Yellowstone Season 6: Everything we know

Sam Comrie
John and Tate Dutton in Yellowstone

If you’re a fan of Yellowstone and its various spin-offs, you likely have a lot of questions, one of which being: Will there be a Season 6?

Yellowstone, created by Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan and Sons of Anarchy producer John Linson, follows the exploits of the Dutton family as they vie for control of the largest ranch in the United States. What started as a simple Western drama ended up becoming one of the strongest franchises on television.

With five seasons and plenty of spin-offs still going strong, it’s clear: fans love Yellowstone. But with news of the show’s cancellation, plus confusion over the arrival of Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2, the Dutton community has been hit hard.

As the wait continues for new episodes, rumors and speculation surrounding a possible Season 6 have been growing in intensity. We’ve broken down what you need to know about the potential for another season of Yellowstone below.


Yellowstone Season 6: Is it happening?

There won’t be a Season 6 of Yellowstone, as it was announced in 2023 that the show would be ending with Yellowstone Season 5 Part 2, due to be released in November 2024.

The finale of Season 5 Part 1 was simply meant to serve as a season break. However, the show is now set to end with the remaining six episodes in Part 2. With that, the flagship Yellowstone series will come to a close once and for all.

Why is there no Yellowstone Season 6?

Kevin Costner’s departure as John Dutton was a key contribution to the show’s cancellation, which came as a result of scheduling, creative, and pay disputes.

Things got rocky as a result of alleged behind-the-scenes feud between Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan. Costner’s been working on his four-part Western epic Horizon, which reportedly caused issues with Sheridan.

According to Costner, pay disputes and creative disagreements were also contributing factors to him wanting to leave. As such, he exited the series officially after Season 5 Part 1 aired, and Yellowstone will close out its final episodes (most likely without him) in Part 2.

While Costner’s lawyer denied the allegations, Paramount still confirmed Season 5 would be the end of the Yellowstone flagship series, while also announcing two new follow-up shows.

What’s next for Yellowstone?

There are multiple Yellowstone spinoffs in development, including a prequel show, 1944, and two sequels, 2024 and 6666.

Essentially, the Dutton family tree keeps growing. The new spinoffs — 1944 and 2024 — were announced in May 2023. While not much information has been given about the plot or cast of these shows, we can take a few educated guesses as to what’ll be going on.

1944 will likely serve as a sequel to 1923 Season 2, while Yellowstone 2024 will act as a direct follow-up to the main Yellowstone series. Meanwhile, 6666 will step away from the Duttons and be set on the famous Texas ranch with new characters.

Matthew McConaughey was announced to be joining the Yellowstone franchise in some capacity, and many believe this means he’ll be the lead of Yellowstone 2024. Although this hasn’t been officially confirmed, that would certainly make the most sense for the next step in the game plan.

In a statement, Chris McCarthy, president & CEO of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, said: “Yellowstone has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits – from 1883 to Tulsa King, and I am confident our sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life.”

David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, also said: “The Dutton story continues, picking up where Yellowstone leaves off in another epic tale. We are thrilled to bring this new journey to audiences around the world.”

For more on the Duttons, check out our guides on the shows to watch if you love Yellowstone, the best Yellowstone characters, and the 1923 cast.

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About The Author

Sam Comrie is a former Dexerto journalist based in South Yorkshire, UK. He has an MA in Multimedia Journalism and joined Dexerto in 2021 after producing content for NME and Red Bull Gaming.