The Yellowstone series on Paramount Network is the network’s sole original scripted series currently, but who needs another? The show has been a ratings juggernaut—it was the No. 1 series of 2021 across broadcast, cable and premium, with 11 million viewers tuning in for the season 4 finale. Surprisingly, Paramount Network has yet to officially renew the series for season 5 or beyond, but we can’t imagine that they won’t.
Yellowstone premiered in 2018 as a kickoff of sorts for the network’s rebrand (it was formerly Spike TV) and clearly hit a cultural nerve. Set in Montana, the modern-day Western follows the Dutton family, who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the U.S.
Created by Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone stars Kevin Costner as patriarch John Dutton, a man trying to keep the ranch in the family as they clash with land developers, a neighboring Indian reservation, and other numerous foes on their quest to protect their legacy.
“Yellowstone continues to shatter records with more than 11 million viewers tuning into the season finale, proving we’ve hit a cultural nerve—from the center of the country to each of the coasts—and still have lots of room to grow on linear,” said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, ViacomCBS Media Networks. “Our strategy to franchise Yellowstone into a universe of series to fuel growth for Paramount+ is already exceeding expectations with 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown proving to be two of the top titles.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Yellowstone season 5:
Will there be a Yellowstone season 5?
While Paramount Network has not made an official announcement regarding a pick-up for season 5 (and beyond), we would certainly be surprised (and most disappointed) if they didn’t. The show was the No. 1 cable series of 2021 and consistently gets top ratings as the viewership grows with each episode. It is currently the highest-rated cable network television show and is also tied to spinoff series 1883 and the upcoming 6666.
Is Yellowstone season 5 filming?
Yellowstone season 5 is not currently filming, but according to Deadline, filming is slated to begin in May.
Is there a Yellowstone season 5 release date?
It’s unlikely the show will premiere on Father’s Day, especially if production isn’t set to begin until May. Due to the pandemic and production restrictions across the nation, filming for season 4 was delayed and ultimately the show’s fourth season did not premiere until November 2021 so it’s likely we’ll have to wait until fall for season 5 too.
Who is in the Yellowstone cast?
Kevin Costner (John Dutton)
Kevin Costner plays the Dutton patriarch, John Dutton. He’s a rancher and businessman trying to keep his family from breaking apart at the seams while he also tries to hold on the Dutton land. After months in a coma from the season 3 finale’s attempted assassination, he wakes up to find out not much has changed. In his bid to stop Jamie from becoming too powerful, he decides to run for governor after the current governor (and sometime love interest), Lynelle Perry decides to step down and run for a Senate seat.
Fun fact: Costner is also the singer in the band, Kevin Costner & Modern West.
Follow Costner on Twitter @modernwest and on Instagram @kevincostnermodernwest.
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Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton)
Barely surviving the mail bomb that blasted her office (and presumably her assistant) to bits, Beth spent most of her time recuperating by sitting vigil by her father’s bedside as she plotted her revenge on those who meant to harm her and her family.
Everything Beth does is either for her father or for Rip. In season 4, she took a job with Market Equities in order to bring them down from the inside. In her efforts to do so she manipulates social activist Summer (Piper Perabo) to do her bidding and gets her jailed in the process, much to her father’s disappointment.
Rip keeps her grounded and in check and the two take in orphan Carter to continue with the dysfunctional Dutton family theme. In the season finale, she kidnaps a priest to officiate her wedding to Rip and then puts the screws into Jamie.
Fun fact: The British Reilly starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in two Sherlock Holmes movies, Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), as Mary, Watson’s paramour and eventual wife (they marry in the second film).
Follow Reilly on Instagram @mzkellyreilly.
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Luke Grimes (Kayce Dutton)
In the season 4 opener, Kayce survives the ambush at his Livestock Commissioner’s office only to get shot in the ensuing car chase and shootout. While Kayce was out chasing the bad guys, some of the hired militia invaded the Dutton home, meaning to harm his wife and child. When both Monica and Tate suffer from PTSD in the aftermath, he decides to move them off the ranch and into a home of their own.
He goes on a vision quest at the end of season 4 and the future he sees doesn’t seem to be a happy one. When Monica asks what he saw, he tells her, “The end of us.”
Fun fact: Aside from Yellowstone, Grimes is best known for his roles on the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, and films American Sniper and Fifty Shades of Grey, where he played the main character’s brother, Elliot.
Grimes isn’t on social media, but his wife, Bianca, is and you can occasionally catch Grimes in some of her posts. You can follow her on Instagram @realbiancarodrigues.
