‘Yellowstone’ Season 4: Did Kayce Dutton Survive?

by Jon D. B.
(Photo Credit: Yellowstone Gallery, Paramount Network Press Center, Viacom)

Yellowstone is back, and we’re finally getting answers after well over a year of waiting – including the fate of one Kayce Dutton. Be warned, big ol’ spoilers for Season 4 are ahead.

“You’ll never meet a man who’s killed more men than me. But I ain’t never murdered one. I never will.”

Such is the legacy of Kayce Dutton in one fantastic quote. When we left Luke Grimes‘ “prodigal son” in Season 3, he was taking cover behind his desk as a barrage of bullets came for his life. Did they succeed?


Right as Season 4’s premiere kicks off, Kayce is able to fend off his assassins. Armed with his bullet proof vest and an automatic rifle, Kayce rushes out into the streets to meet his fellow officers.

At this moment, Rip is able to get ahold of him and tell him the identification of the vehicle that gunned down his father, John.

Kayce goes on the hunt, and with his fellow officers he’s able to intercept. An absolutely insane gunfight ensues, with the assailants all going down. But right as the chaos subsides, we see blood dripping from Kayce. He’s been shot in the side of his gut, right under his vest.

But thankfully, by the end of Episode 1, we know Kayce is around for the time being. He shares a reunion with his father on the ranch as he “hunts whoever is hunting them.” And we can’t wait to find out who that is.

Will Kayce Survive Past Season 4 Premiere?

Unlike his father and sister, Kayce’s fate was in Season 4’s main trailer. Within, Kayce is alive as Monica becomes caught up in the assassination attempt.

It’s far from the first time we’ve seen Kayce survive an all-out assault, too. Out of the Duttons, Kayce is by far the most well-equipped to survive an assassination attempt. His NAVY S.E.A.L training gives him the edge in any shootout, something series mastermind Taylor Sheridan has made clear.

Sheridan is also a big proponent of foreshadowing; almost to a mystical point. There’s an aura of destiny to Yellowstone, with many characters foreshadowing their own outcomes through dialogue and dreams, with the latter even becoming premonitions in the case of John Dutton.

Has ‘Yellowstone’ Set Kayce Dutton’s Fate in Stone?

Through it all, our biggest clues for Kayce’s fate came from his own dialogue in a similar fashion:

“The only thing I got left is to make a future for my son. This is the only thing I got to give him.”

When all else fails – which Yellowstone is hellbent on – Seasons 1-3 have led audiences to believe that the fate of this family lies with it’s new nucleus: Kayce, Monica, and Tate.

And with the events of Season 4 playing out as they have so far, we’re beyond intrigued to see how Tate – the only Dutton grandchild – carries on his family’s legacy.