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Yellowstone season 5 premiered on November 13, 2022, and aired the first eight episodes of its super-sized, 14-episode season. The midseason finale aired on January 1, 2023, and the remaining six episodes are on hold due to the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike.
The season picks up after the events of the season 4 finale, with the Dutton family reeling from the attacks on their ranch and their loved ones. John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is now the governor of Montana, but he faces new challenges from his political rivals and those who seek to take control of his land.
Yellowstone Season 5 Episodes Synopses
Here are the official synopses for all of the Yellowstone season 5 episodes released so far, as well as our recaps for each:
Episode 1, “One Hundred Years is Nothing”
“John Dutton is sworn in as Governor of Montana; as John settles into the powers of his new office, he makes bold moves to protect the Yellowstone from his opponents.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 1 recap.
Episode 2, “The Sting of Wisdom”
“”As John makes a passionate speech to the state of Montana, a new formidable opponent from Market Equities arrives in Montana. The cowboys at the ranch deal with a new problem.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 2 recap.
Episode 3, “Tall Drink of Water”
“Beth heads to Salt Lake City to take care of unfinished business; a trap is set for Jamie; Kayce makes an important decision for his family.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 3 recap.
Episode 4, “Horses in Heaven”
“The venom between Jamie and Beth reaches a boiling point. John makes changes at the Capitol.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 4 recap.
Episode 5, “Watch ‘Em Ride Away”
“John tells Clara to cancel his Capitol meetings to brand cattle with the Yellowstone cowboys; Beth’s disdain for a perceived rival reaches a boiling point.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 5 recap.
Episode 6, “Cigarettes, Whiskey, a Meadow and You”
“The Duttons and the Yellowstone enjoy an almost perfect day branding cattle; Montana gets an unexpected visitor from outside; Sarah continues to sink her teeth into Jamie; Rainwater deals with a challenger from within.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 6 recap.
Episode 7, “The Dream Is Not Me”
“John deals with a problem with his herd; Senator Perry delivers news to Rainwater; Jamie and Sarah plan their next move; the entire ranch enjoys a rare evening of fun together; Beth discusses a new business plan with the ranch in mind.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 7 recap.
Episode 8, “A Knife and No Coin”
“Jamie goes through with his plan. John has an ask for Monica, and lends support to an unexpected friend. The Yellowstone cowboys embark on a big change. A flashback reveals a source of Rip’s loyalty.” Read WTW’s Yellowstone season 5 episode 8 recap.
This was always going to be the biggest season of the western to date with 14 episodes, but Taylor Sheridan recently teased that Yellowstone season 5 could be longer, adding more episodes if he thinks they’re needed to effectively close out the series.
Where does Yellowstone season 5 Stream?
Every season of Yellowstone is available to stream on Peacock, including the first half of season 5.
The first five episodes of season 5 are also available to stream on Paramount Network and the Paramount Network app by signing in through a TV provider. The Paramount Network website also features behind-the-scenes exclusives and interviews with the cast for seasons 1 through 4.
Though Yellowstone isn’t available to stream on other providers, such as Netflix, it is available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and Vudu.
The show is also available on live TV subscription services such as Hulu, YouTube TV, and Philo, though the amount of seasons varies for each.
How to watch Yellowstone Season 5 on cable?
Yellowstone premieres exclusively on Paramount Network, with additional airings on TV Land, CMT, and Pop.
In July 2023, CBS also announced that Yellowstone would be making its broadcast TV debut this fall. Yellowstone’s CBS debut will begin on September 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET, starting with the pilot episode.
The story is an epic, gritty family saga in the vein of The Godfather or Ozark, directed at the different political machinations involved in keeping the Dutton family on top. It has a classic element, similar to a story of a king watching over their kingdom from outsiders.
That element, combined with the family backstabbing and squabbles, gives the series a Shakespearian lens, which shows that, across nations and borders, these stories are universally human.