Will we ever get to see the Yellowstone spin-off 6666? Jury's still out! Even before the actors and writers strikes began, creator Taylor Sheridan confirmed that development of the series was on hold. Still, the series, which was first announced in 2021, remains in development at Paramount Network, so we're holding out hope for some sign of news.
We still don't know too much about this spin-off, but as we also look toward the (eventual) return of Yellowstone Season 5, we're keeping track of everything we know about 6666.
When news of 6666 was announced in early 2021, many fans had hoped it would be the next series in the Yellowstone universe. Then a year went by. And another. And now more years may go by before we (virtually) set foot on the famous ranch. In a June 2023 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Taylor Sheridan said that development on the series is on hold. "That [show], for a number of reasons, needs a unique level of special care because this is a real place with real families working here," he said. "You have to respect the lineage. I've told [the studio] to be patient."
According to a press release from Paramount, the show will explore the history of the legendary 6666 Ranch: "Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 has inspired a new scripted series where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing. The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world-class cowboys are born and made."
No official cast has been announced for 6666. However, in Season 4 of Yellowstone, Jimmy was sent to the Four Sixes to be whipped into shape. He fell in love with the place and decided to stay instead of going back to the Yellowstone Ranch. White and Kathryn Kelly, who plays Emily — Jimmy's girlfriend, whom he met at the Four Sixes — returned to Yellowstone in Season 5's midseason finale, which could help the flagship show set up the new series.
According to legend, Samuel Burnett won the ranch in a card game with four sixes. However, his descendants deny that story and say the name of the ranch actually comes from the fact that Burnett branded his first herd of cattle with "6666." You say it as "Four Sixes," not "Six Six Six Six" or "Sixty-Six Sixty-Six."
After hearing about the 6666's real-life history, you might be surprised it took as long as it did for Sheridan to tap into its storytelling potential. Sheridan purchased the Four Sixes ranch in May 2021, after its previous owner passed away in 2020 — the first time the ranch had been sold in over 150 years. It was established by Samuel Burnett, a rancher and oilman, in 1900 and spans three counties and over 450,000 acres in Texas. Burnett died in 1922, and the ranch was passed down through the generations to his great-granddaughter Anne Windfohr Marion.
No release date has been announced for 6666, and in June 2023, creator Taylor Sheridan said that production on the show is currently on hold. It might be a while before we see 6666.
6666 will join Yellowstone in airing on Paramount Network. Fellow spin-offs 1883 and 1923 are exclusive to Paramount+.
Previous seasons of Yellowstone are available to stream on Peacock, but 6666 will likely stream on Paramount+ after it airs on Paramount Network.