Yellowstone’s Ending Means Jimmy Can Never Return Now

Confirmation of Yellowstone's coming to an end means that fan favorite Jimmy is now likely to never return to the show; which is for the best.

  • Jimmy’s role on Yellowstone is unlikely to continue as the show comes to an end.
  •  Jimmy started as comic relief but became a fan favorite with a great character arc.
  •  Jimmy’s exit from Yellowstone sets up his lead role in the 6666 spinoff series.

Jimmy’s Yellowstone role has been a question for some time now, but news of the show coming to an end makes it unlikely he’ll ever return to the ranch. Jimmy Hurdstram (Jefferson White) made his debut during Yellowstone’s first season and became an endearing character. He is a former drug dealer whose grandfather begged John Dutton (Kevin Costner) to bring Jimmy on as a ranch hand, despite having no experience. Jimmy was out of his element and learning on the job, and in doing so, served as an audience surrogate so viewers could also learn how ranch life works.

Jimmy was comic relief initially, but over time, he became a viewer favorite and had one of the best arcs on Yellowstone. By the end of season 4, Dutton gave Jimmy his blessing to leave the Yellowstone for a new life on the famous 6666 ranch with his fiance Emily (Kathryn Kelly). Yellowstone season 5 confirmed he and Emily were still living their best lives there, and given events both onscreen and behind the scenes, it’s doubtful Jimmy will return to the ranch for Yellowstone‘s final season.

Jimmy’s 6666 Spinoff Is Better Than A Yellowstone Return

Jimmy’s Long-Awaited Return To Yellowstone Means Less With The Show Ending

Given how many Yellowstone spinoffs are on the way from creator Taylor Sheridan, it should come as little surprise Jimmy’s original exit was a way to set up a solo 6666 series. This historic, real-life Texas ranch is where Dutton sends Jimmy to learn how to become a true cowboy, and while he struggles initially, he soon falls in love with the sprawling property. Jimmy is set to become a lead character in 6666

, which should see a further evolution for the ex-criminal.


Jimmy couldn’t even ride a horse during the first season of Yellowstone, but his time at 6666 has transformed him. He has a new life there and is untangled from his past, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to be the butt of the joke anymore. 6666 is a more exciting direction for the character, but confirmation that the original Yellowstone series is ending because Costner wants to leave has essentially shut the door on Jimmy returning to the titular Montana ranch.

Yellowstone Ending Makes Jimmy’s Exit Permanent

Jimmy Is Able To Begin His Own Story Now

After rumors of behind-the-scenes issues, it was confirmed that Kevin Costner was leaving Yellowstone to focus on his Western saga Horizon and the second half of season 5 will close out the show. A Yellowstone sequel series will continue in the aftermath, but which characters will return is currently unknown. However, it’s hard to picture Jimmy being part of that line-up either. Nothing is tying him to Montana or the Dutton ranch anymore, and John Dutton’s exit gives Jimmy even less reason to make a ranch comeback. For now, 6666 is Jimmy’s best future in the ever-expanding Yellowstone franchise.

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