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Yellowstone may currently be in the midst of its third season on Paramount Network, but work on Season 4 is already getting underway. The drama got renewed before its latest season even started airing and, now, fans are gaining some insight into what it will entail. For one, Yellowstone is leaving a filming location behind ahead of beginning production on Season 4.

Yellowstone’s co-creator, Taylor Sheridan, opened up about prepping Season 4 and, in doing so, he revealed the show would not be filming in Utah. While the ratings sensation films in Montana, it has also filmed much of the previous seasons in Utah. Speaking on the change, Sheridan told Deadline:

We’re supposed to start mid-August, and we’re putting that together as best we can. I’m fortunate that this show shoots on a ranch in Montana. We’re going to shoot exclusively there this year, or in and around it. So we’ve got the crew and the cast up there, and it’s in an area of the state that has no active cases now.

The good news from what Taylor Sheridan has to say there is that Yellowstone Season 4 is set to begin filming pretty soon despite the coronavirus. It sounds like all of the appropriate precautions will be taken, as filming readies to set up production in Montana. It's a fitting location considering that Yellowstone actually takes place there.

It seems only more fitting that filming on Season 4 will take place on a Montana ranch à la the Dutton’s set-up. However, whether viewers notice a considerable change on screen remains to be seen. In the interview, Taylor Sheridan added that there would be an effort made to keep the scope of the show on par with previous seasons, despite the limited filming locales.

Limiting the location to the Montana ranch should be interesting, though it likely won't keep those rough days filming in the harsh weather conditions from being an issue. Still, as viewers have seen so far in Season 3, most of Yellowstone’s action has taken place outdoors or on the ranch. So the series filming Season 4 almost exclusively on a Montana ranch shouldn't be too noticeable.

Last year, the cast kept fans appraised as they wrapped up filming on Yellowstone’s currently airing season. The picturesque world around them was on full display, as Kelly Reilly and her co-stars signed off. So news that Season 4 will potentially begin filming in mid-August should be a delight for fans who will be eager to see more of the beautiful landscape after Season 3 ends.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to many delays and fans subsequently having to wait longer than usual to see the next season of their favorite show. So here's hoping that Yellowstone does not experience the same fate. That said, the stunning sights of Utah will be missed as the show moves into its next chapter.

Tune in to see the beauty of both Utah and Montana when new episodes of Yellowstone air new throughout the summer on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. The first two seasons will also become available on NBCUniversal’s upcoming streamer, Peacock, which launches nationally on July 15.

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