‘Yellowstone’ TV: Eagle-Eyed Fan Poses Incredible Theory About Vultures Rip Sees in Season 3 Finale

by Jennifer Shea

Season 3 of “Yellowstone” ended on an epic cliffhanger. John Dutton (Kevin Costner) left gravely wounded by the side of the road after a drive-by shooting. Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) subsumed in an explosion that engulfed her office after her assistant opened a suspicious package. Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) besieged by attackers in his office.

And as the episode ends, Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) finds a mortally wounded horse and sees vultures circling overhead. It’s not looking good for the denizens of the Dutton ranch.

For months now, “Yellowstone” fans have been hopping on Reddit to debate who is the likely culprit for all that carnage. Market Equities, which had just pledged to treat the Dutton situation “like an oil deal in Yemen,” seemed the most obvious possibility. Some fans also accused Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley), whose biological father had just told him to “kill the king,” of turning on his adoptive family.

But now one fan, who has watched the show closely multiple times, is offering another incredible theory about the explanation for the final events of the Season 3 finale.

Fan Poses Theory About Season 3 Finale

On Monday, one fan started a thread on Reddit suggesting that the attacks emanated from another source entirely.

“I think we’re being thrown a curve ball here and none of the major players are actually involved. I think we’re seeing a revenge play from the Montana Free Militia that took Tate in an earlier season,” the fan posted. “This would explain the hit on both Beth and Kayce.”

“I think they also did something at the ranch,” the fan added. “On the way there or back they shot one of the horses and Im betting much worse, hence all of the vultures seen by Rip in the end and the possible explosion heard by Monica. They likely planned to kill John, and as we know, they ran into him (either going to or leaving the ranch) on the road.”

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Other fans jumped in with their own possibilities, or questioned the original poster’s reasoning.

“What about the motorcycle gang they ran off the property at gunpoint?” one asked.

“I honestly disagree,” another fan posted. “With so many players in the game i do not see a reason why they would bring back some minor villains from a storyline that is already over for a while.”

Still, up until the Season 3 finale, Season 2 was arguably darker and more harrowing than Season 3. At least until the Duttons turned down their offer, Market Equities had been pretty tame, with Roarke (Josh Holloway) seeming a relatively sunny, upbeat villain compared to some of the Duttons’ previous foes. In fact, in a Reddit poll, fans voted the Beck Brothers from Season 2 as the best villains of the series so far.

The Beck Brothers may be dead, but who knows what loose threads from previous seasons “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan could bring back and resolve? To find out, fans will just have to wait until the Season 4 premiere, which is right around the corner.