The buzz surrounding “Yellowstone” doesn’t just come from its popularity as a beloved TV show; it’s the behind-the-scenes drama that’s been stealing the spotlight. Amidst schedule changes and rumors of conflicts between Kevin Costner and show creator Taylor Sheridan, Wes Bentley, who portrays Jamie Dutton, is eagerly awaiting the end of it all.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bentley expressed mixed emotions about the show’s conclusion. “I will miss it,” he admitted, “but I will also celebrate it being over.” One significant concern for Bentley is the substantial amount of time that has passed since the last filming. The first episode of season 5 was shot a year ago, causing uncertainties about the show’s dynamics and leaving Bentley feeling somewhat isolated.
Like his fellow cast members, Bentley remains in the dark regarding the start of filming and the direction the new episodes will take. “Jamie stays with me,” Bentley shared, referring to his character. “I don’t always want him there!… It’s been tricky, though, because of the length of time. Because of the dynamics. I don’t know what they are. I’m sort of on my own here. I don’t really know what’s going on. Life happens and it drifts a bit.”
Regarding the abrupt decision to conclude the series, Bentley acknowledged the unpredictable nature of the entertainment industry. “As a whole, you just never know,” he explained. Drawing on his experience in the business, Bentley revealed that he’s always prepared for the possibility of a show ending or his departure from it. He understands the volatility of the industry and the likelihood of unexpected changes occurring.
Initially, “Yellowstone” was set to air the remaining episodes starting in November. However, due to the ongoing writers’ strike, it remains uncertain whether that date will hold. With no end in sight for the strike, the future of the show’s release schedule hangs in the balance.
When news of the cancellation broke, it was also revealed that an untitled sequel series would premiere in December. Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Studios, expressed confidence in the success of the “Yellowstone” sequel and praised the creative genius of Taylor Sheridan and the talented cast. Similarly, David Glasser, CEO of 101, another studio involved in the production, shared his excitement for the continuation of the Dutton story in what promises to be another epic tale.
As the curtain draws to a close on “Yellowstone,” fans eagerly anticipate the resolution of the fifth season and the subsequent sequel series that will keep the saga alive.
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