‘Yellowstone’: Could the Broken Rock Reservation Have Financed the Hit on the Duttons?

by Jennifer Shea
Paramount Network

Some Yellowstone fans are always thinking of the show. And one of them has come up with a new theory that’s interesting for its apparent outlandishness.

On Reddit, fans are debating the new theory that Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher) went behind Chief Thomas Rainwater’s (Gil Birmingham) back and financed the attack on the Duttons herself.

According to this theory, Rainwater and Mo (Mo Brings Plenty) then found out about her scheme when they beat a confession out of the loudmouthed gambler. And rather than turn her in to the authorities, they gave John Dutton (Kevin Costner) the gambler and clammed up about the rest of the plot to kill the Duttons.

Yellowstone Fans Debate New Theory, Which Is a Bit of a Stretch

“The last we heard from Angela Blue-Thunder were some pretty ominous and violent words right?” the fan posted in the new thread. “When she was in the car talking to Mo. Lots of people say she wouldn’t have had enough time to orchestrate the attack, but let’s stay on this a bit longer. In season 4, when the middle-man guy was bragging to the dealer, didn’t he say he’d done more to get their land back than anyone? Do those words not imply that the attack was done to get the land back in the reservation’s hands?”

Say Blue Thunder financed the attack, the fan went on. Wouldn’t Rainwater prefer to cover for her than to hand her over to Dutton? And after all, Rainwater does not consider himself a friend to John Dutton. He’ll ally with John temporarily if it’s in his interests, but he’s not in the business of making things easier for the Duttons, either.

But other Yellowstone fans pointed out holes in this theory. For example, would Blue Thunder really have let her co-conspirator hang out at a reservation casino running his mouth? And that gambler was not exactly the brightest crayon in the box. Would Blue Thunder really have included him in such a sensitive operation?

Fans Are Waiting for a Serious Plot Twist

Yellowstone fans agreed with the OP on one thing, though – this season’s plot has been pretty straightforward compared to the twisty roller-coaster ride Taylor Sheridan often puts fans through. Granted, there have been some curveballs: killing off Sheriff Haskell (Hugh Dillon), giving Tate (Brecken Merrill) a younger sib and putting Beth (Kelly Reilly) together with Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo).

While Garrett Randall’s (Will Patton) confession that he tried to arrange the murders was not much of a surprise, it does seem to rule out this new fan theory as a possibility. Still, fans suggested they will be disappointed if there are not some major surprises in store during the next two episodes.

“I do think (hope) that there’s at least some plot twist to save this season from being a total flop,” one fan wrote.

Knowing Sheridan, there’s sure to be some kind of climactic showdown in the season finale, which is just one episode away. Speaking of which, don’t miss tonight’s episode of Yellowstone at 8 p.m. ET on the Paramount Network.