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Bring back the cowboys! After the first part of Yellowstone season 5 premiered in November 2022, we finally have an update about when Yellowstone will return for Season 5, part 2. Keep reading to find out.

Yellowstone is Paramount’s successful Western drama that follows the real-life Dutton family, who own and operate the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, the largest ranch in the state of Montana. The fan-favorite series premiered in 2018 and features frontrunner Kevin Costner, who plays the one and only John Dutton III, the six-generation patriarch of the Dutton family. Throughout the series, John and his family are constantly protecting the Yellowstone ranch from those attempting to take their land, including an Indian reservation and wealthy land developers.

Season 5 of Yellowstone kicked off with a two-hour premiere in November 2022 on the Paramount Network. We saw the first eight episodes and an explosive mid-season 5 finale on January 1, 2023. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in September 2022, Sheridan teased that more characters will die in season 5. “If you look at everyone as a chess piece, in Season 5 it is impossible to keep playing the game without taking pieces off the board,” he told the outlet.

Without revealing Yellowstone season 5 spoilers, the mid-season finale focuses on the rivalry between John, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Jamie Dutton (Wes Bently). Bentley spoke with Entertainment Weekly in February 2023 about what could happen with the estranged siblings moving forward. “We’ve got something coming. We’re both threatening each other now in some serious ways,” Bentley told the entertainment site. “It’s a mystery to me too where it’s going. I just know this is an inflection point….Something major will come of this moment between Jamie and Beth. This is kind of the final straw. He didn’t much how much Beth was really fed up with him until really recently, and I think that is now flipped a switch in Jamie that he feels similarly.”

It would be an understatement to say that fans are dying to know when new episodes of Yellowstone are coming out. We’re sharing everything we know about the Yellowstone season 5, part 2 release date, including whether the neo-Western drama could be ending after the fifth season.

When does Yellowstone return for Season 5, Part 2?

Beth Dutton and Rip in Yellowstone season 5

When does Yellowstone return for Season 5, part 2? The final episodes of Yellowstone Season 5 will be released in November 2023, according to Variety. Originally, the final six episodes were supposed to air sometime during the summer of 2023, but filming delays pushed the timeline. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter in February 2023 that the second part of Yellowstone was set to start filming in March 2023, but the date was moved back due to drama surrounding Costner’s exit.

In April 2023, the Yellowstone cast who attended PaleyFest confirmed that the second half of Season 5 “has not yet started filming and they have not been given a start date,” according to Variety. Costner, Sheridan and other Yellowstone cast members were noticeably absent from the event after it was previously confirmed that they would be attending.

One of the first positive updates regarding filming of part two came from Yellowstone cast member Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler. He shared an Instagram post on April 15, 2023, alongside his fellow cowboys, Denim Richards and Jefferson White, with the caption: “Found this old pic of my boys @denimrichards @_jeffersonwhite see y’all soon!” This is one of the first indications that filming could resume sooner than we think (especially following the cast responses at PaleyFest).


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Is Yellowstone ending after season 5?

Rip Wheeler, Luke Grimes and Kayce Dutton in season 5 of Yellowstone

Is Yellowstone ending after Season 5? Yes, Yellowstone is ending after Season 5. Our sister publication, Varietyreported on May 5, 2023, that Yellowstone will be ending after Season 5 and there will not be a sixth season of the successful Paramount series. “Yellowstone has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits – from 1883 to Tulsa King, and I am confident our Yellowstone sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life,” said Chris McCarthy, president & CEO of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, in a statement.

Instead, Yellowstone will be replaced with a sequel series, Paramount announced. The untitled series has been ordered and “will debut on Paramount Network and Paramount+ in December,” according to Variety. Matthew McConaughey is expected to lead the new series, which was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on March 28, 2023, by McCarthy. The plot and casting details of the sequel series are under wraps, but some of the existing Yellowstone cast is expected to move over to the new show. The cast also consists of Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham and more. Kevin Costner is expected to exit after Season 5.

Costner’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told Puck.News in February 2023 that reports that “Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of Season 5 of Yellowstone is an absolute lie.” Singer also called the allegations “ridiculous — and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second.” While nothing has been confirmed by Paramount, a spokesperson from the network also told Deadline in February 2023 that they hope Costner will be a part of the show moving forward. “We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come.”

Costner currently has his hands full directing and starring in the Western “epic” Horizon, a four-part feature film spearheaed by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. Horizon has a demanding shooting schedule of 220 days, which could be impacting the actor’s already jam-packed schedule. 

You can watch Yellowstone on the Paramount Network, which is available to stream on services including Fubo TV, Philo TV, and Hulu+ With Live TV. The first four seasons of Yellowstone are also available to stream on Peacock.

Wondering about Kevin Costner’s salary on Yellowstone? Check out our gallery below to see how much each actor, including Costner, makes per episode of Yellowstone!