‘Yellowstone’ Season 2: When Does It Return? Will Kevin Costner Star?

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Tonight is the finale of Yellowstone, but you don’t have to worry about missing the show for too long. Paramount has already renewed Yellowstone for a second season and all signs are pointing to Kevin Costner’s return.  Read on to find out everything we know so far about Season 2. And check out our live recap and review of the finale at the link here

This post has MINOR spoilers for Season 2 but we are avoiding major spoilers for the Season 1 finale.

With the first season getting record-breaking views for the network, it was an easy decision to renew the series for a second season. The welcome news was first announced about a month ago in late July.

But sadly, you’ll have to wait a while before the show returns. Paramount  hasn’t announced the second season’s exact return date yet, except that it will be back sometime in 2019. Most likely, the show will return for Season 2 around the same time that Season 1 premiered. Yellowstone premiered on June 20, so it would be safe to expect a Season 2 premiere sometime in late June 2019.

The good news is that Paramount isn’t wasting any time. Season 2 is already in production, according to a press release from Paramount. The press release, sent out on July 24, said that “production would begin shortly” on a new season. And an Instagram post from Nic Sheridan revealed that production just started a couple days ago.

Season 2 will be 10 episodes long and it will be shot entirely in Utah and Montana.

Will Kevin Costner be back? That seems likely. His character has been suffering some major health issues and, as creator Taylor Sheridan told Variety, the show is about “the notion of a man who had inherited the seventh generation of this massive cattle ranch and reaching a place where he was aware of his own mortality, and who could he trust to shepherd this ranch into the next generation?”

Costner has a chair in this photo below from Nic Sheridan, released during Day 2 of production for Season 2. Of course, that might just mean he’s directing. But I don’t think so. Read on for why.

Taylor Sheridan told New York Post that Season 2 will have more villains and the land grab issues will escalate. As far as Costner: “He’s sick. The stakes are high. He’s making a lot of moves now because he knows he might be gone soon.”

When the Season 1 finale ended, we were treated to a quick series of shots from the filming for Season 2. Kevin Costner was clearly in those shots and he appeared to be dressed in character, so it looks like John Dutton is coming back. How long he’ll be around is another question entirely.

Here’s hoping that all this means Kevin Costner’s character will have even more battles and struggles in Season 2 and he will be around for the entire season. He plays an amazing role on the show and would be sorely missed if he’s ever not around. Do you think the show could survive without him? Or are you hoping that John Dutton will be on the show for many seasons to come? Let us know in the comments below, and check out Heavy’s recap and review of the finale here. 

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