Yellowstone fans finally have some concrete news about the beloved show's final episodes. In a post to social media, Yellowstone star Forrie J. Smith confirms that the iconic modern Western has begun filming the much-anticipated second half of Season 5.

Is Yellowstone Filming Season 5 in 2024?

Smith plays trusted lead ranch hand and cowboy Lloyd on Yellowstone, and he turned to Instagram on Friday (May 17), addressing fans in a video in which he revealed that filming is underway.

"Hey, y'all, you know I'm back in Montana, finishing up Yellowstone here," he stated. "I'm blessed with that."

Smith is a real-life rodeo rider and cowboy, and he went on to invite fans to join him at a fundraiser at a ranch in Helen, Mont., that weekend.

Smith shared no further details about the second half of Yellowstone's Season 5, which has been delayed for a year amid scheduling conflicts with series creator Taylor Sheridan's long list of other shows. Those include 1923 and more upcoming Yellowstone prequels, as well as multiple other projects.

The various strikes in Hollywood also impacted Yellowstone's shooting schedule.

When Will the Final Episodes of Yellowstone Air?

Paramount has announced that the final episodes of Yellowstone will begin airing in November of 2024.

Variety reports that the second half of Season 5 will consist of six new episodes.

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Is Kevin Costner Returning to Yellowstone?

It's not clear if Kevin Costner will return for any of the final episodes to wrap his character, Dutton patriarch John Dutton. Costner engaged in a very public standoff with producers and the network over the shooting schedule for the second half of Season 5, which he claimed kept getting moved to accommodate Sheridan's other projects, conflicting with time Costner has set aside to film his own four-part epic Western, Horizon: An American Saga.

Costner revealed at one point that he was no longer under contract to the show, and Sheridan said publicly that he was working around Costner's absence. However, the lawsuit Costner alluded to over his pay-or-play deal for future seasons has not come to pass, and Costner has said publicly that he'd still like to work things out, leading to speculation that he will return to wrap his character.

A new Yellowstone sequel will reportedly follow the end of the series, with Matthew McConaughey rumored to star. His participation is also unconfirmed.

PICTURES: See Inside Kevin Costner's Spectacular Colorado Ranch

Yellowstone star Kevin Costner lives the ranch life when he's off the set of the hit show, too. The Oscar-winning actor owns a 160-acre ranch in Aspen, Colo., that's a spectacular getaway, complete with a main residence, a lake house and a river house.

The luxury retreat also features a baseball field, a sledding hill, an ice rink, multiple hot tubs and views of the Continental Divide. The ranch property comfortably sleeps 27 people, and it's currently available to rent for 36,000 a night.

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PICTURES: See Inside 'Yellowstone' Star Cole Hauser's Spectacular California Ranch

Cole Hauser doesn't just play a rancher on Yellowstone, he's lived that life off-screen, too. The actor's 5-bedroom-6-bathroom, 5,402-square-foot rural home on a very private, double-gated three-acre parcel of land includes the lavish 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom main residence, as well as a guest house and a separate studio apartment. The main house runs completely on solar power and comes with a 3-car garage, with easy transitions between indoor and outdoor living spaces, and the exterior of the property includes a pool area and a hot tub, as well as fenced-in horse corrals.

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See Inside 'Yellowstone' Star Ryan Bingham's Gorgeous $2.45 Million Estate

Yellowstone star and singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has listed his 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, 2,394-square-foot home in an exclusive area of Los Angeles for sale, and pictures show a beautiful, luxurious property that offers stunning mountain views.

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PICTURES: See Inside 'Yellowstone' Star Hassie Harrison's Spectacular $2.7 Million Villa

Yellowstone star Hassie Harrison is selling her stunning villa in a private California canyon, and pictures show a rare property that's worth every penny of her nearly $2.7 million asking price.

Harrison's 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, 2,579-square-foot home was built in 1958 and has since been updated into a Mediterranean-style villa.

The property is remarkably secluded, with just one small, private road leading to the gated front of the home. It opens onto soaring canyon views at the back of the property, and almost every interior room boasts stunning views out over the canyons, while the exterior boasts outdoor living spaces, a fireplace and more.

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PICTURES: See Inside 'Yellowstone' Actor Barret Swatek's $100 Million Malibu Estate

Yellowstone actor Barret Swatek is selling her spectacular oceanfront estate in Malibu, and pictures show a bedazzling property that's one of the most upper-crust properties even in that illustrious zip code.

Swatek and her husband, former hedge fund manager Adam Weiss, are asking for just under $100 million for their 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathoom, 7,450-square-foot contemporary villa that sits directly beachside on the white sands of El Sol Beach, one of the most exclusive spots even according to Malibu standards.

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You Can Rent a Cabin on the Ranch From 'Yellowstone' - See Pictures

The stunning Montana ranch that serves as the setting for the hit TV show Yellowstone offers cabins for rent, and the price includes tours of the set and ranch. Scroll below to see photos of the extraordinary property.

Gallery Credit: Sterling Whitaker

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