Yellowstone Season-Finale Recap: Showdown
The World Is Purple
Season 3 Episode 10
Editor’s Rating 3 stars ***
Photo: Paramount Network
Earlier this season, I wrote about how Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan’s plotting style seems to have two modes: nothing much happening, and then suddenly lurching forward. (Watching this show is a little like sitting in the passenger seat during a driver’s ed class.) His mode for the season-three finale? It’s a whole lot of lurch. Several storylines from this season jump straight ahead to their next phase, with minimal setup. It’s not like Sheridan pulls one of those Battlestar Galactica or Parks and Recreation switcheroos where suddenly the story jumps way ahead it’s three years later. By my calculations, the time between last episode’s climactic murder-spree and this episode’s explosive cliffhangers is about 36 hours at most. Everything just goes sour for the Duttons in a hurry.
Let’s start with the ending. How you feel about this episode, this season, and perhaps even Yellowstone in general may be tied to how you feel about those final scenes. This chapter — titled “The World is Purple” — ends with nearly every member of the Dutton family at death’s door. Beth? A bomb goes off while she’s cleaning out her office at Schwartz & Meyer. Kayce? Masked thugs charge into his office with machine guns blazing. John? Also felled by machine guns, while helping a stranded Californian change a flat tire.
The only Dutton spared is Jamie — but maybe Jamie shouldn’t be classified as “a Dutton.” A few days ago he found out he was adopted. A few days before that, Beth spilled the beans to John about how Jamie’s carelessness led to her getting sterilized during an abortion. Always a semi-outsider in the family, Jamie has been given plenty of narratively contrived reasons over the past few episodes to abandon his adoptive family. He gets one more this week, after one conversation with his ex-con biological father convinces him to go rogue.
All too predictably, Jamie acts according to his nature in the finale, telling Montana’s governor that it’s he (not Beth) who has the state-sanctioned power of attorney to approve the sale of Dutton tracts to the hostile interlopers from Market Equities. After a big showdown meeting between the Duttons, Chief Rainwater, Market Equities, and state officials, Governor Perry commiserates with Jamie, saying. “That must’ve been hard for you,” to which he replies — honestly — “Not really.”
So forget about Jamie. The real question is: Are you worried about the fate of Kayce? Beth? John?
Because honestly? Yellowstone has gone to the “Oh no, this super-important character may be dead or at least permanently injured” well way too much this season. Remember when Jimmy was hauled off on a stretcher at the rodeo, only to spend roughly one episode in a hospital and one in a back brace before he was back in the ranch house? Remember when Kayce’s livestock agents were shot by cattle rustlers? Remember when Colby and Teeter were trampled by horses? In each case, the episode ended on a dark and ambiguous note. In each case, ultimately, everything turned out fine.
Because of all that, I doubt any of the Duttons will be down for more than an episode (if that) when season four eventually premieres … unless the pandemic pushes the start of production back so far that one or more actors can’t show up. If I’m right — and if there are no enduring consequences for anything that has happened to any of the major characters on this show in season three — that’ll mean there’s no reason to take Yellowstone seriously as a complex television drama about the politics and economy of the modern American west. Instead, it’ll have cemented its place as just another tawdry, disposable action melodrama.
And that’s fine. As I’ve also written throughout this season, Yellowstone is on the more entertaining end of the disposable action melodrama spectrum. It’s pretty to look at, the cast is (mostly) very strong, and every now and then it interrupts the earnest pontificating about “land” and “legacy” and “character” for some genuinely exciting cheap thrills.
But ye gods, that earnest pontificating. What keeps Yellowstone stuck in neutral is that it rarely seems to revel in its own trashiness. Sheridan’s honestly trying to say something with this show. At times, what he has to say is engaging. Even in “The World Is Purple,” there are some fascinating observations made here and there, like when Jamie’s biological father urges him to claim his piece of the Dutton ranch because it’s an empire not a business and “empires you take;” or like when Angela Blue Thunder tries to get Chief Thomas Rainwater to understand that it’s useless to deal with the white man using his rules because the white man will break those rules when it’s convenient.
Heck, there’s even a rare moment in this episode where somebody acknowledges how bonkers it is that the Duttons’ daily existence is sustained by killing folks. Rip tells Beth not to ask him about that part of his job, before shrugging it all off with the excuse, “It’s a big ranch, Beth, and our enemies don’t fight fair.” (Beth, of course, doesn’t really care, so long as she’s on the side of the killers.)
But there’s rarely much dot-connecting in Yellowstone between its big speeches and its big moves. The process of how things actually get done gets glossed over, even though — as some of the best prestige dramas have shown — stories often become more surprising and involving when the writers think through all the details. What are the lingering repercussions when a person gets killed? How do you move lots of money around? How do you commit crimes and not get caught? How do you accomplish even mundane tasks, like running a multimillion dollar business?
