When Does Yellowstone Season 5 Start?
Yellowstone, the hit TV series, has had a rollercoaster of delays and surprises that have left fans eagerly waiting for the return of Season 5. In this article, we’ll take you through the timeline of these setbacks and provide the latest updates on when you can expect the show to be back on your screens.
The Midseason Finale and Promised Return
On January 1, 2023, Yellowstone fans watched the midseason finale on Paramount Network. It was announced that the final six episodes of Season 5 would make a summer 2023 debut. However, this projection didn’t materialize.
The Writers’ Strike and Season 5’s Unexpected End
In May 2023, a writers’ strike began, impacting many productions. Around the same time, it was officially revealed that Season 5 would be the last for Yellowstone. Various factors contributed to this surprising decision, including rumors of tension between star Kevin Costner and showrunner Taylor Sheridan. It remains uncertain how much Costner will be involved in the remaining Season 5 episodes.
A Sequel and Uncertain Return Dates
In the wake of Yellowstone’s last season, a sequel was greenlit, with Matthew McConaughey rumored to headline. It was originally set to premiere in December 2023, while Yellowstone was expected to return in November. However, industry insiders deemed these dates aspirational at best, and a November return for the original show was considered “highly unlikely.”
Taylor Sheridan’s Hints and Potential Changes
In June 2023, Taylor Sheridan’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter added another layer of uncertainty. Originally planned as six episodes, he hinted that more episodes could be added if necessary. Moreover, the sequel series, initially thought to feature some of Yellowstone’s current cast, may shift its focus to new characters and locations.
The SAG-AFTRA Strike Complicates Matters:
By July 14, 2023, while the writers’ strike had ended, the SAG-AFTRA strike was ongoing. Production of Yellowstone’s final episodes had not yet begun, leaving the situation in limbo. With these factors in play, fans can be certain that new episodes won’t air on Paramount Network in 2023.
Where to Watch Yellowstone?
As you wait for Yellowstone Season 5’s return, all five seasons of Yellowstone are available on Peacock Premium. Selected Season 5 episodes can also be watched on-demand via the Paramount Network website, fuboTV, Sling TV (with the $6/month “Comedy Extra” add-on), Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Philo, or DIRECTV STREAM. Individual episodes and complete seasons are available for purchase on Amazon.
If you’re looking for something to fill the Yellowstone-shaped void, consider these shows: “1883” (Paramount+), “1923” (Paramount+), “Justified” (Hulu), “Longmire” (Netflix and Peacock), and “Joe Pickett” (Paramount+).
As we await the return of Yellowstone, fans can stay tuned for further updates and expect the unexpected, given the twists and turns that have characterized the show’s journey.