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Wes Bentley (Jamie Dutton)
Jamie is a puppet whose strings are being pulled every which way. Before it was John Dutton pulling his strings, now it’s Garrett Randall (Will Patton) and on some occasions Beth or his baby mama, Christina.
Infuriated that his dreams of becoming Montana’s next governor are dashed after it’s announced that John Dutton is now running for office, Jamie is beside himself (and ripe for more manipulation) until both Garrett and Christina convince him that he can still win.
After Beth confronts him about the attack on the family and what consequences are waiting for him, she gives him three options as to what he can do next. He chooses option three and kills Garrett. As he makes a stop at the Train Station, Beth is there to take photographic evidence of him disposing of the body and essentially handing her the puppet strings.
Fun fact: Bentley played gamemaker Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games.
Cole Hauser (Rip Wheeler)
Rip might not say much but when he does, it always seems to be either romantic or a hard truth. He may be one of the few people who isn’t afraid of Beth. In fact, he seems more amused by her than anything else. He isn’t too happy when Beth brings a stray home in the form of little orphan Carter, but by season’s end he takes a shine to him.
Fun fact: Cole Hauser comes from an entertainment family—his dad is actor Wings Hauser, his uncle is actor Erich Hauser and his grandfather is director and producer Dwight Hauser. His mother, Cass Warner, founded the production company Warner Sisters and his great-grandfather was Harry Warner, one of the original founders of Warner Bros. Studios.
Follow Hauser on Twitter @colehauser and on Instagram @colehauser22.
Finn Little (Carter)
What can you say about this little rapscallion? He befriends Beth when the two sit on a hospital bench waiting for progress reports on their respective fathers. When his dies and he is left an orphan, Beth eventually takes him in after he is picked up by the cops and tells them she’s his guardian.
Rip puts him to work mucking out stalls (and he’s free labor). He begins to learn the ropes with help from Lloyd and the other ranch hands. He takes a few missteps with Beth and learns to ride a horse with John.
Fun fact: Little is Australian!
Follow Little on Twitter @FinnLittleActor and on Instagram @finn_little_official.
Kelsey Asbille (Monica Dutton) and Brecken Merrill (Tate Dutton)
In the fourth season premiere, Monica is about to be killed by one of the intruders when Tate kills him with a shotgun. Both are traumatized from the events of the day (and Tate still suffers lingering effects from being kidnapped) and staying on the ranch doesn’t seem to help matters. As they move off the ranch, the two seem to be much happier with Tate thriving. Monica announces she’s pregnant before Kayce goes on his vision quest.
Fun facts: Asbille’s first television role was on One Tree Hill. This is Merrill’s first television role.
Asbille isn’t really active on social media (she only has one Instagram post) but you can follow her there @kelseyasbille.
Forrie J. Smith (Lloyd Pierce)
Lloyd saw red most of the season as his anger slowly boiled beneath the surface at having to watch Walker and Laramie canoodling with each other in the bunkhouse. When his anger finally reached its boiling point, he smashed not only Walker’s guitar but also his face. He makes amends by pawning a prized possession in order to buy Walker a new guitar.
Fun fact: Smith’s son, Forrest, played a younger version of Lloyd in some flashback scenes on the show.
Follow Smith on Twitter @j_forrie and on Instagram @forriejsmithcowboy.
Ryan Bingham (Walker)
Walker got on the wrong side of Lloyd this past season as he continued his relationship with Laramie, much to Lloyd’s chagrin. After the two fight in the bunkhouse, Rip makes the two hash it out again in the corral until there’s no more fight left in them. Branded and forever tied to the ranch, Walker tries to make the best of his situation by keeping his head down and doing his job.
Fun fact: Kevin Costner isn’t the only one in the Yellowstone cast with an Academy Award. Bingham scored an Oscar for co-writing the 2010 Best Original Song “I’m Weary” with T Bone Burnett for the film Crazy Heart.
Follow Bingham on Twitter @RyanBingham and on Instagram @ryanbinghamofficial.
Jen Landon (Teeter)
The mostly incomprehensible Teeter was unceremoniously fired mid-season because she was of the wrong gender. She makes her case to John to keep her job with Rip’s backing and is eventually given a stay of execution. She lets the profanities fly in a hysterical scene in the bunkhouse when Carter the card shark is taking all of the bunkhouse boys (and girls) to the cleaners.
Jen Landon is the daughter of Little House on the Prairie’s Michael Landon and starred opposite him in an episode of Highway to Heaven when she was just 5.
Fun fact: Landon has won three consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for her role as Gwen Munson on As the World Turns. She also has a recurring guest starring role on FBI: Most Wanted.
