Publication date February 12, 2024

Who Lives, Who Dies? Your Guide to Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2

The Duttons are back in the saddle for the second half of season five, and this time, the stakes are higher than ever. Yellowstone, Paramount's biggest success story, returns with its signature blend of romance, family drama, and explosive violence. 

Since season four left us with Beth's explosive revenge plot, Jamie's desperate struggle for power, and John's rise to political prominence, the question on everyone's mind is: what comes next? 

In this guide, we’re going to delve into the potential release date, main characters, Yellowstone season 5 part 2 trailer, and more. 

Yellowstone season 5 part 2 Release Date

According to Variety, Yellow Season 5 Part 2 will be premiere in November 2024. This means season 5 will now be released a year later than it was originally expected to return. While an exact premiere date has not been announced, production is scheduled to begin in late spring.

But it appears to be worth the wait as this season is going to be the end of Yellowstone, it will be a blow to fans, it's also been confirmed that the Dutton story will continue in a new sequel, which will pick up where the final season of Yellowstone leaves off. 

Yellowstone Season 5 Cast

When it comes to the cast of Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2, fans can expect most of the main cast to return, including Kevin Costner (as patriarch John Dutton), Luke Grimes (as son Kayce), Kelly Reilly (as daughter Beth), Wes Bentley (as son Jamie), Cole Hauser (as ranch foreman Rip Wheeler) and Gil Birmingham (as Chief Thomas Rainwater). 

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Wendy Moniz, who appears as Governor Lynelle Perry, confirmed she has gone from a recurring cast member to a series regular for the new season in an Instagram post featuring a series of photos from her time on set.

On the other hand, Jennifer Landon (ranch hand Teeter) and Kathryn Kelly (vet Emily) have also become series regulars for season five. Josh Lucas, who stars the younger version of John Dutton, also returned to the series for the first time since 2019, and he was joined by Kylie Rogers (young Beth Dutton) and Kyle Red Silverstein (young Rip Wheeler).

Q'orianka Kilcher, who plays Angela Blue Thunder, also returned in season 5, having last been seen in the season three finale.

But, there are new cast members, too which include Dawn Olivieri as a corporate shark and Country artist Lainey Wilson, who announced her role at Montana's Under The Big Sky festival. "I'm going to be in the next season of Yellowstone," she told the crowd, "and I’m excited. I'm going to be a musician on the show named Abby, and I get to share my music with a lot of the world who watches the show."

However, there is one character who probably won’t return. Jimmy Hurdstrom who Jefferson White plays left Yellowstone for the 6666 ranch in Texas at the end of season four, and will next be seen in co-creator Taylor Sheridan's spin-off series, 6666, which is currently in the planning stages.

Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2 Trailer

Following a teaser clip in August, Paramount released a full trailer for season five that starts with John being sworn in as governor before everything starts to unravel. The trailer hinted that there was going to be plenty more conflict for the Dutton family in the coming months. 

But, what about Part 2 of Yellowstone's fifth season? Sadly, aside from some John Dutton news, there's no new footage yet because the second half of season five hasn't started filming yet.

How many episodes are in Yellowstone season 5, part 2?

The next interesting thing people want to know is exactly how many episodes are going to be there in Yellowstone season 5 part 2. Showrunner Taylor Sheridan told Variety back in 2022, that season 5 is comprised of 14 episodes, which Paramount Network split into two parts.

Although he didn't share more details at the time, viewers know that the first eight episodes of Yellowstone season 5 began airing at the end of 2022, concluding on January 1, 2023.

That would suggest that part 2 was originally designed to feature 6 episodes, but Taylor indicated to THR that there could be a lot more to watch than originally planned. "If I think it takes 10 episodes to wrap it up, they’ll give me 10," he told the outlet. "It’ll be as long as it needs to be."

What will happen in Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2?

While we know that a lot is coming in the back half of Yellowstone season five, not even the cast knows exactly what that's going to look like because filming hasn't even begun yet on the next batch of episodes.

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While speaking to TV Insider, Piper Perabo (who plays Summer Higgins) said: "There's a lot coming. Things are on the move. I can't wait to get back to the back half just because I want to know what happens. I personally only know what happens up to the midseason finale up to that last second, and I don't know what happens when we come back...."

She continued saying, "I think you can tell that things are going really south, because [the seventh] episode doesn't end at the fair; it ends with him practicing that speech. And Taylor's very good – if you're paying attention, he's telling you where the trouble's coming from," she added. "I think the fact that he ends with that scene is, for those paying attention, he's showing you."

On the other hand, in an interview with Extra, Kevin Costner talked about how he identifies with the story in the new season. "There's some underlying currents that I actually identify… it's the land that's at war. People who think that one man has too much, there's people that know what they would do with the land… the whole thing of all these people attacking this guy and he's trying to hold on to it, and I can relate to that."

Costner also addressed rumors that his character could die in season five saying, "I don't want to die… just too much to do. In terms of this story, I don't know where that’s gonna go… I haven't really thought about it. Everybody dies, but it's how you live."

And beyond even that, Yellowstone actor Wes Bentley has disclosed that showrunner Taylor Sheridan, already has a plan for how the show will end.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. How many seasons of Yellowstone are there?

As of February 2024, 47 episodes of Yellowstone have aired, and currently in its 5 seasons.   Yellowstone is a drama television series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson that premiered on June 20, 2018, on Paramount Network. 

Q. When does Yellowstone return?

Unfortunately, no exact date has been officially announced on when Yellowstone is returning. However, after previously stating that the second half of season 5 would return in November 2023, Paramount Network announced that the show would air a year later: November 2024.

Q. Is Kevin Costner in Season 5 Part 2?

There have been conflicting reports about Kevin Costner's involvement in Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2. While it was first originally reported that Costner would not be returning for the final episodes, more recently, some sources have reported that Costner may be filming more scenes, suggesting his character might have a larger presence than initially thought. But, details on his exact involvement remain unclear, we’ll have to wait to see whether Kevin Costner is definitively in Season 5 Part 2 or not. 

Q. What happens in Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2?

According to recent reports, in Yellowstone season 5 part 2, the Dutton family will have some major issues to deal with. Aside from Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Jamie (Wes Bentley) potentially planning to kill each other, John (Kevin Costner) must come to grips with the fact that the Yellowstone ranch might cost him his legacy.

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