Taylor Sheridan Says ‘Yellowstone’ Isn’t A “Conservative Or Red-State Show”: “I Just Sit Back Laughing… Like, Really?”

Taylor Sheridan creator of Yellowstone
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Yellowstone is back TONIGHT.

The highly anticipated Season 5 premiere returns this evening at 8pmEST on the Paramount Network, and there’s much to be uncovered with this new season kicking off.

In a recent interview with The Atlantic surrounding the shows return, creator and director Taylor Sheridan talked a little bit about how it all came to be, as well as some of the perceptions of what the shows true meaning is.

Taylor says that many have come to label it as a “conservative” show, simply for it’s rural setting alone, and he insists that’s not the case at all:

“They refer to it as ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the Republican show’ or ‘the red-state Game of Thrones. And I just sit back laughing. I’m like, ‘Really?’

The show’s talking about the displacement of Native Americans and the way Native American women were treated and about corporate greed and the gentrification of the West, and land-grabbing.

That’s a red-state show?”

Of course, through much of the storyline in all the seasons of the Yellowstone, we see the Dutton family battling the Native Americans for land and resources, which also plays a huge part in the relationship between two of the main cast members, Kayce and Monica Dutton, as Monica is Native American and Kayce is the son of patriarch and ranch owner John Dutton.

Though it’s hard to pin down any sort of political leaning for the hit series, which I’m sure is intentional, it’s clearly resonating with people all over the country, as their ratings were higher than some NFL games last year.

Taylor added that he just wants to portray “responsible storytelling,” saying he was inspired by Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film, Unforgiven when he started writing for Yellowstone:

“Let the sheriff be a bully and the hero be this drunken, vicious killer. He shattered the myth of the American Western.

So when I stepped into that world, I wanted there to be real consequences. I wanted to never, ever shy away from, this was the price.”

At the end of the day, whatever he’s doing is clearly working, and I cannot wait for this new season to start tonight.

It’s easily the best show on TV, and it’s a cryin’ shame the incredible cast and crew haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve from an awards standpoint.

But it sounds like they couldn’t care less, and they certainly don’t need validation from Hollywood for people to know just how damn good it is. The ratings and insane number spin-offs from the show is proof enough.

Make sure you check out the Season 5 trailer if you haven’t seen it yet:

And y’all know we can’t get enough of the fantastic soundtrack featured on the series, so if you’re looking for the entire Yellowstone soundtrack, complete through every episode of Season 4, then look no further.

Our Yellowstone: The Soundtrack Playlist, features every song from every episode, updated in real time, every Sunday night, starting again tonight.


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