After an action-packed finale, fans are already clamoring for Yellowstone season 5 on Paramount Network. As we suspected, an important person was killed and justice was served for the near-fatal attacks on John Dutton (Kevin Costner), his son Kayce, and his daughter Beth. But their enemies never stop coming, and the Duttons still face numerous threats against their family ranch.
Yellowstone has become one of the biggest shows on television. Final ratings for season 4 hit a record for the new series with 9.3 million total viewers on Live + Same Day. The explosion in audience led to the Yellowstone 1883 prequel on Paramount Plus, as well as another planned spin-off, 6666.
The combination of complicated family dynamics and business has led some to compare Yellowstone to “Succession on a Ranch” (though it results in fewer memes). There are definitely parallels, especially in the contentious relationship between Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and her adoptive brother Jamie (Wes Bentley). Shadows of Shiv and Roman!
But while Succession is all about backstabbing in the boardroom, Yellowstone features real violence. All the characters have blood stained hands. And the next installment appears to be as, if not more, brutal than ever.
Here’s everything we know so far about Yellowstone season 5.
Speculation on Yellowstone Season 5 Release Date
While Paramount Network hasn’t officially ordered Yellowstone season 5, it’s obvious the series will be making a return. The only question is when?
The first three seasons of Yellowstone premiered in June around Father’s Day. However, the pandemic changed that schedule for season 4, which debuted in November 2021.
Since Season 4 recently concluded, Yellowstone Season 5 may not arrive until late 2022 or early 2023.
At least though, it looks like Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan may already have season 5 written and ready to shoot. In March 2021, cast member Cole Hauser, who plays Rip, said so in an interview with Wines HALL.
“Taylor is working on that right now, and I think we’ll be back in July,” Hauser said. “Season 5 is going to be wonderful. The way we ended season 4, I can’t reveal much, but the way season 4 ends, I think the audience… will be happily surprised. “
Yellowstone season 5 cast speculation
While the cast roster for Yellowstone season 5 is not official yet, we can expect most of the main players to return.
Of course, at the top of the list is Kevin Costner as John Dutton, the patriarch of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.
Here are the actors who play John’s children: Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, John’s son and former US Navy SEAL Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, John’s daughter and financier; and Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, John’s adopted son and lawyer and aspiring politician.
They are also expected to return:
- Cole Hauser como Rip Wheeler, the ranch foreman and Beth’s love interest
- Kelsey Asbille como Monica Long Dutton, Kayce’s wife who is Native American
- Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton, Kayce and Monica’s son
- Gil Birmingham as Chief Thomas Rainwater, chief of the nearby Native American tribe
- Jacki Weaver as Caroline Warner, the CEO of Market Equities
- Piper Perabo como Summer Higgins, an environmental activist and John’s love interest
- Forrie J. Smith como Lloyd Pierce, a senior ranch worker
- Denim Richards como Colby, a ranch laborer
- Ryan Bingham como Walker, a former prisoner turned ranch laborer
Cast member Jefferson White, who plays Jimmy Hurdstrom, is expected to move on to the upcoming spinoff 6666.
Yellowstone Season 5 Plot
Yellowstone season 5 should pick up on the major storylines left unsolved in the season 4 finale (find out how to watch Yellowstone online to catch up).
The biggest event is that Jamie shot and killed his biological father, Garrett Randall, who orchestrated the attacks on his foster father and siblings. He disposed of the body at the “train station,” but while he was doing so, Beth photographed it. His sister warns him: “Now you are mine.” Later, she informs John that he “owns” Jamie.
The wayward boy now has a lot to lose, which doesn’t bode well for his gubernatorial run. It seems the way is clear for John to take over.
Beth is likely to use Jamie to attack Market Equities. Its CEO, Caroline Warner, fired Beth for acting as a spy and vowed to turn the family ranch into a public toilet.
Meanwhile, Kayce returned from her spiritual quest, which ended with the indication that she will have to choose a path. Maybe he will become the heir to the ranch or maybe he will take another path. When Kayce returns home, he says to Monica, “I saw the end of us.”
As for John, he was concerned that activist / one-night stand Summer would receive a harsh jail sentence in court. However, he promised to help her appeal. And soon, it may be in an even more powerful political position to do so.
Yellowstone season 5 isn’t the only thing coming out this year. Check out our guide to most anticipated shows of 2022.