Yellowstone fans are still reeling after such an intense Season 3 finale, but will the answers we get in Season 4 end up being our last?
After Season 3’s heartbreaking finale, “The World is Purple”, everything is up in the air. John Dutton is left bleeding out on the side of the road… Beth has possibly met her end from an explosive delivery… and what the h*ll is going on with Jamie? All of this, too, just feels like the tip of the Yellowstone iceberg.
While the show’s popularity picked up tremendously in season 3, home studio Paramount says they’re restructuring their entire streaming network to focus on films. Fans now worry season four may be the last.
Taylor Sheridan: “Well, I know how it ends”
Speaking to Deadline, the show’s creator Taylor Sheridan says he does, indeed, know how everything wraps up for his characters. And in short: he has no intention of dragging it on forever.
“Well, I know how it ends. I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end,” Sheridan clarifies. While Sheridan is a Hollywood vet at this point in his career, Yellowstone is his first venture into writing and directing for television. The episodic storytelling has been a “challenge” for him – but one that he enjoys immensely.
But do you end a show right when it picks up tremendous steam? Of course not. As such, Sheridan doesn’t intend to end the show prematurely. Instead, he plans to do it thoughtfully – and without letting the show “stagnate”:
“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.”
Yellowstone ends with Season 4? 5? 6?
Knowing how everything ends certainly helps a story develop toward said conclusion. And though Sheridan’s words make it highly unlikely Yellowstone will become a 10-season monster – he is already hinting at a season number. What is that number?
“Could it be another two seasons beyond this? It could. I don’t see this as a procedural show.” Is Sheridan looking at an end with 5 seasons? Or is he looking ahead past the already-in-development S4 – and planning to wrap up with 6?
“It’s not something that we could extend indefinitely,” the showrunner states. “I don’t think anyone would want to do that; you’d cheapen the product.”
And he’s right about that. Whatever Sheridan decides, we have Yellowstone Season 4 to look forward to regardless in summer 2021.