It's been a long wait for fans of Yellowstone, as season 5 part 1 landed on Paramount Plus all the way back in 2022. And finally, we have confirmation that part 2 is on its way.


That's right, production for Yellowstone season 5 part 2 is underway in Montana, the streamer has confirmed, with the next batch of episodes slated for later this year.

Sadly, they will mark the drama's final instalment, as star Kevin Costner is leaving following scheduling conflicts. The Dances With Wolves actor has recently opened up about a potential Yellowstone return in the future, however.

"Well, [creator] Taylor [Sheridan] and I know what the conditions are for coming back, and I’ll just keep that between ourselves. And that’s pretty simple. That’s just between, again, Taylor and myself. Can we ever get there? I don’t know," he told GQ.

Fans will be glad to know there's hope for a return, then, however small. Costner's co-star Kelly Reilly previously told that part 2's ending would be the ending that was envisioned for the show from its inception.

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"I'm looking forward to giving them the ending of Yellowstone that was always the ending of Yellowstone back when I signed on in 2018 – so it's like... it's gonna be wild," she teased.

The flagship show may be coming to an end, but the Yellowstone franchise has plenty of life left in it at least. Further instalments of prequel 1923 are planned, and a Matthew McConaughey-led series has been confirmed after months of speculation.

But until then, read on for everything you need to know about Yellowstone season 5, including the latest cast and plot information.

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 release date speculation

Kevin Costner in Yellowstone riding on a horse wearing a cowboy hat
Kevin Costner in Yellowstone. Paramount Network

Season 5 part 2 has began production and is expected to return to our screens in November 2024.

That means the final batch of episodes will land two years after the first, and a year after it was meant to, according to Deadline.

The first set of episodes started airing on The Paramount Network on Sunday 13th November 2022 in the US, while in the UK the series started airing new episodes on Monday 14th November 2022 on Paramount Plus.

Who is in the cast of Yellowstone season 5?

Yellowstone's Kelly Reilly sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette
Kelly Reilly in Yellowstone. Paramount Network

Those who saw the last few episodes of Yellowstone season 4 will be aware that not everyone in the cast will be returning for season 5.

While it’s bad news for Sheriff Donnie Haskell (Hugh Dillon) and Garrett Randall (Will Patton), luckily it’s good news for almost everyone else.

In season 5, Kevin Costner returns as John Dutton, the head of the family and the ranch’s long-suffering protector, while other family members also reprise their key roles, including Kelly Reilly (Britannia) as John’s daughter, Beth, a ruthless financier who struggles with substance abuse issues.

Luke Grimes has also returned as John’s youngest son, Kayce, while the cast is rounded out by Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler, Kelsey Asbille as Monica Long Dutton, Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton and Gil Birmingham as Chief Thomas Rainwater.

Forrie J Smith also returns as Lloyd Pierce, as does Denim Richards as Colby Mayfield, Ian Bohen as Ryan, Ryan Bingham as Walker, Finn Little as Carter and Jacki Weaver as Caroline Warner.

We also expect Piper Perabo to be back as Summer Higgins, even though she didn't make an appearance during the first two episodes.

Meanwhile Jefferson White has now left the show as Jimmy Hurdstrom, as his character is set to lead new spin-off 6666.

Who does Lainey Wilson play in Yellowstone?

Lainey Wilson wearing a beige hat and gold blazer
Lainey Wilson. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

In exciting news, country singer Lainey Wilson has joined the cast for season 5, and fans got to see her new character in the season 5 premiere.

Wilson is played Abby, a singer and performer like Wilson herself, who has expressed no interest in dating a cowboy, but seems to be heading towards romance with Ian Bohen's Ryan.

When Wilson revealed her new role in the series at Montana's Under the Big Sky Festival, she said: "I did want to share some news with y’all - I am going to be in the next season of Yellowstone, and I’m excited. I’m going to be a musician on the show named Abby and I get to share my music with a lot of the world who watches the show."

Yellowstone season 5 plot

Kevin Costner and Brecken Merrill in Yellowstone sitting on a log
Kevin Costner and Brecken Merrill in Yellowstone. Paramount Network

While the Yellowstone season 3 ending left us hanging with a multitude of cliffhangers, season 4 ended on a surprisingly upbeat note.

The first two episodes of season 5 have subsequently seen John Dutton sworn in as Governor of Montana and settling into the powers of his new office, making bold moves to protect the ranch from his opponents.

He then made a passionate speech to the state of Montana, while the cowboys at the ranch had to deal with a new problem.

Yellowstone season 5 trailer

You can watch the full trailer for Yellowstone season 5 part 1 bellow. We'll update this page when a trailer for part 2 drops.

Yellowstone airs on Paramount Plus, while seasons 1-4 are available to stream now in full. Little Wing is released on Paramount Plus on Thursday 14th March.


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