Yellowstone Deathwatch: John’s Power Grab Paints a Target on [Spoiler]’s Back
Is the show building toward its most shocking death yet?
If there’s one thing Yellowstone taught us early on, it’s that anything can happen and everyone is expendable. After all, John Dutton’s first-born son, Lee — whom we assumed would be a major player — didn’t even survive the two-hour pilot! Since then, we’ve learned to go into every episode braced for something awful to happen… and rarely have we been disappointed!
So far, Lee’s been the only member of the Dutton family to bite the bullet (assuming we don’t count characters who died in flashbacks to past events). But we have a sneaking suspicion that could all change thanks to events that were set in motion when John knocked the wind out of son Jamie’s sails by announcing his own candidacy for governor. Worse, John gave his son absolutely no warning, leaving him to stand there with egg on his face even as his chiseled jaw hit the floor.
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In doing so, however, John no doubt propelled the troubled young man he raised as his own straight into the open arms of his scheming biological father, Garrett. Last week, it was confirmed that the baddie was responsible for the attacks which nearly saw Kayce, Beth and John murdered. And with only three episodes left until the season finale, the war between Jamie’s two fathers is about to heat up.
“You know where all the bodies are buried,” Garrett suggests to Jamie in the latest preview (which you can watch below), no doubt urging him to use what he knows to destroy John once and for all. But the Dutton patriarch now knows exactly who he’s dealing with, and he is not one to allow enemies to walk away unscathed.
“We don’t kill sheep,” he can be heard warning, “we kill wolves.” And if ever there were an apt description for Garrett, it is a wolf who can’t even be bothered to try and hide his nature by donning sheep’s clothing.
This being Yellowstone, it is inevitable that the battle brewing between these men will lead to fatal consequences. But could Jamie unintentionally wind up getting caught in the literal crossfire between his dueling daddies? While it would be darn near impossible to consider Beth’s sorta-sibling rival an “innocent party,” even she might shed a tear were Jamie to pay the ultimate price for a feud set in motion before he was even old enough to hatch his first ill-conceived scheme.
Perhaps a clue as to what’s coming can be found in the episode’s title, “No Kindness For The Coward.” Certainly Beth has used that particular c-word to describe Jamie time and again over the past three seasons. But would even Yellowstone — with it’s dueling penchants for violence and shocks — go so far as to do away with Jamie so soon after reuniting him with ex-girlfriend Christina and their young son?
What do you think, cowboys and buckle bunnies… is Jamie headed for the great rodeo in the sky by season’s end? Share your thoughts on what’s coming next in the comments below, then find out where Jamie ranks on our list of Yellowstone‘s 20 best characters of all time. (We have a sneaking suspicion you know who claimed the top spot!)
<p>We’ll raise a glass of wheatgrass to the passionate protester who put the spring back in John’s step in Season 4. But we won’t gulp it down until we find out whether she has what it takes to coexist with his hyper-protective daughter, Beth.</p>
<p>We understand that she’s been through a lot. Like, between son Tate’s kidnapping and the assaunt on the ranch, <em>a lot</em> a lot. But does Kayce’s better half have to be a Debbie Downer <em>all</em> the time?</p>
<p>As the pink-haired, marble-mouthed wrangler might inimitably put it, “Thisheer charcter’s a [bleepin’] hoot’nitdoesn’ matternone iffin’syaunderstand ’er.” Got all that, or ya want it with subtitles?</p>
<p>Too late, the diabolical businessman learned that Duttons and bulls are basically one and the same. “How’s that?” you ask. If you mess with either one, you’re gonna get the horns. (And no, not even a schmancy belt buckle can protect you.)</p>
<p>The spirited barrel racer who punched Jimmy’s V card in a hospital bed probably would rank higher on this list if we weren’t so ticked at her for putting him in that bed for a second time!</p>
<p>The soft-spoken Market Equities’ bigwig had us eating out of the palm of her hand from the moment she explained to weaselly lackey Ellis in Season 4 that she was never early nor late; his time adjusted to accommodate hers. #boss</p>
<p>You <em>know</em> this Market Equities power player had to have been a formidable foe for Beth if she managed to leave the show with no more harm done than a disgraced reputation. And, miracle of miracles, she did.</p>
<p>The Yellowstone’s most reluctant hand doesn’t go looking for trouble, it just has a way of… Aw, who are we kidding? The guitar-strumming Casanova <em>totally</em> goes looking for trouble, preferably the kind with curves.</p>
<p>We don’t know the last name of Rainwater’s right-hand man, but based on his history of kicking ass and taking names we’re gonna <em>guess</em> that it’s something along the lines Doesn’t Put Up With Any BS.</p>
<p>He may be as old as the dirt in which he’ll someday be buried, but make no mistake: The Yellowstone’s oldest hand can still throw down with the best of ’em. Just ask Walker.</p>
<p>It’s no wonder this scrappy youngster made such an impression on Beth: From the get-go, he was, in essence, a Mini-Me of her rough-hewn honey, Rip. Hell, Carter even pissed ’er off and lived to tell the tale!</p>
<p>If not the smartest person in the room, one of ’em — always. The savvy politician has a knack for looking at the big picture — not to mention a smile that has always made her irresistible to sometime lover John.</p>
<p>Ack! Brain force field up! Why? Because so adept at playing mind games is Jamie’s biological father that we can wind up feeling all twisted inside after nothing more than watching a scene that he’s in.</p>
<p>Not since J.R. Ewing was there a villain who delighted in his own cunning quite as much as the Market Equities mover and shaker that Beth hilariously described as the long-lost love child of Fabio and Lucille Ball.</p>
<p>Bless his heart, the Yellowstone outcast has as much trouble staying in the saddle as we do not falling off the edge of our seats while <em>watching</em> the show. But credit where it’s due: He’s got the spirit of any three cowboys combined.</p>
<p>Make no mistake: The chief of the Broken Rock Reservation wants for his people what is rightfully theirs. However, he refuses to just take it, instead traveling the high road in hopes of taking it with honor.</p>
<p>John’s adopted son gets so much hate that it’s easy to feel sorry for him. But then he goes and does something to remind you of what an opportunistic SOB he is, and you regret softening toward him for even an instant.</p>
<p>The youngest of John’s heirs is the kinda brute that you want on your side in a brawl and the kinda sweetheart that you want on your side in life. Even when he’s 100-percent wrong, he’s always <em>trying</em> to do right.</p>
<p>We didn’t blame young Carter a bit when he announced, “I wanna be him [when I grow up].” The Dutton family’s patriarch is the kinda complicated guy who can do bad, bad things and still leave you feeling like he’s a good guy.</p>
<p>We’re likelier to master trigonometry than we are to figure out John’s badass daughter, a metaphorical tornado who blows away everyone in her path — us included.</p>
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