Paramount Network was a revamped new channel from Viacom, taking over Spike and one of the flagship shows launched to promote the channel was Yellowstone. The Taylor Sheridan written and directed series was an instant hit and now even a spinoff show is in the works. But no matter what happens Sheridan knows where Yellowstone will end.
The Kevin Costner starrer series follows a ranching family as modern developers and Indian tribes encroach on their land. As pressure from both sides mounts, the patriarch of the Dutton ranch uses both political and illegitimate means to protect the land of his forefathers, something he hopes to pass down to his son and grandson.
From critical reception to audience reaction, almost everything has been positive about Yellowstone. Paramount found gold with the first attempt and all signs point to a sprawling universe based on the series. But no matter how large the universe gets, Taylor Sheridan knows too much of something is never good, and he has the end of the show in his sights.
Taylor Sheridan Knows Yellowstone is not a Procedural – There Needs to be An End
Taylor Sheridan knows Yellowstone is coming to an end. He has an end date in sight.
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The production for Yellowstone season 4 was supposed to begin in June 2020. We all know that did not happen as most of the world was shut down by the pandemic. Taylor spoke at the time saying he hoped the production would start in August.
Since the show is set on a ranch, the entire production was moved to Montana. The show reserved a filming area and moved the entire crew to Montana where filming began as scheduled in August of 2020. There were set photos available from October 2020 showing the crew filming in the state.
Yellowstone was one of the first shows to go into production after COVID shutdowns. With strict protocols and a zero-tolerance policy, there has been little to no bad news coming from the sets of the show. It appears we do not have to wait long for Yellowstone season 4 but with that, the end is also coming soon.
One of the mistakes American shows make is not knowing when to stop. The Big Bang Theory was great until the fifth season, Game of Thrones season 6 is barely watchable, most of these shows were great to a point and then they overstayed their welcome, something Taylor Sheridan is familiar with.
He knows making a donut-shaped story is never going to help either the show or the fans. So, the acclaimed director has an end date in sight. Taylor Sheridan knows Yellowstone cannot go on forever, it is not a procedural drama going on in perpetuity.
Taylor spoke with Deadline about the end of Yellowstone, he said, “Well, I know how it ends. 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. 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.”
The writer also spoke about there possibly being two more seasons of Yellowstone but he does not see the show going longer than that. Yellowstone has made itself a massive fanbase, we all saw the upswing in ratings the show was getting in season 3, more so in the finale.
Taylor has not talked with the studio but he hopes the studio wants the show to end on a high note. “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,” he explained.
No matter how much we want to keep seeing the Dutton family hold on to their ranch with tooth and nail, there needs to be an end somehow. Whether Yellowstone goes out with a bang or a whimper will depend on the studio’s willingness to let a cash cow walk out the door.
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