's propsects beyond season five? "People keep saying, 'Is it the end? It must be the end'" Reilly told Vulture. "It’s not the end."
That's news that's sure to come as a welcome relief to fans, even if Paramount has yet to announce any official plans for the show's future.
The cast is expanding
Little has been shared about the plot for season 5 yet, but there are a few hints in the casting news that has been released so far.
In June, is was announced that Josh Lucas will be returning as the younger version of John Dutton, as will Kylie Rogers (who plays young Beth) and Kyle Red Silverstein as young Rip, so it seems we'll be getting some flashbacks from the family's past. Jacki Weaver, who played the family's corporate adversary Caroline Warner, will also be returning, while Mo Brings Plenty (Rainwater's right hand man, Mo) and Wendy Moniz (Governor Lynelle Perry) have been upped to series regulars.
Some new faces will also join the season. Kai Caster, who fans may know from American Horror Story, will play a young cowboy known as Rowdy, Lainey Wilson as a musician, Lilli Kay (Your Honor and Rustin) will play an assistant to the Duttons, and Dawn Olivieri—perhaps best known to Taylor Sheridan fans as James Dutton's sister Claire on 1883—will take on a new persona in the Yellowstone universe as the corporate shark Sarah Atwood.
It was previously announced that Jen Landon, who plays Teeter, and Kathryn Kelly, who plays Jimmy's new fiancee Emily, have been upped to series regulars for the season. Jefferson White, sho plays Jimmy, is also set to return to the show, suggesting that earlier speculation that he could be moving the spin-off show 6666 may not play out after all.
Along with White, Yellowstone's core cast is expected to return, with Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham all announced for the fifth season.
The Yellowstone universe is growing.
In addition to the show's fifth season, Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan has already begun to expand the show's canon on Paramount+. In addition to the Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Sam Elliott-starring prequel, 1883, the streaming service has also announced another Yellowstone origin story set in the Great Depression era, titled 1932 which will star Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford. Sheridan has also inked a deal for an in-development spinoff, which is currently operating under the working title 6666.
Like 1883 and the rest of Sheridan's slate of nine (yes, nine) upcoming projects for Paramount, 6666 is expected to be streaming-first on Paramount+, though no date has yet been announced for when it may debut. The synopsis released along with the show's announcement seems to suggest that it will be set in the modern day, on the historic 6666 Ranch (the actual 266,000 acre property of which was acquired by Sheridan) in West Texas.
Read the full synopsis below:
Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing ... The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world class cowboys are born and made.
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