‘Yellowstone’ TV: Does Montana Film Grant Confirm a 5th Season is Coming?

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” is getting a $50,000 grant to film in Montana from the Montana Film Office, the Montana Department of Commerce announced Wednesday.

And filming has already wrapped on Season 4 of “Yellowstone.” As the Chief Joseph Ranch posted to Instagram in November, everything is all set for the season premiere in June.

So does that mean a Season 5 of “Yellowstone” is coming?

‘Yellowstone’ Gets Grant: The Details

The series received $50,000 from the Big Sky Film Grant’s Feature Film and Television Grant. And it went to “Yellowstone” specifically for filming on location near Darby and Hamilton.

Darby is the nearest town to the Chief Joseph Ranch, the site of the fictional Dutton Ranch, where much of the show takes place.

The grant exists to incentivize partnerships between Montana towns and production companies that can create film industry jobs there. It’s also an attempt to sell Montana to a global audience and increase tourism revenues.

Series Co-Creator Taylor Sheridan Envisioned At Least Six Seasons

The move to Montana came at a propitious time, Sheridan told Deadline last summer. He said that, as in years before, they were beginning to film in August.

“I’m fortunate that this show shoots on a ranch in Montana,” Sheridan said as they were gearing up to shoot Season 4. “We’re going to shoot exclusively there this year, or in and around it. So we’ve got the crew and the cast up there, and it’s in an area of the state that has no active cases now. As long as we’re very careful to not bring any in… Once we’re there, we’ll be very cautious about how we move.”

And in Montana, Sheridan implemented a zero-tolerance policy, telling cast and crew that they couldn’t go anywhere offsite. But his production company balanced that by making meals available on set, building an outdoor gym and generally trying to make conditions as pleasant as possible.

As for how many seasons are left, Sheridan has apparently always had the overarching plot of the series planned out in his head. He told Deadline that he can’t see the show going on indefinitely. There could be at least six seasons, he said. Beyond that? He wouldn’t want to degrade the product. Sheridan wants to go out on a high note.

“I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end,” Sheridan said. “You can’t walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate. So, you have to keep moving forward, and there have to be consequences in the world, and there has to be an evolution toward a conclusion.”

“Can that be another two seasons beyond this?” he added, speaking as Season 4 filming was about to begin. “It could. I don’t see this as a procedural show. So, it’s not something that we could extend indefinitely. I don’t think anyone would want to do that; you’d cheapen the product. I haven’t had that conversation with the network or the studio yet. I’m sure it’s coming, but I would think that you would want this to end on an upswing as opposed to a plateau or a descent.”

It looks like “Yellowstone” fans can probably look forward to a Season 5, at least. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess, but the immensely popular series shows no signs of losing momentum.