‘Yellowstone’ TV Star Kevin Costner Hilariously Explains How He Annoys Friends, Family on Road Trips

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner may not be the best person to take on a road trip. At least, not if you want to make good time.

The Oscar-winning actor and director appeared on the cover of Visit California’s recent Road Trips 2021 issue. Costner spoke to the tourism promotion nonprofit about his road trip memories and car-driving strategy.

“I love stories,” Costner explained. “I’m the guy who stops at all the historical markers along the highway, usually bringing moans from everyone in the car.”

“I am in love with all the edges,” he added. “All the disappointments, all the progress – all worth knowing.”

‘Yellowstone’ Is All About the Land

Meanwhile, for “Yellowstone” fans who need their fix after Season 3 ended, Costner had some thoughts about the broader meaning of the battles on the show. In an interview with Extra TV about a year ago, Costner offered his perspective on what Season 3 of “Yellowstone” is all about.

“You know, there’s so many people coming after my land,” Costner said. And “people are having a lot of fun with my dysfunctional family. The drama has always been about the land. Everything in America has been about the land.”

Certainly, conflicts over land are a central theme on “Yellowstone.” But it’s not just developers who threaten to encroach on the Dutton ranch.

Costner’s character, John Dutton, has to wrestle with the differing views of Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) about to whom the land in their shared valley rightfully belongs. And while Dutton never really confronts Rainwater’s historical argument, he does make his peace with the Broken Rock reservation leader by the end of Season 3, when he senses their sudden shared interest in keeping hedge fund Market Equities out of the valley.

Season 4 of the Hit Paramount Series Is Coming Up

After a long delay, “Yellowstone” fans finally received word on when Season 4 of the hit Paramount Network series will premiere. Just about everyone – including the Chief Joseph Ranch, the real-world setting for the fictional Dutton ranch – had been expecting the new season to launch in June, as the past three seasons did. But June came and went with no news of a premiere.

Finally, news broke that Paramount was eyeing early November for the Season 4 premiere. That’s the typical launch corridor for returning must-see television, and that timeline would give the network a chance to cross-promote “Yellowstone” on NFL broadcasts.

And what of the irate fans who were kept in the dark all this time? Well, “Yellowstone” also dropped a trailer with a brief snippet from Season 4. In it, Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) comes across a gravely wounded Dutton by the roadside and hurries to his aid. Left up in the air is whether Rip got there in time. But the trailer ended with some encouraging words for fans.

“Revenge,” the trailer promised, “will be worth the wait.”