In an intense video montage, “Yellowstone” is reminding viewers of Taylor Sheridan’s knack for creating new villains, each one more dangerous than the last.
Was one of the previous seasons’ villains to blame for the Season 3 finale attacks on the Dutton family? Or was that a new villain (or villains) announcing their arrival?
“With enemies like these, who needs friends?” @Yellowstone posted to Instagram on Tuesday.
New Video Montage Reminds You the Dutton Ranch Is Beseiged
In the “Yellowstone” montage, we see the late reporter (Michaela Conlin) who got a damaging story out of Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) when he was at odds with his adoptive father, John Dutton (Kevin Costner), haranguing Jamie about his family. We see Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) threatening to erase Dutton from the future, a reminder of the lethal clashes with the Broken Rock Reservation that claimed the life of Dutton’s eldest, Lee (Dave Annable).
We see developer Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston), who became a nagging thorn in Dutton’s side until a meaner foe came along. Then we see that foe, the Beck Brothers (Neal McDonough and Terry Serpico), making creepy overtures to the Duttons before starting a brutally violent showdown with the family. Next we see hedge fund hotshot Roarke (Josh Holloway) and his enforcer Willa (Karen Pittman) vowing to play hardball with the Duttons. We see the run-ins between Dutton’s ranch hands and Roarke’s attack dog, Wade Morrow (Boots Sutherland). We see the gunfights, the ropings, the tense stand-offs, the snappy retorts.
Then, finally, we see the events leading up to Season 4: the vicious attacks on the Dutton clan that left multiple lives hanging in the balance. Fans have debated who is likely responsible for those attacks. But, given Sheridan’s penchant for surprising twists and turns, there’s only one way to find out.
Watch the video montage here:
‘Yellowstone’ Is Moving Along a Predetermined Arc
While it may seem to fans that “Yellowstone” lurches in surprising directions, co-creator Sheridan has the grander scheme of things plotted out in advance.
In a 2020 interview with Deadline, Sheridan revealed that he’s already determined the ending to “Yellowstone.” Moreover, in a reversal of the way real life unfolds, he said that ending gives shape to what comes before it.
“I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end,” Sheridan said. “You can’t walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate. So, you have to keep moving forward, and there have to be consequences in the world, and there has to be an evolution toward a conclusion.”
Sheridan hinted that he could see the series running for about six seasons. With Season 4 already done and Season 5 filming underway now, that leaves one more season’s worth of scripts for Sheridan to write. But will he and Paramount really walk away from such a lucrative franchise so early?
In any event, Sheridan suggested that “Yellowstone” is not, at the end of the day, a tragedy. And that’s good news for fans, who will want to see some sort of happy ending for their favorite characters. But from the looks of recent trailers, the Duttons will have to go through a lot of pain and suffering to get there.
As “Yellowstone” reminds fans, the Season 4 premiere drops Sunday, Nov. 7.