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Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date speculation, cast, and news

We've been waiting for the Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date for forever it seems, but we finally have some news on the series.

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date: Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

What is the Yellowstone season 5 part two release date? Kevin Costner’s show about the trials and tribulations of the Dutton family ranch is one of the biggest series on TV. Sadly, it’s about to come to an end.

The return of Yellowstone season 5 with its final episodes will be the end of the series. Yellowstone is canceled, with Kevin Costner dropping out and moving on to pastures new. It’s the end of an era for one of the best TV series and marks the conclusion of the mainline Yellowstone series that sparked many a spin-off. Here’s everything you need to know about the final step.

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date speculation

It’s been confirmed that Yellowstone season 5 part 2 will be released sometime in November 2024.

The second half of the season was due to commence filming in August 2023. However, with Costner still in dispute with creator Taylor Sheridan about the production schedule and the 2023 Writers Strike and Actors strike, that August date came and went with no luck.

It was then announced on November 2, 2023, that Yellowstone would be returning and finishing out its run in November 2024. So, yeah, we still have a year to wait, but at least now we’re not surviving on crumbs alone. Then, on November 16, 2023, it was announced that production would begin on the final half of the season in late spring of 2024.

Honestly, that sounds a little tight to us, but given that there are only six episodes left to round out the Dutton tale, we have faith in Sheridan that they’ll pull through in time.

What’s more, along with the announcement came confirmation of two new spin-offs: 1944, and 2024. (We’re putting our money on 2024 being where Matthew McConaughey fits into all this.)

“On the heels of 1883 and 1923’s success, our new planned spin-offs, 1944 and 2024, will take audiences on a thrilling, new, and unexpected journey with the complex and compelling storytelling that has become a hallmark of the franchise and has helped turn it into a worldwide cultural phenomenon thanks to the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan,” said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of MTV Entertainment Studios.

Yellowstone season 5 release date: Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

Who’s in the Yellowstone season 5 part 2 cast?

It has not yet been confirmed that Kevin Costner will return for the Yellowstone season 5 part 2 cast, but the rest of the Duttons and the ranch hands should come back to finish things up.

The most recent speculation comes from Matt Belloni’s The Town podcast, where he said: “And the question is whether Costner is in those final episodes of this season of Yellowstone. And my understanding is that, as of now, he is not going to be in those episodes.” Okay, we’re praying this isn’t true.

Costner’s absence would be a huge shake-up and would spell serious trouble for the plot. How could it be Yellowstone without John Dutton? Looks like we’ll just have to wait to see if this rumor has legs. However, aside from Costner, the main Yellowstone cast will return to finish the story for their respective Yellowstone characters.

Here’s the Yellowstone season 5 part 2 cast list:

  • Kevin Costner as John Dutton (unconfirmed)
  • Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton
  • Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton
  • Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton
  • Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler
  • Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton
  • Kelsey Asbille as Monica Long Dutton
  • Gil Birmingham as Chief Thomas Rainwater
  • Wendy Moniz-Grillo as Lynelle Perry
  • Denim Richards as Colby Mayfield
  • Forrie J Smith as Lloyd Pierce
  • Ian Bohen as Ryan
  • Jen Landon as Teeter
  • Ryan Bingham as Walker

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date: Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

What will Yellowstone season 5 part 2 be about?

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 plot will have the difficult task of wrapping up established storylines while also establishing the post-Costner age of Yellowstone, laying the groundwork for Matthew McConaughey’s takeover soon to come.

Starting with where Yellowstone season 5 part 1 left off, there were several major changes for the Dutton family. John became the Governor of Montana (but is already facing impeachment), half the Yellowstone ranch hands were shipping off to Texas, and the cows on the ranch caught a potentially disastrous disease. Who would ever choose to be a cowboy, hey?

On top of this, the relationship between Beth and Jamie is more fought than ever, with Beth having discovered that Jamie has a secret child. Not great for Jamie, since Beth has made it very clear in the past that she’s determined to ruin his life at every opportunity. The last we saw Beth, she was reminding John that Jamie knew about everything, including the infamous train station. (AKA: The place where the Yellowstone workers dump dead bodies.)

