Here’s What to Expect from Yellowstone Season 5

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This fall, viewers can't wait to dive back into the Dutton family drama in Season 5 of Yellowstone—and we've got the inside track on what to expect!

When Yellowstone, the neo-Western drama created by Tyler Sheridan and starring Kevin Costner, debuted on the Paramount Network in 2018, no one predicted it would be such a massive hit. But both viewers and reviewers quickly deemed it one of the best TV shows on air, and fans couldn’t get enough of Costner’s modern-day cowboy John Dutton, owner of the largest ranch in Montana, who is locked in endless battles over his land. Now that the trailer for Yellowstone Season 5 has dropped, the upcoming episodes are as highly anticipated as shows like Bridgerton Season 3 and The Mandalorian Season 3. Read on for all the intel—and don’t forget, while you’re waiting for fresh episodes, you can always pass the time with these highly entertaining books to read based on your favorite TV shows.

When will Yellowstone Season 5 premiere?

Soon, but not as soon as many would like! The first episode of Yellowstone Season 5 drops on Sunday, Nov. 13, on the Paramount Network at 8 p.m. and will be a two-hour affair. While the trailer, titled “All Will Be Revealed,” didn’t really give too much away, we can assume that the Dutton family will continue seeking power and control in government so that they can also remain in control of their ranch. And most likely, they don’t care about the lengths they’ll have to go to to make sure John becomes governor of Montana. As Costner’s voiceover chillingly declares in the trailer, “We’ll show the world who we are … and what we do.”

What will Yellowstone Season 5 be about?

Spoiler alert: When we left off in Season 4, the Duttons’ adopted son Jamie (Wes Bentley) had been blackmailed by his sister, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly), into killing his biological father Garrett Randall (Will Patton), who ordered hits on Dutton family members back in Season 3. Meanwhile, Jamie is still running for governor of Montana, against family patriarch John Dutton. Sly Beth was able to get photographic evidence that Jamie murdered Garrett and could use it to derail his campaign. (Knowing Beth, that’s more likely than not.) As for whether John Dutton wins the governor race in Yellowstone Season 5, it seems probable. In an interview with Vulture, Reilly said, “I will say as the kingdom gets bigger, it becomes more difficult to manage.” Of course, John Dutton just wants to remain in control of his ranch. In an interview with Extra, Costner explained that there are “people who think that one man has too much, there’s people that know what they would do with the land,” he said. “The whole thing of all these people attacking this guy and he’s trying to hold on to it, and I can relate to that.”

Who will star in Yellowstone Season 5?

All the main players, with the exception of Garrett (RIP), are returning—and there will be some new faces this year as well. The entire Dutton clan will be there: Kevin Costner as John Dutton, Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, Kelsey Asbille as Monica Long Dutton and Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton. Cole Hauser will reprise his role as Rip Wheeler, John’s right-hand man and Beth’s newlywed husband, and Gil Birmingham will be back as Chief Thomas Rainwater. Another returning player? Piper Perabo as Summer Higgins, John Dutton’s love interest—it’s rumored that they’ll have a more serious relationship this season. Jacki Weaver will also be back as Caroline Warner, the CEO of Market Equities and Beth Dutton’s nemesis. The new faces coming to town include actress Kathryn Kelly as a vet technician and Kai Caster as a cowboy named Rowdy.

Will Season 5 of Yellowstone be the last?

Season 6 has yet to be announced or greenlit, so fans will have to cross their fingers that creator Tyler Sheridan and Kevin Costner want to keep the drama rolling. Still, when a network has such a successful show on the air, subsequent seasons are a safe bet. The good news is, Yellowstone Season 5 will be split into two seven-episode mini seasons. The first seven will air this fall and winter, and the second half will arrive sometime in the spring and early summer 2023, so it will truly feel like it’s airing all year long. Of course, if you already subscribe to the Peacock Network, you’ll also be able to binge Seasons 1 to 4. (Yep, even though it’s a Paramount Network show, back seasons aren’t available on Paramount+.)

Are there other TV shows related to Yellowstone to watch?

Indeed there are! Last year the show’s creators released Yellowstone:1883, a prequel to Yellowstone that starred Faith Hill, her real-life husband Tim McGraw and Sam Elliot. The series, which aired exclusively on Paramount+, told the origin story of how John Dutton’s grandparents crossed the Great Plains in search of a better life and ultimately settled in Montana. This year, a few other spin-offs are joining the franchise: 1883: The Bass Reeves Story is in the works, telling the tale of the real-life Bass Reeves, who was born a slave and later became the first Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi. Then there’s 1923, coming in December and starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, which will likely focus on John Dutton’s grandparents as they face that decade’s issues like fallout from World War I, prohibition and historic drought. Also in the works is fictionalized cowboy series 6666, which focuses on the men and women who work on the real-life “four sixes” ranch in Texas. (There’s no release date yet.)

Sources:

  • Vulture: “Yellowstone‘s Kelly Reilly Says Beth Will Be at Her Most Powerful in Season Five”
  • Extra: “‘Yellowstone’ Star Kevin Costner on John Dutton Death Rumors”

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Gillian Telling
Gillian Telling is a New York-based entertainment journalist who, for the past 15 years, has covered the entire spectrum of pop culture as a writer and editor for publications like Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and People. She's interviewed hundreds of celebrities throughout her career, ranging from Alex Trebek to Jennifer Lawrence, and prides herself on being the first person to ever declare that Schitt's Creek was an amazing new show. (Five years before everyone else caught on!) She's also a published author, whose 2010 humor book Dirty Girls was optioned by ABC in 2012.