‘Yellowstone’ Stars Are Heading to Montana As Production Officially Starts for Season 5

Yellowstone became the most-watched show on television during season 4 — including a whopping 15 million+ viewers just for the finale. But instead of waiting a year or more for the next chapter in the Dutton story, fans are going to get new episodes in just a few short months. The cast and crew are heading back to Montana, as production officially starts for season 5.

Yellowstone season 5 stars Kevin Costner and Luke Grimes in character as John Dutton and Kayce Dutton
Kevin Costner and Luke Grimes | Paramount

The ‘Yellowstone’ main cast gets bigger for season 5

After averaging 11 million viewers throughout season 4 — and earning its first-ever SAG and PGA nominations — Yellowstone is back for another season. And with that comes a bigger main cast and extra episodes.

According to Deadline, Kevin Costner will return as rancher John Dutton, the owner of the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States.

The family members who are helping him fight to keep the land will also return — Luke Grimes (Kayce Dutton), Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton), and Wes Bentley (Jamie Dutton).

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Other returning cast members include Cole Hauser (Rip Wheeler), Kelsey Asbille (Monica Dutton), and Brecken Merrill (Tate Dutton),.

Along with Jefferson White (Jimmy Hurdstrom), Forrie Smith (Lloyd Pierce), Gil Birmingham (Chief Thomas Rainwater), Denim Richards (Colby), Ian Bohen (Ryan), Ryan Bingham (Walker), and Finn Little (Carter).

Joining the main cast in season 5 as series regulars will be Jen Landon (Teeter) and Kathryn Kelly (Emily). Season 5 of Yellowstone will reportedly feature 14 episodes instead of the traditional 10. The season will be split into two parts, with the first block of episodes premiering this fall.

The cast and crew are back in Montana for season 5

The Paramount Network announced that filming for Yellowstone Season 5 began on Monday, May 16. Just like season 4, the entire shoot will take place exclusively in the state of Montana. The ranch scenes are filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, including the 6,000-square-foot lodge that doubles as John Dutton’s home.

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The history of the Chief Joseph Ranch actually mirrors the Dutton timeline on Taylor Sheridan’s series. The real-life ranch dates back to the 1880s, when it was first homesteaded. As fans know, the Yellowstone prequel 1883 just told the story of how John Dutton’s ancestors settled in Montana.

‘Yellowstone’ creator Taylor Sheridan credits the show’s success to its authenticity

Sheridan has often credited the success of Yellowstone to the fact that they are telling an authentic true-to-life American story about a part of the country and culture that many people don’t know about.

“Our job as artists is to hold a mirror up to the world and let people see the reflection, to teach them about a part of life and human experience that they may not be aware of,” Sheridan told Variety.

“Whenever we’re ignorant of something, then typically we fear it, or we judge it, or we dislike it. And it’s the job of all artists, I think, to try and find these little pockets of the world and show some humanity.”

Yellowstone Seasons 1 through 4 are now playing on Peacock. Season 5 will premiere on the Paramount Network on Sunday, November 13.

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