Kevin Costner Reportedly Won’t Film The Rest Of Yellowstone Until He’s Happy With How John Dutton Is Written Out

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Should we just start writing articles about Yellowstone when things are actually going well for the Paramount show?

The drama of the western style TV show has slowly leaked outside of the screen and into the lives of everyone involved.

Paramount finally announced that Yellowstone would be ending with the upcoming (if it ever releases) second half of Season 5, Costner is reported to be done with the Yellowstone universe, and Costner’s personal life took a hit with the news of his wife of 18 years filing for a divorce.

If the show creators were smart, they would start shooting a documentary style show about the show, and I guarantee that millions of people would tune in to watch the drama revolving around the drama (the TV show).

New reports from Puck News are suggesting that Costner won’t return to the back half of Yellowstone until he is happy with how his titular character John Dutton is written out of the show, effectively holding the show and everyone involved “hostage.”

As of right now (which could change due to the writer’s strike), the show is supposed to return in November of this year to wrap up the storyline. The plan is to then have another show (most likely with Matthew McConaughey at the helm) pick right up where Yellowstone leaves off.

It is evident that fans of the show are becoming worried that all the time they have invested into the show that premiered in 2018 may go to waste if it comes to a chaotic, messy ending.

Costner is without question the star of the show, but his ego could cause the show to stumble to an unsatisfactory conclusion. Could Taylor Sheridan’s ego do the same?

The whole thing also begs the question: how does Costner want John Dutton to go out?

We asked fans how they thought he would die (he’s totally dying off) and we got everything from car crash, to cancer, to murdered by his own flesh and blood so it appears that anything and everything could be on the table.

Fans have been speculating about how the five season run could come to an end, and it will be interesting to see (if they ever get around to it) what kind of finale will come for the hit TV show knowing that it probably had to be okayed by Costner himself.

Show runner Taylor Sheridan will now be forced to either give fans of Yellowstone the ending they deserve or allow Costner to have a say in how it all ends. For the sake of the show and for the fans, hopefully a compromise can be made.

But that’s not usually how John Dutton operates…

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John Dutton’s Rifle In Yellowstone Is The One Kevin Costner’s Father Gave Him As A Kid

Kevin Costner was recently awarded the PCQC 2023 Lifetime Sportsman Award, and during his acceptance speech, he let a rather interesting fact about Yellowstone slip.

Costner was recognized at the event for his passion for hunting and his many contributions to the sport, but his hit Paramount series stole the show towards the end of the speech.

The two-time Academy Award winner spent most of the acceptance speech discussing his love for hunting and how important his father was in instilling that love in him. He briefly touched on how a shotgun that was given to him by his father set him on the “love for hunting” course for the rest of his life.

That very gun that Costner was gifted at the age of 12 by his father is cherished possession for the actor, so much so that it has stayed pretty close to him wherever he goes (hint, hint).

Costner wrapped up his speech with a meaningful anecdote about that gun that has been in his life and meant so much:

“I want to end tonight by reminding you of that 30-30 (rifle). The one that wasn’t really mine.

The one that disappeared. The one that got me into so much trouble.”

A clearly emotional Costner began to speak of the gun, one that instantly connects him to so many memories of his late parents:

“Both my parents passed away two years ago. They were 93 and they met in the 7th grade, so you can do the math on that one.

But that gun that was once so heavy that I couldn’t really hold on my own… passed into my hands. It came out of the attic.”

Costner paused to gather himself, which added to the heartfelt telling of the story, then continued with a fascinating revelation:

“I won’t say anymore except to say that if you watch Yellowstone closely, you’ll even see that the gun I was carrying in that field (as a kid) is the same one that goes in the scabbard on my horse.

That’s the very gun.”

Eagle-eyed Yellowstone viewers will now make sure to keep a look out for the gun in the show that has followed the 68 year old actor through his entire adult life. A very fun-fact for fans of the show, and a telling story about how life’s smallest moments can lead to such big things.

The entirety of Costner’s acceptance speech can be seen here:

If you go back and rewatch old episodes, you may accidentally find yourself bringing to life the “Leonardo DiCaprio Pointing Meme” when you see the holstered rifle.

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