The hit Western drama series “Yellowstone” will be returning for the second half of its fifth season in November 2024, Paramount Network has officially announced. This news comes after much speculation from fans about when the back half of season 5 would air, with many expecting it earlier in 2023. While the over year-long wait is sure to be difficult for eager viewers, at least now there is a concrete return date to look forward to.
As we gear up for the Season 5, Part 2 premiere, let’s take a look back at what happened in the first half of Season 5 and what details we know so far about the upcoming final episodes.
The midseason finale in January 2023 left the fate of the Dutton empire hanging in the balance, with patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) facing multiple threats. His daughter Beth finally forced John to confront the ranch’s lack of profitability, leading him to put son Kayce in charge of ranch operations going forward.
Meanwhile, Jamie Dutton’s (Wes Bentley) scheming with Sarah Atwood of Market Equities put him squarely at odds with the rest of his family. And several of the ranch’s cowboys embarked on a risky journey to save the herd, leaving their fates uncertain. With so many unresolved threads, fans have been anxiously awaiting the season’s conclusion.
Kevin Costner’s Departure In a shocking development announced in May 2023, lead actor Kevin Costner will be leaving the show amid Season 5. Creator Taylor Sheridan confirmed Costner’s exit, citing scheduling conflicts with Costner’s other projects. This no doubt alters and truncates the closure of John Dutton’s character arc.
It remains to be seen how the show will handle Costner’s departure. Will John Dutton be abruptly killed off? Or will the character ride off into the sunset? Fans will have to tune in this November to find out.
The End Is Nigh for ‘Yellowstone’ Shortly after the bombshell about Costner’s exit, Paramount confirmed that the back half of Season 5 will serve as the series finale for “Yellowstone.” After enjoying years of massive popularity and viewership highs, one of cable’s biggest shows will be galloping off into the sunset.
The network did announce that two new “Yellowstone” spinoff series are in development, including the recently released “1923” as well as “1932.” So fans can continue exploring the Duttons’ early 20th century origins. A third spinoff titled “2024” is also in the works, starring Matthew McConaughey. That show will pick up following the events of the “Yellowstone” finale, extending the franchise’s story into the near future.
While Paramount and the show’s creatives are keeping a tight lid on specific intel about Season 5, Part 2, fans can likely expect the show to deliver more of its signature style of high-stakes drama centered around the Dutton family empire.
With Costner leaving and only seven episodes left to wrap up years-long character arcs, the creative team faces a real challenge sticking the landing. And they’ll have to do it without the reliable strong presence of Costner’s John Dutton anchoring the show.
No matter what happens, the upcoming final episodes promise to be action-packed and hopefully provide a fitting sense of closure. After investing so much in the joys and travails of the Dutton clan, fans feel like family themselves. Let’s hope the show’s swan song offers a proper farewell.