Follow Landon on Twitter and Instagram @thejenlandon.
Denim Richards (Colby)
Colby is a longtime ranch hand at Yellowstone. He and Teeter have a thing going on but he’s not one for labels (or actually admitting to it).
Fun fact: Denim Richards counts performing at Carnegie Hall as one of his greatest achievements.
Follow Richards on Twitter and Instagram @DenimRichards.
Ian Bohen (Ryan)
Ryan is one of the bunkhouse boys and whether intentional or not, seems to be a bit of comic relief with his dry wit and acerbic manner.
Fun fact: Yellowstone isn’t the first time Bohen has starred in a project with Kevin Costner. He played a teenage version of Costner’s titular character in the Oscar nominated film, Wyatt Earp.
Follow Bohen on Twitter and Instagram @IanBohen.
Gil Birmingham (Thomas Rainwater)
We didn’t get to see much of the leader of the Broken Rock Indian Reservation this past season. While his efforts to take back the Dutton land for his people seem to be on the back burner for now, it’s bound to resurface at some point.
Fun fact: Birmingham was a petrochemical engineer before he got into acting.
Follow Birmingham on Twitter and Instagram @GilBirmingham.
Moses Brings Plenty (Mo)
Mo is Rainwater’s everyman, serving as his driver and assistant and all things in between. This season he takes on a larger role as he helps Kayce on his vision quest.
Fun fact: We get a glimpse of Mo’s family this season in the episode “All I See is You”. That is Brings Plenty’s real-life wife and son!
Follow Brings Plenty on Instagram @mobringsplenty.
Are any Yellowstone season 4 recurring characters returning?
We’ll likely see several of these characters returning in some capacity next season, though there are some we probably won’t.
Jefferson White (Jimmy Hurdstrom)
With some growing up to do and getting seriously injured twice, Jimmy is sent down to Texas to the 6666 Ranch to learn how to be a cowboy. He returns to the Yellowstone with John’s horse and his new fiancée, Emily (Kathryn Kelly). His return is brief as John lets him out of any debt owed to him and he heads back down to Texas with Emily.
It’s long been rumored that White would be part of the cast of the Yellowstone spinoff series, 6666. Though no official statement has been made regarding this, the story arc for his character would seem to substantiate it.
Related: Everything We Know About the New Yellowstone Spinoff 6666
Fun fact: Jefferson White hosts the official Yellowstone podcast!
Follow White on Twitter and Instagram @_JeffersonWhite.
Wendy Moniz (Gov. Lynelle Perry)
Gov. Lynelle Perry recently announced that she is running for U.S. Senate and putting her backing behind John Dutton as the next governor of Montana.
We may see Moniz from time to time next season to help push along the story arc of John Dutton running for governor, but it seems Lynelle’s story (and romantic entanglement with John) has run its course for now.
Follow Moniz on Twitter @MonizWendy and on Instagram @wendy_moniz_grillo.
Jacki Weaver (Caroline Warner)
It’s unclear if the Market Equities storyline will continue into next season or if it’ll put on the back burner. With Caroline Warner’s vicious threats to Beth promising she’ll take everything precious including natural resources, wildlife and the Dutton home from her, we imagine Weaver will make an appearance or two next season.
Related: Is Sally Struthers on Yellowstone?
Piper Perabo (Summer Higgins)
Summer got a hefty sentence for her troubles, much to Beth’s delight initially and much to John’s displeasure. After John talks it out with the judge, it looks like she’ll get a shortened sentence of about a year for which she’ll be out of jail in eight months. Depending on when the show’s timeline picks up again next season, we may see Summer leaving jail just in time to plot her revenge against Beth.
Follow Perabo on Twitter and Instagram @PiperPerabo.
Eden Brolin (Mia) and Hassie Harrison (Laramie)
The two barrel racers were fired (did anyone realize they were even on the payroll?) after Lloyd and Walker’s fight with Mia leaving to go back on the road. After spending weeks helping Jimmy recuperate, she gives him yet another ultimatum and he assumes they’re over. When he returns from Texas with a new fiancée in tow, Mia loses it and loses it again after she watches Jimmy head out of town for good.
Laramie seems to still be with Walker but she may have to join Mia again on the road since her previous source of income has dried up.
It’s unclear if Brolin will return (perhaps only as an occasional guest star), but it’s likely we’ll see Harrison again next season.
Follow Brolin on Instagram @edenbrolin and Harrison on Twitter and Instagram @HassieHarrison.
