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Yellowstone season 4 release date theories, cast, Kevin Costner photos and more news

Yellowstone season 4
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Yellowstone season 4 is coming, but everyone's best guesses may be proving wrong about when exactly it shows up. And we need to know, as Kevin Costner's Western drama ended with a huge cliffhanger last year that put most of the Dutton family members in peril. Cast member Cole Hauser recently teased, "Everybody's in danger" when Yellowstone season 4 does start. Filming wrapped awhile ago, so the show could premiere on the Paramount Network as early as this month. However, that possibility is getting less and less likely, since a trailer for season 4 hasn't even dropped yet.

That gives everyone plenty of time to watch Yellowstone seasons 1-3 and catch up on all the wild, western action. The drama stars Costner as John Dutton, the sixth-generation patriarch of the Dutton family, who controls the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. This is still frontier country and the ranch is under constant attack by land developers, an Indian reservation, and United States of America's first national park. 

John's family includes son Kayce Dutton, a former Navy SEAL whose wife, Monica, is Native American. There's daughter Beth Dutton, a financier who has struggled with substance abuse problems. Younger son Jamie Dutton is a lawyer and aspiring politician. And Rip Wheeler is the ranch foreman with romantic ties to Beth. 

The explosive season 3 finale left with many of the Duttons' lives hanging in the balance. No one is totally safe — not even Costner! (Kidding, he's totally safe.)

Here's everything we know so far about Yellowstone season 4.

Yellowstone season 4 release date

Paramount Network hasn't set a release date for Yellowstone season 4. But we had plenty of reason to expect the premiere in June. 

All three previous seasons premiered in the month of June. Plus, Chief Joseph Ranch (the set of Yellowstone) shared an Instagram post when season 4 filming concluded in November. "Who is excited for the premiere in June?" the caption reads.

But then the online sleuths at Reddit showed up, and found couldn't find the Yellowstone season 4 release date in June — even on Father's Day. It's such a dad-friendly show, what gives?

However, with June arriving without any further update on Yellowstone season 4, some fans are worrying that the new series will be delayed, taking to the show's official Instagram account to speculate about whether it will launch this month or not. Nor was the long wait been helped by the fact that Paramount streamed a marathon of every episode over Memorial Day weekend — but still didn't announce a premiere date.

When it does arrive, we're not sure what day of the week Yellowstone season 4 might air. Seasons 1 and 2 aired on Wednesday nights but season 3 moved to Sundays. Our guess is that season 4 will stick to Sunday as well.

Yellowstone season 4 trailer

Paramount Network hasn't dropped the Yellowstone season 4 trailer or even a teaser yet. And if anything were to make us suspect a June premiere is unlikely, this is it. A trailer should have arrived by now, if the show was returning this month.

So, unless a new trailer gets here soon, fans should probably brace themselves for a later premiere date.

Yellowstone season 4: Kevin Costner photos

Costner is fairly active on Instagram, where he's posted a few shots from filming Yellowstone season 4. 

The first arrived in October, mid-production. "It's hard to beat Montana in October," he raves.

In another post in February, he hypes up fans for the new season. OK, but couldn't you give us a video teaser?

In April, Costner posted that he was "missing Yellowstone Ranch." But still no word on a premiere date.

Yellowstone season 4 cast

The cast of Yellowstone is led by Kevin Costner as John Dutton, a sixth-generation patriarch of the Dutton family who operate the Yellowstone/Dutton Ranch.

He's joined by cast members including:

  • Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, John's son and a former US Navy SEAL
  • Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, John's daughter and a financier
  • Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, John's son and an attorney and aspiring politician. 
  • Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler, the ranch foreman and love interest of Beth
  • Kelsey Asbille as Monica Long Dutton, Kayce's wife who is Native American 
  • Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton, Kayce and Monica's son
  • Gil Birmingham as Chief Thomas Rainwater, chief of the nearby Native American tribe
  • Ian Bohen as Ryan, a ranch hand
  • Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd Pierce, a senior ranch hand
  • Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom, a ranch hand
  • Denim Richards as Colby, a ranch hand

Season 3 introduced some new faces to the ranch, but it's unclear if they'll be back for season 4. They include Josh Holloway as Roarke Morris, Karen Pittman as Willa Hays and Will Patton as Garrett Randall.

So far, there have been no announcements about new Yellowstone season 4 cast members. 

Yellowstone season 4 plot and spoilers

Yellowstone season 4 will have a huge cliffhanger to resolve, after the season finale ended so explosively. A bomb went off in Beth's office, while Kayce and John were targeted in separate shootings. Will the three Duttons survive? 

It seems safe to say John, at least, will. Costner has been playing coy about the patriarch's future, saying in a local Fox interview that the resolution is "powerful." But can you really imagine Yellowstone without John Dutton? 

As for Beth, both Reilly and Hauser have talked about her future with Rip, which implies that she makes it out of the bombing. Assuming Beth lives, perhaps she and Rip will finally make it official and get married. 

Fans can look forward to season 4 starting at a "breakneck pace," according to cast member White. It seems likely that the Duttons and their allies will respond to the bombing and shootings with some kind of retribution. As Hauser told Deadline, season 4 episode 1 could be titled, "Wrath of Rip."

"Everybody’s in danger in Montana after that," he said.

Another intriguing storyline set up for season 4 is the tense relationship between the Duttons and the indigenous people of the area. Things look to boil over and Monica may be a key part of that, as she figures to become a leader of the local tribe. 

Yellowstone prequel

Yellowstone fans are getting even more Dutton ranch action with a prequel series on Paramount Plus. Titled Y:1883, the spinoff is set 125 years in the past, before the family was wealthy or influential. According to Paramount Plus, Y:1883 "follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land—Montana."

Y:1883 is set to premiere sometime in 2021. Check out the teaser trailer: