The Bitterroot Valley and Missoula were hosts to a major television production this past year. Season 5 of the hit television drama, "Yellowstone" was exclusively filmed here in our own backyard. In seasons 1-3, the show had been mostly filmed in Utah, and occasional scenes took place on Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, MT. But, for seasons 4 and 5, the entire production moved to Montana.

Many of us signed up to be extras on the show. In fact, I am a little jealous I didn't try to somehow make it on the show. It is one of my favorites. Regardless, the filming that took place did have a handful of Kevin Costner sightings from residents of Missoula and the Bitterroot.

Now, fans of the hit show are speculating that Kevin Costner may not return for the final season.

According to Taste of Country, there are a few valid reasons Costner may be done with his role as John Dutton.


  • He's begun working on an enormous four-part movie titled Horizon, which he is producing, directing, and starring in. His wife is also involved in the project, which has been shooting at the same time Costner is filming Season 5 of Yellowstone.

  • He's also committed to The Gray House, a Civil War-era film he's producing with Morgan Freeman.

  • Some of the new Season 5 cast members of Yellowstone have revealed they have never met Costner offscreen because his time is so stretched.

With so many rumors swirling around what is going to happen in the second half of season 5. It is hard to wrap our heads around what might be Dutton's demise. Will John's cancer return? Will he get killed by Jaime? We will have to wait and see when the season continues this summer 2023.


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