‘Yellowstone’ TV: Here’s Why Filming of Season 5 Could Be Delayed

by Jennifer Shea
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It looks like “Yellowstone” Season 5 filming has been pushed back to later this autumn. And there could be any number of reasons for the delay. But whatever they are, so far, the parties involved aren’t sharing any details.

Late Tuesday night, the Chief Joseph Ranch, the real-world setting for the fictional Dutton Ranch, posted an update to Instagram. In it, the ranch stated that its guest cabins are available to rent from June through September of this year.

“Looking for summer plans? Due to schedule changes this summer, we now have reservation availability! This allows for guest cabin rentals starting in mid- June through September 2021,” the ranch posted. “Visit the link in our bio for more information regarding our cabins and rentals! The Paramount filming schedule for 2022 is not available at this time.”

Fans Debate Possible Reasons for Delay

Some “Yellowstone” fans were upset at the news. Others quickly began speculating about potential reasons for the delay on Reddit.

One fan threw out there the possibility that “Yellowstone” pushed back filming so that the show could incorporate some snow into its scenes. After all, Montana winters can be pretty intense compared to California.

But another fan pointed out a different possibility. Series co-creator Taylor Sheridan is currently directing one of his new series, “Mayor of Kingstown,” which shoots through September.

“I have to wonder if shooting was delayed because of this new show,” the fan posted.

How Many Seasons Are Left of ‘Yellowstone’?

“Yellowstone” Season 4 is supposed to premiere sometime next month. But how many seasons are left of the hit Paramount Network Western?

 “Yellowstone” location manager Mark Jarrett told the New York Post in 2018 that they’d already reserved the Chief Joseph Ranch for five seasons. And it cost the Paramount Network a pretty penny to do that.

“We locked in use of the house for five seasons,” Jarrett said. “The price structure grows with that. The deal that we made for the property was a monthly hold with daily fees attached. There would be a daily fee for construction on the property. If we were filming there would be another fee. If it had been any other family, I don’t know if the deal would have happened.”

Meanwhile, Sheridan has hinted that he could see “Yellowstone” running at least through Season 6. He’s got the series all planned out in his head, with the overarching plotline already determined.

“I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end. You can’t walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate,” Sheridan told Deadline last year, as they were preparing to shoot Season 4. “Can that be another two seasons beyond this? It could. I don’t see this as a procedural show. So, it’s not something that we could extend indefinitely.”

“Yellowstone” has proven to be enormously popular, breaking ratings records with its Season 3 premiere and Season 3 finale. Still, with a limited number of seasons in the cards for the show, fans will just have to enjoy it while it lasts.

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