Jamie, Jamie, Jamie… will he ever learn? After calling for his father’s impeachment yellowstone‘s midseason finale was attempted by the black sheep of the Dutton family Declare the war won, only to be informed by twisted Sister Beth – with a brick on her head no less – that they haven’t even fought a battle yet. There’s no doubt she’d love to send him to the train station when the show returns for the back half of Season 5 this summer. But would he really do the same to her? Here’s none other than Wes Bentley to discuss this serious matter with TVLine.
TVLINE | Jamie and Beth are now both actively planning to kill each other. Is it safe to say that something has to give way at this point?
My guess would be yes. Because Jamie thinks in terms of moves, right? He is chess player. He thinks ahead and thinks it through 100 times. So he knows he’s putting his life at risk with impeachment. And it’s confirmed when he tells Beth, “It’s over,” and she replies, “No, Jamie, it’s not.” [In his mind, it’s like,] “Oh, well, there’s my cue! They’re going to try to kill me, I have to try to kill them.” It feels inevitable that this has to happen even on a cold, calculated level. But on an emotional level, I think Jamie is there too. His hatred of her matches her hatred of him, or at least almost, thanks to what she forced him to do to kill his [biological] Father. He’s really nowhere near the man he would be without all of this, so I think he’s broken to the extent that he’s now filled with hate and revenge as well.
TVLINE | Obviously Jamie isn’t a Beth fan, but I have a feeling he would have loved to have had a relationship with her if she ever allowed it.
I’m 100 percent convinced that he wanted to resolve the pain between them. He wanted to end it as badly as it seemed, maybe she did too. There was always something behind it [Kelly Reilly’s] Appearances that made me think Beth might still have some love left, but hate and pain override that. I never found Jamie to have felt the same way about her. He just wanted this thing to be over and for them to give him some of his justice. But it’s come to him in Season 4 and now Season 5 that there’s nothing of her for him, and that helps bring that feeling back to her. Now everything is dangerous because of that. It’s very gloomy! [Laughs]
TVLINE | Though Jamie seemed pretty close to murder after Beth threatened his son…
That’s a good point. Having not done an interview for a while, I forget to mention this, but yeah, that’s actually where Jamie breaks. He did not know [Garrett] so good and saw him as a danger because of what he was doing, that’s how he felt [his murder] something was needed. But that moment at the side of the road [when Beth makes her threat] is the crux of the matter, because it’s about his son, who he is does Care about. He sees a future for his son, but none for himself. So that she threatens a child his Child… this is an incredible disease. And of course, if she’s willing to do that, she’s ready to kill Jamie! For him it is a moment of clarity. And it looks like he’s going to do it there for a minute, but he breaks out and misses her.
TVLINE | Yes, viewers had a pretty strong reaction to that.
[Laughs] We’re sorry!
TVLINE | I would like your interpretation of a line. When Sarah said to Jamie, “If you want to go after Beth, maybe you could… maybe… you know…” did that “you know” eliminate John as well?
Yes. It’s John and you. They are the targets… the real danger. Both have to go, because one doesn’t work without the other. Jamie agrees that’s the train. He always had a suspicion, but it was revealed by this fight [with Beth] that this had to happen now.
TVLINE | I know people like to hate Jamie, but he always seemed like a sad character to me. He would have connections with these people if they did Only let him. I know he’s a loser, but come on.
Yes, and is he a failure because he is a failure or because he’s not the person he’s supposed to be? course he will make terrible decisions? He gets nothing if he’s that fake Jamie, that lawyer’s version of [himself]. The only joy he could have is the power that could come from it, and they won’t give him that. So yes, this is a definite problem. That’s why he messes up and does the things he does. He doesn’t want to be in this world, he just wants to be one of the cowboys who traditionally tend the ranch like everyone else does. Someone else could do those things, and they could just take care of the country that way. It’s not always vindictive [that drives him], it’s that he thinks he owes something, and sometimes you have to go out and get it. That’s his way of going out and getting it I guess! [Laughs]
TVLINE | It would be hard to spend your life becoming the monster someone wants you to be, only to have them say, ‘Nah, turns out I don’t like it or even want this monster.”
Right? At some point you break down. you take what you get He saw how everyone else took anyway. This country was taken from the start, right? “You took this land, now it’s my turn to take it.” He becomes combative instead of trying to make deals and compromises and find a way around it [the Duttons] still have money and not be taken for it. It’s a sloppy mess, but it’s a mess they made.
TVLINE | How would you describe Sarah’s influence on Jamie?
She’s very attractive to him, and I don’t just mean physically. She’s obviously physically attractive, but her coolness and understanding of the level she’s at seems more in line with who Jamie is now and what world he’s destined for, so he’s taking advantage of that. But as a man , which has been used for 30 years, it knows when it is being used. So he knows [Sarah’s associates are] will use it, and it is smart of them to do so. [His thinking is,] “Okay, what can I ever get out of this relationship? Because I need protection.” We’re playing a dangerous game here.
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