Man, this hurts.
Yesterday, we learned the news that Yellowstone will reportedly be ending after the second half of season five, after a “well-placed” production source” leaked the news to the New York Post.
It truly is sad, especially since the show was reportedly supposed to last seven seasons, but it appears that the alleged scheduling conflicts in filming between Kevin Costner (John Dutton) and the show has taken its toll over the past few months.
However, we still have a lot to look forward to in the closing half season, as we are now pretty convinced that Kevin Costner will be making an appearance on season five, and we also have the Matthew McConaughey spinoff series that was confirmed a few weeks back.
Not to mention the second season of 1923, a 1940s-era spinoff in the works, the Bass Reeves prequel and more coming down the pipeline.
So, I guess the questions remain…
Will Costner get killed off the show at the beginning of the second half of season five? Or will he get a “ride off into the sunset” moment? Will they be able to take down Market Equities and the vile Sarah Atwood? Will Jamie (Wes Bentley) and Beth (Kelly Reilly) murder each other?
There is still a lot to look forward to, as much as it hurts to know that this wild ride is more than likely coming to an end.
But, that doesn’t change the fact that there are a bunch of Yellowstone fans who aren’t happy with an abrupt ending, yet there are also a bunch who agree with the move.
Many took to this Reddit post to share their thoughts on the situation:
“That’s fine. At least end the show properly and then move on to the other ones in the universe. Would have killed the whole series to stop half way through S5”
“When you get to the point where your main character is the governor in a non-political set show, then it’s time to end.”
“Dumbest plot line of all time. Like you just decide to be Governor one morning.”
“Sheridan has too many irons in the fire and became a prima Donna. I believe Costner did make himself available but Sheridan was not ready because he was writing/producing like five shows.
This is sloppy and the show has suffered for it. He needs to remember you can lose your golden boy status just as quickly as it was given to you.”
“Not that it surprises me, but Sheridan sounds like a real egomaniacal D-bag. I’m sure Costner is no peach either. Costner tells Sheridan when he’s available, Sheridan doesn’t have any scripts because he’s too busy writing 5 other series, and Costner says well screw you then, I’m going to go do my own thing.
It also explains why they can’t even move forward without Costner, if they wanted to. They have nothing to shoot.
And although Costner gets all the attention here, if this is what’s going on, I’m willing to bet that Costner isn’t the only actor frustrated by Sheridan at this point.”
“The characters are caricatures of themselves at this point. They’ve basically neutered Kacey all season, Jamie is a simple, insecure, city boy—all bad. Beth is a ridiculous 80’s action hero who can ONLY exist in fantasy worlds where no consequences, laws, or even ppl who can fight a 130lb woman exist.”
“For me I think it may have already ended.”
“Season four was so bad I almost stopped watching.”
“Disappointed but not surprised… this show deserved a lot better than everything after season 3.”
“Season 5 just really went in the wrong direction. Feels like a different show.”
“I don’t know why it has to end without John Dutton. Kill him off and the next season could be his family seeking revenge. It would be fire.”
“It’s about damned time. I loved the fist 3 seasons of Yellowstone but I have grown tired of the endless offscreen drama, poorly written shows and Monica.”
“I have to say that I believe this show has run its course.”
Welp… we’ll see.
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Matthew McConaughey Confirmed For Upcoming ‘Yellowstone’ Spinoff Series
Amid the Costner and Yellowstone drama, rumors have swirled that there could be a spinoff series in the works starring Matthew McConaughey, along with much of the original cast.
With that being said, those rumors have been confirmed today by Chris McCarthy, the head of Paramount Media Networks.
He shared the news with The Hollywood Reporter.
Although he doesn’t have any updates on the Costner situation, he said that the show:
“Wouldn’t be what it is today without Kevin and we hope that he stays for a long time to come.”
And then he shared the news about McConaughey is lined up to star in a Yellowstone spinoff, which is happening regardless of Costner’s decision, adding yet another show to the universe of Taylor Sheridan.
“Matthew McConaughey is lined up to star in a Yellowstone extension, which will move forward regardless of whether Costner returns to the original. In fact, it’s one of more than 10 projects that McCarthy has with creator Taylor Sheridan.”
Of course, the news and details at this point are very minimal, but it’ll be cool to see one of the most well-known actors on the planet starring in a Sheridan original, one that feels long overdue.
If I had to guess, it McConaughey would be starring the highly-anticipated 6666’s Ranch Spinoff that we’ve been promised from Taylor Sheridan and company. And with the storyline of Season 5 sending Rip Wheeler and some of the bunkhouse crew down to Texas… it all but makes perfect sense.
Getting the old band back together, eh?
