Yellowstone cancelled: Why did Yellowstone almost not have a second season?
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The Paramount Network series Yellowstone has been a huge hit among viewers ever since it was first released back in 2018. However, the show was almost never to be as the original plans for it were very different. Here’s everything you need to know about why this was.
Why did Yellowstone almost not have a second season?
Yellowstone is currently almost four seasons in on the Paramount Network as viewers follow the goings-on of the Dutton family.
The Western series is all about the characters headed by patriarch John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) trying to keep hold of their ranch.
And over the show so far, there has been plenty thrown in their way from old enemies to new challenges to their power.
However, the story would have ended up very differently if it had stuck to how it was initially pitched.
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Fans might not realise but Yellowstone was originally going to be a stand-alone film.
When it was first pitched to Kevin Costner by creator Taylor Sheridan, it was as a “long movie.”
The star of the show revealed this when he appeared on Popcorn with Peter Travers back in 2019.
He explained: “When I was approached with this, it was going to be one long movie – a 10 episode movie, like a Hatfield & McCoys.
“And somewhere along the line the show got put together and it was no longer going to be that.
“And I felt in a way a lot of it had been put together because of me agreeing that I would do it.
“So lo-and-behold it went from one season to suddenly it was going to be a multi-season thing.
“And I had to suddenly make a fundamental decision there and I thought actually if I would have said ‘well now I’m not doing it,’ then maybe it might have crumbled before it got started.
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“So I kind of took the weight on of emotionally not wanting to have the show crumble – but that’s not how it started.”
Therefore, it seemed like originally the series was planned to be just a mini-series.
However, thankfully Costner agreed to do it and the show has gone from strength to strength since.
Season three recently finished on the network and series four is already filming.
What’s more, Sheridan has even revealed his plans to continue on the show for another few outings.
Earlier in 2020, he revealed to Deadline how he has his ending already in mind.
He explained: “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.
“Can that be another two seasons beyond this? It could.
“I don’t see this as a procedural show. So, it’s not something that we could extend indefinitely.”
Yellowstone will return to Paramount in 2021.
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