WATCH: Paramount Network Drops Trailer For Next Chapter of ‘Yellowstone’

Fans of the hit TV series, Yellowstone, finally have an answer to the question they’ve been eagerly holding onto, which is…


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 2, 2023

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Yellowstone; Photo Courtesy Paramount Network

Fans of the hit TV series, Yellowstone, finally have an answer to the question they’ve been eagerly holding onto, which is when will the second half of Season 5 air?

The show recently wrapped up the latest set of episodes on Sunday (Jan. 1). During the midseason finale, Paramount Network dropped a new trailer and announced that viewers can expect the show to make its return in the summer of 2023. 

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According to Entertainment Weekly, upon its return in November, the two-hour season 5 premiere of Yellowstone broke ratings records. Over 12.1 million viewers tuned in meaning the latest season saw “double-digit growth across all demos.”

In comparison, “the season 4 finale brought in 9.3 million in live-plus-same-day viewers and climbed to more than 11 million viewers with the addition of simulcast airings.”

Yellowstone; Photo Courtesy Paramount Network
Yellowstone; Photo Courtesy Paramount Network

Viewers already knew there would be more to come for the hit TV series after actor Cole Hauser, who plays the Yellowstone character Rip Wheeler, previously told PEOPLE, “It’s not the last season.”

He unveiled this news during the Yellowstone premiere in New York City. Later, an executive confirmed the rumors after explaining that the reason co-creator Taylor Sheridan was not in attendance for this event was because he was in the process of writing the next season. 

The last few episodes contained plenty of drama, romance, and nail-biting action, one of the biggest changes was the addition of Lainey Wilson, who plays the role of a musician named Abby. 

Wilson made her acting debut in the Season 5 premiere of Yellowstone when she stepped into the shoes of Abby, who she previously shared was created specifically for her by Sheridan. 

She first revealed the news of her debut acting gig back in June, and for months, fans had been eagerly awaiting the new season to begin.

Throughout the show, she had the chance to not only show off her acting skills, but also some new music. On Sunday (Nov. 20), viewers were surprised with the debut of her original song, “Smell Like Smoke,” which oozes empowerment as it ignites a woman’s sense of confidence and lack of fear. 

This song was added to the “Live Off” singer’s latest album, Bell Bottom Country. This project now features 15 tracks including her hit single that is currently climbing the charts, “Heart Like a Truck,” as well as “Watermelon Moonshine” and “Hold My Halo,” both of which have been heard on Yellowstone.

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On December 19, Wilson took to social media to share a series of photos captured throughout the season of her on-screen romance with cowboy Ryan who is played by Ian Bohen. 

Her caption read, “Chasing a dream, I understand. And I hope you catch it. I just wish that dream was me.” ✨ #yellowstonetv #yellowstone

While there are still a few months until fans can find out what’s coming next for the Dutton family and the rest of the cast, they can fill the time by catching up on the show’s latest prequel, 1923, starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. 

New episodes were recently released on Paramount+ and viewers can follow along with the storyline every Sunday through Jan. 8. 1923 serves as the second prequel to Yellowstone, as it follows the popular 1883, which features leading characters played by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.