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Nice Saturday, yellowstone fans; We’re just a day away from the two-hour premiere of season five of the well-loved cowboy drama, and we’ve never been so excited to return to the ranch. The Dutton family confronts their greatest enemy yet. As each character battles their own evil, it’s the overall devastation looming over the family and ranch that is most urgent. Ahead of tomorrow’s season debut, showrunner Taylor Sheridan discusses the series as a whole and the importance of its storytelling, while Kevin Costner offers an insight into the heart and soul of John Dutton. As always, we bring you the final recap of Season 4, wrapping up the last two episodes before we tiptoe into Season 5 and all of its joy and excitement. You know the drill from here, grab your Yellowstone-loving bestie and your drink of choice because we’re heading in.
Taylor Sheridan gives fans a different perspective yellowstone
Showrunner Taylor Sheridan is opening up to comments regarding the nature of the series that Yellowstone is and who its target audience might be. Ahead of the season five premiere, he notes that he’s overheard the babble about the genre of the show he’s producing and the depths he makes sure the characters delve into while telling the story. Speaking to The Atlantic, Sheridan says the following:
“They call it ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the republican show’ or ‘the red state’ Game of Thrones, and I just sit back and laugh. I’m like, ‘Really?’ The show talks about the displacement of Native Americans and the way Native American women were treated, as well as corporate greed and the gentrification of the West and land grabs. Is this a Red State show?”
Sheridan’s stories are multi-layered and tell the story from multiple angles. Despite this, he doesn’t fight anyone for their opinion, but instead gives them a different take on what he’s trying to introduce into the genre.
Kevin Costner on becoming John Dutton
Kevin Costner is also in talks yellowstone ahead of the season five premiere, and he gives more insight into the nature of his character and the inspiration behind the series – and allows us a deeper look into the patriarch of the ranch we know and love.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Costner explained how he sees John Dutton as a man, a reluctant politician and someone who knows the value of the upper hand.
“He’s not naive. He is not a politician in the sense that he wants to collaborate. I think he’s capable of hearing the best idea, but he doesn’t look for a middle ground. That’s not how he lived his life. What might be good for his ranch might be good for every other ranch in Montana – maintaining a way of life, not expanding. His ranch is highlighted, he says it out loud. But I think he sees this working for other ranchers.”
In addition to describing John Dutton, he also shared his thoughts on the relevance of Sheridan’s vision when the series was first presented to him.
“I thought it had a chance of being relevant since this work is still ongoing in America and most people take for granted how things end up on their dinner table. We know intuitively and we don’t really know. The show is able to highlight the beauty of raising cattle at times, and it certainly talks about how difficult it is. We’re playing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I think the idea of mountains and rivers captured people’s imaginations. But it’s a working ranch. That’s still how it’s done. I think it spoke well for that, with its kind of heightened sense of drama.”
Costner isn’t the only one who recognizes the importance of telling the story of America’s landowner, rancher, and provider. Anyone involved with the series can see the value in educating themselves about the difficulties and the beautiful moments experienced by those who work from dawn to dusk. It’s not easy work, but it’s “a hell of a life,” as John Dutton tells us more than once.
Approaching the same type of conversation as Sheridan, Costner also spoke about the Native American stories and characters on the show. He spoke about how everything they had was taken away and how brutal the behavior of those who took it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still happening.
“I think they show that everything is complicated. Everything was taken away for them and they had this little niche called gambling and even that gets nibbled and pawed. Whenever money is involved, there will be arguments, no matter what culture you are dealing with. So you see power games within the Native American community. You see ambition, you see selfishness. It’s really normal behavior. We might cringe, we might be embarrassed, but it exists on all levels. The political machinations of what is happening on the Rez (reservation) are tantamount to what is happening on our national stage. There is bitterness, there is resentment. There are good ideas, there are bad ideas. So who is left in the lurch? In general, it’s the people.”
Costner notes that everything we see on the show happens around us if we’re willing to open our eyes and see it for what it is.
Yellowstone Recap: Season 4 Episodes 9 & 10
Yellowstone season 4 ended with a bang, but it wasn’t the kind of heartbreaking ending we got when season 3 wrapped. No lives were at stake this time, but things were changing. Jamie made a life-changing decision to remain in the good graces of the Dutton family, and as we see him take his birth father’s life, we know there are two ways the story can unfold from here.
Beth snaps a picture of Jamie taking him to the train station and the look on Jamie’s face is one we’ve never seen before. Beth has held things over his head before, but nothing like that. These episodes also show the results of Kayce’s emotional vision quest and that infamous six-word sentence that left us on needles and needles. We’re not sure what heartbreaking ending he saw, but we do know it will be a tearful turn of events once it begins to unfold.
Jimmy continues to thrive with his new love interest and skills learned at 6666 Ranch, but his story is the only one looking up. Okay, maybe he’s not the only one.
The big moment in these two episodes comes from Rip and Beth’s wedding; Yes, our favorite couple is getting married in the Season 4 finale, and while it’s a bit of a shotgun wedding, it doesn’t change the love and admiration they have for one another, nor does it stop us from loving it.
Beth has dreamed of a simple wedding, but as John walks her down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, he makes Beth promise that one day he can do all of this for her again, the “right” way. She says he can, but she wants to get married. That’s of course because she loves Rip, but also because there’s a lot developing and even more on the horizon – it’s more important now than ever to be a united front.
With a death that fans loved (who liked Garret Randall anyway?), a wedding, a happy Jimmy and a heartfelt moment between Rip, Lloyd, Carter, John, Beth and Rip – we couldn’t have asked for more. Well, we could have called for Market Equities to pull out, but what fun would that be for next season?
Season 5 begins tomorrow and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the Duttons as it all unfolds. Don’t forget to cancel all your plans because the two-hour season premiere begins at 8 p.m. on Paramount.
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