A mystery has also been created for what will be a highly anticipated fourth season: Who shot John Dutton (Kevin Costner)? And is he still alive, and besides his daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly), whose office was set on fire with her. And besides Kayce Dutton, seen for the last time overturning his desk for protection as armed men entered his office.
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It was a well-woven build to a chaotic climax that again revolved around the Duttons hung for life at Montana’s largest ranch. The episode before tonight’s finale ended with two bad cowboys hired by Roarke (Josh Holloway) of Market Equities, chased down by the Dutton group for nearly killing two hands on the Dutton Ranch. A cowboy falling off his horse and dying, and another being hanged after revealing who hired him, and having the “Y” mark cut his chest in one piece. And then John Dutton told his son Kayce about their enemies, “You can’t reason with evil, my son. Evil wants what it wants and won’t stop until it wins or you kill it. To kill him is to be more evil than evil. And then the challenge is “you can be meaner than evil and still love your family and enjoy the sunrise”.
It looked like the Duttons might face a similar dilemma as the Byrde family in Ozark – can you keep the wolves from your doorstep without becoming the wolves, but that’s not how the finale turned out. It became clear early on that there were players on this board that were much more evil than the Duttons thought.
First, a series of subplots: Black sheep son Jamie (Wes Bentley), quickly bonded with his newly found murderous father Garrett (Will Patton). Jamie becomes a quick study under the direction of his father, who reminds him that “You are a Randall and killing is our only gift”, after describing in detail how he found baby Jamie – starving and sucking a discarded crack pipe. while his mother was prostituting herself for more drugs, then killed his wife and Jamie’s mother because the boy had his best chance at life.
Jamie expresses his frustration at making the Yellowstone ranch into a vibrant business, but not being part of his succession plans. “Yellowstone is not a ranch, it’s an empire and you take the empire,” Garrett said. When Jamie asks how, Garrett simply says, “You’re killing the king.”
Next we see the Honorable Tribal Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), who has become an ally of mutual convenience for the Duttons, advised by a ruthless adviser who warns that he will never return the Yellowstone ranch lands for their people. unless he stops supporting the Duttons and, yes, kill the king. Rainwater does not immediately reject it.
The other possible assassins were the most obvious. They work for Market Equities, the ruthless company determined to plunder Dutton’s land. All come for a key meeting to decide whether this billion-dollar company will manage to clear the Dutton ranch to build an airport, homes and outlets in the middle of its unspoiled paradise. And then Market Equities Willa Hayes (Karen Pittman) receives a viral report that she has been accused of “misconduct at work”, and as she leaves the office, Roarke’s identity is revealed to John Dutton who previously had learned from Rip that it was the man. who hired the two evil hombres who haunted the cattle of the Duttons and were sent at the end of the last episode.
Roarke goes mano a mano by mocking Dutton’s line that this is his land for sale and that he does not sell. Dutton whispers: “Do you think you win this game?” You don’t even know the rules of shit. But do not worry. I will teach them to you.
His son Jamie, who has been completely disrespectful to his father, shoots a total blind stab in stating that he does in fact hold a power of attorney, not his sister Beth, and he will approve the sale as that is the only way he can. ranch not to. to be condemned by an eminent domain. When the state governor and sometimes John Dutton’s bed partner (Wendy Moniz-Grillo) tells Jamie that one day his father will realize he was acting in John Dutton’s best interests, he gives him his patented haunted look and says that’s not true. He did it for himself and that’s who Jamie will serve from now on. He appears to be his biological father’s son after all.
A brief meeting between Hayes and Roarke of Market Equities raises the bar when she, reeling from the false accusations of impropriety at work, tells him it’s no longer a Montana land deal, but a takeover of an oil well in Yemen. She gives him permission to take off the gloves. The disarming angler-hungry schtick he posted earlier this season is gone. This guy is a stone killer.
And then the chaos begins.
Beth is cleaning her desk when her assistant brings a box addressed to Beth. When she says it’s a box within a box, Beth yells at her not to open it. Too late and the resulting explosion blows through the windows and onto the street.
Kayce, whom powerful ranchers have just begged to run for governor, is cradled with complacency when gunmen enter his office and start shooting. He turns his desk over and leans behind but we can’t see if he survived the assault.
Finally, John Dutton is shot several times by a passing pickup truck while helping a motorist and his son with their flat tire. They shoot the woman, and Dutton has to think about a lack of cell service, which he clearly helped not make possible in his quest to keep the land around him pristine. In a fluke, it appears that what would have been a death blow was absorbed by his cell phone.
There were other interactions with the hands of Dutton’s Ranch, but for now what matters was the finale ending with Dutton unable to function and struggling to breathe, with Rip (Cole Hauser) saving lives nowhere in sight.
In an earlier scene, Rip actually dug up his mother’s rotting corpse, murdered by her husband when the boy was a teenager, because he wanted to preserve her memory by giving Beth her wedding ring. An unusually scary but touching moment and all the dating between Rip and Beth – two tough, fractured people who come together as a whole – has been one of the most touching stories of the season.
All this was forgotten during the carnage. Unable to reach anyone, Rip called Jamie, who coldly advised him not to call him again. There will be significant fallout, with lives at stake and the fate of the Dutton Ranch in jeopardy. We’ve seen the cruelty that Rip is capable of when he needs to protect his surrogate father and future wife. Despite being shot, he tore apart the thugs who attempted to rape and murder her last season with both hands, leaving little behind. Wait until he finds out that his beloved has been bombed in his office.
And if Kayce has a breath left in him, the former soldier will drop the jokes and go back to being the deadly killer, skills he has shown throughout the series and especially last season when the Beck brothers kidnapped and terrorized. his young son Tate. .
How long until season 4? Next June? Arrgh. it will be worth the wait. How the TV Academy continues to snub this hit show, and these performances and superb writing during the Emmy days is perhaps the biggest lingering mystery of all.