Asbille spoke with Daily Caller about not only Sunday’s episode but also how the events of last season shape Tate this time around. The young grandson of John Dutton’s already been through some pretty traumatic experiences.
At the end of Season 2, he was kidnapped by hitmen hired by the Beck brothers. The kidnappers shaved his head, beat him, and locked him in a bathroom for a number of days. “Yellowstone” Season 3 opened with Tate struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after that experience.
Now, Tate has to deal with his father getting shot at in the office, his grandfather dying on the side of the road, and his aunt (possibly) getting blown up. And from the looks of the “Yellowstone” Season 4 trailer, it seems like Tate and Monica might be under attack too at the ranch.
“Tate is really struggling after the attack,” Asbille said in the interview. “And also with the burden of being a Dutton.”
That “burden” includes not only representing the family but also defending it. He has to defend the ranch from everyone trying to take it. He has to defend his family from people attacking them, and himself from being used and played. Being a Dutton means constantly fighting, all the time.
To help balance the constant fighting, Asbille said Monica and her family turn back to their Native American culture a bit.
“Monica really looks to her people and her culture as a way of healing,” Asbile explained. “I think there’s a lot of really beautiful moments in this season.”
‘Yellowstone’ Star Kelsey Asbille Talks Show’s Portrayal of Native American Culture
While talking about Tate’s role this season, “Yellowstone” star Kelsey Asbille also discussed how the show would continue focusing on current Native American culture. She described moments between Mo (Mo Brings Plenty) and Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) as being especially poignant.
“I really love that we’re diving back into that world,” Asbille explained. “And I think ‘Yellowstone’ does a great job with breaking out of the mold of the western –one that locates indigenous people in the past. It really does highlight contemporary struggles. So yeah, I am really proud of it.”
“Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan spoke about his portrayal of Native American culture in a recent interview for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 11.
“It’s important to me because it’s affected so many lives, people who I know on the reservations,” Sheridan said. “One of the beauties of what we get to do… we get to hold a mirror up, as storytellers, to a very real situation. And [we] educate the word about it while we’re entertaining them.”