'Yellowstone' Fans, We Still Don't Know When Season 4 Will Start

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  • Even before season 3 aired, Paramount Network announced that Yellowstone will get a season 4.

  • Yellowstone fans are thrilled because the third season ended with a shocking cliffhanger, leaving many to fear that John, Kayce and Beth Dutton were left for dead.

  • Paramount Network still hasn't confirmed a season 4 release date, but many expect it to premiere in June 2021.

As dysfunctional as they may be, the Duttons are irresistible. Yellowstone fans can't seem to get enough of them, and good thing because the show has already been picked up for a fourth season. That means, fans have at least one more year of Yellowstone after the current season wraps. Even though Paramount Network has been tight-lipped about what's ahead on Yellowstone, we've rounded up everything we know about the upcoming season of Kevin Costner's modern-day ranching drama, set to premiere early this summer.

When is Yellowstone coming back for season 4?

Even before the season 3 premiere, Paramount Network confirmed the show's return: The network signed a deal with Taylor Sheridan, the creator of Yellowstone, to work on new projects, including the fourth season of the popular Paramount Network show. The third season debuted on Sunday, June 21, 2020, which means it's likely that season 4 will premiere in June 2021. At this point, Paramount Network hasn't confirmed the season 4 release date, but many eager fans are hopeful that it'll come back on Sunday, June 20 like in previous years.

What's more, it sounds like Yellowstone will film season 5 (!) later this year. Sheridan previously confirmed his plan to write six seasons of Yellowstone and a new Instagram post from Chief Joseph Ranch, the real ranch used as a filming location for the show, revealed that cabin rentals are available through the summer since they are still waiting for Paramount Network's 2022 filming schedule.

Any Yellowstone season 4 spoilers?

Given the way the third season ended (um, did Beth, Kayce, and John survive?), we know that season 4 will be just as dramatic as ever. Even Kelsey Asbille, who plays Monica, isn't sure how the show will move forward: "The end of season 3 is the most jaw-dropping, and I'm wondering how they'll move forward. It's funny because Taylor (Sheridan) has always told us that he knows how the show is going to end and I'd love to know," she tells Good Housekeeping.

Photo credit: Danno Nell
Photo credit: Danno Nell


Wes Bentley, who plays Jamie, is excited to explore more of Jamie's complicated past in season 4. "Where does Jamie end up? I'd like to know," he confesses. "I'm also excited to see who he really is because he's spent his whole life not really being himself. I think we're starting to get pieces of that now, so I think it's going to be really interesting to see."

Hopefully, this means the show will uncover more details about Jamie's history (his pregnant ex-girlfriend, for example), Beth's relationship with Rip and Jimmy's future.

Cole Hauser, who plays Rip, has stayed quiet about what's to come on Dutton Ranch, but mentioned to Deadline that "everybody's in danger in Montana" after the bombshell season 3 finale.

The show will follow a new format in the coming season: Due to Paramount Network's rebranding, "the plan is to present the show as a cinematic experience, possibly programming two episodes in a single night with limited commercial interruptions," according to Variety. Fewer commercials? Two episodes per night? We're in!

Will the entire cast, including Kevin Costner, return?

Although some fans are concerned that Kelly Reilly and Luke Grimes are leaving the show, it seems like the entire Yellowstone crew is on board for the fourth season. Costner, who plays John Dutton and executive produces the show, remains the backbone of the series. In the past, he's said that filming a scripted how "hasn't been an easy adjustment" for him, but he's committed because he believes Yellowstone has "gold dust on it."

Photo credit: Paramount Network
Photo credit: Paramount Network

Unless they decide to write-off any characters, it seems like Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Forrie J. Smith, and Denim Richards will return for a fourth season, too. Only time will tell if newcomers Josh Holloway, John Emmet Tracey, Q’orianka Kilcher, and Jennifer Landon will survive the chaos on Dutton family ranch.

How can I watch older seasons of Yellowstone?

If you're late to the game, you can re-watch past seasons to get to know the Duttons before season 4 starts. Even though 6666 and Y: 1883, two of the new Yellowstone spinoff shows, will be available to stream on Paramount Plus later this year, you'll have to sign up for Peacock to keep up with the Duttons. Yellowstone isn't available on Hulu, Netflix or Paramount Plus (confusing, we know), but you can stream it exclusively on Peacock. Try out a free seven-day trial to get a taste of what it's all about and then sign up for Peacock Premium for $4.99/month to watch thousands of hours of TV shows, movies and live sports with ads.

You can also buy each episode on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu.

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