Will Patton (Garrett Randall)
Unless we see Garrett in flashback scenes next season, it’s unlikely we’ll see much more of Will Patton on the show unless he returns as a ghost to haunt Jamie for killing him.
Gabriel “Gator” Guillbeau (Gator the Cook)
We only saw Gator once or twice this season, but since he’s the Dutton’s head (and only) chef and the production’s actual caterer, we’re likely to see him again in season 5.
Sheriff Donnie Haskell (Hugh Dillon)
As the character is now six feet under, it’s unlikely we’ll see the sheriff unless it is in a flashback scene. In reality, Dillon likely had to step back from his acting duties on Yellowstone for his more prominent acting duties on Mayor of Kingstown where he plays detective Ian Ferguson. He is also the show’s co-creator, writer and producer.
Follow Dillon on Twitter @realhughdillon and on Instagram @HughDillon.
Christina (Katherine Cunningham)
Jamie’s former campaign manager and current baby mama returned this season as Garrett worked his puppet strings to manipulate his son. It’s unclear whether or not we’ll see Christina in the upcoming season and if she’ll be the one to hold the puppet strings now.
Follow Cunningham on Instagram @katherinecunningham.
Are any new cast members joining Yellowstone season 5?
Tanaya Beatty (Avery)
Before there was Teeter, Laramie or Mia, there was Avery. She was the first girl in the bunkhouse and worked as a ranch hand on the Yellowstone. While her character is not new, we suspect we’ll see more of Avery in the next season. She was in a handful of episodes in the first two seasons and her character all but disappears in season 3 but returned last season when Kayce helps her family recover some stolen horses. She confesses her love to Kayce and while flattered, Kayce tells her he’s married. Though she appears to resign herself to a lonely existence after Kayce politely rebuffs her, it’s Avery that Kayce dreams of kissing him during his vision quest.
Follow Beatty on Instagram @tanayabeatty.
Where does Yellowstone film?
In previous seasons the show filmed in Utah and Montana but due to the pandemic and COVID restrictions on film sets, the fourth season was filmed entirely in Montana. We suspect it will be the same with upcoming seasons as COVID protocols on productions are still in place. This includes multiple COVID tests every week, small “pods” of crew members, limited interaction with cast, quarantining when necessary and possible pauses in production if there is a COVID outbreak on set.
Is the Dutton ranch on Yellowstone a real working ranch?
It sure is! Scenes that take place on the ranch are filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Montana.
Related: See Inside the Chief Joseph Ranch and Find Out How to Visit and How Much It Costs to Spend the Night
What happened in the season 4 finale of Yellowstone?
Spoilers ahead—if you have not watched the entirety of season 4, then pause here until you do!
The season 4 finale mostly revolved around Beth. Seemingly getting her affairs in order, Beth asks Walker how she can sneak a weapon into the prison. At first it’s unclear if her upcoming prison visit is to see Summer or someone else, but we soon learn that Beth heads to the prison to visit inmate Terrell Riggins. Riggins was responsible for the attempts on the lives of the Beth, John and Kayce in the season 3 finale, but only as the hired help. Beth goes to visit him with the intention of killing him. She believes the person behind the attacks to be Jamie after Riggins confirms he came to visit him. She then heads back to the ranch and kidnaps a priest along the way so she can marry Rip. She confronts Jamie over his involvement in the assassination attempt on the Duttons. Beth gives Jamie three options after he tells her he wasn’t involved, but later learned it was his biological dad, Garrett. Of course, Jamie chooses the wrong option and kills Garrett in order to save himself, but things go from bad to worse when he is caught red-handed by Beth when he tries to dispose of Garrett’s cold and lifeless body at the Train Station.
Meanwhile, Kayce goes on his vision quest and sees the end of something whether it’s the end of him and Monica or of the Duttons is unclear. Summer gets a ridiculously long sentence for what seemingly is a minor infraction and Caroline vows to take the Dutton land and everything precious on it from Beth.
While the season 4 finale wasn’t nearly as explosive (literally or figuratively) as the season 3 finale or season 4 opener, we suspect the seeds have been planted for a wild ride for season 5.
What can we expect in Yellowstone season 5?
At the end of season 4, Jamie found himself in a compromising position when Beth catches him in the act of disposing Garrett’s body at the Train Station. Taking some damning photos of him, she effectively put an end to his political career. How will this affect Jamie’s future? And what of Christina and their son – won’t she have questions about Garrett’s whereabouts? Now that his political dreams are dashed, will Jamie be able to get out from under the Duttons or will he resign himself to toeing the line?