Yellowstone doesn’t do process. One of the biggest twists in this episode is when Beth sidelines Market Equities’ Willa Hays by planting a story in the business press about her “workplace misconduct.” But we never really find out much about how she does it, or why such a blatantly suspicious bit of sabotage would work. Similarly, after Thomas and Angela’s frank conversations about getting their land back by fighting dirty, they end up staging their defense against Market Equities by filing legal complaints regarding the airport project’s environmental impact, which is hardly an original or unexpected attack.
In the end, this was just an okay Yellowstone season, split roughly equally between engaging moments and infuriating idiocy. If I’m less that stirred up about how it finished, it’s because I’m not sure even Sheridan cares enough to make any of it stick. Presumably, Roarke Morris at Market Equities had something to do with the multiple Dutton ambushes, after Willa urged him to treat this situation “like an oil deal in Yemen.” But how was the assault planned? And how will it affect the people involved? It doesn’t matter. Most likely, in another episode or two, Yellowstone will lurch ahead to something else.
• Okay, I’ll admit it: I laughed out loud at the end of the episode when John realizes that his life may have been saved by the bullet-blocking cell phone in his chest pocket. Given his season-long beefing about cellular telephony, that’s a legitimately good joke.
• Remember how Jamie was a ranch hand for like a single episode this season, and then livestock commissioner for two or three, and then attorney general? Well, after spending about three episodes as livestock commissioner, Kayce is now being courted to run for governor. This development (unlikely to be scuttled by the assassination attempt that ends this episode) illustrates two things: (1) Once again, Taylor Sheridan lacks the patience to explore the finer points of any of his big plot moves; and (2) There are only four or five jobs in Montana.
• I did enjoy the ranchers explaining to Kayce that they continue to hold more political power than any of the local environmentalists and hippies because it’s too cold in November for the lefties. (“If they ever start holding elections in May, we’re fucked.”)
• Josh Holloway was underused this season. His Roarke had some great, crackling conversations with Beth in the early episodes; but he hardly ever left his house, so his interactions with other characters were too rare and too short. We get a good sense of what we’ve been missing in this finale, when Roarke flashes his smug smile at John, saying, “Once you put a name with this face you never forget it,” and, “I can say it as much as you can: ‘That land is mine.’” I could’ve used many, many more scenes of John growling disdainfully at this cocky, charismatic know-it-all.
• This was a great season though for Cole Hauser as Rip, who got to show a lot of different facets of himself, from romantic to tragic to … well, just kinda weird. Rip had two of the most memorable scenes in this finale: one where he has his mother’s corpse exhumed so that he can tell her he’s in love; and another where he shoots an injured horse and then swears at the scavenger birds trying to eat it before it’s dead. There are too many characters on this show who act like they’re in a soap opera. We need more like Rip, who’s apparently in a Sam Shepard play.
• One last bit of Yellowstone reading for you for this season: Don’t miss my colleague Kathryn VanArendonk’s deep dive into the show’s overt and covert messages about privilege and values.
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Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Season 3 finale of Yellowstone that are so colossal, there should be a better word than spoilers to describe them. If you want to be surprised when you watch (and haven’t done so yet), giddy-up and away!
Well, damn! Nobody can say that Yellowstone doesn’t know how to keep its audience on the edge of their seats — or, for that matter, how to knock ’em right the hell off. Sunday’s Season 3 finale was one shock after another — to the point that, although I think we’d all love it if Season 4 started next week — it’ll probably take us until next summer to really recover. What happened? What didn’t! Read on, and as the smoke clears, we’ll discuss.
‘HE’S LIVING PROOF THAT ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG’| As “The World Is Purple” began, tensions were running high in the bunk house. Not only was Mia perturbed about Jimmy having been branded, but Lloyd was understandably a bit crestfallen to see Laramie waking up in Walker’s bed. At Garrett’s place, Jamie’s biological father shared the sordid story of the day that he killed his boy’s mother. He’d come home from a long haul to find Jamie screaming, using a crack pipe for a substitute nipple, and his mother getting screwed over the sink. “I knew that you had only one chance in life,” Garrett said, “and that was without her in it. So I did what I did” — and looking at what Jamie had become, he didn’t regret it, either. When talk turned to Yellowstone and how Jamie was about to lose the place that he’d been raised to run, Garrett told him that it wasn’t a place but an empire. One didn’t buy an empire, he explained. One took it. But how? “Simplest thing on earth,” said Garrett. “Ya kill the king.” (Gulp.)
During a meeting with Rainwater, Angela derided the chief and scoffed at his hopefulness that one day their tribe would again call Yellowstone home. “Not with you [in charge], we won’t,” she said. He was trying to go about things in a moral way, and there was no room for morality in a war. “Winners are never judged by how” they win, she pointed out. “They save that for the losers.” (She’s growing on me, that Angela.) When Rip returned home after his long, long night, Beth joked, “Who’d ya kill?” only to realize that, oh, he had killed someone. When he wouldn’t tell her the names of the deceased — maybe he didn’t know Wade’s son’s name, either — she decided that she didn’t care. A Nietzschean to the core, she believed in loving with your whole soul and killing anything that wants to destroy what you love. Now, “if you’ll excuse me,” she said, “I gotta kill someone, too.”
‘THAT TRAIN ONLY RUNS IN ONE DIRECTION’| Later, Rip reported to John that he’d gotten back that “thing” that he wanted retrieved from Wade. Rip also reported that the dead man and his son had been working for a guy named Roarke. Name didn’t mean anything to John — not yet, anyway. But the day was young. Crossing paths with Kayce, John expressed his delight that his plan for his son was working out so well. And again, the day was young! En route to the rodeo, Mia pushed and pushed Jimmy to explain why he’d let himself be branded like he was John’s cattle. Laramie noted that Walker had been branded, too, but he was so fine, “he could have his a–hole on his chest, and I wouldn’t care.” (Deep thoughts from Laramie could develop into one of my favorite bits of this show.) At Jamie’s office, Roarke, Willa and Team Market Equities gathered with Rainwater, Mo and Angela, the governor, and John and Beth to decide the fate of Yellowstone. It did not go as planned — at least not as Roarke and Willa planned.
No sooner had Roarke begun making his pitch to Lynelle than everyone received a breaking-news text: Willa had been accused of workplace harassment by a Jane Doe. “Problem, Willa?” asked Beth. “Take that, you f–king bitch.” Excusing herself, Willa said that Roarke could speak on her behalf. Roarke? Oooh, said John, a lightbulb going off over his head. Anyway, after Roarke made his presentation, Jamie usurped Beth’s power of attorney, owing to the fact that she’d filed her paperwork in Utah, not Montana, and approved the Yellowstone sale to Market Equities so that the Land Commission didn’t condemn the property and bankrupt the Duttons. He didn’t have a choice, he argued. “There is no choice anymore, John,” added Lynelle. “There are only options.” Thankfully, Rainwater had a plan — to have Angela file a class-action lawsuit to block the development due to the impact that it would have on the local wildlife. “We stopped wolf hunting for a decade,” she said, smirking at Roarke. “What do you think we’re gonna do to an airport?”
‘THAT LAND IS MINE’| Before Rainwater left, he asked John to join his lawsuit — it would serve both their purposes and wouldn’t cost the rancher a dime. As the office began to clear out, John took a swipe at Roarke about his “lost pet” (Wade). “You think you’re winning this game, you don’t even know the goddamn rules,” sneered the Dutton patriarch. “But don’t worry, I’ma teach ‘em to ya.” On his way out the door, he and Beth gave Jamie a chance to speak now or forever hold his peace; having turned a corner and started to buy into Garrett as his real family, he chose the latter. “From now on,” he told Lynelle, “what I do is for me.” Yikes — methinks Bad Jamie just got worse. At the rodeo, Mia overheard enough of a conversation to glean that Jimmy was done riding bucking broncos. Was he really just John Dutton’s steer now? “When I saw you rodeo, I saw a really happy man — and I fell in love with him,” she said. “Be that man, and you can have me. But be this one, and I’ll see ya later.” Good Lord, that girl got Jimmy to agree to once again risk his neck (and every other part of him!). Next thing we knew, he was back in the saddle at the ranch and getting thrown so hard, it left him unconscious.
En route back to his office, Rainwater insisted to Angela that he could and would beat the Duttons and everyone else by playing by their rules. That was folly, she reiterated. They make rules for the slaves and rules for the masters — and he was choosing the slaves’ rules. Maybe Mo would take matters into his own hands, she suggested, eyeing the driver. Maybe he’d kill John, “make war for our people, and then… we go home.” (How many targets can John have painted on him? Sheesh.) Meanwhile, at Kayce’s office the chairmen of the Stock Growers Assoc. came by to say that they wanted to make him Montana’s next governor. He laughed, but they were as serious as a heart attack. Better get used to wearing a suit, buddy! Elsewhere, Rip had his mother’s body exhumed for the sweetest reason that I reckon one could dig up a corpse — he wanted to take the ring off her finger to give it to Beth. Back at Roarke’s, a livid Willa noted that this s–t didn’t feel like a land deal in Montana, “it feels like an oil deal in Yemen — and from now on, that’s how we treat it.” Could Roarke do that? As Josh Holloway foreshadowed for TVLine at the start of the season, you bet he could.
‘THE WHOLE F–KING VALLEY’S DYING TODAY’| As the episode and the season drew to a close, Beth and her secretary were cleaning out her office (and really all of Schwartz & Meyer) when the assistant began opening a box within another box that was addressed to her boss. Quicker than Beth could get out the word “Don’t,” ka-freakin’-boom! At the same time, gunmen burst into Kayce’s office and opened fire! And while John was helping a mother and her kid change her flat on the side of the road, a van pulled up. “You’re John Dutton, aren’t you?” asked the driver. “Yep,” he replied. With that, the back of the van flew open, and another guy filled not only John full of lead but the mom, too. (Probably would’ve offed the kid as well if he hadn’t wandered off to find the lost lug nuts.) Panicking when he couldn’t reach anyone on the phone, Rip rang Jamie, who at that point was so far gone, he said, “I don’t think you should call me anymore.” Oh, Jamie. At Yellowstone, Rip spotted a dying horse being pecked at by crows and, sadly, put it down. “I’d rather kill a thousand men,” he sighed, “than shoot another horse.” Finally, we got a last glimpse of John, significantly worse for wear but at least alive — perhaps owing to the fact that his hated cell phone had taken a bullet! “Doesn’t that f—kin’ figure,” he grumbled. Man, had he ever been right when he’d told Kayce that he wasn’t gonna have a good day!
So, what did you think of the Season 3 finale? Grade it in the poll below, then hit the comments. We know John’s alive, at least for now. But what about Kayce… and Beth?
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What happened in Yellowstone season 3?
YELLOWSTONE fans are confused and getting impatient as the show's fourth season is still being awaited.
The Duttons were last seen on screens on 23 August, 2020, for the third season's wild finale.
What happened in Yellowstone season 3?
Yellowstone season three aired on Sunday, 21 June, 2020 on Paramount Network.
Brits were able to catch up with the series on Channel 5 but, in case you missed it, here's some of the main events that occurred:
Jamie gets a promotion
After John (Kevin Costner) resigns from his position as Livestock Commissioner, Jamie (Wes Bentley) soon takes his place.
Unknowingly, the attorney and aspiring politician is set up for a host of life changes.
When told to send a “clear message” to two young boys after a barrel racer girl is attacked, Agent Steve Hendon, portrayed by James Jordan, goes too far, leaving Jamie to clean up his mess and concocts a story which will save everyone involved.
The Dutton Ranch is threatened
Meanwhile, Beth (Kelly Reilly) meets with the enigmatic rancher and stock broker Roarke Morris (Josh Holloway) and learns of his plans for the valley as he is making his move to take the Duttons’ land.
But another threat to the future of Yellowstone ranch is unveiled when Ellis Steele (John Emmet Tracy) tells Governor Perry - aka Wendy Moniz - of his plans to build an airport there.
To fight back and save the ranch, both the Governor and John move Jamie into the position of Interim Attorney General while Kayce (Luke Grimes) replaces him as Livestock Commissioner. But the latter needs a little convincing.
Fortunately, John finds an ally in Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham).
A big family secret is revealed
In episode 6, however, Karen Pittman’s Willa Hays, CEO of Market Equities, makes Jamie an offer for 50, 000 acres of the ranch. An offer which Jamie soon considers.
Speaking of Jamie, after his strained relationship with Beth is explained, he soon finds a family secret, kept from him since childhood : his real father’s identity.
A violent meet-up
While Market Equities is offering 500 million dollars for the ranch, John struggles despite Beth and Kayce’s best efforts to convince.
The Duttons meet up with the company, along with the Native Americans of the Broken Rock Reservation.
Determined to do anything to turn the land over to the state, Jamie refuses to support his family.
But in a matter of minutes, the meet-up turns violent and, possibly, deadly.
Beth’s assistant opens a box, causing a bomb to detonate , while gunmen storm Kayce’s office. While helping a mother and her son, John gets shot, leaving the fate of the Duttons open to speculation.
When does Yellowstone season 4 start?
With the third season airing in June, 2020, viewers are expecting for Yellowstone season 4 to drop at any point today (Monday, 21 June, 2021).
But with no trailers or announcements, fans have become peeved and impatient.
Understanding the frustration, Yellowstone actor Jefferson White aka Jimmy Hurdstrom, took to Instagram.
"Season 4 is worth the wait, I promise!", he wrote when commenting on a photo of his character on the Yellowstone official Instagram account.
Although fans pressed him to spill more details on season 4's airing date, the actor kept quiet.
An online rumour has however stated that Yellowstone season 4 will not be out until fall 2021. Only time will tell.
Buckle up and grab the tissues. Season three episode 10 of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone – the season finale – puts viewers through the emotional wringer.
Episode 10, “The World is Purple,” opens with Mia and Jimmy in bed, and Mia’s shocked Jimmy allowed himself to be branded. Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) kicks her out but first sends her over to fetch Laramie out of Walker’s bed.
Before the girls leave, they spot Teeter (Jennifer Landon) in the bathroom taking care of her new brand.
Jamie (Wes Bentley) is still over at his birth dad’s place when we catch up with him. He peppers Garrett (Will Patton) with questions about possible siblings and other relatives and learns there are a few scattered around, but no brothers or sisters. Garrett recalls coming home once to find Jamie screaming and starving…and sucking on a crack pipe’s tip like a nipple. His mom was busy servicing a stranger and that’s when he killed her.
“I took her life and gave up mine for you,” says Garrett. “Looking at you now I would say that’s probably the best choice I could have made.”
Garrett wonders whether John Dutton loves Jamie and admits he thinks John only loves his ranch. He declares himself the only family Jamie really has. Jamie confesses he’s going to lose everything. He claims he was raised to run the ranch and he’s the one who built it into what it is today. (He doesn’t acknowledge that Beth, Kayce, and his deceased brother Lee were also responsible for the ranch.)
Jamie can’t afford to buy it flat out and Garrett hints the only way to procure Yellowstone is by taking over the empire. And the only way to do that is by killing the king! Jamie doesn’t immediately respond but finally says he’s not a killer. Garrett looks him in the eye and can tell Jamie has killed before. It’s in his blood as a Randall.
Meanwhile, over at the ranch the rest of the family prepare for the day. Monica (Kelsey Asbille) reminds Kayce (Luke Grimes) she and Tate moved there to be closer to him, but he’s always at work. She smiles when she notes how much he likes his job, and Kayce concedes it means a lot to him to have someone to fight for – rather than some “thing” – as the Livestock Commissioner.
Willa Hayes (Karen Pittman) and Roarke (Josh Holloway) also prepare, separately, for a busy day. Willa’s at work watching stock market reports while Roarke’s placing another call to Wade Morrow. His calls keep going straight to voice mail…and always will, given dead men don’t answer their phones.
Over on the reservation, Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher) joins Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) on the casino’s roof. He likes the view it affords him of the reservation while she likes the view of the parking lot better. Angela reveals she wishes she could go back in time and tell her people to sell their belongings, go to New York, and hire a huge law firm.
She warns Thomas he’ll ultimately be judged by whether he owns the land or loses the land – not how he got to that outcome.
Rip (Cole Hauser) has obviously had a long night when he joins Beth (Kelly Reilly) for breakfast. She jokes about who he killed the night before and he tells her not to ask him that. Beth realizes she hit a nerve and when he continues to refuse to say what happened, she reminds him they don’t get to keep secrets from each other anymore.
Rip doesn’t think he’s keeping a secret, he’s doing her a favor by not saying how many people he’s killed. Beth doggedly pursues an answer, continuing to probe Rip for an answer about his death toll. Rip says it’s a big ranch and their enemies don’t fight fair.
Beth ultimately allows him to keep this particular secret. She then grabs her phone and asks him to excuse her. “I’ve got to kill someone too,” she says as she walks out the door.
Beth and Rip arrive at the big house and she greets her dad with a kiss. After he asks if she’s ready for this, she replies, “They f**ked with the wrong bull, daddy.” John (Kevin Costner) chuckles and says, “They sure did.”
After Beth walks away, John and Rip have a cryptic conversation about Wade Morrow. Rip assures him he got what was John’s back and Wade will not be causing any further problems, ever.
Rip reveals Roarke is the person who hired Wade, and surprisingly John’s never heard of him. (It’s strange Beth never mentioned his name to her dad.)
Kayce’s getting ready to head to the office and John’s happy Kayce’s settling into the job. John planned this for his son all along, but it wouldn’t have happened if it also wasn’t Kayce’s dream. Kayce tells his dad to have a good day and John assures him he won’t. “I believe I’m all out of those,” says John.
Mia (Eden Brolin) and Laramie (Hassie Harrison) load up their horses and hit the road with Jimmy (Jefferson White). Mia still won’t let go of the fact Jimmy now wears the Yellowstone Ranch brand.
John, Beth, Thomas, Angela, Willa, Roarke, and assorted minions from Market Equities gather at Jamie’s office for a meeting to discuss the future of the valley. Governor Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz-Grillo) is the last to arrive and Jamie rises to greet her, noticeably avoiding shaking the extended hand of Willa Hayes.
Roarke shows the completed lease with the Forest Service and with other deals in place, Market Equities no longer needs state funding or for a bond to be placed on the ballot. As he’s speaking, Willa’s shown an article that just popped up accusing her of workplace harassment by “Jane Doe.”
Beth looks like the cat that ate the canary. Willa steps out but first assures them Roarke has the authority to speak for Market Equities. John perks up as that’s the first time Roarke’s name has been mentioned. Roarke confirms his identity and says, “Once you put a name to this face, you will never forget it.”
“I don’t believe I will,” replies John.
Roarke continues his presentation, laying out the added revenue this development will provide to Montana. He then turns his attention to John and points out on a map the land on Yellowstone Ranch most suitable for building an airport. Jamie inserts himself into the conversation, saying any land purchases of Yellowstone need to go through him. Beth corrects him and says she’s the one Roarke needs to discuss land purchasing issues with.
Beth claims Power of Attorney but Jamie points out Beth filed in Utah and Montana doesn’t recognize PoAs issued in other states. Jamie declares himself the legal authority and adds that he approves the sale of that tract of land.
John quickly responds, “Like hell you will,” and Jamie explains that if he doesn’t sell it, John will get paid only 1/10 of what it’s worth because the state will condemn it. Either way, he’ll lose the land and millions of dollars.
John suggests Jamie shouldn’t condemn the land since it’s his choice as Attorney General. Jamie shocks John by explaining it’s actually Governor Perry’s decision. John asks Perry what her choice will be, and she admits there aren’t any choices left – only options.
Thomas asks for the environmental impact report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife on the impact of an airport beside the river that supplies water to the oldest national park. Angela reveals that will be the basis of their class-action suit, citing how it will impact native land and park land. She will gather attorneys from the Sierra Club, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and others to take on Market Equities.
When Roarke wishes her luck, she reminds him her people were able to put an end to hunting wolves for a decade. “What do you think we’re going to do to an airport? We don’t need luck. See you in court,” says Angela.
Thomas and Angela prepare to leave the meeting, but first Thomas suggests John join them in this fight since it will impact the remainder of the Yellowstone Ranch. It won’t cost John anything to join their suit and he won’t even have to hire an attorney. The class-action suit will take care of all of that.
John doesn’t reply before Thomas and Angela leave. Once they’re gone, he acknowledges that’s a “curveball from the reservation.”
John declares he’s the only person who can sell that land. It’s his. Roarke suggests John say that as much as he can now because soon it won’t be true. John stands inches from Roarke as he warns Roarke he doesn’t even know the rules of this particular game. John continues with his warning, explaining he will teach Roarke the rules.
Beth and John are next to leave the meeting. John pauses at the door, observing Jamie never says hello or goodbye to him. Beth suggests Jamie has nothing to say and when he claims he has lots to say, she tells him to speak up. He doesn’t. Beth wins this battle with barely a shot fired.
Roarke claims not to be concerned about the lawsuit. He reminds them they put a pipeline through the reservation. Plus, Market Equities is too big to fail. (Apparently, Roarke learned nothing from the big banks.)
It’s only Governor Perry and Jamie in the room when she reveals she believes John will ultimately realize Jamie did this for him. Jamie corrects her and says he didn’t. What he does now is just for him, not his family.
Elsewhere, as Mia prepares to enter the arena she’s still upset about the brand. Jimmy admits he’s thinking of quitting the rodeo and confesses he doesn’t want to end up in a wheelchair. Mia shows him a rider entering the arena right that minute who is paralyzed from the waist down. That rider always wins.
Mia reminds him how happy he was while he was rodeoing. If he goes back to it, she’ll stick with him. If he doesn’t, she’s done.
Jimmy confesses he’s scared and Mia admits they all are. They all cowboy up. If he wants to belong to something, it should be to her. They can hit the road and rodeo across the country. She doesn’t want him to be one of John’s cattle.
Jimmy says okay and they kiss, but it doesn’t look like he’s sure of his decision.
During the drive home, Angela reveals now is Thomas’ chance to free the land of John without even having to look like the person who did it. Thomas assures her he’s not a criminal, but Angela believes it’s not a crime by their laws – only the laws of white people. For Thomas, this should be a duty to protect the land and preserve their way of life.
Angela reminds him the United States always breaks their treaties, including ones with Native Americans. “They take what they want and then they make rules to keep you from taking it back,” says Angela. “They make rules for the slave and they make rules for the masters. You’re following the slave rules.”
She believes Thomas should kill John and get the land back. Angela speaks directly to Mo Brings Plenty who’s driving and listening in. She suggests he do it – that he go and make war – without asking permission.
Kayce shows up at work and meets with the heads of the Stock Growers Association. They explain Governor Perry will be out of office in two years and they want to back Kayce to run. He laughs, reminding them he’s not a politician. But they believe he’s what Montana wants and needs.
They think the fact he killed a cattle thief will get him the backing of those who actually turn out to vote, not the student protestors and people who tweet but don’t actually show up at the polls. It’s ranchers and farmers who decide the elections, and they’ll back Kayce.
Kayce doesn’t say yes…but he also doesn’t say no.
Ellis Steele (John Emmet Tracy) and Willa Hayes try and handle the sexual harassment claim which Willa knows is all Beth’s doing. Roarke arrives and suggests Willa should have hired not fired Beth. When Willa tells Roarke he needs to start playing dirty, he assures her he has been doing just that.
Neither believe this feels like an oil deal in Montana and Willa says it’s more like an oil deal in Yemen. (They must have done something illegal there that she wants to be replicated here.) Roarke confirms he can handle it.
John’s driving back to the ranch when he stops to help a mother and child with a flat. She doesn’t have a cell signal and doesn’t know if she has a spare because it’s a rental. John locates the spare and she explains she doesn’t have any money to pay him. He asks where she’s from and she says California. John explains here in Montana they do things because they’re the right thing to do, not just for money.
John volunteers to teach the young boy how to change a tire.
Rip visits his mother’s grave and has her coffin brought up. The embalmer did a good job and as Rip kneels next to her, he explains he’s in love. He wants to give Beth his mom’s ring rather than a store-bought ring. He gently removes it from his mom’s hand and says through it he hopes she may be able to know Beth. He says he loves her and thanks her before closing the lid.
Jimmy returns to Yellowstone and enters the ring with a horse. He’s alone as he climbs into the saddle. The horse immediately bucks him around and Jimmy is able to hang on for a short while. Unfortunately, he’s tossed off and lands hard on his stomach. He doesn’t move and appears to be knocked out.
Beth returns to her office at Schwartz & Meyer to pack up. She’s being petty as she asks for everything including pens, pencils, and paper to be boxed up. “We’re taking everything. I want it all,” she says.
She pauses to watch a news report about Willa Hayes being placed on leave until the investigation is over. Her assistant asks if she wants a box addressed to her put in her car. Beth has no idea what it is and the assistant describes it as a box within a box as she’s opening it. Beth tries to get her to stop when the bomb inside goes off!
The explosion is massive. Windows are blown out and parts of the building fall into the street. Cars screech to a halt as the dust cloud and debris surround them.
Kayce’s on the phone with Monica discussing the possibility of running for governor when he hears crashing and gunshots from the lobby. He immediately springs into action, pushing over his desk to use it as a barrier between him and the bullets. An armed man breaks through Kayce’s door and immediately begins shooting.
Monica screams Kayce’s name over and over again as she hears the sound of gunfire through the phone.
John’s still stopped on the side of the road helping the stranger as his family is being hunted down. He’s sent the little boy off to look for the lug nuts when a van stops on the side of the road. John attempts to motion it to leave, signaling they’re okay. He approaches it to thank them and as they’re about to drive away the driver asks, “You’re John Dutton, aren’t you?”
When John confirms it, the van’s back doors spring open and a gunman riddles John with bullets.
The van backs up to pursue the fleeing woman who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. After shooting her the van screeches away.
Rip can’t reach Beth, Kayce, or John and finally calls Jamie. Jamie doesn’t sound concerned as he replies, “Rip, I don’t think you should call me anymore.”
Rip, confused, hangs up. He immediately spots a downed horse in the field and pulls over. The horse is on its side but not yet dead and Rip puts it out of its misery. “I’d rather kill a thousand men than shoot another horse,” says Rip.
Rip notices vultures circling in the sky not far away. Death is in the air.
John has been shot but isn’t dead. He clutches his abdomen as he’s seated leaning against a tire. He manages to pull out his cell phone. He glances at it and says, “Doesn’t that f**king figure.” He looks toward the sky as the episode ends.
NOOOOOOOOO! Do not tell me that’s it for season three! I can’t believe we’re going to have to wait to find out the fates of John, Kayce, and Beth. Oh, and also Jimmy who’s unconscious in the arena without a soul in sight.
That ending was intense and terrifying, leaving so many questions to be answered. Did Jamie follow his birth dad’s instructions and kill the king? Was it Roarke acting on Willa’s orders to be ruthless? Or did Angela convince Thomas and/or Mo to go to war with the Duttons? If I were a betting woman, I’d go with Roarke only because I have to believe Jamie slaughtering his own kin is a bridge too far even for that slimeball. But then what about his final phone call with Rip?
Thomas is an honorable man and I truly don’t see this being the moment when he crosses that line and pulls the trigger. I can’t accept that Thomas would ever go after John’s children. Ever. It has to be Roarke, Willa, and Market Equities behind the attempted murders. Roarke flat out stated he’d do anything to get this deal done and he doesn’t appear to have a moral bone in his body.
Episode 10, “The World is Purple,” was a traumatic, gut-wrenching end to an absolutely terrific season. Season four can’t arrive soon enough.
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Yellowstone season 1 recap: What happened in Yellowstone series 1?
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Paramount Network drama Yellowstone will be arriving on British screens this evening (Monday, October 12) at 9pm on the UK version of the channel, which is Sky channel 150, Freeview channel 31 and Virgin Media channel 150. Express.co.uk has a rundown of some of the main plot points from the first series of Yellowstone.
What happened in Yellowstone series 1?
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Yellowstone season 1
Lee Dutton is killed
Season one introduced viewers to the Dutton family and its various members, including patriarch John (played by Kevin Costner), his daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly), Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Jamie (Wes Bentley).
Former veteran Kayce returned to the ranch with his family, wife Monica (Kelsey Chow) and their son Tate (Brecken Merrill).
The show saw the shocking death of John’s eldest son Lee (Dave Annable), who was killed in a shootout.
Kayce then killed his own brother-in-law Robert Long (Jeremiah Bitsui) in retaliation and kept the truth from his wife.
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Thomas Rainwater sparks a war
Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) essentially started a war with the Duttons after a herd of cattle from the ranch seemed to mysteriously end up on his land with his people claiming them.
The fallout over the cattle resulted in deaths on both sides and essentially started a war between the Duttons and the Native Americans living on the neighbouring land.
John had cancer
John was going after the Broken Rock Indians, who believed the land belonged to them rather than the Duttons.
Despite his plans to protect his land, John found out he had cancer which he refused to share with the rest of the family.
John was seen becoming violently ill towards the end of season one with his fate looking uncertain.
Nonetheless, Beth promised not to sell the ranch regardless of what happened to her father.
A land developer poses a threat
While the Dutton ranch faced threats from the Native Americans, there were others looking to get a piece of the pie too.
Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston) was sniffing around the ranch in the hopes of buying the land for his own purposes.
Luckily, Beth was on the case to deter him using equal measures of charm and threats.
In the end, it seemed very much like the prodigal son returned when Kayce hanged Dan and ended the threat.
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Beth Dutton and her troubled backstory
When she wasn’t trying to deter any threats to the ranch, Beth was in a tumultuous relationship with handler Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser).
Fans also learnt she was a troubled character, who was deeply affected by her mother’s death and blamed herself for it.
Jamie defies his father
Lawyer Jamie might have been less morally bankrupt than the rest of the family, but he was hardly a saint and decided to go against his father by running for the attorney general of Montana.
John warned Jamie to leave behind his political ambitions or else be disowned with the lawyer choosing the latter option.
There was much discord between father and son, a gap which would only widen as the show goes on.
Jamie was also having to do deal with a journalist, who was looking closely into the crimes of Dutton family which could threaten to derail John’s entire operations.
The lawyer decided he would be happy to speak to the journalist, which could destroy the family further.
Additionally, Kayce and Monica appeared to have split up and she took their son to live with her parents after she suffered a violent attack.
Season two will be picking up against this backdrop of disharmony with plenty at stake.
Yellowstone season 2 starts on the Paramount Network UK tonight at 9pm
The first time Yellowstone fans saw Kevin Costner’s John Dutton, he emerged from a car crash. He then proceeded to walk up to a dying horse, apologize to it, and shoot in the head. It only gets crazier from there.
As the premiere of Yellowstone season 4 approaches, it’s time to look back on the episodes that came before to get a quick reminder. Season 1 introduced the Dutton family, their enemies, and the men and women who work on the Dutton Ranch. Here is everything you need to know about Yellowstone season 1.
‘Yellowstone’ season 1 introduced the Dutton family and their famous ranch
Yellowstone — created and developed by Sons of Anarchy alum Taylor Sheridan — follows the Dutton family. Sixth-generation patriarch John is a descendant of 19th century Montana ranch settlers. He owns and operates the Yellowstone Ranch, the largest ranch in the continental United States.
John and his adult children — Lee (David Annabelle), Jamie (Wes Bentley), Beth (Kelly Reilly), and Kayce (Luke Grimes) — are fighting to save their land from developers who want to break it up. They’re also at odds with the nearby Broken Rock Reservation, as well as the state of Montana.
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Everybody wants a piece of the Dutton ranch, while John wants to keep it in the family. Essentially, that’s what Yellowstone is all about. As John says, “Last long enough for your children to continue the cycle and maybe, just maybe, the land is still there when a tree sprouts from you.”
John Dutton’s four children are very different
John’s oldest son Lee is a cool cowboy who wants to continue his father’s legacy. While Jamie is a Harvard-educated lawyer who is extremely loyal to John. However, as season 1 progresses, Jamie becomes further and further estranged because he disagrees with his family about the future of the Yellowstone ranch.
Beth is a force of nature — an extremely smart business woman who’s driven by rage and guilt from her past. Kayce is the youngest, and he begins the series as the most distant of John’s children.
Kayce lives with his Native American wife Monica and their son on the reservation. But that quickly changes when he becomes his father’s henchman.
‘Yellowstone’ season 1 sees the Duttons going toe-to-toe with the Broken Rock Reservation
Another major player in the cast is Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). He’s the new chief of the Broken Rock Reservation, and he’s quickly becoming John Dutton’s biggest enemy. Chief Rainwater believes the land boundaries are just a man-made creation. In his mind, his tribe can still claim the rights to a big part of the Dutton’s land and livestock.
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At the end of the pilot episode, Lee is killed by Monica’s brother after some cattle escaped. Which brings the ongoing battle to a head. As season one progresses, the Dutton family is in a slow downward spiral.
John Dutton also has to worry about Dan Jenkins
In addition to his fight with Chief Rainwater, John is also dealing with land developer Dan Jenkins. His mission is to purchase the Yellowstone Ranch so he can develop it into luxurious getaways for high-dollar clients.
As all of this is going on, John is hiding a cancer diagnosis. He wants to make sure everything is in order for his children and his ranch before he passes. But that’s proving to be quite the challenge.
Beth is loyal to the Dutton family legacy, and makes it a point to keep Dan away from the ranch. When she’s not doing business, Beth is sleeping with ranch hand Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), smoking cigarettes, and guzzling pills and booze. She also feels responsible for her mother’s death, which happened when she was a teenager.
John and Jamie disagree about his career path in ‘Yellowstone’ season 1
After the death of his brother, Kayce is out for revenge and ends up killing the man responsible — his brother-in-law. This causes a rift between the Duttons and the folks at Broken Rock. It also results in Kayce becoming one of his father’s henchmen.
Kayce moves back to the Dutton ranch and dives into his new role by putting Dan Jenkins on a horse with a noose around his neck and hanging him. Meanwhile, the Governor of Montana has tapped Jamie to become the state’s next Attorney General. Which prompts a journalist to start digging around into the Dutton family’s criminal activities.
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John doesn’t want Jamie going the Attorney General route, so he issues an ultimatum. Jamie must ditch his political ambitions or get cut from the family business. Jamie chooses the second option and is cut out of the business of the Yellowstone Ranch. He also decides to speak to the journalist and spill family secrets.
Seasons 1 through 3 of Yellowstone are available on Peacock. Season 4 will premiere on the Paramount Network on Sunday, Nov. 7.
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