Kevin Costner just gave this huge update in the final season of Yellowstone

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Yellowstone is one of the most critically acclaimed and popular shows on television.

But as the show winds down, there is one big question hanging over the series star.

And Kevin Costner just gave this huge update in the final season of Yellowstone.

Kevin Costner says he would like to appear in the final episodes of Yellowstone

In his most extensive comments to date, actor Kevin Costner told Entertainment Tonight that would love to appear as John Dutton in Yellowstone’s final episodes.

“I’d like to be able to do it but we haven’t been able to … I thought I was going to make seven [seasons] but right now we’re at five. So how it works out — I hope it does — but they’ve got a lot of different shows going on. Maybe it will. Maybe this will circle back to me. If it does and I feel really comfortable with [it], I’d love to do it,” Costner said.

The second half of season five is set to premiere in November but there is an open question as to if Costner’s character will appear due to him and the studio being at an impasse over scheduling and money.

Paramount claimed Costner wanted a reduced schedule to accommodate the filming of his two-part western movie Horizon: An American Saga with the first film set to premiere on June 28 and the second hitting theaters in August.

In his divorce proceedings, Costner claimed the holdup was over money as well as creative saying “We tried to negotiate, they offered me less money than previous seasons [and] there were issues with the creative.”

The future of Yellowstone 

Costner also said he would like to have input on how his character’s arc wraps up, but that is highly unlikely as co-creator and showrunner Tyler Sheridan – like most TV producers – doesn’t believe in letting the actors dictate creative for their characters on a show.

“[Dutton] needs to be proactive in what happens and I’ve kind of had my own fantasy how [the character’s final arc] might be,” Costner added. “But that’s Taylor’s thing. I said as much to him a while back. I had thoughts how it could happen, but we just have to see.”

Time may also have run out on the ability to film new scenes for Costner’s character for the final episodes of Yellowstone.

But just because Yellowstone is wrapping up without Kevin Costner doesn’t mean the franchise is finished.

Paramount greenlit two spinoffs – 1944 and the Matthew McConaughey-led 2024.

2024 will continue the story of the Dutton clan in the modern day where Yellowstone left off.

Yellowstone is one of the most successful franchises in modern TV history.

There was no chance the studio was just going to let this show end because it couldn’t come to a satisfactory agreement with the original series star on money and shooting schedules.