Ever since the Season 3 of the Yellowstone Series came to an end in late August, fans are on their toes looking forward to the next chapter of the Paramount Network series – which revolves around the dysfunctional Dutton family and their huge Montana cattle ranch.
Undeniably, the drama within the Duttons is far from over as the team has reportedly wrapped up filming the long-awaited season four, and there’s so much to look forward to. So, in the meantime, we have prepared some things you need to know about the series as you wait for the upcoming season.
1. Everyone in the cast knows how to ride.
Taylor Sheridan, the show’s creator, made sure that all actors go through the training they need. Even Kevin Costner, who has his own sprawling Colorado ranch, trained with his Yellowstone horse so they could work together.
Kelly Reilly, who plays Beth Dutton, was also a rider in England. She said riding had been her big passion, and she has ridden all her life.
2. The first three seasons were filmed in over 20 locations.
Costner once said that the series was “shot like a movie rather than a TV show.” Most indoor scenes were filmed in three various sound stages of Utah Film Studios – the largest multi-use production facility in Park City.
In contrast, the outdoor scenes were shot all over Utah and Montana, mainly in Salt Lake City, Summit, Weber, and Wasatch. And what we see on screen is very real, the highlands, green pasture, horses, and more.
But the fourth season will be different as it was announced that they had filmed the show entirely on location in Montana.
3. You can actually visit Dutton’s family ranch.
Sheridan is said to be a big fan of authenticity, and that would explain why an actual ranch has been used in the production. The huge log cabin spans 5,000 square feet and can be found in Chief Joseph Ranch close to Darby, Montana. It has been around since 1917 and was constructed by the glass tycoon William Ford as a summer house for his family.
You can rent two of the smaller log cabins on the property from March through December: the Ben Cook Cabin and the Fisherman’s Cabin. Each of the cabins can accommodate up to eight guests, and it comes with a full kitchen that makes it possible for you to cook your own meals.
The Ben Cook Cabin was Rip Wheeler’s cabin in Season 1 and Kayce Dutton’s cabin in Season 2, while Lee Dutton has used the Fisherman’s Cabin in the first two seasons.
4. The show was originally intended as a movie.
It was supposed to be “one big, really long movie.” However, Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan realized that two hours would not be enough.
5. Some of Yellowstone’s actors appeared in the movie Wind River.
Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham, Hugh Dillon, Martin Sensmeier, James Jordan, Tokala Black Elk, Gabe Casdorph, Ian Bohen, and Mason D. Davis, who appeared at some point in Yellowstone, also appeared together in the 2017 neo-Western murder mystery film Wind River, which was written and directed by Taylor Sheridan.
6. There’s an incredible story behind how Ryan Bingham made it to the show.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham landed the role of Rip Wheeler, the talkative yet thoughtful former convict who became the core of one of several dramatic twists in season three.
Bingham and Sheridan met a few years back through the film Wind River. Sheridan asked Bingham to write a song about the film, and since then, the two kept in touch and remained friends. Until one day, Bingham’s history with rodeo was revealed to Sheridan. Right then and there, Sheridan knew he had to write a character for Bingham in Yellowstone.
7. There will be a prequel and a spinoff.
Adding cherry to the cake, it was recently announced that Yellowstone would get a prequel series titled Y: 1883. As its name suggests, the prequel series will look back at the Dutton family in the late 19th century as they go westward across the Great Plains to build the Montana ranch that will one day grow into the core of so many trials and misfortunes for their descendants.
Though no official date for its debut has been revealed yet, a teaser trailer was featured during the Super Bowl, hyping that the show will be coming this year on the streaming service Paramount+.
Guess we’re not the only ones who can’t get enough of how the season 3 of Yellowstone series ended with a literal bang!
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