‘Yellowstone’ TV: Did Fans Uncover the ‘Solution’ to Dutton Ranch Issues?

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” fans are nothing if not detail-oriented. And as one fan recently pointed out, many of them are concerned by the encroaching twin threats of taxes and real estate developments (be those from Dan Jenkins or Market Equities) on the Dutton ranch’s perimeter.

On Reddit, a fan suggested last month that the local Native American tribe may wind up annexing the ranch. After all, Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill) has said he considers himself an Indian, and the ranch is supposed to ultimately go to him – that is, unless Jamie (Wes Bentley) successfully intervenes.

Fellow “Yellowstone” fans were lukewarm on that possibility, however, with one saying they hoped not and another arguing that “Yellowstone” is not the kind of show to have a “warm and fuzzy” ending.

Have ‘Yellowstone’ Fans Hit On a Solution to the Ranch’s Problems?

“The ranch is set up to be a financial failure and fall victim to taxes and developers,” the fan posted to Reddit. “I predict its annexation by the tribe and falling under the management of the family’s native american branch.”

Another fan acknowledged that that is a possibility. However, they said that particular ending seemed unlikely, as “warm and fuzzy” is not really “Yellowstone”’s style.

“I don’t see the ranch surviving the run of the show,” that fan explained. “They haven’t turned a profit in years… The only one who wants it is Jamie, but I don’t think he stands to inherit anything at this point. I don’t think it will be a ‘warm and fuzzy’ ending though.”

Yet another fan pointed out that “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan has two spinoff shows in the works, one of them set to include cast members from “Yellowstone.” So does that mean something happens to the Dutton ranch? Perhaps a change of ownership?

“I so hope you’re wrong because that does not sound like interesting tv, but since they already have TWO more offshoot shows with a lot of the same cast you could be right,” the fan posted.

Taylor Sheridan Has a Plan

Whatever happens to the Dutton ranch, it’s likely to play out by the end of Season 6, according to Sheridan’s comments in an interview last year.

Sheridan told Deadline last summer that he’s got the show’s overarching storyline all planned out, and he knows how “Yellowstone” ultimately ends.

“You have to keep moving forward, and there have to be consequences in the world, and there has to be an evolution toward a conclusion. Can that be another two seasons beyond this? It could,” Sheridan explained, as they prepared to shoot Season 4. “It’s not something that we could extend indefinitely. I don’t think anyone would want to do that; you’d cheapen the product.”

He added that he hadn’t talked about it with the network or the studio yet. But he said he planned to end the series on a high note rather than a plateau or a descent. What that will look like for the Dutton family remains to be seen. Perhaps “warm and fuzzy” is a possibility for “Yellowstone,” after all.