'Yellowstone' Star Wes Bentley Explains How He Knew the Series Was a Hit

‘Yellowstone’ Star Wes Bentley Explains How He Knew the Series Was a Hit

Wes Bentley attends the

Wes Bentley attends the Yellowstone Season 5 premieres November 3 in New York. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Yellowstone star Wes Bentley might just feel that his Paramount Network show about a family fighting to keep their ranch was in touch with viewers.

“I could tell when, I think, we were shooting season 3, and I was flying back and forth a lot, because my family didn’t come with me that time, and, in those flights, I begins to [notice]more and more people knew who I was, more and more people wanted to talk about the show,” Bentley told Yahoo Entertainment. that before it was mostly in the center of the country or in the West. But now the cities and… the people of Canada — I have family in Canada — they are all very passionate. They have talks -morning shows about it.”

Yeah, just like the Duttons have the biggest ranch in the country, Yellowstone had the largest live and same-day viewership — 9.3 million — of any show since 2017, when its fourth season ended in January. It’s a pinnacle for the series, and one that, in a world of fragmented audiences, the shows aspire to achieve.

Bentley, who starred in projects such as american beauty, The hunger Games and american horror story over the past two decades, is well aware that this kind of excitement about a show is something special.

“I knew it was a great show from the first scripts, but, you know, you never know,” Bentley said. “There are great shows that people don’t watch, so it’s hard to know if that alone [works]. So when this phenomenon takes off, it’s hard to understand, hard to know why.”

When Taylor Sheridan’s co-creation last aired, patriarch Dutton, played by Kevin Costner, was set to become governor of Montana, which would give him the edge to protect the ranch.

Cole Hauser, who plays Rip, John Dutton’s most trusted ranch hand and husband to John’s feisty daughter, Beth, played by Kelly Reilly, says that, for his character, this season is all about staying steady amidst all changes.

“No, I don’t think it’s transformative,” Hauser said, when asked. “Past seasons I would say yes, but this year I think it’s more about being consistent…and being a rock to Beth, you know, and sometimes a rock to the ranch as well.”

Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham and Cole Hauser attend the premiere of

Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham and Cole Hauser attend the premiere of Yellowstone Season 5 on November 3 in New York. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Hauser explains that Rip will have to fight outside forces more fiercely than ever.

“There’s a lot of weight on his shoulders when it comes to ranch management, foreman and accountability,” Hauser said. “So I think this year is really about him waking up every day and making sure the chores are taken care of.”

Gil Birmingham, who plays Thomas Rainwater, the head of the nearby Broken Rock reservation and casino owner, teases that his character will face new challenges as John Dutton becomes more powerful than ever.

“It’s definitely going to be more convoluted and complex, because there were paradigms and structures that were built in terms of alliances at the end of Season 4 with Market Equities,” Birmingham says, referring to the company trying to purchase land surrounding the Dutton. ranch to build an airport. “Now that John Dutton has moved into a political arena of power and the ability to write legislative policy that will primarily benefit him, that kind of leaves Rainwater in the dark, it’s a question of how to respond to that. And then there’s also, you know, a real vulnerability that Rainwater is going to experience this season and maybe have internal conflicts within his own group, so there’s a lot going on.”

Bentley’s character also has a season that involves Market Equities, whose leadership senses that all is not well between Jamie and the other members of his family. They are right, of course.

“Market Equities is taking a strategy of trying to get one of Dutton and Jamie out of being that guy, and it’ll be exciting for fans to see what really happens,” Bentley said.

We will definitely be watching.

The two-hour premiere of Yellowstone airs Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. on Paramount Network.

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