Taylor Sheridan and his vast television universe seem to be ending as Yellowstone enters the second part of its fifth and final season.
The Kevin Costner-led series, which debuted in 2018, has increased in popularity with each season and spinoff.
Whether you like neo-Westerns or not, Sheridan's rapid ascension as one of Hollywood's biggest innovators and the show's massive reach are astounding.
The Yellowstone phenomena continues. Yellowstone's success spawned shows like Big Sky, Walker, Joe Pickett, and Outer Range, as well as Sheridan's many spinoffs and sister series.
The show's popularity has led to a rebirth in Western-related material on television and the big screen, but some of Sheridan's fiercest critics have wondered if the filmmaker is overreaching.
Sheridan fell in love with scripting while trying to make it as an actor, and he ended up having a bigger impact on Hollywood behind the camera.
After writing the screenplay for Denis Villeneuve's 2015 picture Sicario, he became a director. He became a creator and showrunner with Yellowstone on Paramount Network in 2018.
Yellowstone released to mixed reviews. The neo-Western's soapiness and brutality sometimes overshadowed its "must-watch TV" status. The series was unique when it debuted.