Luke Grimes Comments on Kevin Costner's 'Unfortunate' Departure from 'Yellowstone'

Delays and legal battles overshadow 'Yellowstone's' final season.

by Nouman Rasool
Luke Grimes Comments on Kevin Costner's 'Unfortunate' Departure from 'Yellowstone'
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As "Yellowstone" prepares to close its curtains after a riveting five-season run, the departure of Kevin Costner, who played the iconic John Dutton III, has left fans and co-stars alike reflecting on the show's legacy and the circumstances surrounding his exit.

Luke Grimes, portraying Kayce Dutton, the resilient youngest son of John Dutton, shared his thoughts in a recent interview with The Independent, highlighting the bittersweet nature of Costner's departure. "Whatever happened there is unfortunate if it’s changed anything about how the show will unfold," Grimes expressed, alluding to the speculated feud between Costner and the production team.

He empathized with Costner's decision, recognizing the demands of pursuing passion projects, "At a certain point, you gotta do what you gotta do; you gotta do what you love."

Production Delays Explained

Amidst rumors of Costner not returning for the latter half of the final season, the show faced additional delays due to the Hollywood writers' strike, fueling further speculation about internal strife.

Costner himself addressed these issues while embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife Christine Baumgartner, citing conflicts between his schedule for "Yellowstone" and his new directorial venture, "Horizon: An American Saga." This four-part post-Civil War drama is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May.

Despite these challenges, Costner has not ruled out a return, sharing his hopes with Entertainment Tonight at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, "I’ve loved making that series. I made five seasons of it. 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." Costner also revealed his vision for John Dutton’s finale, although it remains uncertain if series creator Taylor Sheridan will align with his ideas.

"I’ve kind of had my own fantasy how it might be, but that's Taylor's thing," Costner noted, suggesting a personal investment in his character's trajectory. Reflecting on the series' impact, Grimes recounted to People magazine, "For seven years, we've been doing this, and it's changed my life in every way possible.

It's been intense and rewarding." As the series approaches its final episodes, set to air in November, both cast and fans are bracing for an end of an era, marking the conclusion of a beloved chapter in television drama.

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