Warning: This article contains mild spoilers for Yellowstone season 5 part 1.


Just as things were starting to heat up for the Dutton family, the cowboy drama hit us with an extended midseason break.

So far in the fifth season, we've borne witness to John Dutton being sworn in as Governor of Montana, with the rancher making bold moves to protect Yellowstone from his opponents.

It's been reported that Costner may be departing from the drama following the end of season 5, which may well mark the end of the show for good.

According to Deadline, the reason for the sudden ending stems from Costner’s shooting schedule, with the actor being available for fewer days as the series has progressed.

Now, as the cast is shooting the second half of season 5, Costner reportedly wants to reduce his number of filming days.

The news comes as a shock, particularly given Yellowstone star Cole Hauser’s recent comments about the future of the franchise, with the star suggesting there'll be at least two more seasons.

"I can tell you there will be [season] 6 and [there] will be a seventh, that's all I can say," Hauser told ET in January 2023 at the Golden Globes. "That's all I can tell you."

Fortunately there are multiple spin-offs expanding the Yellowstone universe, including prequels 1883 and 1923, as well as rumours of a Matthew McConaughey-led series.

With the Paramount Plus show scheduled to make its return in the summer of 2023, read on to find out everything you need to know about the actors and characters in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone cast

Kevin Costner as John Dutton

Kevin Costner in Yellowstone season 5

Who is John Dutton III? The series follows the Dutton family and heading up the largest ranch in Montana is John Dutton, the widowed sixth-generation patriarch. Throughout previous seasons, we've seen how Dutton will go to lengths to protect the the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch and regularly comes against challenges from all sides. In this fifth season, however, Dutton is the Governor of Montana.

What else has Kevin Costner been in? The multi award-winning actor has starred in many notable films and TV series such as The Untouchables, Dances with Wolves, Hidden Figures and Molly's Game. Yellowstone marks the first regular TV series role of his career.

Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton

Yellowstone Kelly Reilly
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Who is Beth Dutton? John and Evelyn's only daughter, Beth is savvy, intelligent and also quite the manipulator. She previously returned home to help her father manage the ranch and is extremely protective of John and her entire family.

What else has Kelly Reilly been in? The English actress has had starring roles in Above Suspicion, Black Box, True Detective and Britannia, as well as roles in films such as Pride & Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes and 10x10.

Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton

Wes Bentley in Yellowstone
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Who is Jamie Dutton? The "black sheep" of the family, Jamie is very different from his Dutton siblings. The aspiring politician goes on to become Attorney General in season 3, has a son and is a no-nonsense kind of character. However, he still does crave his father's attention.

What else has Wes Bentley been in? Bentley is best known for his roles in Interstellar, The Hunger Games, Ghost Rider and American Horror Story, where he has had starring roles in the Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke instalments.

Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton

Luke Grimes in Yellowstone
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Who is Kayce Dutton? John and Evelyn's son, Kayce is a former US Navy SEAL and has a fraught relationship with his father. Even so, he's still the one set to take on the Yellowstone ranch and moves back with his wife and young son.

What else has Luke Grimes been in? Grimes has had starring roles in American Sniper and the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise as Elliot, Christian Grey's (Jamie Dornan) brother.

Gil Birmingham as Chief Thomas Rainwater

Gil Birmingham in Yellowstone
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Who is Chief Thomas Rainwater? A powerful casino businessman and chief of the Broken Rock Indian Reservation which neighbours the Yellowstone ranch, Chief Rainwater is desperate to reclaim the land he believes has been stolen from the Native Americans who originally inhabited it. Thus, he is constantly at odds with John.

What else has Gil Birmingham been in? Birmingham known for his role as Billy Black in The Twilight Saga, Banshee and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Most recently, he's had starring roles in Pieces of Her, Siren and Under the Banner of Heaven.

Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler

Cole Hauser in Yellowstone
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Who is Rip Wheeler? While not officially a son of John Dutton, the patriarch has long seen Rip as a son of his. Being his right-hand man, he is a fiercely loyal employee at Yellowstone. He was taken in by the Duttons as a young runaway after killing his father, who murdered his mother and brother. Despite an on-off relationship with Beth since the pair were teens, they are now married.

What else has Cole Hauser been in? The actor is best known for his roles in the films Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting, Transcendence and Rogue.

Kelsey Asbille as Monica Dutton

Kelsey Asbille in Yellowstone
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Who is Monica Dutton? Monica is Kayce's wife and is often in inner turmoil when it comes to reckoning her Native American roots with her husband's family business. She goes from being a teacher at local school Broken Rock Indian Reservation to becoming a professor at Montana State University in Bozeman.

What else has Kelsey Asbille been in? Asbille is best known for her roles in One Tree Hill, Wind River, Fargo and Teen Wolf.

Yellowstone cast: Full list of actors and characters in Paramount Plus drama

  • Kevin Costner as John Dutton
  • Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton
  • Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton
  • Kelsey Asbille Chow as Monica Dutton
  • Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton
  • Gil Birmingham as Thomas Rainwater
  • Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler
  • Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton
  • Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom
  • Ian Bohen as Ryan
  • Finn Little as Carter
  • Jennifer Landon as Teeter
  • Forrie J Smith as Lloyd Pierce
  • Denim Richards as Colby
  • Wendy Moniz as Governor Lynelle Perry
  • Jacki Weaver as Caroline Warner
  • Kai Caster as Rowdy
  • Lainey Wilson as Abby
  • Lilli Kay as Clara Brewer
  • Dawn Olivieri as Sarah Atwood
  • Mo Brings Plenty as Mo
  • Kathryn Kelly as Emily
  • Piper Perabo as Summer Higgins
  • Jerynce Brings Plenty as Jerynce
  • Maria Julian as Kate
  • Taylor Sheridan as Travis Wheatly

Yellowstone season 5 airs new episodes weekly on Paramount Plus, while seasons 1-4 are available to stream now in full.

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