Where the Most Important Character Ever Ended Up Last Season — Recap

John Dutton (Kevin Costner) ended season four on a high, with the title of governor of Montana in sight.

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Kevin Costner plays John Dutton in ‘Yellowstone’.

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John’s sudden decision to run for governor, after years of refusing to enter the world of politics, was one of the more unexpected storylines presented in the fourth season of “Yellowstone.”

If the season five trailer is anything to go by, patriarch Dutton finds himself firmly in place in the new episodes.

In his personal life, last season also saw John begin an unlikely romance with animal rights activist Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo), but their relationship got off to a rocky start thanks to Beth’s interference.

Beth Dutton, meanwhile, has found herself settling into domestic life as a wife and mother (sort of).

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Kelly Reilly plays Beth Dutton and Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler in ‘Yellowstone’.

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Season four saw John’s only daughter take in an orphaned boy named Carter (Finn Little), whom she meets while visiting her father in hospital.

While their arrangement was only meant to be temporary, the troubled teenager reminds her of a young Rip and she agrees to let him stay.

At the end of the season, Beth also appeared to make huge strides in her relationship with partner Rip Wheeler (Cole Houser).

The two were married in an impromptu ceremony just outside the family home attended by John, Carter, Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) and a priest whom Beth, of course, kidnapped.

Beth’s now-husband Rip Wheeler spent much of the final season keeping things in order in the bunkhouse.

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Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler in ‘Yellowstone’.

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With John focused on his political ambitions, Rip is left with the responsibility of taking care of the ranch in his absence.

However, this leads to one of the most heartbreaking moments of the show so far. After Lloyd picks a fight with his colleague Walker (Ryan Bingham), Rip enforces his hard and fast rule that they don’t fight in the bunk.

To avoid throwing punches, Rip does the only thing he can think of: break his arm.

This doesn’t seem to affect their friendship much as, by the end of the season, Lloyd is at Rip’s side as his best man during his wedding to Beth.

Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) reunited with his biological father – but their story ended in tragedy.

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Wes Bentley plays Jamie Dutton in ‘Yellowstone’.

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Jamie spent the fourth season distancing himself from his adoptive father as he also ran for the position of governor. At the same time, he also became close to his father, Garrett Randall (Will Patton).

However, he learns that it was Garrett who ordered the triple hit on the Dutton family in season three. When Beth extracts this information from Jamie, she threatens to imprison him or kill him.

She also gives him a third option, which turns out to be taking care of Garrett himself. He shoots him in the head, understanding that it is the only option to ensure his own survival.

Later, when he disposes of the body, he is surprised to meet Beth, who photographs him to use as blackmail.

Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) went on a spiritual journey and came back a different person.

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Luke Grimes plays Kayce Dutton in ‘Yellowstone’.

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Season four saw Kayce settling into family life with his wife Monica (Kelsey Asbille) and son Tate, but his story took a strange turn when he began communicating with a visiting wolf.

On the recommendation of Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), he decides to rely on experience and goes on a hallucinatory drug-fueled trip.

Along the way, he has visions of his dead brother Lee (Dave Annable), his time in battle, and finally, the wolf shows him a young American Indian woman. It leads him to the ridge, where he is given two equally attractive paths to choose from.

When he wakes up and returns to his family, Kayce is asked by Monica what he saw and his answer is pretty grim. “The end of us,” he replies.

On a happier note, it’s also revealed that Monica is expecting another child in the season four finale.

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