‘Yellowstone’ Already Got Robbed of a 2021 Emmy and We’re Not Happy About It

by Jennifer Shea

In case you can’t tell, we here at Outsider are “Yellowstone” fans. So we were not pleased to see Taylor Sheridan’s hit series lose out on an Emmy Award. Nor, we suspect, were the millions of other people who made “Yellowstone” the number one show on cable TV.

“Yellowstone” was up for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More). The show’s Cary White, Yvonne Boudreaux and Carla Curry were nominated for the episode “Going Back to Cali.” And they were competing against four other shows.

Ultimately, HBO’s “Mare of Easttown” won, Variety reports. Its Keith P. Cunningham, James F. Truesdale and Edward McLoughlin came away with the Emmy for Outstanding Production Design this year.

The episode of everyone’s favorite modern Western that was up for an Emmy, “Going Back to Cali,” is pretty action-packed even by “Yellowstone” standards. It includes an evolution in two key relationships: Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Rip’s (Cole Hauser), and also Mia (Eden Brolin) and Jimmy’s (Jefferson White). And it ranges across varied settings, from a hospital room to a camp in the mountains.

In the episode, Beth reveals to Rip that she can’t have children, and his reaction is poignant. “I look at every day with you as a gift,” he tells Beth. And for his part, Jimmy discloses to Mia that he’s a virgin. Naturally, she sets out to fix that.

Meanwhile, Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) opens up about his efforts to buy up land around the valley. By installing more casinos, he hopes to make the land less attractive to developers, thus protecting the core part of the area that remains untarnished.

Across the valley, Montana Gov. Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz-Grillo) embarks on a mission to persuade Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) to take the livestock commissioner job and to reason with John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who has gone camping. John outfoxes her, though, leaving her stranded at their camp without a ride and just his charming self available to bunk with. He reminds her that this back-to-the-land experience is the dream developers are selling to people, but the real deal has to be paid for with blood, sweat and tears.

The “Yellowstone” episode ends with an epic throwdown between John’s ranch hands and a biker crew, who are trespassing on his land. Suffice to say that things get ugly, but Team Dutton manages to hold its own, led by John and Rip.

Show Returns for Season 4 This November

We know, we know. A summary is no replacement for “Yellowstone.” But only Taylor Sheridan can help you there. Luckily, his hit show is returning this Nov. 7 with a two-hour season premiere.

And it promises to be an eventful one. Fans were on the edge of their seats for the Season 3 finale. Plus, “Yellowstone” has recently released a new trailer sharpening the suspense.

Emmy or no, “Yellowstone” will be back in two short months. And we’re counting the days until then.