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Is Yellowstone Ending or Canceled? Everything We Know So Far

Is Yellowstone Ending or Canceled? Everything We Know So Far

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Amidst the enthralling suspense of the Dutton family saga and the captivating allure of their Montana ranch life, Yellowstone has captured global attention and sparked lively discussions.

But recently, the chatter has veered towards the future of this modern Western drama series, raising the queries – Is Yellowstone ending or is it canceled?

In this comprehensive guide, we’re unpacking everything we know so far about the fate of the show.

So, if you’re a die-hard fan curious about what lies ahead for the Duttons, this is your go-to source for the most recent updates, rumors, and inside scoops.

Is Yellowstone Ending?

Yes, Yellowstone is ending after season 5 part 2. The show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, announced the news in May 2023.

The final episodes of season 5 are set to premiere in November 2023. However, with the Hollywood Writers’ strikes and no recent news regarding season 5 part 2, it seems likely this release date will be pushed back, possibly in 2024.

Why Is Yellowstone Ending?

Though unconfirmed, Yellowstone is probably ending after season 5 for a couple of reasons.

First, there have been some scheduling conflicts with Kevin Costner. Costner has other commitments, including a film project that he is currently working on. It is unclear if Costner would have been available to continue filming Yellowstone beyond season 5.

Secondly, there have also been some rumors that there was some tension between Sheridan and Costner behind the scenes. These rumors have not been confirmed, but they could have also played a role in the decision to end the show after season 5.

Additionally, there were reports of creative divergences between Costner and Sheridan. Speculation suggests that Costner might not have been in alignment with the show’s future direction. This potential misalignment might have influenced his choice to depart from the series.

Whatever the reasons, the decision to end Yellowstone after season 5 is a disappointment to many fans. However, the show’s legacy is secure, and the upcoming spinoffs will give fans a chance to continue enjoying the world of Yellowstone.

How Yellowstone Will Live On After Season 5

Though the main Yellowstone series will be coming to an end, the Yellowstone universe is not ending. Sheridan is already developing several spinoffs, including 6666, 1923, and a prequel series about the Dutton family.

Here are some of the spinoffs that are in development:

  • 6666: This spinoff will focus on the 6666 Ranch, which is owned by the Dutton family. The ranch is located in Texas and is known for its cattle operation.
  • Lawmen: Bass Reeves: This Yellowstone universe will take place in roughly the same time period as 1883 and focus on the legendary lawman Bass Reeves. Though unconfirmed, there probably won’t be any Duttons in the series.
  • 1923 Season 2: This spinoff will take place in 1923 and will follow the Duttons as they build their ranch.
  • 1944 Yellowstone Prequel: Possibly focused on the 1940s generation of Duttons after the 1923 series, the series will focus on the early years of the Dutton family.
  • Yellowstone Sequel: Paramount confirmed a new sequel series will follow on from Yellowstone and will be coming out in December 2023 after Yellowstone season 5 part 2 has finished airing.

Currently, Costner is working on his own multi-part western epic, Horizon. Costner serves as the co-writer, producer and director of the upcoming film also while starring in it as well.

A New Yellowstone Sequel Series and Matthew McConaughey’s Collaboration

As the season 5 marks the end of Yellowstone, fans are eager to learn what’s next for the franchise. While the original series may be coming to a close, the Yellowstone universe is far from over, with a variety of spinoffs and prequel series in development to continue exploring the captivating world of the Dutton family.

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Variety has announced that a new sequel series is in the works, with a premiere date slated for December 2023.

Although specific details about the plot and characters have not been disclosed, the series is expected to delve deeper into the Yellowstone universe and introduce fresh narratives and characters that fans will undoubtedly embrace.

Matthew McConaughey, an admirer of Taylor Sheridan’s work, has reached out to Sheridan to collaborate on a project within the Yellowstone universe.

While initial rumors hinted at McConaughey replacing Costner in Yellowstone, it now appears more probable that he will assume the lead role in the upcoming sequel series.

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

The collaboration between these two talented artists is anticipated to bring renewed energy and excitement to the franchise.

The Yellowstone Universe: Spinoffs, Prequels, and Beyond

The Yellowstone universe has already grown beyond the original series, with two prequel series, 1883 and 1923, providing an in-depth look at the history and legacy of the Dutton family.

Additionally, two spinoffs are currently in development: 6666, which explores the workings of the legendary Texas ranch, and Lawmen: Bass Reeves, which follows the life of the legendary lawman.

Sheridan’s vision for the franchise doesn’t stop there, as he is also considering two more prequel series set in the 1940s and the 1960s, delving further into the Dutton family’s history and revealing new layers to their story.

Read more: Release Dates for Every Yellowstone Spin-off, Prequel and Sequel