‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Finale: Fans Left Stunned Over Major Character’s Death

by Jon D. B.

And we thought Season 3’s finale was insane. Did you see this shocking death coming, or are you just as stunned as the rest of Yellowstone‘s viewers?

Warning: Major Spoilers for ‘Yellowstone’s Season 4 Finale Ahead

In the final throws of the Season 4 finale, Garrett Randall finally gets his, and fans are all over it.

Jamie pulls up to his ranch and confronts his biological father. Garrett tries one last time to manipulate his son. But Jamie does what he should’ve done from the start – and shoots Randall in the head.

“Oh DAMN! I didn’t think he’d do it AND take it to the train station!” fan BG replies.

“Beth said she was going to take something he loved away! Just wait til she finds out next season that Jamie has a kid!!!” adds Lindsey.

Yellowstone fan Bakale, however, is the one to nail it with his response. “The difference between the last time he held a gun on his dad and this time is in true Jamie fashion is self preservation!” the fan offers. “He couldn’t do it for John and his siblings, but keeping himself from option #1 he could do it.”

And as fellow fan Nic points out… “And now Beth owns him completely… Damn she’s good.”

Setting the Stage: Randall vs Dutton vs Dutton

After Season 4, Episode 9, Yellowstone set the stage for a truly phenomenal finale. Audiences knew it was only a matter of time before Garrett Randall (Will Patton) met John Dutton (Kevin Costner) face-to-face, and that riveting diner exchange delivered. Through a sharp exchange, we felt the true depth of their history and how it goes far beyond sharing Jamie as a son.

Not only does Randall believe John is solely responsible for the severity and length of his sentence, but for abandoning him and Jamie’s biological mother, too. John did not murder her, however; that’s all on Randall. His twisted view of the world feels deeply rooted in the psyche of a perpetual victim. Everything is someone else’s fault, and that someone else is John Dutton.

Yet through all of this, John’s relationship with his own daughter (and favorite child, let’s be real) was being pushed to the brink, as well. The impossible came to fruition as Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) was met with a reckoning for her own reckless, cruel behavior through Season 4.

Indeed, Yellowstone mastermind Taylor Sheridan rectified many audience complaints by putting Beth’s almost parody-like behavior in its place through her father. “I’m disappointed in you” was the line felt ’round the world.

Thankfully these two made up at the beginning of the episode, but nothing could’ve prepared viewers for the fallout that is Season 4’s finale. And now we’re back in familiar territory; a year-long wait for answers after one hell of a bombshell.

As always, stick with your fellow Outsiders for all the latest on Yellowstone during the lead-up to Paramount Network‘s Season 5.