Is Kevin Costner Leaving 'Yellowstone'?
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Saddle up Yellowstone fans - the Dutton family drama isn't over yet. The series, which focuses on the dysfunctional duttons and their huge Montana cattle ranch, has reportedly completed filming on its highly anticipated fourth season. So there is a lot more to look forward to. Here's what we know so far.
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Even before season 3 came out, Paramount Network announced that it had already ordered a fourth season of the hit western drama. Filming was originally scheduled to start in June but has inevitably been pushed back due to the global pandemic. Production finally started in late August, but the delays had to be taken into account in the script. The show's co-creator and writer, Taylor Sheridan, actually held back from writing some of the season's finale episodes to see if the weather was going to be the Montana ranch, which is being used as the fictional Dutton homestead and sole location serving for the filming of the fourth season would become a factor.
"I need to know if we'll be there in November and December because if we are, I'll have to put snow in the plot," he told Deadline in July. "So I had to take a break from writing the last couple of episodes, which I'll be running here pretty soon as soon as I know we're going because I would hate to write them and then find out we only have six episodes can turn year, and then I have to go shooting in the spring and then there is no snow. "
Chief Joseph Ranch, who serves as the backdrop for the Dutton Homestead, confirmed via Instagram in November 2020 that filming for season 4 was complete, suggesting the show will return in June 2021. Paramount Network has yet to confirm an official date for the seasons also debuted in June, so this summer looks like a pretty safe bet for the show to return.
The Yellowstone season three finale was filled with potentially deadly cliffhangers, and fans wondered which (if any) of their favorite farmers will survive to carry on into the next season.
In December, star and executive producer Kevin Costner made fans even more worried in an interview with Good Day New York when he responded to questions about John Dutton's fate, saying, "I can't say. There's an ending to that you have." I'll see, hopefully it's a powerful one for you. "He added," Just try to enjoy it until the end if you can. "
Immediately rumors began to circulate that Costner was leaving the show, and some suggested the actor was dissatisfied with the demands of the show that kept him away from his family. A Costner rep later told Gossip Cop the story wasn't true, and a photo from the star's Instagram in October seems to confirm he was on the set, so we're pretty sure we're getting more of the Dutton Patriarch will see season 4.
The remaining Dutton siblings, played by Luke Grimes (Kayce), Kelly Reilly (Beth) and Wes Bentley (Jamie), and the other lead cast like Cole Hauser (Rip) and Kelsey Asbille (Monica) are expected to be repeat their roles. At least until the first episode of the next season to solve this shocking ending. As for season three newbies like the vicious Josh Holloway (Roarke Morris) and Karen Pittman (Willa Hays), only time will tell.
Behind the scenes, Sheridan returns to write and direct throughout the season. While the characters may spend more time on the ranch next season, fans can continue to expect the same style and quality that they have come to love from the show.
Is season 4 the last season?
No additional seasons have been announced for Yellowstone so far, but there has also been no indication that season four will be the last. With the show continuing to generate high ratings for Paramount Network, it wouldn't be surprising if it ran for a few more seasons.
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Seasons 1, 2, and 3 of Yellowstone can be purchased from Amazon Prime or streamed through Peacock.
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