Back in February of 2021, before the insane amount of projects Taylor Sheridan is working on right now was ever revealed, it was announced that a Texas-based spinoff series was in the works, set at the iconic 6666’s Ranch in West, Texas.
The 6666’s Ranch was founded by Samuel “Burk” Burnett in 1870, when he bought 100 head of cattle branded with “6666” on them. These days, the property is a staggering 266,000 acres across three ranches: The 6666, the Frisco Creek and the Dixon Creek.
It was rumored to star Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom and Ryan Bingham as Walker, but other than that, there wasn’t much detail aside from this synopsis:
“Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing.
The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world class cowboys are born and made.”
But then, Taylor Sheridan bought the actual ranch…
Taylor Sheridan Acquires The 6666’s Ranch
According to Fort Worth Report, the massive ranch located in Guthrie, Texas, was originally listed for a whopping $340 million, however the most recent listing from Chas S Middleton showed a price of $192,202,200.
A group led by Yellowstone and 1883 creator, Taylor Sheridan, has been confirmed to have made the purchase.
A while back when talks of the purchase first surfaced, Sheridan, who is a Texas rancher himself, commented on what the legacy of the ranch means to him
“I can’t comment on a pending transaction but I will say this: the legacy of the 6666 Ranch and Miss Marion’s vision for the ranch are vital not only to the ranch itself, but the rich heritage of ranching in Texas.
This legacy is so important to me I chose to highlight it in the upcoming season of ‘Yellowstone’ and will continue to further the legacy and preserve its operations in a manner consistent with that great vision.”
Of course, Taylor began filming down at the 6666’s when Jimmy was sent down there to learn how to be a real cowboy, and it became an integral part of Season 4.
He was mostly absent from Season 5, however, during the Season 5 mid-season finale, we went back down to Texas to see catch up with Jimmy and his new fiancée, Emily.
But back in Montana, the Dutton family needs to find somewhere to take their cattle after a Brucellosis outbreak has compromised the land. John gets on the horn with the 6666’s Ranch, meanwhile Beth starts talking with them about online sales.
And as the mid-season finale wraps up, Rip and some of the Bunkhouse crew are headed south to save the herd.
So all of that to say… it sounds like the perfect transition into a 6666’s spinoff without John Dutton, doesn’t it?
Here’s a few reasons why:
1. Jimmy is already there and Season 4 largely set the table for the 6666’s spinoff.
2. Rip and the crew are already headed down that way, to save the herd. And while they may not be headed to the actual 6666’s Ranch in Texas, the new land is somehow connected.
3. Matthew McConaughey is a native Texas so it makes sense that his character would be a Texan as well.
4. John is set to stay back and continue running the State of Montana so it would be easy to leave him out of the next chapter.
5. Paramount Network announced that the 6666’s spinoff would air on Paramount Network as opposed to the previously announced streaming service Paramount+. If Yellowstone goes away, it would make sense that the new series could slot into that television time.
Only time will tell, but if the plan is to end Yellowstone as we know it and continue the story with a new spinoff series starring a large part of the original cast (and McConaughey), the 6666’s spinoff seems like the most obvious way to do it.
And there are probably many more reasons why it makes sense to continue the story down in Texas including financial reasons (they own the property), filming schedules (usually no harsh winters in Texas), logistics (all of Taylor’s horses, which are used in the show, live down there), and more.
Jefferson White Weighs In
Jefferson White sat down with us on the Whiskey Riff Raff podcast and explained everything he knows about the upcoming spinoff so far.
Here’s what he had to say:
“We filmed those Four Sixes sequences down at the Four Sixes, which is a real life, huge, working cattle ranch… one of the biggest in the country, one of the oldest in the country. After spending four years on the Yellowstone which is a fictional ranch, it was a real eye-opener to go down to the Sixes which is a real life, incredible, sort of goliath, cattle ranch.
As far as the spinoff goes, I don’t think you’ll be surprised that I, Jeff/Jimmy never have any idea what the f*ck is going on, and any time I think I do, Taylor does something better and cooler than I ever could’ve imagined.
All I can say is that I hope… I’m incredibly grateful for the work we’ve gotten to do so far, incredibly proud… all I can say as an actor is job security is very rare and very precious so I wanna play this character as long as they’ll let me.
And we’ll find out together how much longer that is… anytime I think I know what’s best for this character or for this world, Taylor proves me wrong. He knows better than any of us.”
Needless to say, only time will tell, but based on the way we saw Jimmy leave the Yellowstone Ranch at the end of Season 4… it sounds like Jimmy is going to be the star of his own show someday soon.
Stay tuned… with Taylor Sheridan involved, anything is possible.
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