Will Yellowstone end after season 3?

That’ll be more than welcome news to the ever-expanding Yellowstone fanbase. If you’re not yet among them, Yellowstone centers around Costner’s John Dutton, the paterfamilias of a family that owns the largest independent ranch in America. As the Dutton Yellowstone Ranch shares borders with both the titular national park and the Broken Rock Reservation, it’s constantly under attack from dirty politicians, greedy land developers, and billion-dollar oil and lumber operations. Willing to fight tooth and nail against outsiders (and even amongst themselves) to keep what’s theirs, the Duttons have faced many trials and tribulations over the first two seasons of Yellowstone. And it’s been confirmed they’ll keep fighting for at least a few more years. 

What’s particularly intriguing about the “many seasons” part of Cox’s statements isn’t just that Sheridan already seems to know how he wants to end Yellowstone, but also that he seems to have a good idea of when. If Cox is to be believed, the “when” in that equation may be a lot further down the road than anyone could’ve expected. Though neither Cox nor Sheridan will confirm the exact timeframe for when Yellowstone will end, Cox did mention that the pair are already planning out season 4’s narrative, and that the series itself could run for as many as seven full seasons.

Given Yellowstone‘s impressive ratings and its status as the flagship series for Paramount Network, that news in and of itself is hardly surprising. Even less so when you factor in the level of talent involved. Beyond the big names like Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone features stellar work from lauded stars Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Luke Grimes (True Blood), Wes Bentley (American Horror Story), Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious), Gil Birmingham (Wind River), and Danny Huston (HBO’s Succession). Season 3 is set to add to that stacked cast Josh Holloway (Lost), Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World), and Eden Brolin (daughter of Avengers: Endgame‘s Josh Brolin).

It’s interesting to think about a seven-season run for Yellowstone from a financial standpoint. The show already has big-budget aspirations (Costner alone is reportedly raking in $500,000 per episode), and the expensive look and feel of Yellowstone play an enormous role in what’s made the show such a joy to watch. Will Paramount Network have the dough to keep Yellowstone going for such a long run? Can Sheridan and his creative team can keep the Yellowstone profits train running long enough to ensure they get to the finale they’re currently planning? It’s highly likely, especially as the series continues to build viewership. 

If nothing else, Yellowstone is always gorgeous to gaze upon. And hey, if you happen to get a little low-grade cowboy melodrama while you’re gazing, well, there’s nothing really wrong with that, right? 

However you answered that question, just know there’s plenty more Yellowstone goodness to come. The cast will indeed saddle up to ride the gilded Yellowstone plains for the foreseeable future. Yee-haw, everybody!  

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