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When yellow stone Airing its midseason finale in January 2023, the future looked ominous for the Dutton family in the fifth season of the Paramount Network mega-hit series. To freshen us up, Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) had just thrown down the gauntlet against his sister Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and father John Dutton (Kevin Costner) in a move that would usher in an all-out war between embittered family members. Will Jamie kill Beth? Or will John kill Jamie first? Those were the high-stakes questions that sat down with viewers.

So the fate of the biggest TV show changed course.

Behind the scenes, a schedule dispute with yellow stone star and Costner patriarch ushered in a months-long delay in production for the second half of the fifth season. The cast and crew had planned to resume filming in March with an announced summer release date, but those dates came and went. It wasn’t until early May that the network would announce that yellow stone was returning to production, but that the remaining episodes, which would now be released in November, would mark an abrupt end to the beloved neo-western saga and flagship series. However, there were new plans to continue the Dutton dynasty (which already has spin-offs 1923 and 1883 in his stable) with a yellow stone sequel series, widely reported starring Matthew McConaughey and will debut in December.

The announcement came just days after the May 2 writers’ strike, which would ultimately usher in the July 13 SAG-AFTRA walkout; the rare double whammy effectively shutting down Hollywood productions and grinding out US-produced series, including yellow stone – to a halt

With the final episodes of yellow stone still locked in the barn, the hollywood reporter is tracking everything that is known about the Taylor Sheridan series before it disappears into the night.

When will the final episodes air?

Most likely it will be sometime in 2024. With two of Hollywood’s biggest unions in a showdown with the studios, the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are expected to be long, with the work stoppage expected to continue into the fall. yellow stone it had not started production before the strike was called, and the scripts by creator Sheridan, who writes the entire series, were not yet complete. April through October is when they typically film, with Montana’s snowy winters complicating the series’ largely outdoor filming. If the strikes aren’t resolved soon enough, winter could push the season back even further.

Where is the cast?

Months before the writers’ strike was called, reports that Costner wanted out of the series sent a jolt through the media. yellow stone-verse. How could television’s biggest hit continue without its Oscar-winning leading man?

In late March, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios Chairman and CEO Chris McCarthy addressed those fears when he said the hollywood reporter that yellow stone “It wouldn’t be what it is today without Kevin and we hope that stays that way for a long time.” Fast forward to May: Viewers got their answer that Costner would stay on the series, but the series would end. And one question remained: In what capacity will viewers see John Dutton? (McCarthy later said THR: “This yellow stone The chapter is closing earlier than we all wanted, but we feel good about where it will end.”

In late June, Sheridan sat down with THR For a rare cover story in which he discussed the scheduling conflict, shedding light on the source of the delay: Costner wanted to focus on his own Western epic, a four-film passion project titled Horizon which he is co-writing, directing and starring in. “He and the network were discussing when he could end with yellow stone. I said, ‘We can certainly work on a schedule towards [his preferred exit date]’, which we did,” said the prolific TV hitmaker. “But once the lawyers get involved, people can’t talk to each other and they start saying things that aren’t true and trying to shift the blame based on how the press or the public seem to be reacting. He took a lot of this on the chin and I don’t know if anyone deserves it. His movie seems to be a big priority for him and he wants to change the focus. sure i hope [the movie is] it’s worth it, and it’s good.”

Cover story writer James Hibberd reported that there are ongoing discussions to try to convince Costner to film some scenes to wrap up his character. Sheridan hinted that John Dutton would never be near the end of the show in his original script. Still, the creator admitted: “I’m disappointed. Closing the character of him is truncated. He does not alter it, but truncates it.

Along with the lingering question about Costner’s level of involvement, the official cast has yet to be announced.

How many episodes will there be?

An official episode count has yet to be revealed. Sheridan, who said THR he was willing to support the WGA’s efforts, also suggesting that it might do more than the previously reported final six episodes. “If I think it takes 10 episodes to finish, they’ll give me 10,” says Sheridan. “It will be as long as it takes.”

What will be the final race with minus John Dutton?

yellow stone has built an extensive cast of characters that viewers have come to know and root for throughout the show’s five seasons. And while the biggest storyline when the show ended centered on the battle between Beth and Jamie, with Montana Governor John Dutton siding directly with Beth, the dispute certainly opened up the possibility that John could be rushed to the “train station” (Dutton’s code term for where they bury the bodies of their enemies).

Speaking in June after the writers’ strike but before the actors’ strike, Bentley said THR she hadn’t talked to Costner and hadn’t seen any script yet, but she had thought about how the fates of the characters might play out.

“Jamie goes down with John? John falls because of Jamie? Does Jamie have any hand in this, or is Jamie trying to protect him? There are so many potential ways that he deals with the end of John,” he said. “We are at a point where I think anything is possible with the Duttons. It’s so hot and combustible right now, I could blow them all together. I think the potential for that is real. But I also know that I’m always surprised by Taylor and the twists and turns. With the tension and danger right now, they may all be gone or one of them may survive.”

John’s departure could also leave room to highlight more of the cast of characters, which includes Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille), boss Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) and right-hand man Mo (Mo Brings Plenty), Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) and the cowboys at Dutton’s bunkhouse (played by Forrie J. Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Jake Ream, Ryan B. ingham and Jen Landon), as well as more new antagonists played by Dawn Olivieri and Piper Perabo.

What is the future of the franchise?

There is no talk of the yellow stone-verse slows down, with the flagship being the most watched series on cable and streaming. After setting viewership records and launching multiple star-studded spin-offs (Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as well as Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are now among the Duttons), the ranch drama has sparked a Western genre craze and become a blueprint for a new wave of franchise creation.

Amid the strike and with new content on hold, Paramount Global is looking to expand the yellow stone audience even more. Paramount Network launched a linear weekly relaunch of the prequel hit 1883 in June and CBS airs edited episodes of yellow stone in its reworked fall schedule on Sunday nights, beginning with the show’s first season.

Meanwhile, the franchise’s second prequel series, 1923was renewed for a second season before the strike and it was announced that the sequel series will air alongside the final season of yellow stone (Whether those plans will change after the strike remains to be seen.) Sheridan had also confirmed to THR that he is planning several more prequels, which have yet to be officially announced. (However, the previously announced Four Sixes series, which was scheduled to follow yellow stone cowboy Jimmy, played by Jefferson White, is on hold.) “I think there will be enough for many more [prequels] – three or four,” he said. “Chris McCarthy trusts me, because I haven’t been wrong yet,” she said.

Where will the sequel series jump to?

Tracking delivery received a serial direct order, you will have yellow stone on his behalf and will air on Paramount+ (sometime in the future). Sheridan hinted at THRThe cover story of that spin-off, which would be the first to take place after the events of yellow stone – can lean into an entirely new cast and location. Although the spinoff is in its early stages of development, the creator hinted that his approach would be similar to that taken with the prequels, which functioned as standalone stories within the generational family tree. “There are many places where a way of life that has existed for 150 years is faced with a new way of life, but the challenges are completely different. There are many places where you can tell this story,” he said.

James Hibberd contributed to this story.

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