John Dutton’s always done what’s needed to be done on “Yellowstone,” even when it goes against what he individually wants.
In the end, John’s most important role is that of a multi-generational rancher. He has a legacy to uphold. And to do that, he needs to keep his property from being converted into airports and hotels. But it’s been a hard-fought battle to avoid development issues for over three seasons, and John’s losing his last fight. The only way he can think of to save his ranch and legacy is to enter a new position of power in the Montana government.
John announced that he’s running for governor against his adopted son, Jamie, during “Yellowstone” Season 4 Episode 7. Throughout the episode, he harps on the fact that it isn’t what he wants to do, but what he needs to do.
“Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner talked about John’s big decision during a behind-the-scenes video earlier this week.
“It feels like there’s just so any forces coming at John. He’s been able to kind of fend them off, to degrees. But finally, it’s almost like there’s no choice,” Costner said in the video.
“He’s going to have to do something that just goes against the grain of who he is as a person,” the “Yellowstone” star continued. “The last thing he wants to be is a politician, but if he’s gonna save this [land], it’s the move he has to make.”
The main reason why John feels he has “no choice” is because the only other viable option for governor is Jamie. At first, Governor Lynelle Perry wanted to endorse him. But John put his foot down, vowed that Jamie would destroy everything he’s worked to preserve. It’s almost hard to tell how much of his animosity against Jamie is personal vs. professionally about the ranch.
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Apparently, the Duttons don’t know that last season on “Yellowstone,” some key figures in the cattle industry approached Kayce about running for governor. He’s done a fantastic job as the Livestock Commissioner. And they want him to bring that same energy to the Montanan government.
Kayce declined their offer to start thinking about campaigning. But if John asked him to do it, would he? Kayce accepted the Livestock Commissioner job only because John asked him to. But working firsthand with ranchers and cowboys is an entirely different animal than state politicians.
John, at least, has Beth to help him and school him in the ways that these politicians think. Kayce would likely have that same support, but he’d also have Monica and Thomas Rainwater in his ear. Maybe it’s for the best that John takes on Jamie, if only because he’s single-minded. Kayce might let too many things affect his run, including his personal feelings for Jamie.