On Yellowstone, Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) feels the pull of two distinct families. One, his family of origin, needs him now more than ever. The second, his nuclear family, is reeling from the successive traumas that association with the Duttons has brought on them.
In a new interview with TV Line, Grimes explains why Kayce feels his first duty is to his nuclear family, even in these difficult times for the Duttons. And he puts Kayce’s struggle in Season 4 into the broader context of his overall character arc on the hit Paramount Network series.
“This has been his journey since day one,” Grimes said. “He loves his immediate family more than anything. But he also has loyalty to the Duttons and to that legacy as well. He’s just stuck between a rock and a hard place. Anytime we see him sort of have any moment of calm or healing, there’s immediately something else that happens that draws him back into the chaos that is his life.”
Yellowstone Star Explains Kayce’s Season 4 Decision
In Season 4, Kayce decides to move Monica (Kelsey Asbille) and Tate (Brecken Merrill) off the Dutton Ranch and back to Monica’s grandfather’s (Rudy Ramos) place on the res. It puts them basically back to where they were when the series began. But Monica is overjoyed.
“What he’s trying to do is just make one decision at a time, take it day by day,” Grimes added of Kayce. “And I think he knew that if he didn’t get Monica and Tate off the ranch, he probably would lose them. And so that being the most important thing, that’s what he’s trying to do.”
John Dutton (Kevin Costner), by contrast, feels deeply sad about their departure. He admits to Beth (Kelly Reilly) that he feels a gnawing loneliness once Kayce and his family are gone. But he knows it’s what’s best for Tate. So he can’t argue with Kayce’s decision.
Grimes Teases Important Moment for Kayce at Season’s End
At certain points in Yellowstone, we’ve seen Kayce’s dark side come out. For example, when he nearly killed a grifter who pulled a knife on him at a gas station with his bare hands. Or when he went postal at the hospital after a staffer there tried to restrain Tate. It hints at some anger management or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues lurking beneath Kayce’s even-keeled exterior.
And in fact, Grimes teased a scene he’s already filmed that comes later on in Season 4. He said it will force Kayce to grapple with his demons in a new way.
“Having been a Navy SEAL and been at war, I think maybe that we’re supposed to just gather that he’s seen a lot of that stuff,” Grimes told TV Line. “There’s a moment at the end of the season where I think we really see him dealing with his demons in a way that he hasn’t before. I don’t think I could say much more than that. But it was a really important moment for this character’s journey and for me to play him where you see that maybe there is a light at the end of this tunnel.”
Looks like that’ll be something to look forward to for Yellowstone fans. And in the meantime, they can watch Kayce’s journey play out further Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on the Paramount Network.