Speculation about Kevin Costner's departure from Yellowstone started in February 2023. Reports indicated that the actor was keen to focus on his Western epic Horizon, causing disagreements over the shooting schedule for Yellowstone. Paramount has acknowledged the rumors surrounding Costner's departure, and it remains to be seen what role he will play moving forward on or off-screen. The franchise is set to continue with a spinoff led by Matthew McConaughey, irrespective of whether Costner returns. The second half of season five's production status is unclear amid reported delays as the premiere date is looking less likely.