‘Yellowstone’: Kayce and John Dutton Stare Down a Day of Hard Work in Epic Photo

by Jennifer Shea
Paramount Network

In an epic new photo from the Dutton Ranch, “Yellowstone” protagonists John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his son Kayce (Luke Grimes) stand at the barn door all duded up for a long day’s hard work on the ranch.

While Kayce had earlier fled from his father’s ranch, as the seasons of “Yellowstone” progress, he returns to it, finding a home as a leader there.

“Like father, like son. #YellowstoneTV,” the show’s official Instagram page captioned the photo.

‘Yellowstone’ Stars Praise Each Other, Western Backdrop

In an earlier joint interview with KTLA, Costner and Grimes talked about what made “Yellowstone” special for each of them. For Grimes, it was working with a moviemaking legend.

“Kevin is a legend,” Grimes said. “I grew up watching his films. And to be able to work alongside him now, I mean, it’s an honor… Someone who’s been working at his level for so long, to still be so curious and interested and happy to be there, and bring such a good energy to the work, and to this project, it’s something to behold. And I’m lucky to be able to be around him and watch this guy work.”   

For Costner – who noted that Grimes is also an experienced actor – it was the chance to make a modern Western set against the starkly beautiful backdrop of Montana. Costner is an aficionado of Westerns who also serves as an executive producer on “Yellowstone.”

“We’ve both been a part of all different kinds of programming, whether it’s courtroom dramas or blah blah blah,” Costner said. “But when you find a story that can take place outdoors, against that kind of background, it’s special.”  

Watch their joint interview here:

Will Kayce Follow in John Dutton’s Footsteps?

By the end of Season 3, Kayce had taken over his father’s old role of livestock commissioner, and as he admitted sheepishly, he was beginning to actually enjoy the job. As for the ranch, the estate that Kayce had once run from had become a refuge for his family, and over time, he grew to want to pass it down to his son Tate (Brecken Merrill).

But does Kayce have the determination and the political clout to run what in the show is supposedly the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S.? John has hinted in comments to others that the ranch is too big for Tate to run someday by himself. Is it too much for Kayce, who calmly dispatches his enemies with lethal skill, to handle as well?

But that’s not the only concern facing Kayce. In the Season 3 finale, a pack of armed intruders burst into his office. We still don’t know how that siege ended, or if Kayce survived the attack. Will he neutralize them as placidly as he has his previous foes? On Nov. 7, “Yellowstone” fans will get to find out.