The Yellowstone season 5 cast includes several newcomers to Taylor Sheridan’s flagship Neo-Western series. As John Dutton cements his family’s political dynasty by winning the elections for governor of Montana, the fight for Paradise Valley is coming to a head in season 5. The stakes are raised even higher, and Sheridan brings in several new players who could be crucial to the final fate of the Duttons and their ranch.
Indeed, the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch faces its biggest threat yet in Market Equities, the billionaire-backed real estate developers who are calling in reinforcements from New York. Meanwhile, with John Dutton becoming governor in Yellowstone season 5, some new faces are appearing on the ranch as well. Here’s everything viewers need to know about the Yellowstone season 5 cast, and their roles in what might be the show’s final season.
Dawn Olivieri as Sarah Atwood
Called into Montana by Market Equities CEO Caroline Warner, Sarah Atwood is a corporate shark who knows how to fight the Duttons at their own dirty games. A modern femme fatale straight out of the Sheridanverse playbook, Sarah sets her crosshair first on Jamie Dutton, but she is bound to face her counterpart on the other camp – Beth. Considering how Caroline threatened to pave the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch and turn Beth’s home into a public toilet, the sultry presence of Sarah means that the Duttons are in for a fight. Sarah Atwood is played by Dawn Olivieri, who was a minor player in the1883 cast, and also appears in The Hot Zone, SEAL Team, and Double Threat.
Lilli Kay as Clara Brewer
As the new governor of Montana, John Dutton now has a personal assistant/secretary for official matters – Clara Brewer. Clara isn’t a decision-maker on the team, and she mostly works in the background. That said, her seemingly harmless and soft-spoken demeanor belies the fact that she hears the ins and outs of the Duttons’ plans, and is privy to the conversations of the governor’s inner circle, which could make her a more important character down the line. Actor Lilly Kay also appears in Your Honor and Chambers.
Lainey Wilson as Abby
Abby’s Yellowstone debut is a rare and relatively amiable first-time interaction with Beth Dutton, whom she meets at the party celebrating John’s election win. Curiously, as a side character with no real stake in the fight for Paradise Valley, Abby is one of those cast members who could appear in other Taylor Sheridan shows and possibly connect the Sheridanverse – especially since her career as a singer could take her anywhere. Playing the role of Abby is Lainey Wilson, a real-life chart-topping country singer whose songs have actually been used in previous episodes of Yellowstone.
Kai Caster as Rowdy
The young cowboy named Rowdy is new in town. And just like any new cowboy running from his past, Rowdy finds his way to the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch to become a new ranch hand. Rowdy is played by Kai Caster, who may be familiar to viewers of The Baxters, A Girl Named Jo, and American Horror Story.
Orli Gottesman as Halie
Halie is the new love interest of Carter, the teenage ranch hand who was adopted by Rip and Beth. As the catalyst to a new romance, Halie could be trouble – but she could also be exactly what Carter needs. Teenage actor Orli Gottesman also appears in 1-800-Hot-Nite, Adeline, and Discover Indie Film.
Yellowstone Season 5 Returning Cast & Characters
With Yellowstone season 5’s factions headed for a big fight, the crew of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch is back in full force. Apart from being the family’s patriarch, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is the new governor, with Beth (Kelly Reilly) as John’s new chief-of-staff, former governor Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz) as his advisor, and Jamie (Wes Bentley) as his legal counsel. Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes), Monica Long Dutton (Kelsey Asbille), and Tate Dutton (Brecken Merril) are also back for season 5.
Meanwhile, the Confederated Tribes of Broken Rock are represented by Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), Mo (Moses Brings Plenty), and Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher), who has returned to the series after being entirely absent in Yellowstone season 4. Angela’s return has prompted speculation of a Beth and Angela team-up in Yellowstone season 5, and could imply that Broken Rock will be employing dishonorable tactics like their enemies in the valley.
Yellowstone villains Caroline Warner (Jackie Weaver) and Ellis Steele (John Emmet Tracy) are not only returning, but will also be pulling all the stops in season 5 – alongside their new recruit, Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri). Though Yellowstone season 5 introduces several new characters, its overarching conflict will be played out among the above-mentioned returning cast. Moreover, in the flashback scenes to the earlier days of the ranch, the younger versions of Beth and Rip are played respectively by Kylie Rogers and Kyle Red Silverstein, who are back in their roles of revealing the now-married couple’s troubled past.
Meanwhile, Yellowstone season 5’s young John Dutton is played by Josh Lucas, who once again shows how much dangerous John was as a younger man. As always, the cast of main characters holds the final fate of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in their scheming hands. With the stakes at an all-time high, the new Yellowstone season 5 cast will be flung into the show’s most turbulent situation yet.
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