Yellowstone Creator Recalls Biggest Lesson Learned From Sons of Anarchy Role

Taylor Sheridan’s Sons of Anarchy exit has shaped how he intends to deal with his own series Yellowstone. The actor, writer, and producer is known for writing movies like Sicario and Hell or High Water in addition to creating the Yellowstone universe, which has now expanded to include the spinoffs 1883, 1923, Lawmen: Bass Reeves, and more. However, Yellowstone itself will be ending with the upcoming second half of season 5 due to the exit of lead actor Kevin Costner following rumors of a backstage feud between Costner and Sheridan.


The Hollywood Reporter recently ran a profile on Sheridan ahead of the delayed release of Yellowstone season 5 part 2. When asked if he would kill off Costner’s character John Dutton in a “f–k you car crash,” Sheridan fervently denied this idea. He shared that his Sons of Anarchy character David Hale was killed in such a crash after he claimed he was underpaid and that Costner’s ego is “collateral damage that I don’t factor in” either way when it comes to crafting the narrative of the show. Read his full quote below:

I was killed in a f—k-you car crash! I don’t do f—k-you car crashes. Whether [Dutton’s fate] inflates [Costner’s] ego or insults is collateral damage that I don’t factor in with regard to storytelling.

How Will John Dutton Leave Yellowstone?

Kevin Costner as John Dutton holding onto his phone while lying against his truck in Yellowstone season 5

It’s not uncommon for television characters to get a “f–k you car crash.” In fact, Sheridan’s exit from Sons of Anarchy was hardly the first. The term was most widely bandied about following Patrick Dempsey’s exit from the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, though that exit was also not the first time the trope was deployed.

However, even if this will not be the fate meted out to John Dutton, this doesn’t mean that the character will survive season 5. It’s possible that he could die offscreen in some other way, something that shows do quite frequently when actors aren’t available to shoot their final seasons. This is how shows in the past have also handled the real-life deaths of stars including Riverdale‘s Luke Perry and Glee‘s Cory Monteith.

It is also possible that Dutton will remain alive but exit the series in some other way. The most likely manner would be to remove him geographically, perhaps as part of his new role as Governor of Montana. However it happens, Sheridan’s experience in the industry will at least ensure that the onscreen events don’t reflect behind-the-scenes events like Sons of Anarchy.

Source: THR

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