‘Yellowstone’: Kelly Reilly and Newcomer Jacki Weaver Discuss the Tension Between Beth and Caroline Warner

by Jennifer Shea

In Yellowstone Season 4, Episode 4, we saw a pivotal scene play out between Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver) as Market Equities counsel Ellis Steele (John Emmet Tracy) looks on. (For a summary of the scene, click here.)

Now, in a new “Behind the Story” featurette from the makers of Yellowstone, the actors have shared what they see as the key themes in that scene, and what’s likely to happen going forward.

“Caroline wants to turn Montana into a destination resort town,” Weaver explained. “And she’s going to work on Beth to come and work with her.”

“Beth doesn’t need anybody,” Reilly stressed. “If she offends this woman, she doesn’t care.”

“Caroline is a force of nature,” said Tracy. “In a similar way that Beth Dutton is a force of nature. And when the two of them come together, it’s almost like two storms colliding. They’re both gonna deeply enjoy trying to out-storm one another.”

“Beth is that sort of character that sort of shocks people,” Weaver added. “And she doesn’t shock Caroline. Caroline puts her in her place.”

“You don’t expect the most powerful challenge she’s faced to be a very delicate woman, but she’s fierce,” Reilly said. “Probably just as fierce as Beth. [Beth is] being offered this job because she’s capable of monstrous, awful things [and] they want that from her.”

Watch the three actors break the scene down here:

In Season 4 of Yellowstone, Beth Faces a Choice

Warner, no stranger to negotiations, dangles a tempting offer before Beth. She wants the Dutton daughter to go work for Market Equities. Warner intends to develop Montana – she says the only thing the state has to sell is the dream of the Western lifestyle – and she wants Beth to help her do it.

Beth comes back with a counteroffer: give Beth Market Equities’ share in Schwartz & Meyer, her former employer, so she can ruin Bob Schwartz (Michael Nouri). Then she’ll work for Market Equities. Beth is confident that Warner will balk at that, but John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is not so sure. And what will Beth do if they call her bluff?

That would mean Beth would be fighting against the class-action environmental impact lawsuit led by Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher) and Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). Pitting Beth against Blue Thunder would result in another epic clash of wills. But it would also showcase the sad fact that Beth is consumed by the need for vengeance – against Jamie (Wes Bentley), against Bob and against anyone else she feels has wronged her or slighted her family. She doesn’t care what happens to the valley. She just cares about loyalty.  

Audiences will find out which way Beth will go in upcoming episodes Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on the Paramount Network. Want more Yellowstone in the meantime? Catch Outsider’s Bunkhouse Breakdown podcast. You can listen to an episode of it here: