Yellowstone season 5 will be airing this November, which is a lot longer than fans prefer to wait. The iconic western has been taking fans on a rich journey filled with loyalty, deception, and love. Each character in Yellowstone is firm in their beliefs and perspectives, which fuels the drama and greed between the Dutton family and all who oppose them.
The narrative that surrounds the Dutton family in their efforts to maintain their ranch, involves every kind of personality imaginable. The shocking twists and turns that have captivated viewers usually revolve around the individuals in the show acting or speaking out of character. As an American drama, Yellowstone thrives in the mayhem but also in the sincerity of one’s heart.
“Karma Comes In All Shapes And Sizes. Look’s Like It’s Me Today.”
Walker had no idea what he was getting himself into when he stepped foot on the Dutton family ranch. As a man coming from a rough past, he felt strongly against all of the evil deeds that the branded men often committed. As he had no way to escape, for a time he reluctantly played the part with as little participation as possible.
It came to the point where Walker became extremely subordinate and tried to run from the ranch. Up until this point, Walker was not the type to resort to any violence as he wanted to create a new life for himself. His situation started a theme in the show of people being manipulated and forced to retaliate by acting out of their character for survival.
“You’re A Good Man, Son, And I Love You.”
Garrett Randall was far from an honorable man, which John Dutton knew more than anybody. As the biological father of Jamie, he came into the picture as a source of comfort to him, but also a serious threat to the Duttons. His shocking demise came at the hands of his own son, right after confiding his love for him.
Randall was never the most affectionate type, which can be said for most of the characters in the show. In the short time that he was acquainted with his son, it was a little out of character for him to praise him with fondness. When it comes to life and death, a man will say anything to sway the inevitable.
Monica Long Dutton
“I Killed A Man Today.”
One of the wildest things to happen in Yellowstone was when Monica helped to kill a man. Throughout the entire show, she is depicted as a character with the strongest morals who wants to follow her heart. By marrying into the Duttons, she was consistently mixed up with pain, bloodshed, and power-hungry individuals.
She kept a secret the time that she was forced to kill a man. She always disapproved of Kayce’s part in the murders he committed, as it always put their family in danger. Monica coming clean about killing a man was a surprise to every viewer, and the farthest thing one would expect from her.
“I Don’t Know If I Could Be In A Relationship With Somebody Who Shows Such Poor Judgment.”
Jimmy was always labeled the weakling who didn’t have the most common sense. Like many characters, he sought refuge on the ranch as a branded man from the horrors of his past. Time and time again, he made mistakes ranging from big to small, that often pushed the buttons of other working hands and his superiors.
It was out of character and simply ironic for Jimmy to push away somebody who seemed to lack common sense similar to himself. He comes off as a fairly desperate guy looking for attention, so seeing Jimmy establish a boundary was shocking to viewers. This showed some character development and the improvement of how Jimmy viewed his self-worth.
“All Men Are Bad, But Some Of Us Try Really Hard To Be Good.”
Thomas Rainwater has a few contradicting views that he expresses throughout the show. He values peace and giving the land back to who he believed it belongs. It becomes apparent in the process that he couldn’t care less about who he had to destroy to reach his endgame.
Everything that Rainwater speaks tends to be a fabrication or a threat. As a man who says that he’s trying to be good, he is willing to sink to the murky depths of his enemies to achieve what he wants. In his mind, he may think he’s trying, but it remains out of character for him to justify his actions to anyone.
“I Should’ve Said No.”
Wes Bentley brought depth and sincerity to his character as the somewhat neglected and morally gray Jamie Dutton. The loyalty that he was raised to have for his family was pushed to the limits before he was eventually shunned by the Duttons. At his breaking point, Jamie exclaimed his disdain for following orders without any reason.
It was out of character for him to stand up to Beth, his father, and anybody else who maintained order at the Ranch. For somebody who studied law, he sure didn’t have the courage to stick up for his own rights until he somewhat escaped the toxicity of his family. Even then, he was destined to be dragged into more drama and negative experiences due to his lifestyle.
“‘I’m Sorry’ Are Two Words You Never Have To Say To Me.”
The long-awaited romance between John Dutton’s first-hand man and his daughter, Beth, has had fans in suspense for many seasons. The pair are a great match in many ways, but it took Rip a decent amount of time to open up romantically. His job called for a hardened man who didn’t have the freedom to shun violence.
His blooming relationship with Beth brought some uncharacteristic, yet long-awaited tenderness that fans can’t get enough of. Every ounce of affection he gives to Beth in an attempt to help her see her worth and feel his love is endearing. Though far from his initial personality, the now in-love Rip is refreshing for other characters and audiences everywhere.
“We’ve Got So Much To Talk About, Why Aren’t We Talking?”
Kayce and his wife Monica are one of the best couples in Yellowstone. The sincere love they have for each other despite the hardships and secrets they hold doesn’t transfer seamlessly to the other characters in the show.
In this quote, Kayce is confronting his father about holding back important information from him. As a Dutton man, communication and empathy are not something that is practiced or encouraged. Kayce may have learned the importance of talking things out with his wife, but it was out of character for him to probe his father and his methods. Up until this point, hard feelings and secrets were not addressed which led to a massive strain between the two men.
“The Only Thing I Ask Is That You Outlive Me So I Never Have To Live Another Day Without You.”
The tender exchanges that are shared between Beth and Rip make them the best couple in many fans’ eyes. The entire process of becoming vulnerable and ready for a relationship was out of Beth’s character and far from her comfort zone. After being hurt so many times before, she had grown to use other people as they used her.
To the rest of the world, she portrayed a hardened woman who would do whatever it took to save her ranch. However, to Rip, she was tender, genuine, and loving. The long-awaited love affair between the two characters continues to bring the best out of each other, despite the persona they carry at their day jobs.
“Lawyers Are The Swords Of This Century. Words Are The Weapons Now.”
John Dutton would have preferred to go down in history as a man who only relied on his shotgun to protect his ranch and family. Like his father before him, he grew to appreciate all that he had been blessed with and learned to break a few rules to maintain those blessings. It was out of character and through reluctance that he shifted his perspective and acknowledged the need for protection in a legal sense.
More out of character was the fact he appointed his son to be his lawyer. As the head honcho, he preferred to get his own hands dirty so that he knew the job was done properly. Having to rely on other people for success was something that John knew would lead to his downfall.