'Yellowstone' star dishes on final season: 'Really juicy drama'

‘Yellowstone’ star dishes on final season: ‘Really juicy drama’

It’s a family showdown. 

As “Yellowstone” winds down into its ending, there’s been a lot of drama both in front of the camera and behind it. 

“You get this really juicy drama, everyone is fighting for their team,” series star Luke Grimes, 39, said in a newly revealed featurette clip on ET

This applies to the various factions of the Dutton ranching family on the hit Paramount show — which consists of patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his adult kids, Kayce (Grimes), Jamie (Wes Bentley), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and John’s son-in-law, Rip (Cole Hauser). 

But it might also relate to the reportedly behind-the-scenes drama between Costner, 68, and showrunner Taylor Sheridan, 52. 

For the past few months, rumors have flown about a feud between the showrunner and star. Initially, it was reported that Costner refused to be on-set for long while filming the second half of Season 5, which caused uncertainty about when filming would resume.

“Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner (left) and creator Taylor Sheridan (right) have rumored friction behind the scenes.
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Taylor Sheridan standing next to Kevin Costner.
“Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan and star Kevin Costner have each gotten the blame for the rumored feud.
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However, Costner’s attorney called that allegation an “absolute lie” —and Costner’s wife Christine Baumgartner recently filed for divorce after 18 years together. It’s been reported that Baumgartner, 49, was “unhappy” with his work schedule. 

“During filming, Kevin is not around very much. His absence has been very hard for her,” a source told People. 

So, that would cast doubt on the claim that Costner refused to spend much time on set. 

A different source alleged that Costner and Sheridan had a falling out due to Sheridan having a “God complex.” They said that Costner, who is also an executive producer, felt dismissed when he raised creative concerns. 

“Only Taylor truly knows what is going on,” a source told The Post. “Taylor spent years not being truly appreciated in Hollywood, and now that he’s the top of the heap, there’s definitely some ego to all of this.”


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, with Kevin Costner, production designer Ruth De Jong and Taylor Sheridan, standing in a circle talking.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock (left) with Kevin Costner, production designer Ruth De Jong and Taylor Sheridan.
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Luke Grimes in a cowboy hat leaning on an SUV.
“Yellowstone” star Luke Grimes said there’s “juicy drama” in the show’s final season.
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"Yellowstone" cast members Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan, Kelsey Asbille and Dave Annable stand together on a black carpet.
“Yellowstone” cast members Kelly Reilly (left), Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kevin Costner, Taylor Sheridan, Kelsey Asbille and Dave Annable (right). Several of them might be on the “sequel series,” sans Costner.
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The Wall Street Journal also reported that Sheridan has been frustrating the network and studio with his “ridiculous spending.”

“Love and family and serve your tribe, your people — that’s a huge theme in the show,” Grimes said in the new featurette. 

“It’s just a bunch of people trying to figure out how to do what’s best for their own.” 

According to all of these rumors and behind-the-scenes reports, everybody on set is also fighting for “their own.”

However, it hasn’t negatively impacted the show’s audience, as Paramount reports that 17 million people have tuned into the fifth and final season, so far. 


Father and son: Kayce (Luke Grimes) and dad John Dutton (Kevin Costner) in "Yellowstone" walk next to a field wearing cowboy hats.
Father and son: Kayce (Luke Grimes) and dad John Dutton (Kevin Costner) in “Yellowstone.”
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The second half of “Yellowstone” Season 5 will premiere in November, and that will be the ending of the current version of the show.

However, the Duttons story isn’t over. It will be immediately followed by a “sequel” series premiering in December.

The cast, title and plot are currently under wraps, but it’s likely that “Yellowstone” cast members will be on the next show, sans Costner, and joined by additional star Matthew McConaughey.


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