"Yellowstone" fans have been left in a state of speculation and anticipation as rumors swirl about the departure of Kevin Costner from the hit Paramount Network series. The 69-year-old actor, known for his role as rancher patriarch John Dutton, has reportedly been at odds with series co-creator Taylor Sheridan, leading to fervent discussions among fans about how his character will be written off the show.
The reported feud between Costner and Sheridan stems from disagreements over the actor's work schedule for the second half of Season 5, which was further complicated by the Hollywood strikes. Despite Costner's alleged attempts to mend the rift with Sheridan and return for the latter part of Season 5, negotiations reportedly hit a roadblock when the actor sought veto power over Sheridan's scripts, a demand that was not met.
This behind-the-scenes drama has added an extra layer of intrigue to the fate of John Dutton, especially considering Costner's rumored "moral death" clause in his contract, which purportedly limits the ways in which his character can be written off the show without causing shame or embarrassment to Dutton.