After months of speculation about Paramount’s hit cowboy drama Yellowstone, the clouds have parted, and the sky gives us answers we weren’t expecting. Not only does Kevin Costner appear to be retiring, but the core series that launched the Yellowverse is also set to end at the end of season five. So gather your tissues and sad song playlists.
It’s no surprise that the series ended; if things went on forever, storylines and characters would get tired; there would also be no room for new brilliance to enter the arena, so it’s not something we expected to last forever. Fans, on the other hand, were hoping for at least a few more seasons of the show that bridged generation gaps and became a must-see for friends and families alike.
With the series finally garnering big awards, such as Costner’s first Golden Globe for his role as John Dutton, it almost makes no sense for it to wrap up so quickly. Still, so many stories spinning behind the scenes have impacted things enough to necessitate it. According to reports first shared by Deadline, Costner is one of the root causes of the show’s demise, but more discussion has erupted since then.
Everything from Taylor Sheridan’s alleged growing complex to the behind-the-scenes conversation has been cited for ending this stage of the journey. Still, it’s also clear that the fan base will likely never know what truly started this frustrating chapter. Here’s everything we know about Yellowstone, Costner’s departure, and Matthew McConaughey’s entrance.
Kevin Costner’s Impending Departure From Yellowstone
Costner’s departure from the series is due to internal conflicts over Yellowstone’s filming schedule and its clash with another Western project in the works for the actor, Horizon, in which he will star and direct. When the news first broke, Costner’s team issued the following statement about his future, according to CNN:
“We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come. Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built. Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner.”
As we know, McConaughey will be a part of the Yellowverse in some capacity, so their dream of working with his talent is coming true. Costner’s team has yet to respond to the latest news that he is leaving after season five, but as soon as we learn more, We Got This Covered will let you know.
The fact that his camp has been so quiet has given fans the faintest hope that something exciting might happen in terms of putting a bandaid on this entire situation. Still, it appears we’ve moved to a more critical case, and it’s beyond what a bit of Neosporin and a patch could fix. Season five is the last season of Kevin in the show and if you want to watch the fifth season then read this post How To Watch Yellowstone Season 5 And How Many Episodes Are In Yellowstone Season 5?
Matthew McConaughey Has Entered The Arena
While McConaughey or his team has issued no official statement, Chris McCarthy did announce that McConaughey would be taking on a Yellowstone spinoff regardless of Costner’s future with the series. That news also confirms that McConaughey will not be replacing Costner’s John Dutton; instead, he will be a character who carries the next piece of the storyline, which fans will undoubtedly cling to with all their might.
A Page on Twitter (Bob is here To Explain) Explained the situation to one of his followers. You can see the Tweet below.
Kevin Costner is leaving the show "Yellowstone" after five seasons. He had some disagreements with the show's creator, Taylor Sheridan.
— Bob Is Here To Explain (@ExplainThisBob) May 4, 2023
McConaughey is a talented actor who adores Texas, so fans speculated that he might appear in the upcoming 6666 Ranch spinoff. With the news that Costner is leaving Yellowstone and that the series is rumored to be ending, we’re now open to the possibility that the Texas native will be heading to Montana, and we’d be fine with that. There is now a sense of curiosity about what he might bring to the table, hopefully as a central character and a leading man.
Whatever happens, we’re excited to see McConaughey step into the arena in a big way, but we’re still a little sad that the series we’ve grown so attached to is ending far too soon. You can click on this link If you want to know about part 2 of Yellowstone Season 5
What Is The New Spinoff, And Why Is Costner Hanging Up His Hat?
Kevin Costner’s departure from Yellowstone has been rumored to be due to various reasons, including behind-the-scenes disagreements and scheduling conflicts, but we have yet to receive a concise explanation for his departure. With news of his divorce breaking just a day before the “official” announcement of Costner’s departure, many wonders if a more profound personal disconnect is also occurring.
Until a scathing tell-all is published shortly, we’ll be piecing together ideas on our own, fueled by what we know and the plethora of layers we’ve yet to uncover. The cast frequently discusses how much they enjoy working together, how much they love their characters, and the beautiful dynamic they’ve created; this is why fans react negatively to the rumored news.
McCarthy also stated that the spinoff that will “take place” of Yellowstone’s standing is something the team is confident will be a big hit, and it could be available on Paramount Plus as soon as December.
“Yellowstone has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits – from 1883 to Tulsa King, and I am confident our Yellowstone sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life.”
It’s never easy to say goodbye to a series that has spawned its own fandom, and while we know a new spinoff is on the way to fill the void, it won’t be the Cosnter-shaped space we have in our hearts right now, and that’s fine. Nobody else could have put those boots on as he did; no one else could be John Dutton.
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