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date: The Yellowstone cast

In short, Beth has made it pretty clear she wants to kill Jamie. However, whether this will come to pass remains to be seen. She’s not one to doubt, that much is obvious.

After addressing all this, the Yellowstone season 5 part 2 plot will then have to establish what’s next, and it all hangs on whether Costner will be back. Will it kill John Dutton off-screen? Will he retire peacefully? We know McConaughey will star in a new Yellowstone series to follow this one, so will he himself be involved?

Frankly, it’s devastating that the show is ending early. There was so much potential to be had in the already-established storylines. We were really looking forward to seeing Rip and the gang spend the winter in Texas. There’s also the question of Kayce’s vision quest, in which he says he saw “the end of us.”

In an ideal world, this would have made for a few more seasons and one hell of a big finale, but we guess we’ll just have to deal with what we’re going to get. Only Taylor Sheridan knows what that’ll be, but answers should start coming soon enough.

Yellowstone season 5 release date: Kevin Costner as John Dutton in Yellowstone

Is there a Yellowstone season 5 part 2 trailer?

We think the Yellowstone season 5 part 2 trailer will arrive in October 2024. 

If filming is due to commence in the late spring, we imagine they’ll have plenty of cut footage to work with by the time fall rolls around. This is when the second half of the season is set to return, so we imagine a trailer should be dropping a few months before the final installment premieres.

But if you need a reason to binge the rest of the series again, you can remind yourself of what Yellowstone’s all about with this one-minute explainer video below.

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Where can I watch Yellowstone season 5 part 2?

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 will land on the Paramount Network when it comes out.

The way to watch Yellowstone is different depending on whether you’re in the US or UK, so you can check out our guide for more in-depth info. Essentially, it’ll air on the Paramount Network, likely on a weekly basis. In the meantime, you can watch every other series and spin-off stemming from Sheridan’s Western universe on Paramount Plus.

If you don’t have Paramount Plus, you can sign up for the platform with the link below. Once you’ve done that, you can also check out everything new on Paramount Plus this month.

How many episodes of Yellowstone season 5 part 2 will there be?

There should be six episodes left in Yellowstone season 5 part 2.

The season was originally commissioned for fourteen episodes, and since there have already been eight, it makes sense that we would just be getting the remaining six.

That said, the current cancellation and exit of Kevin Costner throws everything into disarray. Maybe we’ll just be getting a handful of longer episodes to round everything out, or it may be that even more is required to account for the unexpected ending. But we’ll assume that they’re still going ahead with the remaining six for now.

If you’re looking to find out which Yellowstone episodes are the best (so far), then we’ve got a breakdown of our top picks.

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date: Luke Grimes and Kevin Costner as Kayce and John in Yellowstone

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 rumors and speculation

There’s been plenty of rumors surrounding the release of Yellowstone season 5 part 2, mostly to do with the Costner and Sheridan situation, as well as whether Costner is set to return at all.

On top of the Costner speculation we mentioned above, there’s also plenty to talk about surrounding his return (if he returns at all.) It was revealed [via Puck] that the battle for John Dutton’s fate has become a legal one, and that Costner even has a “moral death” clause in his Yellowstone contract, meaning Sheridan can’t write off Costner in an embarrassing or off-handed manner.

Honestly, we haven’t heard of this kind of thing before, but considering the sheer scale of Yellowstone and how much of it hinges on John’s arc, it seems like a smart move on Costner’s part to include such a stipulation.

It’s a good thing we’ve spent a lot of time working out the possibilities for what’ll happen to John Dutton, otherwise, we’d be losing our minds trying to guess.

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That’s all we know about Yellowstone season 5, part 2, for now. Prepare to find out much more in the near future as the dust settles on the cancellation of the series and the announcement of its spin-off.

For more on Yellowstone, find out if Matthew McConaughey is in Yellowstone, before learning about the 6666 release date and the 1923 season 2 release date. Plus, you can read our features on what to do now that Yellowstone is breaking up with you, and why we think Dallas ran so Yellowstone could fly.

Need more Costner in your life? Well, he’s got a new movie in the works called Horizon. Here’s everything we know about the Horizon release date. We’ve also got a list of the 10 shows like Yellowstone to watch next, as well as the best Taylor Sheridan TV series and movies.