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As the dust settles on the gripping finale of Yellowstone Season 5 Part 1, anticipation is building for the arrival of Part 2.
Will the Dutton family return to defend their ranch one final time? And what surprises does Taylor Sheridan have in store?
In this guide, we’ll delve into the release date, potential plot twists, rumors, cast, and more surrounding Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2.
Here’s everything we know so far about Yellowstone season 5 part 2.
Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2 Release Date
The official release date for Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2 is November 2024. Between scheduling conflicts and the writers’ strike, the series got pushed back from its initial release date.
Originally, Part 2 was scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2023, but production was delayed due to the strike and scheduling conflicts with series star Kevin Costner.
Now, it will be a full two years between the release of Part 1 and Part 2, much to the dismay of many fans.
Will Kevin Costner Be In Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2?
It is not yet confirmed whether Kevin Costner will be in Part 2 of Yellowstone Season 5. While he revealed earlier in the year that he was leaving the show, there is a chance he could come back for a few episodes to wrap up the storyline of John Dutton.
According to Esquire, Costner won’t sign off on a return until he is happy with the way Sheridan chooses to “end his character’s arc for good.”
Taylor Sheridan, the show’s co-creator, expressed his take on the matter to THR. He admitted to being “disappointed” by Costner’s decision to step away from Yellowstone, while the actor shifts focus to his upcoming films, Horizon: An American Saga and its sequel.
Sheridan conveyed his unchanged admiration for Costner’s portrayal of John Dutton, stating how the two had never encountered issues that couldn’t be resolved over a phone call, until legal matters complicated things.
Sheridan went on to empathize with Costner, who he felt was unjustly shouldering the blame. He expressed hopes for Costner’s upcoming movie to be worth the shift of focus.
News broke in February that Yellowstone’s curtain call was decided after Costner proposed to film the remaining six episodes in a week, a request turned down by Paramount Network, according to Deadline. Instead, speculation is rife about a new Yellowstone spin-off starring Matthew McConaughey.
Show executives suggest a shooting period ranging from 30 to 45 days, while Costner’s team is pushing for a more condensed timeline of one to three weeks.
Costner later revealed he left the series due to creative differences and a cut in pay, as well as struggles with the scheduling of filming. While he tried to make it work, things did not pan out as Costner hoped.
“We did negotiate. There were issues about creative. Somewhere along the line, they wanted to change things. They wanted to do 5A and 5B; [it] affected Horizon. I was going to do my movie Horizon and leave that show, do my movie, then do B. A show I was only doing once a year I was now doing twice,” he told Deadline.
Costner may appear in a limited capacity in Part 2. However, it is also possible that he will not appear at all.
If Costner does not appear in Part 2, it would be a major blow to the show. He is the star of Yellowstone, and his absence would be felt by fans. However, the show could continue without him, as it has a strong ensemble cast.
Potential Plots For Season 5 Part 2
The mid-season finale of Season 5 left a lot at stake. It seems that there is plenty of drama and bloodshed yet to come in season five of Yellowstone.
Jamie Dutton is plotting to impeach his father, John, from his role as governor of Montana. He is conspiring with Market Equities to overthrow the Dutton dynasty. In the meantime, Jamie is also sleeping with Sarah Atwood, a corporate shark from Market Equities.
Beth also learned that her father has been dumping the bodies of their enemies at the border of Montana (aka the train station) for years. With this new information, she hopes to take down her brother Jamie once and for all.
In addition to the threat of dealing with Jamie trying to impeach him, John has plenty of other troubles up his sleeve.
Thomas Rainwater has been after John about a pipeline while U.S. Fish and Wildlife Park officers are after him for the deaths of two endangered wolves.
There is also the situation where the Duttons had to move their cattle to Texas as a bacterial disease called brucellosis threatened to wipe out the herd in Montana. This move may prove to be costly for the ranch but at the same time, it will likely mean that we will get to see more of Jimmy at 6666 Ranch.
“There’s a lot coming. Things are on the move. I can’t wait to get back to the back half just because I want to know what happens. I personally only know what happens up to the midseason finale up to that last second, and I don’t know what happens when we come back….” said Piper Perabo (who plays Summer Higgins) to TV Insider.
“I think you can tell that things are going really south,” she continues, “because [the seventh] episode doesn’t end at the fair; it ends with him practicing that speech. And Taylor’s very good – if you’re paying attention, he’s telling you where the trouble’s coming from. I think the fact that he ends with that scene is, for those paying attention, he’s showing you.”
According to Luke Grimes, there is going to be “really juicy drama” in the final episodes of the series. Perhaps we will see a setup to transition the storyline into the sequel series 2024.
Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2 Cast
Fans will be relieved to know that all members of the main cast will return in the new season of Yellowstone. After all, they are essential for drawing the final conclusion of the show, should Season 5 be the last season of Yellowstone.
The main cast for Yellowstone Season 5:
- Kevin Costner as John Dutton (potentially will not return for Part 2)
- Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton
- Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton
- Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton
- Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler
- Kelsey Asbille as Monica Dutton
- Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton
- Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd Pierce
- Ryan Bingham as Walker
- Denim Richards as Colby
- Jen Landon as Teeter
- Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom
- Ian Bohen as Ryan
- Finn Little as Carter
In addition, the actors playing young John Dutton (Josh Lucas), young Beth (Kylie Rogers), and young Rip (Kyle Red Silverstein) are also in the Yellowstone cast in Season 5.
In addition, the actors playing young John Dutton (Josh Lucas), young Beth (Kylie Rogers), and young Rip (Kyle Red Silverstein) have been an important aspect of season five.
