‘Yellowstone’ Delivers Some ‘Sage Advice’ Courtesy of John Dutton

by Jon D. B.

No one delivers a one-liner like Kevin Costner’s John Dutton, and Yellowstone is highlighting another gem courtesy of the patriarch.

“Sage advice for a mid-week mood,” the show tweets Wednesday. No, that’s not the quote. It’s a quote about the quote! The focus here is on the words of John Dutton, whos says in Season 3, and I quote:

“It doesn’t take long to quit something, son. I’ll be back by noon.”

When grizzled by Costner’s John Dutton, well that right there is an instant classic of a line. It’s one of many, too, as Yellowstone fans and Outsiders know. Our favorite show is chock-full of brilliant quotes courtesy of Taylor Sheridan and the writing team. Highlighting but a few more of our favorites demonstrates. Observe:

“There’s a saying out here. If your daughter’s riding a horse, no one’s riding her.”

“The whole world’s a test, son. Don’t let them ever trick you into thinkin’ different.”

“It wasn’t a move. I’m just meaner than you.”

“It’s the one constant in life. You build something worth having, someone’s gonna try to take it.”

And a lesser highlighted favorite of this Outsider: “I guess everyone thinks I’m the dumbest man in the valley.”

Don’t worry, John. You’re not. That title belongs with your son, Jamie. I’m not of the opinion that the character is an irredeemable villain (yet), but he certainly takes the cake for the worst decisions made in seasons 1-3 so far. There’s a silver lining here, however, in that John’s relationship with his adopted son produces some of the best dialogue on the show.

‘Yellowstone’ Dialogue Shines when John and Jamie Square Off

“Workin’ with them is a deal with the devil, dad,” says Jamie.

“All the angels are gone, son. There’s only devils left. At least they admit it,” his father replies. This is one of countless brilliant examples of the dialogue their tumultuous love/hate relationship brings to Yellowstone.

“What happens in 30 years, Jamie? When you and your brother and your sister are too old to fight for this place, and Tate has to fight for it on his own?”

Through dialogue like this, it becomes immediately apparent that Taylor Sheridan excels at showcasing complex dynamics between family.

“You know, the thing about suicide, you don’t just kill yourself, you kill every memory of you,” John tells his son after finding him with a rifle in the field. “This will be all everyone remembers, Jamie. Every second you spent on this earth will be reduced to how you chose to leave it. No one will mourn your loss, son, because this isn’t losing your life, this is quitting it.”

But perhaps the most poignant example of their dynamic comes when Jamie tells his father what feels a blatant lie:

“Dad, I won’t betray you. You have my word.”

“Well, we’re about to find out what that’s worth,” John knowingly replies.

Thankfully, the continuation of this intense, deadly father/son dichotomy is right around the corner. Wes Bentley and Kevin Costner return as Jamie & John Dutton for Season 4 of Yellowstone come November 7.