Before we get to Kevin Costner and Yellowstone Season 5, fair warning: Some spoilers for Yellowstone Season 4 below.
The hit TV series Yellowstone Season 5 is set to begin production this May much to the delight of fans everywhere. According to TV Line, the immensely popular show will likely be back in autumn of 2022. While that’s a pretty quick turnaround, for now, audiences will just have to be happy with the news of creator Taylor Sheridan’s many other shows. And as for the star, Kevin Costner is apparently pulling an enormous per episode paycheck. Plus, award recognitions are beginning to roll in for the Western drama. So presumably everyone is pretty happy with Paramount Network’s most popular show to date.
Season Four of Yellowstone ended in a fittingly dramatic fashion. Wes Bentley’s character Jaime Dutton (the son of Kevin Costner’s lead John Dutton) killed his biological father (played by Will Patton). Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) went on a pretty heavy drug trip/vision quest and saw a wolf girl. Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) kidnapped a priest, which probably won’t be good for anyone involved.
In short, the soap opera antics stayed in full swing. That kind of elevated melodrama is what makes Yellowstone one of the most popular shows currently on air. And if Yellowstone Season 5 keeps up the same level of intrigue in the scenic American west, viewers are sure to keep coming back.
Yellowstone was created after actor Taylor Sheridan moved to behind-the-scenes work. After years as a journeyman actor, his realization that he could be a bigger cog in the Hollywood wheel as a writer has handsomely paid off. Yellowstone was originally envisioned as a limited mini-series, and Kevin Costner was brought on at a $500k per episode salary. The star of Dances with Wolves, Silverado and a bunch of other projects involving cowboy hats is now netting $1.2 million per episode. Considering that the show has no indication of slowing down, that’s a lot of episodes for Costner. Of course, Sheridan is doing pretty well for himself with an increasing number of spinoffs.
The Yellowstone prequel 1883 is already on air. Lead actors Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are receiving critical praise. The real-life married couple are also longtime friends with similarly real-life married couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Recently, both Hanks and Wilson showed up for appearances on the show. Additionally, another Yellowstone spinoff, 6666 is currently in production. Set on the famous Four Sixes Ranch in Texas, that show is in the same timeframe as the main show proper, so it feels likely we will see a Kevin Costner cameo or two on the new show.
Yellowstone has come to be viewed as something of a cultural signifier for the USA. Its focus on American archetypes like the rugged Montana landscape, stoic men and their struggles, and the ultimate symbol of the US, Kevin Costner in a hat, has made it one of the most popular streaming shows ever. Taylor Sheridan has managed to create a new water cooler discussion show, which seems almost impossible in this day and age of fragmented viewership. But until at least this autumn, we’ll just have to wait and see where Yellowstone goes from here.