Fans of Taylor Sheridan and John Linson’s neo-western series may have been (cruelly) forced to wait months on end for a resolution to last season’s explosive cliffhanger, but at long last, Yellowstone season 4 is finally here – with an official release date of November 7th over in the US, and November 8th via Stan here in Australia.
A few months ago, Paramount Network confirmed the Kevin Costner-led affair had officially vacated its usual mid-year premiere slot, which was when the first three seasons of Yellowstone traditionally hit the airways, joining the “launch corridor” for a good majority of returning “prestige and must-see shows.” It’ll also be a convenient period for a bit of cross-promotion via CBS’s NFL broadcasts, notes Deadline.
When we last left the Dutton family – SPOILERS – season 3’s story arc had culminated in every key member sans Jamie (portrayed by Wes Bentley) being targeted for assassination in brutal fashion. Youngest son and former US Navy SEAL turned Montana Livestock Commission Kayce (portrayed by Luke Grimes) sustained a direct attack at his office. Daughter and cutthroat financier Beth (portrayed by Kelly Reilly) was bombed at a Market Equities-owned building. And right before the credits rolled, the closing scene saw sixth-generation patriarch John Dutton (portrayed by Costner) slumped on the side of the road by his car, riddled with bullet holes, with a $500 million offer on his coveted land.
While it’s safe to assume Sheridan and Linson won’t kill off their headlining star – i.e. Kevin Costner – the anticipation to find out what happens next is very real. As BH’s own James Want has predicted, Beth may be the most likely Dutton family member to exit, given the storyline involving her proposal/impending marriage with Rip Wheeler (portrayed by Cole Hauser), setting the latter up for a blood-soaked path to vengeance. We’ll find out for certain when the time comes.
In terms of fresh faces, Yellowstone season 4 will welcome Academy Award-nominated actress Jacki Weaver as Caroline Warner, CEO of Market Equities. Piper Perabo will also join as Summer Higgins, a protestor from Portland who fights against state-funded police that protects industrialised farming and the killing of animals. Kathryn Kelly, on the other hand, is set to take on the role of Emily, a vet tech who strikes up a relationship with the new cowboy.
And finally, we have young Aussie talent Finn Little, who recently starred in Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, alongside Angelina Jolie and Jon Bernthal. Little will portray Carter, a young boy who is reminiscent of everyone’s favourite hardened orphan, Rip. According to Collider, Beth takes Carter under her wing at the ranch in order to “teach him how to be a man”… so perhaps she does survives (unless there’s been some kind of editorial mistake). Out of the four new actors, Little will be the only series regular, while everyone else will make recurring appearances.
Once again for emphasis, Yellowstone season 4 now has a release date of November 7th over in the US and November 8th via Stan here in Australia.