With Beth currently unemployed again after being unceremoniously fired by Caroline, she may take on the role of her father’s campaign manager in his bid for governor. She will certainly continue plotting against Caroline Warner and Market Equities. Will Warner make good on her threats against Beth and the Dutton land?
Kayce’s vision quest did not return the results he had hoped for. Who was the woman he saw that guided him in his vision? It is his currently unborn child? Or someone different altogether? Will he continue as the livestock commissioner or will he possibly take his father’s place and run for governor?
Who will replace Sheriff Haskell? Will the new sheriff be an ally to the Duttons?
Fans are wondering if Carter will be able to win Beth’s trust back. We also wonder if he will ever be officially adopted by Beth and Rip? Will Beth finally relent and allow him to call her “Momma”?
With Mia and Laramie likely gone next season, will Walker be able to finally leave the Yellowstone Ranch for good (rumor has it Bingham will be a part of the spinoff series, 6666)? Will the bunkhouse banter continue? Will they be able to end the debate on whether chili has beans or not? Will we ever be able to understand what Teeter is saying?
Hopefully, we’ll get answers to all these questions and more on the next season of Yellowstone.
What other shows is Taylor Sheridan making?
Along with shows that are currently out like Mayor of Kingstown and 1883 (both on Paramount+), there’s the upcoming spinoff series, 6666.
With a multi-million dollar, 5-year deal with Paramount to create content for their streaming service Paramount+, look for several new shows from Sheridan including Kansas City, Bass Reeves, Lioness, and Land Man.
Kansas City will star Sylvester Stallone in his first major role in a television series. Stallone plays a low-level but loyal mobster with hopes he’ll be put in charge of his own territory one day. When the time comes he is awarded with… Kansas City. This fish-out-of-water drama finds his character trying to navigate the drug trade in a town with legalized marijuana and hipsters.
Bass Reeves follows the story of Bass Reeves, a real U.S. Deputy Marshal in the 1800s. Reeves is considered by many as one of the greatest Black lawmen that ever lived. No cast has been revealed yet. There is a separate film about Reeves unrelated to Sheridan called In Search of Bass Reeves slated for release in late 2022.
Lioness is also a fact-based drama series about two agents in a CIA female spy initiative. Currently, there are rumors that Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldana are close to signing to star in the show. Frequent-Hallmark Channel actress Jill Wagner serves as executive producer and also plans to star in the show.
Land Man is based off the podcast, “Boomtown” about the oil boom in West Texas. No cast has been revealed but we hear Billy Bob Thornton is in early talks to star. Thornton has had a guest starring role on 1883, Sheridan’s prequel series to Yellowstone.
How much do the Yellowstone stars make per episode?
Kevin Costner Yellowstone salary
Kevin Costner is making $500,000 per episode for the Yellowstone series.
Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille and Luke Grimes
The younger members of the cast reportedly make around $200,000 or less per episode.
What is the Train Station and where is it?
If you haven’t caught on, the “Train Station” is the place where the skeletons are literally buried. It’s in Wyoming just across the state line in “a county with no people, no sheriff an no 12 jurors of your peers,” as Lloyd tells Walker before they toss the bodies of Wade and Clint into the canyon. So take note: If you’re at Yellowstone and someone is taking you to the bus depot? Good. If someone says they’re taking you to the train station? Not good.
Did Rip really give Beth his mother’s wedding ring?
While it was likely meant to be romantic that Rip wanted to give Beth his mom’s wedding ring and it’s totally something Rip would do, were you as creeped out as we were with Rip literally taking his mom’s wedding ring off her cold dead body? Were you remembering that same scene when Rip put that ring on Beth’s finger? Let’s hope he doesn’t tell Beth how he came about that ring!
What channel is Yellowstone on?
The Paramount Network, Yellowstone‘s home for its first four seasons, is being rebranded as the Paramount Movie Network, though no updates to the rebrand have been made in the last year. This leaves fans to wonder what will happen to the popular Western drama. Fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Yellowstone isn’t heading to the Train Station just yet. ViacomCBS, which owns the network, says the U.S. TV series Yellowstone will continue to air on the overhauled network. Episodes can also be viewed on streaming service Peacock. You can also rent or purchase episodes on a variety of services including Apple TV, Amazon, and YouTube.
How many episodes are in Yellowstone season 5?
We expect there to be at least 10 episodes, similar to seasons 2-4. Season 1 only had 9 episodes.
Is Yellowstone season 4 available on DVD/Blu-ray?
Season 4 of Yellowstone will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning on March 8, 2022. It will include not only the 10 episodes but also over four hours of bonus material including making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes and never-before-seen interviews. The first three seasons are available to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.
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