Yellowstone (Finally!) Sets Return Date for Fifth and Final Season

Can we get a “yee-haw”?

At long last, Yellowstone has lassoed a premiere date for the second half of its fifth and final season. The Western drama’s last episodes will begin Sunday, Nov. 10, at 8/7c, Paramount Network announced Thursday. (Watch a short teaser above.)

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Production on Season 5B is currently underway in Montana. By the time Yellowstone returns for its final installments, it will have been off the air for nearly two years, after Season 5A concluded on Jan. 1, 2023.

And it’s been a topsy-turvy hiatus for the series: Before the Writers Guild of America strike began last May, Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan had completed scripts for the back half of Season 5 that did not include star Kevin Costner, after the decision to split Season 5 into two halves interfered with production on Costner’s upcoming feature film Horizon. Amid reports of Costner’s behind-the-scenes demands and tension with Sheridan, Costner has since said he’d “love” to do more Yellowstone, if “I feel really comfortable with it.” (Update: It was confirmed on June 21 that Costner is not returning.)

Meanwhile, Paramount Network has ordered two more Yellowstone spinoffs: the prequel series 1944, and the contemporary offshoot 2024, which will reportedly feature new cast members and locations, as well as crossover characters from the mothership. As of mid-2023, Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Pfeiffer were in talks to headline 2024, but nothing has been made official. Yellowstone vets Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser and Luke Grimes are also in the conversation for 2024, where they’d reprise their respective roles as Beth, Rip and Kayce, but their alleged salary demands have reportedly jeopardized their involvement.

Reilly, for her part, has encouraged Yellowstone fans to remain skeptical about reports of her and her co-stars’ salary disputes.

“There are discussions, you know. Don’t believe everything you read,” the actress said in March. “It’s just nonsense.”

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