‘Yellowstone’ Star Neal McDonough Lands Major New Role, Does This Rule Out Any Possible Return on Paramount Series?

by Jacklyn Krol

Neal McDonough landed an epic new role, but what does this mean for potential future Yellowstone involvement?

The actor left the Paramount series after Season 2. He appeared in twelve episodes as Malcolm Beck, the brother of Teal and a businessman. He later became an adversary to John Dutton (Kevin Costner) which made for epic television. His character was apparently shot off-screen. Despite the insinuation, fans believe that he could return as they did not witness him die.

The new role Neal McDonough accepted is on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Double Feature. The horror series is in its tenth season. The upcoming season will be split up into two stories, one by land and one by sea. McDonough is only set to appear in the second part of the season. Filming was delayed due to COVID-19 but is now underway.

It is unclear what is in his AHS contract in terms of being able to work on other shows.

Neal McDonough is a series regular and will play the role of Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhower, not the 34th president, just a man with the same name.

Finally, Macaulay Culkin is the only other new face for the series that has been confirmed. Returning cast members Frances Conroy, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, and Finn Wittrock have signed on to the project.

Ironically, Neal McDonough and Kevin Costner knew each other in real life before Yellowstone. They worked together on the 2006 drama, The Guardian. McDonough portrayed an aviation survival technician while Costner played a teacher.

American Horror Story will premiere on August 25 on FX. Season 4 of Yellowstone is set to debut on Paramount Network sometime this year.

Neal McDonough on ‘Yellowstone’

Neal McDonough couldn’t say enough good things about his character, the cast, and the crew of Yellowstone. He shared one of his favorite aspects about his character with ScreenRant.

“Although he’s a casino owner and a bit of a gangster, he has this real code of ethics. Things are supposed to be done in a certain way. And if they’re not then things have to be done in a certain way.”

Although fans are still holding out for a return, he seemingly confirmed that this was his final time on the show.

“He really let me loose this year,” McDonough told Hollywood Life of Taylor Sheridan. “I am so looking forward to my last episode that we are about to film.”

He added that how “epic it is going to be for my ending.” He thanked the show’s creator for letting him “really dig into a character and find the goodness and the code of ethics.”