There are also important characters we see outside the ranch, which include Gil Birmingham as Thomas Rainwater, Jacki Weaver as Caroline Warner, and Piper Perabo as Summer Higgins. While Jimmy is still a part of Yellowstone, he is no longer a part of the main cast this season.
In addition, Mo Brings Plenty as Mo, Kathryn Kelly as Emily, Wendy Moniz as Lynelle Perry, and Jen Landon as Teeter are all series regulars. Q’orianka Kilcher also returns to reprise her role as Angela Blue Thunder.
Season five also brought the addition of new cast members as well. Kai Caster joins as Rowdy, a young cowboy, and Lilli Kay as Clara Brewer, an assistant to John Dutton. Dawn Olivieri appears as Sarah Atwood, a corporate shark for Market Equities and Lainey Wilson stars as Abby, a musician.
We will also see more of Carter’s new love interest Halie who is played by actress Orli Gottesman.
Will There Be a Season 6?
It has recently been confirmed that Yellowstone will be ending after season 5 part 2, so there will be no season 6.
However, following the end of Yellowstone, the story of the ranch will continue with 2024. While no official cast list for the series has been confirmed, Matthew McConaughey is said to be taking on a lead role in the series.
In 2020, Sheridan told Deadline he would rather wrap Yellowstone up sooner than let the show lose its quality and edge.
“I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end. You can’t walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate.”
“I don’t see this [Yellowstone] as a procedural show. So, it’s not something that we could extend indefinitely. I don’t think anyone would want to do that; you’d cheapen the product,” Sheridan added.
What Other Yellowstone Spin-offs Will There Be?
Though Yellowstone will be ending after season 5 part 2, there are several new shows set in the Yellowstone universe coming out.
The Yellowstone Universe is set to expand further with newly announced series 1944 and 2024. In addition, fans will also be able to look forward to the second season of 1923 as well as 6666.
“Within five years, we grew Yellowstone from a hit U.S. cable show with five million viewers into a global hit franchise with over 100 million fans around the world and multiple extensions — and we’re just getting started,” said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime & MTV Entertainment Studios.
“On the heels of 1883 and 1923’s success, our new planned spinoffs, 1944 and 2024, will take audiences on a thrilling, new, and unexpected journey with the complex and compelling storytelling that has become a hallmark of the franchise and has helped turn it into a worldwide cultural phenomenon — thanks to the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan,” he continued.
6666 is set to follow a group of ranchers at the historic Four Sixes Ranch aka 6666 Ranch in Texas. There is talk that Yellowstone’s very own Jimmy Hurdstram and Walker may be a part of the series.
The prequel series 1944 was first announced on February 5 by Tom Prince, the executive vice president of 101 Studios and later confirmed on November 2.
While fans are eager for Yellowstone spin-offs, the main Yellowstone series is still the one fans look forward to returning the most.
What Do We Know About The Yellowstone Sequel?
2024 will follow after Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2. While no release date has been announced yet, we can expect the series to premiere shortly after the end of Yellowstone.
The sequel will be a further expansion of the Yellowstone universe, and will explore new characters and storylines within the Dutton family. The franchise will also be receiving a new prequel series titled 1944.
There is no confirmed cast for the sequel yet, but it is rumored that Matthew McConaughey will be starring. McConaughey is a two-time Academy Award winner, and his casting would be a major coup for the series.
According to Deadline, the Yellowstone franchise will continue to grow the Dutton’s ranching empire both past and present with “new locations and characters” and “some crossover characters.”
“The global success of Yellowstone continues to thrill and excite us at 101 Studios and Bosque Ranch. This has been such an exhilarating ride with our partners at MTV Entertainment Studios and we can’t wait to bring 1944 and 2024 to audiences everywhere,” said David Glasser, CEO, 101 Studios.
The sequel is being written and executive-produced by Taylor Sheridan, the creator of Yellowstone. Sheridan is also the creator of the Yellowstone prequel series 1883, which premiered on Paramount+ in December 2021.
Where to Watch Yellowstone Season 5
In the United States, Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2 will be available to watch on the cable channel Paramount Network when it is released. The exact release date for the first episode of Part 2 is unknown, but sometime in November 2024.
New episodes can also be streamed the next day on the Paramount Network app and website. For new customers, you can get a 24-hour viewing pass free.
You can also get the Paramount Network channel with Philo which costs $25 a month. Philo offers a free 7-day trial.
Other providers are Sling TV ($46/month), YouTube TV ($64.99/month), Fubo ($69.99/month), Hulu + Live TV ($69.99/month), and Direct TV ($69.99/month).
In the UK, you can watch Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 9 on Paramount+ in November 2024. The Paramount+ app is available on most streaming devices and Smart TVs.
In Canada, Season 5 Episode 9 will stream exclusively on Paramount+ Canada in November 2024.
In Australia, Season 5 Episode 9 will be available to watch on Stan in November 2024.
Confusingly, the Yellowstone series cannot be found on the network’s own streaming service Paramount+ in the US, as the rights were sold to Peacock prior to the launch of the platform.
Series 4 concluded on January 2, 2022, and the full 10-episode season became available on Peacock on March 28, 2022.
Part 1 of Season 5 of Yellowstone became available on Peacock in May 2023. If Season 5 Part 2 follows suit, then we can expect the final episodes of Yellowstone to join Peacock in May 2025.
To gain access to Peacock’s full library, you’ll need to purchase the Premium subscription, which costs $5.99/month or $59.99/year. If you want to see fewer ads and watch content offline, you will need Peacock’s Premium Plus subscription which costs $11.99/month and $119.99/year.
Also, read our guide on where to watch Yellowstone season 5 in the US, UK, and Canada. We include tips on how to watch it for free and without cable.