‘Yellowstone’: Bracket is Set for Most-Likely Culprits Behind Season 3 Finale

by Evan Reier
Paramount Press Site

Folks, Yellowstone is finally about to make its triumphant return. After waiting what feels like forever, questions will finally be answered.

But we still have some time left before Season 4 reaches our eyeballs, which means we still have some time to speculate. And, wouldn’t you know it, the College Football Playoff rankings are also coming out. Both are fall essentials, to say the least.

Which is why your friends at Outsider set up our own bracket with “teams,” although the winner of this bracket isn’t one Yellowstone fans will like.

That’s right, we’re breaking down who is the most-likely culprit behind the Season 3 finale attacks. The entire Dutton family (except Jamie) were in dire straits as the season wrapped thanks to gunfire, bombs and more.

Breaking Down the ‘Yellowstone’ Bracket’s Seeds

In the top seed, we have Market Equities. This shouldn’t be a shocker to anyone. The company has a vicious approach and will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Duttons’ land.

With Roarke and Willa Hayes pulling strings, there’s no question that they’re not just the most-likely names behind the attacks, but also the force with the best chance of prying the property away from John Dutton.

Next, it’s the black sheep of the family, Jamie Dutton. Season 3 saw Jamie go on an existential search, although that led him to his biological father, Garrett Randall.

While Garrett Randall has spurred Jamie on, the finale’s assassination attempts could be him alone. His father told him to kill John Dutton, but, for these levels of attacks, that’d be more than what father and son discussed.

Next is Thomas Rainwater and the Broken Rock tribe. Don’t get it twisted, Rainwater is still very capable of being the culprit here despite the presence of Market Equities.

There may have been moments of cooperation with the Duttons, but the fact is that Rainwater is still focused on his top priority: helping his people thrive.

The last is Malcom Beck. But wait isn’t he dead? With how crazy Yellowstone gets, don’t believe what you see. Or what you don’t see, rather, as Outsider’s own Jon D.B. points out.

Beck may have taken a bullet, but we never saw him bite the dust. While it would still be shocking, don’t rule out an unlikely return from the entrepreneur in Season 4, with the stage being set by the attacks.

First Outs: Unknown Foe and Garrett Randall

It almost feels like an “unknown foe” should be higher ranked, just like Cincinnati. College football jokes aside, there’s a very real chance that a new player in the Yellowstone game is introduced in Season 4 as the culprit behind the attacks.

While that feels like a distinct possibility, a less likely but even more enticing option would be Garrett Randall acting on his own accord.

As we mentioned, he told Jamie to go for his father. But if he somehow got in cahoots with a backer, he may have taken care of the Duttons himself. He’d definitely need support to make that happen, but not out of the realm of possibility.