‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Trailer: What is the Crow in Release Date Teaser a Symbol For?

by Jon D. B.

Throughout history and humanity’s mythologies, the crow has become a larger-than-life symbol. And so it is used for Yellowstone‘s latest glimpse at Season 4.

Yellowstone‘s marketing for Season 4 has us believing “Revenge is worth the wait.” The latest teaser for cable’s #1 drama sells it hard, too. Which brings us directly to the bird prominently featured throughout.

The main buzz for the trailer is absolutely the November 7, 2021 premiere date announcement. The cinematic focus, though? That belongs to one John Dutton and the omniscient crow. So what, exactly, is Yellowstone trying to tell us with the presence of this tell-tale bird?

During the teaser, we relive the final moments of Season 3 through the assassination attempt on Kevin Costner’s John Dutton. With the additions of new Season 4 footage, however, we’re treated to far more depth. As crows circle John overhead, one makes its way down to the street pavement to taunt the patriarch. This exchange is captured through excellent cinematography. But beyond looking great, it tells us a whole lot more.

Let the countdown officially begin. The highly-anticipated season 4 of Yellowstone will premiere on November 7, 2021, exclusively on Paramount Network. And trust us: Revenge is worth the wait.

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Whether it’s the age-old religions of Native Americans or the boastful mythologies of Germanic Europe, crows are a mainstay in the folklore of nearly all peoples who share life with them. These highly intelligent blackbirds are often associated with death, but it may surprise some to learn that crows are as much a sign of positivity in human history as they are anything sinister. So which angle could Yellowstone be going for?

From Mythology to ‘Yellowstone’: The Role of the Crow

Luckily, this Season 4 teaser hits fairly straight. A murder of crows is seen flocking overhead, which tells us the show is leaning into one of the most popular symbolisms for crows: the harbinger between life and death.

As carrion feeders, crows eat the dead. Through this, much of our folklore – no matter the culture – tends to paint the crow as a herald of death, or even its bringer.

In Yellowstone, the crow certainly looks to be taunting John Dutton directly with his fate. One possibility is that the single crow that approaches the patriarch as he lies face-down toward the road means he is literally staring death in the face.

Another possibility, however, lies in the crow’s symbol as both messenger and a heeder of transformation. In Celtic mythology, the crow is a manifestation of the Morrigan. While this goddess herself and her bird harbingers are heavily associated with death – they are also the embodiment of change and transformation.

In addition, crows are the deliverer of messages. In fact, they are some of the most prolific messengers in all mythology. Odin’s two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, would certainly attest to this. All of this considered, Yellowstone is just as likely to be delivering a message to John Dutton with the crows as they are foreshadowing his own death.

Is the crow bringing John the message of another loved one’s death instead of his own after the horrific assassination attempts on his family? Or perhaps signaling a great change in his life, as his adopted son Jamie spirals out of control?

We’ll find out come Yellowstone Season 4 on Paramount+ this November 7.